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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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Although the weather gods could not be appeased Thursday night by the sounds of bluegrass (as banjo player Noam Pikelny joked), the crowds certainly were as the Punch Brothers put on a striking performance at Celebrate Brooklyn under heavy rain... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano Brooklyn’s own Talib Kweli, a star in the world of hip hop for almost a generation now, brought his expanding hip hop universe to Brooklyn Bowl for two nights last week, spotlighting some of the talent now... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield Stepping into Spectrum in Lower Manhattan is like stepping into a modern-day composer's living room. CDs line one wall, books the other. There are plenty of comfy couches, and even a dedicated beer fridge. It's worth seeing... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano Last Friday, Jeremy Loops played Brooklyn Bowl on the final night of a U.S. tour aimed at introducing this South African folk singer from Cape Town to American ears. Over the last few years, Loops has garnered... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Steve Danielsson Last week, Old 97’s frontman Rhett Miller came to City Winery to celebrate the release of his newest album “The Traveler." Miller recorded the album last year in Portland with members of Black Prairie, who have an... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Robert Leeper Peter Oundjian and The Orchestra of St. Luke's at the Venetian Theater A standard orchestra program pairs a short piece by a contemporary composer with a large scale Romantic symphony. Often, the short piece is a dense... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield Within moments of the start of Antonio Sanchez's set at SubCulture last Friday, it was not only clear that his drum chops reign supreme, but that he is a commanding, dominating force to be reckoned with. Rarely... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield Robin Eubanks left, Corey Glover, right. One of my favorite things about jazz music is just how malleable the genre actually is. It encourages extensive creative expression and experimentation without limits. The only "rule," is to break... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at Feast of Music
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Last week, I was starting to regret not going to this weekend's Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN, mostly because Mumford & Sons, who canceled their scheduled appearance when I attended two years ago but canceled due to bassist Ted Dwayne's emergency... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano Photo by Chris Lee. Oratorios are a tricky business. On the one hand, it can seem unsettling for a symphony orchestra to present an oratorio, which has a great deal of purely spoken dialogue not accompanied by... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at Feast of Music
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The Leftover Cuties, in town from Los Angeles, performed an intimate set at The Living Room on Tuesday, mixing classic swing and pop with modern songwriting. It felt like you had been transported to a mid-century smoky lounge, with Shirli... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at Feast of Music
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Last Thursday, The Felice Brothers took the stage at Brooklyn's Red Hook Park to kick off this year’s Summerstage. (See my conversation with James Felice here.) Under the shadow of the Port Authority Grain Terminal, they showed off their unique... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano The Arizona-based band Calexico was in the city on Sunday and Monday nights at the Bowery Ballroom as the last stop of a US tour before jetting off to Europe for much of this summer. Many of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield Singer Karen Marie with the Highline Chamber Ensemble The Highline Chamber Ensemble, which typically performs in lofts, bars, and studios throughout NYC, played to a packed SubCulture on Tuesday with a dynamite show that crossed genres from... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2015 at Feast of Music
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A massive crowd gathered at the Prospect Park Bandshell tonight to open the 37th season of Celebrate Brooklyn with a free performance by R&B legend Chaka Khan, whose protean, wide-ranging voice belied her 62 years. She was joined by her... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2015 at Feast of Music
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The Felice Brothers find themselves at the center of the resurgent interest in American roots music, equally at home around traditional bands like Old Crow Medicine Show, or rocking out in a crowded club. Their latest release, Favorite Waitress (2014)... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield Legendary jazz fusion pioneers Yellowjackets closed out their residency at the Blue Note Sunday night with a hard-grooving set that included both old favorites and fun new material. The quartet played with the kind of refined smoothness... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2015 at Feast of Music
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I will never forget the first time I attended the New York Philharmonic's annual free Memorial Day Concert at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. It was 2001, and Kurt Masur - who began the tradition in 1992 as... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at Feast of Music
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It's still a couple of weeks until Celebrate Brooklyn! officially kicks off it's 37th season at the Prospect Park Bandshell, but the folks at BRIC are already warming up the crowd with a series of free Thursday night dance parties... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Robert Leeper George Manahan, Photo Credit: Hiroyuki Ito/Getty Images Organizations that further the careers of young composers are plentiful these days, but the American Composers Orchestra takes its support a step further with its Underwood New Music Readings, offering... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at Feast of Music
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For anyone who cares at all about the living art of music, there is no more vital institution than the Kronos Quartet. Since their founding 41 years ago, this indefatigable quartet has commissioned more than 850 works and has performed... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Christina Klessig Last week, pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn and violist Hsin-Yun Huang presented an intimate concert at Subculture entitled “Sonatas from the Soviet Era.” Solzhenitsyn, the son of Nobel Prize winning dissident Alexandr Solzhenitsyn, began with Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano With Cuba increasingly on people’s minds as access to that magical island becomes easier for Americans to travel to, Cuban jazz pianist Omar Sosa and his Quarteto Afrocubano attracted an eclectic audience to its show last week... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield The Gerald Clayton Trio played a dynamic and thoughtful set of what Clayton called "originals, arrangements, and de-rangements" last Tuesday at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center to an enthusiastic crowd. The young Netherlands-born, SoCal-raised pianist was... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield Photo by Stephen Pisano In his still-young career, Vijay Iyer has amassed an impressive set of credentials, and is known for pushing creative boundaries beyond what's generally accepted as jazz. Personally, I'd heard little of Vijay's music... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at Feast of Music