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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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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 yesterday 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 yesterday 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 3 days ago 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 3 days ago 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 4 days ago 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 5 days ago 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
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Two days after joining in the standing ovation for John Adams during curtain calls at the final performance of The Death of Klinghoffer at The Met, it was strange, to say the least, to be stitting less than five feet... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at Feast of Music
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285 Kent. Zebulon. Monkeytown/La Sala. The Pool Parties. This week, it's Death By Audio, soon to be followed by Glasslands. Times are a-changin' in Williamsburg, as some of NYC's best music venues get razed, replaced with glass and steel condos... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at Feast of Music
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Austin, TX - The 9th edition of Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest tore up Auditorium Shores once again last weekend with a heady mix of indie, punk, metal, electronica, and everything in between. While things got off to a bit... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Feast of Music
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Although I'd already seen the Met Opera's acclaimed new production of John Adams' The Death of Klinghoffer, I felt compelled to see it once more on Saturday afternoon, the eighth and final performance. I'm glad I did: aside from having... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Feast of Music
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For my money, there is no more arresting singer in the world today than Matthias Goerne: the German baritone I first discovered as Jesus in Bach's St. Matthew Passion, which he performs seemingly at the edge of sanity. And, it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield Ah, the music of the French: Je t'aime. Something about it has always moved me -- from the work of Ravel and Debussy, to the contemporary film scores of Yann Tiersen. But despite some peripheral familiarity, I've... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at Feast of Music
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AUSTIN, TX - Opera is an expensive venture, with administrators at even the most established companies struggling to find ways to make ends meet. This is especially true in mid-sized markets, which often need to resort to importing productions from... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at Feast of Music
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Still not entirely clear what "the problem" was yesterday, but there were literally thousands of people who bought one day and weekend passes to Fun Fun Fun Festival who never got in yesterday due to the four hour+ wait to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2014 at Feast of Music
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In a few hours, I'm headed back to Austin for the 9th annual Fun Fun Fun Fest, which for three days will fill Auditorium Shores with an omnivorous lineup of Alt-Rock (Modest Mouse, Neutral Milk Hotel, Dinosaur, Jr.) Hip-Hop (Nas,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Robert Leeper The PUBLIQuartet is a group of young string players who bring both technical mastery and freewheeling joy to their music playing. On Monday evening at Subculture, they played folk-themed classical works from the early 20th century as... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at Feast of Music
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For more than six decades, Mavis Staples has posessed one of music's most powerful and iconic voices, equal parts gospel, soul and R&B. Recently, however, Staples has expanded into new sonic territory, starting with 2007's We'll Never Turn Back, featuring... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano Photo by Steven Pisano Conductor Alondra de la Parra is something of an anomaly. Aside from being a woman - still a rarity in the classical music world - she was raised in a country (Mexico) which... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Feast of Music