Author: Aidan Levy

  • An Avant-Garde New Year’s Eve

    Ring in the new year with some serious ringing as downtown impresario John Zorn kicks off 2015 with an air of experimental spontaneity at his Alphabet City black box arts space. All proceeds go directly to club maintenance, so it’s an old-fashioned rent party done with a newfangled attitude and the klezmer flair of Zorn’s […]

  • Oran Etkin

    Capping off the Israeli Jazz Festival, multireedist Oran Etkin imports a multicultural array of influences gathered on tour in Indonesia, China, Japan, and his native Israel. His latest album, Gathering Light, took its title from the Jewish myth of the primordial light that scattered Babel-style at the beginning of time. Alongside guitarist Lionel Loueke, bassist […]

  • ALAN HAMPTON

    When he’s not anchoring the bass alongside Andrew Bird, Sufjan Stevens, Robert Glasper, or Herbie Hancock, Alan Hampton writes some serious folk songs. On his sophomore album, Origami for the Fire, Hampton enlists some of his frequent collaborators, including Bird and violinist Christina Courtin. Hampton has been an unlikely purveyor of pastoral Americana, having plied […]

  • Camila Meza

    Chilean jazz vocalist and guitarist Camila Meza began with Hendrix and Joni Mitchell but caught the jazz bug when she discovered Pat Metheny and never looked back. She came to voice from guitar, encouraged by the teacher who taught Claudia Acuna, and a vocal style crystallized around the sound of a hollow body. She has […]

  • Emerson String Quartet & Yefim Bronfman

    When he pounds the keys, Yefim Bronfman sweats, furrows his brow, and delivers blow after punishing blow. A pugilist in a tuxedo, he is the Klitschko of the piano, each movement a round in the ring; like a .44 Magnum, his Rachmaninoff-size fists are used to the forceful kickback. So when he ekes out Schumann’s […]

  • Grace Kelly

    Korean-American saxophonist, composer, and vocalist Grace Kelly celebrates the release of Working for the Dreamers, an impeccably produced smooth jazz EP that sails along with enough of a tailwind to avoid getting grounded in an elevator. Sade with a touch of mentor Lee Konitz, and boasting a stamp of approval from both Wynton Marsalis and […]

  • Kronos Quartet+Natalie Merchant+Rhiannon Giddens+Sam Amidon+Olivia Chaney

    Part of the BAM 2014 Next Wave Festival, the boundary-breaking Kronos Quartet demonstrates the breadth of its scope with two separate collaborations. On September 20, they join 10,000 Maniacs frontwoman-cum-folk chanteuse Natalie Merchant, Carolina Chocolate Drops lead singer Rhiannon Giddens, and rising folk stars Sam Amidon and Olivia Chaney to premiere classical crossover settings of […]

  • Kronos Quartet & Laurie Anderson

    Part of the BAM 2014 Next Wave Festival, the boundary-breaking Kronos Quartet demonstrates the breadth of its scope with two separate collaborations. On September 20, they join 10,000 Maniacs frontwoman-cum-folk chanteuse Natalie Merchant, Carolina Chocolate Drops lead singer Rhiannon Giddens, and rising folk stars Sam Amidon and Olivia Chaney to premiere classical crossover settings of […]

  • Brad Mehldau & Chris Thile

    Pianist Brad Mehldau and mandolinist Chris Thile have cultivated omnivorous tastes from Bach to Dylan to Radiohead, and their virtuosic covers have a way of not only honoring the source, but enriching it. Jazz and bluegrass have an often overlooked improvisatory link, and listening to them deconstruct and reconstitute Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All […]

  • Philip Glass Ensemble & Steve Reich

    The fathers of minimalism go big with this three-day retrospective, their first double bill in decades. For the opening night, five seminal pieces that changed the way we perceive western classical are performed: Reich’s pressure-cooker “Four Organs,” which erupted into chaos in its 1973 Carnegie Hall performance; excerpts from Glass’s operas the CIVIL warS, a […]

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