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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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Steven Pisano As I walked up Broadway from the A train on Saturday morning, something felt different. I'd made this walk countless times before, usually rushing to catch a curtain at the Met, the Phil, City Ballet, (or Opera RIP).... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2016 at Feast of Music
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I had other plans for Saturday, so Friday was my last opportunity to stop by BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! this summer, where Philly rockers Dr. Dog were joined by openers The Knights and a local gospel choir for an extended set.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2016 at Feast of Music
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At 76, it would have been enough for the legendary composer/pianist/bandleader Herbie Hancock to just show up at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! last Thursday night. Along with saxophonist and keyboardist Terrace Martin, guitarist and vocalist Lionel Loueke, bassist James Genus, and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2016 at Feast of Music
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What do you get when you combine Orange, Red, and Yellow? As I found out last night at the put-together for the public domain at Baruch College's gymnasium, some pretty astonishing sounds. With at least 500 participants present - some... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2016 at Feast of Music
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It's not every day that one of the true living legends of jazz plays in your backyard, but that's what folks can expect this Thursday when pianist Herbie Hancock brings his new band to Celebrate Brooklyn for a special benefit... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at Feast of Music
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When I first experienced Simon Halsey's work with the Berlin Radio Symphony Chorus in the Berlin Philharmonic's extraordinary 2014 production of the St. Matthew Passion, I never imagined that less than two years later, I'd be sitting in a Brooklyn... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at Feast of Music
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A torrential downpour blew through MoMA PS1 on Saturday afternoon, which threatened to put a damper on things at Warm Up, the Saturday afternoon dance party now in it's 19th year. But, it only lasted a few minutes, and managed... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano) "We are stardust/ Billion year old carbon/ We are golden/ Caught in the devil's bargain/ And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." --Joni Mitchell For anyone interested in the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at Feast of Music
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By Sunday night, I'd already had a very full weekend of music in the Berkshires, but how could I not stick around to catch the great Chick Corea at Ozawa Hall? Fresh from their appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at Feast of Music
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As if there wasn't enough going on in the Berkshires last weekend, Saturday night brought the 15th edition of the Bang on a Can Summer Marathon to Mass MoCA up in North Adams. A six hour smorgasbørd of new music,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at Feast of Music
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LENOX, MA - It's been eighty years now since the Boston Symphony Orchestra gave it's first concerts in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts and, aside from a four-year hiatus during WWII, it's where they and a host of guest... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano.) The message to the audience at Brooklyn Bowl for the Rap Reunion on July 28 was that hip hop music in the 1990s was more socially conscious than it is today, with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2016 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano Brandee Younger may be one of the most talented jazz musicians on the scene today. But there are many music lovers, even jazz aficionados, who seem not to have heard her name. Maybe that's because she doesn't... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2016 at Feast of Music
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At the start of last night's rehearsal of the public domain, our strand leader, Maria Sensi Sellner, said that her goal was to run through the entire piece twice in the three hours we had allotted. As it turned out,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at Feast of Music
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For the opening of the 50th season of Mostly Mozart, you had to guess Jane Moss and the folks at Lincoln Center had something pretty special planned (other than this command performance, of course). So it was last night at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2016 at Feast of Music
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Due to another commitment, I only made it to the last hour of last night's show by Jon Batiste and Stay Human at Celebrate Brooklyn, but despite being onstage for nearly two hours - not to mention having played their... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2016 at Feast of Music
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As if learning to sing a new score from scratch wasn't enough, David Lang's the public domain also calls for the performers to engage in a series movements and gestures, designed by the celebrated choreographer Annie-B Parson. Parson, who was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2016 at Feast of Music
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Aside from having a bit of unexpected free time on my hands, the thing that finally convinced me to participate in David Lang's the public domain was the fact that one of the five groups of 200 singers - a.k.a.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2016 at Feast of Music
Whenever I first meet someone who finds out that I'm the host of a music blog, one of the first questions they inevitably ask is: Are you a musician? Answer: No. Other than childhood piano lessons and the clarinet I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2016 at Feast of Music
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It might not be as close by as Celebrate Brooklyn, but not to be forgotten in the summer music landscape is Summerstage, now in its 31st year of (mostly) free gigs in all five boroughs. As in year's past, most... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2016 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield It's a rare and magical thing to hear great musicians playing great music in a great space, but that's exactly what audiences were treated to this past week when violinist Francesca Anderegg presented selections from Wild Cities,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2016 at Feast of Music
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Ever since I moved to Park Slope 14 years ago, the one thing that had kept me here more than any other is Celebrate Brooklyn, the two month series of (mostly) free concerts at the bandshell on the corner of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2016 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield Cory Henry and his Funk Apostles' blistering set last Thursday at Highline Ballroom melded rich church harmonies, soaring synth lines, and hard-hitting funk rhythms into a sonic soup that delivered the goods. Henry's fans are familiar with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2016 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield Guest Star Emily Braden sings Applying genre labels to music and musicians can be a tricky business -- it sells a product, but is often at odds with the art itself. The Sketchy Orkestra, brainchild of pianist... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2016 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano.) As one of NYC's leading contemporary classical and experimental music festivals, the MATA Festival was back in town last week for six nights of innovative works by composers from around the world.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at Feast of Music