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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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At the start of last night's rehearsal of the public domain, our strand leader, Maria Sensi Sellner, said that her goal was to run through the entire piece twice in the three hours we had allotted. As it turned out,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Feast of Music
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For the opening of the 50th season of Mostly Mozart, you had to guess Jane Moss and the folks at Lincoln Center had something pretty special planned (other than this command performance, of course). So it was last night at... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Feast of Music
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Due to another commitment, I only made it to the last hour of last night's show by Jon Batiste and Stay Human at Celebrate Brooklyn, but despite being onstage for nearly two hours - not to mention having played their... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Feast of Music
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As if learning to sing a new score from scratch wasn't enough, David Lang's the public domain also calls for the performers to engage in a series movements and gestures, designed by the celebrated choreographer Annie-B Parson. Parson, who was... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Feast of Music
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Aside from having a bit of unexpected free time on my hands, the thing that finally convinced me to participate in David Lang's the public domain was the fact that one of the five groups of 200 singers - a.k.a.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Feast of Music
Whenever I first meet someone who finds out that I'm the host of a music blog, one of the first questions they inevitably ask is: Are you a musician? Answer: No. Other than childhood piano lessons and the clarinet I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2016 at Feast of Music
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It might not be as close by as Celebrate Brooklyn, but not to be forgotten in the summer music landscape is Summerstage, now in its 31st year of (mostly) free gigs in all five boroughs. As in year's past, most... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2016 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield It's a rare and magical thing to hear great musicians playing great music in a great space, but that's exactly what audiences were treated to this past week when violinist Francesca Anderegg presented selections from Wild Cities,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2016 at Feast of Music
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Ever since I moved to Park Slope 14 years ago, the one thing that had kept me here more than any other is Celebrate Brooklyn, the two month series of (mostly) free concerts at the bandshell on the corner of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2016 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield Cory Henry and his Funk Apostles' blistering set last Thursday at Highline Ballroom melded rich church harmonies, soaring synth lines, and hard-hitting funk rhythms into a sonic soup that delivered the goods. Henry's fans are familiar with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2016 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield Guest Star Emily Braden sings Applying genre labels to music and musicians can be a tricky business -- it sells a product, but is often at odds with the art itself. The Sketchy Orkestra, brainchild of pianist... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2016 at Feast of 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