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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.) 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
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano.) As the Rockaways increase their hip quotient each year, first with surfers (who we all know make everything cool), then with artists, and more recently with musicians (Patti Smith has a place... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at Feast of Music
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Photo: David Andrako When you visit the Café Carlyle, just off the lobby of the historic Carlyle Hotel on Madison and 76th Street, you know you aren't just seeing any old cabaret show. The minute you're escorted to your seat... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2016 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano.) Saxophonist Charlie Parker was one of the seminal jazz musicians of the twentieth century, whose fast and furious improvisational style was the source of bebop, one of the defining styles of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2016 at Feast of Music
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Next Thursday, April 7th, the Orchestra of St. Luke's brings an evening of music spanning over 250 years of English music to Carnegie Hall. The evening includes Purcell's devastating "Dido’s Lament" from his opera Dido and Aeneas (featuring mezzo-soprano Susan... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2016 at Feast of Music
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I'm excited to be returning to Knoxville, TN this weekend for the Big Ears Festival, which I attended for the first time last year and was pretty much blown away by the wall-to-wall mix of new music, electronic music, jazz,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2016 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano.) The Africa Now! music festival, which just wrapped up it's fourth year at the Apollo Theater, aspires to provide American audiences with a tasting menu of current trends in African music. Of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2016 at Feast of Music
Ensemble ACJW, made up of some of the finest young professional classical musicians from the United States, is kicking off a three-concert series at Williamsburg's National Sawdust tonight with “Reflections”: a contemporary program that seeks to provide a space where... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2016 at Feast of Music
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Though you wouldn't know it except for a few perfunctory blurbs in the local press, there is a landmark music event taking place in New York this weekend. For more than four years, composer Karlheinz Stockhausen labored daily on KLANG... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2016 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield Serendipity first introduced me to Hungarian pianist Dénes Várjon. A friend of mine had deeply treasured some recordings of the Chopin Nocturnes when he was a kid, but only within the past few months identified the pianist,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2016 at Feast of 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 Feb 13, 2016 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