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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 pianist Yuja Wang has been wowing audiences worldwide for over a decade. Her exuberant virtuoso technique has always been one of her hallmarks. So it seemed an intriguing idea for her... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (Photo by Andrew Ousley/Unison Media.) Last week, the Crypt Sessions, a series of concerts curated by Andrew Ousley in the burial crypt underlying the Church of the Intercession, presented Olivier Messiaen's twentieth-century masterpiece, the "Quartet for the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano.) The composer Robert Ashley's opera Improvement (Don Leaves Linda) is an interesting case as an opera because it was not conceived traditionally as a work of theater with music, to be presented... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano.) The "American Songbook" series presented by Lincoln Center for over 20 years has been a reliably top-notch showcase for showing off the strengths of American songwriting. Some of the artists are singer-songwriters;... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2019 at Feast of Music
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by Dan Lehner and Pete Matthews Winter finally reared its adversarial head for last weekend’s Winter Jazzfest, which was incredibly celebrating its 15th year. The bitter cold may have deterred some would-be last minute attendees, but the bulk still huddled... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2019 at Feast of Music
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Winter Jazzfest ventured out to Bushwick's Brooklyn Steel on Wednesday night for a special evening with Medeski Martin and Wood and contemporary chamber orchestra Alarm Will Sound. For nearly 30 years, MMW have trailblazed a singular path through jazz, funk,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2019 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano) The Winter JazzFest is filling venues all week with a wide range of musical styles linked to "jazz", including old school, new school, and everything in between. One thing you can be... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2019 at Feast of Music
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By Dan Lehner Theo Bleckmann and The Westerlies at SubCulture Winter Jazzfest’s famous marathon, a two-night musical expedition that lasts eight hours and stretches almost the entire width of Manhattan, had apparently become so popular that a third needed to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2019 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield Photo: New York Philharmonic The New York Philharmonic rounded out the year with a sold-out performance of John Williams' score for the 1990 film Home Alone, part of the Phil’s ongoing “Art of the Score” series. It... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2019 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photographs by Steven Pisano.) The Carnival of the Animals, a fanciful suite of brief musical portraits of different animals, was composed in 1886 by Camille Saint-Saens as a way to avoid working on his more serious... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2019 at Feast of 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