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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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I've hinted at this in some previous posts, but I'll be headed down to Knoxville, TN this weekend for the 4th edition of Big Ears Festival, which Rolling Stone has called "the classiest, most diverse festival in the country.” With... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Feast of Music
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I first heard Doug Perkins and Todd Meehan - otherwise known as the Meehan/Perkins Duo - perform Tristan Perich's Parallels at MoMA in 2013, as part of MoMA's Soundings exhibition. The performance, which was held outdoors in the Summergarden, combined... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Feast of Music
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Pierre Boulez, NY Philharmonic, 1975 from Répons (1981-84) Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Feast of Music
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Above, members of Arkora performing Toronto-based composer Benton Roark's Songs from the Rainshadow's Edge for soprano, narrator and chamber ensemble last night at Roulette, part of this year's ongoing Ear Heart Music series. Opening was Duo Scorpio (harpists Kathryn Andrews... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Feast of Music
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If what I heard Monday night at the David Rubinstein Atrium is to be believed, everyone needs to run out and pick up a ticket for one of the NY Phil's subscription concerts this week. Because, after a somewhat pedestrian... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Feast of Music
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Like many other Manhattan expats, The Living Room recently relocated from it’s legendary Lower East Side location to Williamsburg, Brooklyn. But, this venue known for featuring some of NYC’s best and brightest roots musicians hasn’t skipped a beat. On a... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano One thing is clear: Meredith Monk has a lot of friends—musicians who have both directly and indirectly been influenced by her work. And she has written a lot of music. So, it was only fitting that Monk,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Feast of Music
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Most people probably had never heard of Jóhann Jóhannsson before he won the Golden Globe this past January for his score to The Theory of Everything. But the Icelandic composer - who now lives in Berlin - has been known... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano Cory Weaver/Metropolitan Opera The Metropolitan Opera’s current production of Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor doesn't really show up on stage until the third and final act, but when it does, scoot up to the front of your... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield When you attend a show by a world renowned contemporary string quartet, you expect to hear music that's both bold and original. That's exactly what I got when I heard the Kronos Quartet last Saturday at Carnegie's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at Feast of Music
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Where do you file a band that blends electronics with string and wind instruments in a soft, hazy, occasionally ecstatic vibe? Indie? Ambient? New Music? David Moore, the pianist and creative force behind Bing and Ruth, likes to call it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Robert Leeper The first question that may come to mind when considering the possibility of a guitar/harp duo is: is there any actual repertoire for that? Answer: not really—but anyone curious about the pairing need only look as far... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Christina Klessig Tina Fineberg for The New York Times After the concertmaster warmed up New York Philharmonic Thursday night at Avery Fisher Hall, my mind raced as Thomas Adès took the stage. He had coattails to the floor, with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2015 at Feast of Music
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For those of you going to tomorrow's matinee of Rossini's La Donna del Lago - either at the Met Opera or at one of the thousands of movie theaters around the world showing the HD simulcast - you are in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at Feast of Music
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In a fun coincidence of scheduling last Saturday, it was only a short walk from the the NY Phil's CONTACT! concert at the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium to the Temple of Dendur, where the Vijay Iyer Trio was holding court... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at Feast of Music
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After my recent musical travels through Scandinavia, I was excited to hear that the NY Phil's latest CONTACT! new music concert would be made up entirely of music by composers from Nordic countries. This was no doubt a longtime wish... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at Feast of Music
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After witnessing a panoply of great orchestras fill Carnegie Hall over the past few weeks, the stage seemed positively barren last night, save for a single Steinway grand piano placed in the center. But, for many music lovers, this is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at Feast of Music
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"I believe in the cultivating influence of the arts. The arts are what make life worth living." - Martin Segal This past Monday's Martin A. Segal Award ceremony at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall wasn't so much a concert as... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2015 at Feast of Music
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In the ongoing quest to get young people to embrace classical music by serving it up in more casual environs(i.e., one where you can get a drink), one peculiar exponent is the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Since 2005,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2015 at Feast of Music
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Following in the footsepts of the Berlin Philharmonic's Schumann fest this past October, the Vienna Philharmonic returned to Carnegie Hall last weekend for their annual NYC visit with a trio of concerts surverying Brahms' four symphonies and the German Reqiuem.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2015 at Feast of Music
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Although this past weekend in NYC was dominated by a visiting Austrian orchestra, the NY Phil made some musical fireworks of their own Saturday night under Sakari Oramo, whom I last saw conducting Strauss and Stravinsky in Stockholm. The Phil... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano Now its in sixth year at Wild Project, the Avant Music Festival, curated by Randy Gibson and Megan Schubert, provides contemporary composers an opportunity to present their work in an evening-long concert. Last Friday's event explored the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano This winter in New York City has been so unrelentingly and inhospitably cold, so bone-numbingly frigid that a lot of sensible people have just stayed home from exploring the city’s nightlife to catch up on Netflix. Who... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Robert Leeper Photo Credit: Pete Checchia Shara Worden, perhaps best known as the lead singer of the band My Brightest Diamond, shared Carnegie's Zankel Hall stage Friday evening with the American Composers Orchestra in a program that rested in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Feast of Music
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Most of the works on last Thursday's Bang on a Can People's Commissioning Fund concert at Merkin Concert Hall were riffs on some found sound, or other pre-existing music. Which, in itself isn't bad - music has a long tradition... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at Feast of Music