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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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This Sunday, the Australian Chamber Orchestra - reputed to be one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world - makes a rare stateside visit to Zankel Hall with a wide-ranging program including works by Haydn, Mozart and Prokofiev. The... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano With members hailing originally from Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Israel, and across the U.S., the lineup of the all-star SF Jazz Collective brings an international flavor to their fluid and thoughtful style of post-bop jazz. Their mastery was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2015 at Feast of Music
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If you were to ask me five years ago how many percussion ensembles I could name, the answer would be, One: Sō Percussion. But, while Sō remains the gold standard in percussion quartets, they have given spawn to a whole... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Stephen Policoff Photo by Valery Lyman This weekend, the 7th annual Brooklyn Folk Festival takes place at St. Ann's Church in Brooklyn Heights, with more than 30 bands playing a mix of old-time music, folk, blues, jug band, bluegrass,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at Feast of Music
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California's Mountain Goats played a sold out show at Webster Hall last Thursday in celebration of their new release, Beat the Champ. The crowd was as broad an audience as you could imagine: lifelong Lower East Siders who had known... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at Feast of Music
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Brooklyn's Living Room was the ideal setting for singer-songwriter Jenn Mundia's set last Monday, with both an intimate vibe and tall ceilings. Jenn's vocal timbre has a soft and laid back feel, but was equally at home powering through more... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock, two of the living legends of jazz, hit the stage at Carnegie Hall on Thursday night for an evening of duo music for piano and keyboard. They sat facing each other -... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Anna Murphy Last night, Americana artist and musical scion Amy Helm took the stage at City Winery with her band The Handsome Strangers for the last night of their week-long residency. Best known as the daughter of the late... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at Feast of Music
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KNOXVILLE, TN - It didn't take long after my arrival at the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville last weekend for me to realize that this was no run-of-the-mill music festival. After picking up my wristband, I wandered next door to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at Feast of Music
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In the orchestra world, the received thinking is that if you're going to have a new work on a program, you put it on the first half, in order to give the audience a reason to come back after intermission.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at Feast of 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 Mar 26, 2015 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 Mar 26, 2015 at Feast of Music
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Pierre Boulez, NY Philharmonic, 1975 from Répons (1981-84) Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2015 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 Mar 25, 2015 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 Mar 25, 2015 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 Mar 24, 2015 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 Mar 24, 2015 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 Mar 23, 2015 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