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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 Photos by Cory Weaver/Prototype If you could videotape and then three-dimensionally play back for an audience one of your recent dreams, it might look like Bora Yoon’s Sunken Cathedral, presented at La Mama last week as part... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Robert Leeper All Photos by Cory Weaver/Prototype Opera Slovenian vocal ensemble Carmina Slovenica came to St. Ann's Warehouse last week to present the U.S. Premiere of Toxic Psalms. The group of 30 young women - all between the ages... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Dan Lehner and FoM John Rogers/NPR (See our Friday recap here.) It's a rare treat for jazz audiences to be able to hear a large work performed in its entirety, especially when the music on drummer Dan Weiss's "Fourteen"... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at Feast of Music
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By Dan Lehner John Rogers for NPR The Friday portion of the 2015 Winter Jazzfest, with a temperature of 17°F before windchill, was the coldest in WJF history since the inaugural festival (when it was -2°F). Not that this, in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano Photos by Cory Weaver/Prototype Festival The Scarlet Ibis a new chamber opera by composer Stefan Weisman and librettist David Cote, premiered at HERE last week as part of the Prototype Festival, now in its third year of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield Award-winning pianist Larry Weng performed a brilliant set Thursday night at SubCulture, which has quickly become one of the hottest - and my favorite - places to hear music in the city, thanks to great acoustics, a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield New York Philharmonic with pianist Daniil Trifonov at Avery Fisher Hall The words "prodigy" and "virtuoso" get thrown around a lot, so when I arrived at Avery Fisher Hall last week to hear one of Russia's newest... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Feast of Music
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"Venturing to Glasslands in the very late evening is a bit like sneaking off to your cool friend’s basement in high school. The space is already dirty, strewn with beer cans and cups from the previous show, and decorated in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Robert Leeper Ira Glass, the storytelling public radio icon, might at first seem an odd choice for a holiday concert. But, there he was Friday night at The Town Hall’s second annual Gotham Holiday Swing. Built around bandleader and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2014 at Feast of Music
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Over the past seven years, the Park Avenue Armory has hosted an impressive series of musical events and art installations. But, none of these presentations has sought to merge the worlds of art and music until Douglas Gordon's current installation,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2014 at Feast of Music
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"The rules are only good if they admit exceptions." - Hans Sachs, Die Meistersinger, Act III Over the course of the 6+ hours of Otto Schenk's monumental production of Richard Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg - which I saw Wednesday... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2014 at Feast of Music
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John Scott and the Boys of St. Thomas Choir performing their annual concert of Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols and John Rutter's Dancing Day last night at St. Thomas Church on 5th Avenue. More pics on the photo page. Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2014 at Feast of Music
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A holiday tradition unlike any other, Jalopy hosted its 6th annual Filthy Song Night this past Saturday with a parade of well-dressed folk and bluegrass musicians, all of whom seemed intent on one-upping each other on the gross-out meter. Hosted... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano Opera Oggi NY is one of many community opera companies in NYC that perform in churches, basements, parks, and even living rooms. In lieu of placing an announcement in the Times, performance bills are posted on bulletin... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2014 at Feast of Music
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Towards the end of my lunch conversation with organist Paul Jacobs, he invited me to his weekly organ class, which takes place every Thursday from 11-1 in Juillard's Paul Recital Hall. (The classes are open to the public.) From the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at Feast of Music
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Paul Jacobs Performing at St. Peter's Church (courtesy of The New Yorker) On the Saturday before Thanksgiving, some two dozen organists convened on St. Peter's Church on Lexington Ave. to perform a marathon concert of Bach's complete organ music, some... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano What could be more sophisticated or elegant at Christmastime than Duke Ellington's music played in Harlem? The Apollo Theater rang in the season this week with Ellington at Christmas, a new holiday confection featuring the David Berger... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano Photo by Steven Pisano On Wednesday night, jazz composer and drummer Tyshawn Sorey and his trio performed the first in a series of three concerts at Roulette. Piano, bass, drums: it’s a classic jazz combo. But with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano Photo by Steven Pisano On Behalf of Nature by Meredith Monk and her Vocal Ensemble is having its New York premiere this week at BAM’s Harvey Theatre (through Sunday). An evening-long performance of vocalizations, choreographed movements, and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Robert Leeper CHICAGO, IL— Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I had the chance to head out to Chicago where, in between various family obligations and political diatribes from long forgotten uncles, I snuck off to Symphony Center last Saturday afternoon... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano Photo by Steven Pisano The Brooklyn Youth Chorus enjoys a solid go-to reputation in the city’s classical music world, frequently singing a supporting role in choral works by Mahler and Britten with the New York Philharmonic. At... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at Feast of Music
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Whenever I get the chance to go to the movies, I usually opt for indie flicks or foreign films. But, every once in awhile, I enjoy a big Hollywood blockbuster. (I mean, who doesn't?) Same goes for the opera, where,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at Feast of Music
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Way back in 2007, at the 2nd Fun Fun Fun Fest, I had this to say about my first experience seeing Battles: "The NYC outfit, founded by former Don Caballero guitarist Ian Williams in 2005, is as close to experimental/new... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano Photo by Steven Pisano On Sunday evening, the good citizens of Bleecker Street were invaded by common street thugs, con artists, beggars, murderers, and whores from New Jersey. They hob-nobbed with criminal intent in a dark underground... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at Feast of Music
I'm starting to think that - unconditional hero-worship aside - composers are the most generous artists we have. I mean, would you let a complete stranger into your apartment? Apparently, that's no big deal for ten composers, who have allowed... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at Feast of Music