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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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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano.) One of the highlights of Nadia Sirota’s recent four-night residency at Symphony Space was the world premiere last Friday night of Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy’s Tessellatum, a 40-minute piece written for 11... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano.) Sometimes the thrill of great music can be discovered in the most unexpected of places. On Wednesday night, I attended a concert produced by Stone Mason Projects in the Wilmer Jennings Gallery... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield If you're an avid musicgoer like me, then chances are good that you're constantly seeking out new music. Sometimes, though, you just want to hear the hits. The New York Philharmonic began their concert last Saturday with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at Feast of Music
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by Dan Lehner (pictured: Ibrahim Maalouf at The New School) Vocalist Theo Bleckmann and guitarist Ben Monder have always had a contrasting yet complimentary relationship with one another, and that was as true during the second round of the WJF... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2016 at Feast of Music
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by Dan Lehner Parodoxically, the more Winter Jazzfest grows, the more fragmented it becomes. To accommodate the (admittedly fortuitous) problem of growing crowds, WJF had expanded even further from its West Village and Bowery enclaves into the Union Square area,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2016 at Feast of Music
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by Dan Lehner Winter Jazzfest 2016 started off with a bang this year - or, more accurately, a series of bangs alongside wails, screams, drones, scrapes and other sonic intensities. Adam Schatz introduced one of the most audacious beginnings to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2016 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano.) Ron Pope and the Nighthawks played Irving Plaza last weekend, performing music off of their brand new self-titled album. Hailing from Georgia and now based in New York, Pope is embarking on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2016 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Cory Weaver.) Angel’s Bone, presented by the unflaggingly innovative Prototype Festival and directed by Michael McQuilken, portrays the lurid tale of a suburban couple (Kyle Pfortmiller and Abigail Fischer) facing financial and marital distress... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2016 at Feast of Music
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For the 12th year in a row, Winter Jazzfest takes over the Village this week, with more than 100 bands playing a dozen venues across lower Manhattan. This year's festival - as in festivals past - features a dizzying array... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2016 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (Photo by Ellen Appel.) War is everywhere. People are starving. The meager food rations air-dropped from military helicopters are not nearly enough to stave off hunger. All the animals, including the birds, have died. Or maybe they... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at Feast of Music
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"Something happened on the day he died Spirit rose a metre and stepped aside Somebody else took his place, and bravely cried (I’m a blackstar, I’m a blackstar) ​ How many times does an angel fall? How many people lie... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at Feast of Music
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Now in its fourth season, the Prototype Festival has become an essential part of the New York cultural season. Featuring cutting-edge new chamber opera and music-theater works, shows are almost always sold out, and many of the people you see... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2016 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano.) Funk here, funk there, funk everywhere. That’s how I spent the first weekend of 2016 when the band Lettuce brought its pyrotechnic funk to Brooklyn Bowl, playing two full sets long into... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2016 at Feast of Music
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Life can get in the way, sometimes. Which is the only explanation I can offer for why I am only learning now of the passing of the extraordinary organist, composer and conductor John Scott, who died suddenly this past August... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano.) Last week, BAM’s Harvey Theater presented Steel Hammer, a theatrical working of Pulitzer Prize-winning Julia Wolfe’s 2009 cantata exploring the African-American folk hero John Henry, the “steel-driving man” of the post-Civil War... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2015 at Feast of Music
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Last Sunday, Michael Daves hosted his Fourth Annual Bluegrass Bash at The Bell House, with a lineup featuring some of the biggest names in the world of Bluegrass alongside a mix of some fantastic local New York City talent. The... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (Photographs by Steven Pisano.) Last week at National Sawdust a series of four concerts celebrated the 90th birthday (back in March) of French composer, conductor, and music writer Pierre Boulez, a greatly admired champion and practitioner of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield Michael Katzif for WNYC.org When I first saw Stephen Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd," I was immediately drawn to his eerie, imaginative use of melody and unconventional harmony. Since then, I've become one of many Stephen Sondheim fans. Then,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano.) “Anyone not paranoid in this world must be crazy." ―Edward Abbey Americans are suckers for a good conspiracy theory. Were those gunshots on the grassy knoll? Is Paul dead? Is Elvis alive?... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield Great music and art from all corners of the globe can be found in New York all year round -- so much so that deciding which event to attend next can be overwhelming. Bulgarian-born pianist Tania Stavreva... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photographs by Steven Pisano.) Shara Worden has done it again. Best known as the lead singer of My Brightest Diamond, Worden brought her new faux opera You Us We All last weekend to the BAM Harvey... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photographs by Steven Pisano.) To an English-speaking audience, the name Héloïse Letissier (le-TISS-ee-ay) was probably destined to drop to the bottom of the sea. But, reimagined as the semi-alliterative Christine and the Queens, Ms. Letissier has... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Ross Karre Arts Documentation.) Part theater, part dance, part chamber opera, Hagoromo, which played last week to sold-out houses at BAM’s Harvey Theater, is based on a centuries-old Japanese legend that is a staple... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield Last Saturday, Kacey Musgraves became the first country artist to headline the famed Apollo Theater. This historic event was met with the style you’d expect of an event described as a "Country and Western Rhinestone Review." The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano,) If I had thought about it too much ahead of time, I probably would have stayed home. Five hours of nonstop jazz, on three stages, with overlapping start and finish times for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2015 at Feast of Music