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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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Trombonist Dan Lehner, who has written some of our best jazz coverage over the years, is a member of local roots pop band Karikatura, which describes itself as "cumbia meets hip-hop, reggae meets klezmer, and indie-rock meets merengue." Over the... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano.) You have to admire the courage of a composer of one-act operas. They probably have a better chance of winning Powerball or pitching for the Yankees than they have of staging a... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano.) The 9th annual Northside Festival, running through this Sunday, June 11, offers an eclectic mix of symposiums on technology, innovation, entrepreneurship, advertising, government, video, and other topics. If you are looking to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at Feast of Music
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Photo: Ken Howard "This is a democracy! We are subject to the rule of law!" - The Trial ST. LOUIS, MO - There's a shift happening in the way opera is presented in this country, where cities have begun to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano.) The summer season of mostly free concerts in Prospect Park as part of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival got off to a sometimes silky-smooth, sometimes rollicking start with the jazzy, poppy, retro-soul... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at Feast of Music
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There is little doubt that, after eight years as NY Philharmonic music director, Alan Gilbert has become a better, more assured conductor than when he started. And, through Gilbert's influence as director and personnel manager - responsible for hiring no... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at Feast of Music
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The URL for Andrew Ousley's Crypt Sessions music series, which just wrapped up its second season, is "Deathofclassical.com", which can be taken both as a macabre joke or an aesthetic mission statement. To be sure, The Crypt Sessions, which take... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Feast of Music
Thanks for your kind words! Now, get out there and see some music! :)
Toggle Commented Jun 6, 2017 on 2017 Summer Music Preview at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano) Alex Weiser is a young composer who writes ethereal and quietly emotional music that always sounds like a soul alone in the universe looking for love. Not pining away in loneliness, but... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at Feast of Music
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It's Memorial Day weekend, which means it's time for the music to head outdoors into the parks, piers and schoolyards throughout the five boroughs (and beyond). As is our catholic, omnivorous nature here at FoM, our picks for the summer... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2017 at Feast of Music
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If the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, then Antonia Bennett should be able to lay claim to some of the ripest fruit in jazz vocals. The daughter of legendary singer Tony Bennett, Antonia has been opening for her... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2017 at Feast of Music
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As Alan Gilbert winds down his eight-year tenure as the NY Philharmonic's music director over the next few weeks (Damn, where does the time go?), the Phil is marking the occasion with a series of concerts that kicked off two... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2017 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield The moment the heavy string vibrato and lush jazz harmonies of "Moon River" hit my eardrums at the New York Philharmonic's live play-a-long to Breakfast at Tiffany's Thursday night at David Geffen Hall, I was instantly transported... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield Last weekend, I was privileged to hear Alan Gilbert lead the fine musicians of the New York Philharmonic in a pair of Viennese choral works that, while radically different, shared the same ferocious energy and enthusiasm. Arnold... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at Feast of Music
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Photo by: Lisa Marie Mazzucco It's been a little bit since we did a ticket giveaway, so I'm excited that we have THREE PAIRS of tickets to see the world-renowned Emerson String Quartet this Sunday afternoon at Carnegie Hall. And,... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano.) The MATA Young Composers Now! festival, ending a week-long run at The Kitchen tonight, turns 20 years old next year. Over that span of time, MATA has introduced audiences to what developing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2017 at Feast of Music
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Photo Credit: WEMU Kevin Eubanks might be best remembered for the 15 years he spent as the bandleader on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, but his career as one of today's leading jazz guitarists goes all the way back... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at Feast of Music
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There is a change happening in opera. Once the province of coloratura sopranos and heldentenors belting at the top of their lungs, opera is beginning to embrace all sorts of singing and instrumentation, including colloquial styles you might associate more... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at Feast of Music
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"My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity ... All a poet can do today is warn." - Wilfred Owen At first, I thought the timing of Thursday's performance of Benjamin Britten's War... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2017 at Feast of Music
Thanks so much, Barbara. Would love to get a copy! I'll send you an email separately with my contact info.
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(Photo: David Andrako) "The definition of a Celebrity is that you're allowed to do what you otherwise have no business doing." - John O'Hurley Anyone fan of Seinfeld remembers Peterman, Elaine's pompous, larger-than-life boss who appeared on the sitcom from... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at Feast of Music
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"I can't tell you how much I love this quartet. The way they play this music is just amazing. I actually just sat with them backstage and told them: 'We have the same DNA.'" - John Adams After two days... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at Feast of Music
Hi Robert, Wow, that is very generous of you, and much appreciated! Thanks so much for stopping by. Pete
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If there's such a thing as a rock star composer, Tan Dun comes pretty close. In addition to winning an Oscar, a Grammy and the Grawemeyer Award, he's written music for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and a "Disney Symphony" for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2017 at Feast of Music
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"I think the unexpected nature (of Knoxville) gives the festival a certain relief that it wouldn't have if it was where everybody expects it to be." - Ashley Capps, Founder/Artistic Director, Big Ears Festival When most people think of Knoxville... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at Feast of Music