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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
Recent Activity
Last night, pianist Jonathan Biss was supposed to appear at the 92nd Street Y to perform Beethoven's last three piano sonatas. Unfortunately, as with just about everything these days, Biss was unable to perform the recital in person. Instead, he... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Feast of Music
Every day at 1pm, the great jazz pianist Fred Hersch is hosting a brief, but excellent Facebook live concert from his living room. You can watch today's above; not sure how to get him horizontal, but maybe you'll figure it... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Feast of Music
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"How do you keep the music playing? How do you make it last? How do you keep the song from fading Too fast?" - Alan and Marilyn Bergman, "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" Monday nights are usually quiet... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Feast of Music
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This has been a sad, sobering day in the cultural life of New York City. As of today (3/12), all major NYC arts organizations - Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Met Museum, Broadway - will shut their doors until at... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2020 at Feast of Music
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After consecutive cycles of all of Beethoven's string quartets, followed by all of his symphonies, where does one go? For me, it was back to Carnegie Hall last Thursday to hear the Orchestra of St. Luke's perform an adventurous program... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2020 at Feast of Music
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"Symphonies are the best representation of my true self." - Beethoven Beethoven's nine symphonies are the foundation of the symphonic repertory, the standard by which all others are measured. His achievement was so brilliant, so daring, it paralyzed composers for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2020 at Feast of Music
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"Oh, they are not for you, but for a later age." - Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven is always everywhere. A revolutionary figure not just in music but in western culture, Beethoven's music can be heard multiple times each season in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2020 at Feast of Music
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Egyptian singer-songwriter Ramy Essam played an electric show at National Sawdust on January 25th , part of a multimedia tour called “Tahrir and Beyond" commemorating the ninth anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution. Essam was joined by the street artist Ganzeer;... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2020 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano) Simply put: What can't Caroline Shaw do? As a violinist, she seems just as much at home playing a Mozart quartet as she does a sweet Southern spiritual. As a vocalist, both... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2020 at Feast of Music
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by Kat Pongrace Nothing in the world could have prepared me for the trance and ecstasy that Egyptian singer Faraj Abyad and his Orchestra wrought upon the audience last Saturday at Symphony Space. Presented in collaboration with the World Music... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2020 at Feast of Music
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Keyon Harrold by Dan Lehner It’s hard to believe, 16 years in and with improvised music culture consistently moving out of Manhattan, that this was Winter Jazzfest’s first foray into Brooklyn, but the Williamsburg/Bushwick terrain felt instantly home and welcoming... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2020 at Feast of Music
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Veritable indie pop darling Caroline Polachek delivered a warm and inviting set at Rough Trade on Sunday, replete with pre-arranged and off-the-cuff piano arrangements from her latest release, Pang. The show–which was free and open to the public in conjunction... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2020 at Feast of Music
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by Dan Lehner and Pete Matthews Greg Osby and Lakecia Benjamin at Le Poisson Rouge A warm Friday gave way to an even warmer Saturday - making Winter Jazzfest seem almost like Spring Jazzfest, encouraging causal wandering between venues and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2020 at Feast of Music
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Charles Altura, left; Jure Pukl, right by Dan Lehner An unseasonable warm spell may have made for an odd environment for Winter Jazzfest this year, but encouraging people to not merely park themselves in one space always yields the best... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2020 at Feast of Music
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A couple of days late on this, but just learned that Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons died Sunday at his home in St. Petersburg, after many years of on-and-off health issues. He was 76. Famed for his passionate, intense interpretations of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2019 at Feast of Music
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by Kat Pongrace In what seems to be the vanguard color of Gen-Z, a woman with electric green hair bounded onstage at Baby’s All Right last week (October 30) to open Category is: Sonic Synesthesia. The event was my first... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2019 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (© Hiroshi Sugimoto/Courtesy of Odawara Art Foundation) 2019 marks the 10th anniversary season of Lincoln Center's White Light Festival, offering works from around the world in music, theater, and dance that explore art’s power to "reveal the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2019 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano.) Consider, if you will, the following partial description of an object in an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which ended this past weekend: Archtop with F-holes and Venetian cutaway; laminated... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2019 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano.) Opera Philadelphia's recent production of Sergei Prokofiev's "The Love for Three Oranges" was a frothy, fun concoction, less an opera than a zany musical comedy. Its source story had its origins in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2019 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield The New York Philharmonic delighted enthusiastic crowds at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall two weeks ago with the return of its popular “Art of the Score” series, in which classic films are presented with live orchestral accompaniment.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2019 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano.) The Lincoln Center Out of Doors season ends each year with the "Roots of American Music Weekend: Americanafest," sponsored by the Americana Music Association. Saturday night's concert featured Patty Griffin, a folk... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2019 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano.) A desi is "a person of Indian, Pakistani, or Bangladeshi birth or descent who lives abroad." You can include Sri Lanka too. On Sunday night, in a program hosted by Reena Ninan... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2019 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano.) The SummerStage program run by the City Parks Foundation presents a wide variety of (mostly) free performances throughout the summer in all five boroughs. And in Brooklyn, what says "summer" more than... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2019 at Feast of Music
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The prepared piano - where a pianist places screws, forks and other foreign objects on the piano strings to create strange, eerie timbres - has long had a place in the world of contemporary classical music, notably in the avant-garde... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2019 at Feast of Music
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It's up in the mid-80's today in NYC, which has got me thinking about my favorite time of year: summer, when all sorts of amazing music heads outdoors. In addition to some of our old faves - Celebrate Brooklyn, Summerstage,... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2019 at Feast of Music