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Peter Matthews
New York, NY
Pete Matthews is a digital media professional who lives in New York City. At night, he goes to shows.
Interests: Music
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I danced in between the raindrops last night in search of new discoveries last night, the second night of CMJ 2014, containing myself mostly to the Lower East Side before venturing across the East River for a late, ill advised... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano Photo by Steven Pisano For the last 34 years, the CMJ Music Marathon has presented New York with an overwhelming number of live music performances crammed into just five days. This year, there are over 1,400 bands... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Feast of Music
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About a year ago, vocal octet Roomful of Teeth offered the first complete NYC performance of Caroline Shaw's Pulitzer Prize-winning Partita for 8 Voices. Not long after, they performed it again during the Winter Jazzfest, right before they headed out... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Feast of Music
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Capping off a weekend of electronic music, I ventured out to the amazing new Bushwick venue The Wick on Saturday night, where Bedroom Community co-founder Ben Frost headlined an evening of music that ranged from dark metal to droning noise,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Feast of Music
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Are art museums the new concert halls? Not exactly, but, there is a long and storied tradition of presenting live music in art galleries and museums. Particularly in the realm of new music: early shows by Steve Reich and Philip... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Feast of Music
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Ruth Fremson/The New York Times In 1998, I was working at the downtown arts center HERE when Basil Twist's Symphonie Fantastique premiered in a small black box theater in the basement. Billed as a "puppet show," I remember being skeptical... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Robert Leeper Photo Credit: Richard Termine Despite frequent comparisons to the now-defunct City Opera, Gotham Chamber Opera has managed to avoid all of the baggage that comes with filling City Opera's void. The 13 year old GCO has made... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano Photo by Steven Pisano The vibrant music presented at Saturday’s “Africa Now” concert at Harlem's Apollo Theater was strong evidence that music in contemporary South Africa has gone far beyond the more traditional isicathamiya and mbube singing... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Feast of Music
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In the world of music, there are small masterpieces: Allegri's Miserere, Barber's Adagio for Strings, Claire de lune. Then, there are bigger ones: Handel's Messiah, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, Mahler's 2nd symphony. And then, there is Bach's St. Matthew Passion: a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Michael Cirigliano II It may not seem like Russian orchestral music would align with the Berlin Philharmonic's glossy, pristine sound, but luckily it seems that no one has ever told Simon Rattle and his band that this was the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Feast of Music
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Continuing where they left off on Sunday night, a downsized Berlin Philharmonic and chief conductor Simon Rattle returned to Carnegie Hall on Monday night to complete their cycle of Schumann's four symphonies. They began with the Fourth Symphony, composed the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Feast of Music
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"It's like Christmas all year round with these pieces." - Sir Simon Rattle At the center of the Berlin Philharmonic's residency in New York this week are two concerts at Carnegie Hall in which they perform all four of Robert... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Feast of Music
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Whenever I start to feel a bit jaded about music, there are nights like last night, when I was privileged to witness the Berlin Philharmonic - arguably the greatest orchestra in the world - open Carnegie Hall's 123rd season. This... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Feast of Music
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Over the past 40 years, the Kronos Quartet has been responsible for more new music than any other institution, commissioning more than 800 works from just about every major composer on the planet. But, they had never worked with the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano Photo: Steven Pisano Even back in his heyday, in the 1980s and 1990s, it was a challenge to pin down John Lurie. Was he a band leader (Lounge Lizards)? Was he a film composer (Get Shorty--which garnered... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano Photo: Steven Pisano If nights of the week have a music personality, and Friday and Saturday nights are the loud and rowdy party animals in the group, then Monday is the quiet and contemplative member of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield Hiroyuki Ito for The New York Times I've attended many great presentations of new music in New York City over the past couple of years, so when I stepped into Miller Theatre last week to hear Chicago's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Robert Leeper “We are Hungarian, but we also play…” and the list of musical influences on traditional Hungarian folk music—traditions of China, Turkey, parts of the Middle East, and, of course, Croat and Serbian music—flowed as Söndörgő took the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Robert Leeper John Lurie and the Lounge Lizards in the early 1980s Le Poisson Rouge's festival tribute to American icon John Lurie and the Lounge Lizards, Strange & Beautiful: A Celebration of the Music of John Lurie, the Lounge... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2014 at Feast of Music
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Over the past half-century, West Africa has yielded an incredibly rich crop of musicians who have merged the indigenous music of the Griot tradition with rock, blues, and R&B, including Femi and Seun Kuti (sons of Fela), Salif Keita, Vieux... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2014 at Feast of Music
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Continuing the ongoing panorama of music at the Nonesuch at BAM Festival, Senegalese superstar Youssou N'Dour performed to a pair of packed houses last week that turned the Howard Gilman Opera House into something resembling a revival meeting. Wearing bright... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Brian Corliss Cincinnati alternative hip-hop/indie band WHY? delivered a raw and charged display of musical emotion to the packed basement of (Le) Poisson Rouge this past Sunday. Opening was Minneapolis' Margret Wander, better known as Dessa. Leaning a bit... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield and FoM (Photo: Stephanie Berger) Two weeks ago, Philip Glass and Steve Reich - by any measure two of the most important and influential composers of our time - kicked off the Nonesuch at BAM festival by... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Poppy Galloway (photo: Mike Benigno) As part of the ongoing celebration of the 50th anniversary of Nonesuch Records at BAM, popular alternative mad men Devendra Banhart, Stephin Merritt & Sam Beam (of Iron and Wine) were let out to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Feast of Music
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House of Time, a period-instrument ensemble of Juilliard faculty and international competition winners, kicks off its second season on September 24 and 25. The opening program, "Apotheosis and Re-Creation" (September 24th and 25th) presents French baroque music by François Couperin... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Feast of Music