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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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Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera "There aren't many things left worth fighting for in this world. Art is one of them." - FoM In his 2008 memoir, Hallelujah Junction, John Adams devotes an entire chapter to his opera The Death of Klinghoffer,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Feast of Music
Our old friend Ljova was showing off his conductor chops in Bryant Park recently, leading a varied group of NYC subway musicians via FaceTime, connected through the MTA's Wi-Fi system (coming soon to a station near you.) Mixing everything from... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano Photo by Steven Pisano Last Thursday's CMJ Music Marathon showcase at the Bowery Ballroom featured four very different bands, united by their love of Rock. Openers Slothrust was formed at Sarah Lawrence College in 2010. Lead singer... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield Bernstein. Mahler. Stravinsky. These men were all highly-respected composer/conductors found in music history textbooks. Flip to the end of that textbook, and one is likely to find another: John Adams. As a long-time admirer of Adams' compositions,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Feast of Music
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by Poppy Galloway Newcomers to the music scene maybe not, but the pull of Brooklyn’s Beach Fossils was too strong to resist Thursday night at Brooklyn Bowl. Lush reverb, loose verse/chorus structure, catchy riffs and relentless yet unobtrusive drumming: it... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Feast of Music
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by Poppy Galloway I arrived at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar last Tuesday just in time to catch Glasgow thrashers PAWS take the stage. Their set was three parts brutal garage punk to one part dream pop. Lots of yelling. Lots... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Feast of Music
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Well, I never made it out of Williamsburg on Saturday for the last day of CMJ, but I hardly felt deprived of good, interesting music. As on Friday, I started at BV's day party at Baby's All Right, arriving just... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Feast of Music
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I got an earlier start on Friday, thanks to Brooklyn Vegan's day party at Baby's All Right, celebrating it's 1st anniversary after opening during last year's CMJ Music Marathon. Starting things off were hardcore trio The Wytches, who mixed Dinosaur,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Feast of Music
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The debut performance of French Style Furs (ex-Cold War Kids, We Barbarians), Fontana's, 10/23/14. More pics on the photo page. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Feast of Music
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In between CMJ hopping on Thursday night, I had the chance to stop by NYU's Skirball Center for The Bad Plus' (pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson and drummer Dave King) take on Ornette Coleman's 1971 concept album Science Fiction,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Feast of Music
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I danced in between the raindrops last night in search of new discoveries last night, the second night of CMJ 2014, containing myself mostly to the Lower East Side before venturing across the East River for a late, ill advised... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano Photo by Steven Pisano For the last 34 years, the CMJ Music Marathon has presented New York with an overwhelming number of live music performances crammed into just five days. This year, there are over 1,400 bands... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at Feast of Music
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About a year ago, vocal octet Roomful of Teeth offered the first complete NYC performance of Caroline Shaw's Pulitzer Prize-winning Partita for 8 Voices. Not long after, they performed it again during the Winter Jazzfest, right before they headed out... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at Feast of Music
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Capping off a weekend of electronic music, I ventured out to the amazing new Bushwick venue The Wick on Saturday night, where Bedroom Community co-founder Ben Frost headlined an evening of music that ranged from dark metal to droning noise,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at Feast of Music
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Are art museums the new concert halls? Not exactly, but, there is a long and storied tradition of presenting live music in art galleries and museums. Particularly in the realm of new music: early shows by Steve Reich and Philip... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Feast of Music
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Ruth Fremson/The New York Times In 1998, I was working at the downtown arts center HERE when Basil Twist's Symphonie Fantastique premiered in a small black box theater in the basement. Billed as a "puppet show," I remember being skeptical... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Robert Leeper Photo Credit: Richard Termine Despite frequent comparisons to the now-defunct City Opera, Gotham Chamber Opera has managed to avoid all of the baggage that comes with filling City Opera's void. The 13 year old GCO has made... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano Photo by Steven Pisano The vibrant music presented at Saturday’s “Africa Now” concert at Harlem's Apollo Theater was strong evidence that music in contemporary South Africa has gone far beyond the more traditional isicathamiya and mbube singing... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Feast of Music
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In the world of music, there are small masterpieces: Allegri's Miserere, Barber's Adagio for Strings, Claire de lune. Then, there are bigger ones: Handel's Messiah, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, Mahler's 2nd symphony. And then, there is Bach's St. Matthew Passion: a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Michael Cirigliano II It may not seem like Russian orchestral music would align with the Berlin Philharmonic's glossy, pristine sound, but luckily it seems that no one has ever told Simon Rattle and his band that this was the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Feast of Music
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Continuing where they left off on Sunday night, a downsized Berlin Philharmonic and chief conductor Simon Rattle returned to Carnegie Hall on Monday night to complete their cycle of Schumann's four symphonies. They began with the Fourth Symphony, composed the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Feast of Music
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"It's like Christmas all year round with these pieces." - Sir Simon Rattle At the center of the Berlin Philharmonic's residency in New York this week are two concerts at Carnegie Hall in which they perform all four of Robert... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Feast of Music
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Whenever I start to feel a bit jaded about music, there are nights like last night, when I was privileged to witness the Berlin Philharmonic - arguably the greatest orchestra in the world - open Carnegie Hall's 123rd season. This... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Feast of Music
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Over the past 40 years, the Kronos Quartet has been responsible for more new music than any other institution, commissioning more than 800 works from just about every major composer on the planet. But, they had never worked with the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano Photo: Steven Pisano Even back in his heyday, in the 1980s and 1990s, it was a challenge to pin down John Lurie. Was he a band leader (Lounge Lizards)? Was he a film composer (Get Shorty--which garnered... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Feast of Music