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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) The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research was established in 1925 in Poland, with support from leading intellectuals of the time such as Sigmund Freud and Albert Einstein. It moved to New York... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2018 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano.) The composer Mark-Anthony Turnage made his mark in London almost 20 years ago with his second opera, which was based on the Sean O'Casey play about Word War I, The Silver Tassie.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2018 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano) Back in 2008, Heidi Rodewald was nominated for a Tony and won an Obie for her musical "Passing Strange," which was eventually turned into a film by Spike Lee. She has collaborated... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2018 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield When you’re off to see an artist perform for the fifth time, it’s reasonable to keep your expectations in check. If it’s jazz pianist Michel Camilo and his trio, however, you can bet those expectations will be... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2018 at Feast of Music
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by Katie Zepf On Tuesday night, indie vets The Wombats finished off their 2018 U.S. tour at Terminal 5. The British outfit features lead singer Matthew Murphy, drummer Dan Haggis, and bassist Tord Øverland Knudsen. Playing to a Halloween costumed... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2018 at Feast of Music
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by Katie Zepf Hailing from Harlem, Two Feet (a.k.a. Zachary William Dess) merges both indie rock and electronic, with a heavy focus on the bass. I had previously seen a short set from Dess at the Governor’s Ball in June,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2018 at Feast of Music
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By Katie Zepf Last week (10/24), Texas hip hop collective Brockhampton swept through NYC, selling out three shows at Terminal 5 and making a guest appearance on The Tonight Show. Calling themselves the ”best boy band since One Direction”, the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2018 at Feast of Music
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I've just learned that trumpeter Roy Hargrove died Friday night of complications from kidney failure. He was 49. Hargrove was the first jazz musician I ever saw at a real live venue: at the Vanguard, in 1992. The last time... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2018 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano) Each fall, to kick off its season, the edgy Heartbeat Opera presents a combination drag and opera extravaganza, which also serves as a fundraiser. This year's production over the weekend at Roulette... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2018 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield Credit: jazzafterhours.net Last Sunday at the Jazz Standard, drummer Brian Blade’s current project, the sextet “Life Cycles,” took the stage and played a forty-five minute set of rapturous, original jazz tunes to an enthusiastic sold-out house. At... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2018 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano and Pete Matthews The 4th Annual BRIC JazzFest returned this past weekend to the BRIC House in downtown Brooklyn, with some 24 musical acts over three "marathon" nights, each lasting more than 4-1/2 hours. With their biggest... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2018 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano.) Of all the great American playwrights of the last hundred years, Eugene O'Neill has plumbed deeper and darker into the classic American identity than any other. Yet somehow, his work has not... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2018 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano.) The composer Gregg Kallor has an affinity for the macabre. His musical setting for Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" debuted two Octobers ago in the burial crypt of the Church of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2018 at Feast of Music
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Carnegie Hall opened it's 127th season last Wednesday with Michael Tilson Thomas leading the San Francisco Symphony in a pops-style program that skewed heavily towards Americana and Broadway (with a little Liszt thrown in.) Which is precisely the sort of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at Feast of Music
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Composer David Lang has never been comfortable with standards of music presentation. Thirty years ago, he - along with Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe - founded Bang on a Can for the express purpose of upending concert hall conventions. Instead... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at Feast of Music
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"John taught me that... a pipe organ, breathing the living force of air, has a soul.” - Reverend Andrew C. Mead, former Rector, St. Thomas Church Look around, and you might notice that New York City is living in a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2018 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (Photos by Rob Davidson for the Miller Theater.) "Proving Up," the new chamber opera by composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek, opened at the Miller Theatre Wednesday night, to an audience brimming with composers, singers, and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2018 at Feast of Music
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by Katie Zepf Seattle's Car Seat Headrest played two sold-out shows this past weekend at Williamsburg's Brooklyn Steel. The band is known for their unique lo-fi indie rock sound, which started out as the bedroom project of frontman Will Toledo,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2018 at Feast of Music
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In an age where almost any sound can be manufactured - or altered - in the production studio, it was a breath of fresh air to witness a true guitar virtuoso on Thursday night, when blues master Gary Clark, Jr.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2018 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano.) In recent years, to prove that classical music is not dead, we have seen the canon, as well as contemporary works, presented in ways other than the conventional concert hall. The impressario... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2018 at Feast of Music
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Great Barrington, MA - When it comes to music in the Berkshires, there's more to life than just Tanglewood. Case in point: the 113 year old Mahaiwe theater, where last night I heard a stunning show by local singer-songwriter Sarah... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2018 at Feast of Music
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A packed house last night at Celebrate Brooklyn for alt-country singer Brandi Carlile. More pics on the photo page. Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2018 at Feast of Music
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I've been in and out of town a bunch over the past few weeks, but when I'm home, I always make a point of stopping by the Prospect Park Bandshell, where BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn is holding its 40th(!) annual season... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2018 at Feast of Music
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by Katie Zepf NEW HAVEN, CT - On Friday, California's The Neighbourhood paid a visit to New Haven's College Street Music Hall, located just outside the Yale campus. Known for their blending of alternative rock with electro-pop, the band -... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2018 at Feast of Music
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Photo: Chris Lee, NY Philharmonic When the New York Philharmonic reached out to Esa-Pekka Salonen several years ago to ask him to become an artistic partner, it was not, as many might assume, as a conductor. Rather, he was engaged... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2018 at Feast of Music