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Neil Young & Crazy Horse in Atlantic City in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Neil

Neil Young, who just played the Bridge School Benefit and was supposed to play Capitol Theatre with Patti Smith last month but had to cancel, has just announced new NYC-area shows, but not at The Cap. Neil will do four nights at Carnegie Hall on January 6, 7, 9 and 10. Tickets to see Neil at the historic venue go on sale Monday (11/4) at 11 AM with a presale beginning Friday (11/1) at 10 AM. They're his only announced dates that we're aware of at the moment.

A couple videos of Neil from the Bridge School benefit and another recent live video below...

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Antony

As David Byrne pointed out, Lou Reed never lost his drive to search out and experience new music. Lou discovered the relatively unknown Antony Hegarty via producer Hal Wilner in 2002 while Hal and Lou were working on Lou's 19th solo album, The Raven, for which Antony ended up contributing vocals along with names like David Bowie, Laurie Anderson and Lou himself.

Through the years Lou and Antony continued to collaborate, on stage and on record. Lou performed on a track on the Antony & the Johnson EP The Lake, and often joined Antony on stage as Antony rose to fame. Antony often returned the favor.

One of those special moments came in 2005 when Lou joined Antony for a rendition of "Candy Says" on stage at Antony's Carnegie Hall show that year, a show that Jimmy Scott was also a guest at. The above picture, which we last posted in 2005 was taken backstage at the show as four of The Raven's vocalists reunited and posed alongside Bette Midler and Jimmy.

Antony just posted the same photo along with along with this statement to his Facebook:

Lou was like a father to me. I have never felt so perceived and loved for who I actually am by a man than by Lou Reed. He fought tirelessly for me to have a place in the daylight culture. My career would never have taken off without Lou's tremendous influence. Those close to Lou knew him as a lion-hearted and intensely caring friend. When discussing death a couple of weeks ago, he told me that I was focussed on the wrong thing. His goal especially recently has been to exercise his mental discipline to stay in the present and not be held hostage by fear of an illusory future. He faced death with dignity and courage, and even then remained a teacher and mentor to me. i miss him with all my heart. It is hard for me to reconcile that such a giant could really be gone. Antony October 28th 2013
Rest in Peace Lou.

Other artists who have also written tributes to Lou include David Bowie, Iggy Pop, David Byrne, John Cale, Patti Smith, and more.

Watch some videos of Lou and Antony performing together below...

Continue reading "Antony says 'Lou Reed was like a father' in tribute; watch some videos of the two performing together"

Carnegie Hall

A union strike forced Carnegie Hall to cancel its Wednesday season-opening concert, which was slated to include violinist Joshua Bell, the Philadelphia Orchestra and bassist Esperanza Spalding.

In a statement, Carnegie Hall said the stagehands' union, Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, was seeking jurisdiction over the venue's new Education Wing, which could limit the work performed in the new space and jeopardize funding of the educational programs. The new wing is slated to open in fall 2014. [WSJ]

First the NYC Opera just flat out folds (right after the government shuts down), and now this! It's not a good time for fancy show going.

Carnegie Hall cancellation statement below..

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David Sedaris and Lena Dunham
David Sedaris and Lena Dunham

One day before author and humorist David Sedaris takes over Carnegie Hall by himself, he'll hook up with 'Girls' creator and star Lena Dunham for "an insightful evening of reading and conversation" on the same stage. Lena and David will be 'Alone Together At Last' at Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall in NYC on November 19, 2013 (8pm). "An Evening with David Sedaris" is at Carnegie Hall on November 20.

Tickets for an "Evening with David Sedaris" are on sale now.

Tickets for Lena and David will go on sale Friday, September 13, but you can get them starting Tuesday (September 10) via an exclusive BrooklynVegan presale. Just head to the ticket page (which will be live soon) and enter code VEG18042.

As for Girls, which is up for five Emmys this year, the show is currently in production for Season 3 (which will feature Kim Gordon in an episode) which will air in 2014. You can watch an "In Production" teaser below.

In related news, the first-ever movie adaptation of a Sedaris essay is coming to the big screen. 'C.O.G.' premiered at Sundance and hits theaters on September 20. The trailer and more information on the two Carnegie Hall events, below...

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"Highlights of amazing @tibethouseus concert: Ira Glass dancing, Jim James singing, & Patti Smith & Phillip Glass performing a Ginsberg poem." - Ann Napolitano

Jim James and Ariel Pink (via Force Field)
Jim and Ariel

The 23rd Annual Tibet House Benefit Concert went down at Carnegie Hall last night (2/21) with Jim James, Merrill Garbus (aka tUnE-yArDs), Ariel Pink, Patti Smith, Rahzel, Tenzin Choegyal, Jesse Smith, and artistic director Philip Glass, with backing from Scorchio Quartet, dancing from This American Life's Ira Glass, and an opening Monk chant.

As these shows usually go, the participating musicians all collaborated with each other on stage throughout the show. Some highlights include Ariel Pink being joined by Philip Glass at one point and then Merrill Garbus at another, Patti Smith reading Allen Ginsberg's "Wichita Vortex Sutra" as Philip Glass played backing piano, and the concert's final song, which saw everyone but Pink coming on stage for Patti Smith's "People Have the Power."

If you were there, did you see Uma Thurman in the audience? She was there with her father, Robert, a Buddhist writer who is President of TIbet House US, and who, along with Philip Glass, gave an introductory speech at the concert.

The full setlist and a couple shots of Jim James' set below...

Continue reading "Jim James, Merrill Garbus, Ariel Pink, Patti Smith, Philip Glass, & Rahzel played the Tibet House US 23rd Annual Benefit"

Prince

As mentioned, City Winery founder Michael Dorf is presenting a tribute to Prince at Carnegie Hall on March 7, his next in a long line of tribute shows he's done at the historic Manhattan venue. Since we last spoke, the lineup of great musicians that will be performing at the show has been expanded. It features Elvis Costello, The Waterboys, Talib Kweli, Booker T, DeVotchka, Bettye Lavette, Sandra Bernhard, Bilal, Blind Boys of Alabama, Bhi Bhiman, Amos Lee, Citizen Cope & Alice Smith, Maya Rudolph's Prince tribute group with Gretchen Lieberum, Princess, house band The Roots, and perhaps most excitingly, R&B singer D'Angelo (who we're still waiting on that new album from). Tickets are still available and proceeds will benefit underprivileged youth.

Meanwhile, Prince recently posted a lyric video for a new song, "Screwdriver," to his website and revealed another new track, "Chapter & Verse," which you can stream below. You can buy "Screwdriver" and a remix of that song, AND another new song that came out today called "Breakfast Can Wait" at a mysterious website called 3rd Eye Girl. According to Questlove, "#BreakfastCanWait is WOW." Check it out.

In other related news, Elvis Costello and The Roots, who are both on the lineup for the Prince tribute, are releasing a collaborative album this year according to an interview that Questlove did with Billboard. Questlove says of the album, "We had 13 or 14 songs, but then we said, 'Ooh! Wait a minute! Let's replace four of these songs with four better songs! And now we have the tightest 12-14 song collection out of about 20 songs that we made." No release date, title, or any other info has been revealed yet, but Questlove assures us, "I can just say that it is brilliant."

Elvis Costello also plays a cancer benefit with The Who at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden on February 28.

Stream the new Prince songs below...

Continue reading "Roots & Elvis Costello collaborating, added to Carnegie Hall Tribute to Prince (who released new songs)"

Ariel Pink at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Ariel Pink

The Tibet House 23rd Annual Benefit Concert is returning to Carnegie Hall on February 21 and in addition to the previously announced lineup of Jim James, tUnE-yArDs, Rahzel, Patti Smith with Jessie Smith and, of course, artistic director Philip Glass, the lineup was just expanded to include Ariel Pink and Tenzin Choegyal.

Tickets for the concert are still available via Carnegie Hall or you can also pick up special packages that include a dinner reception with the performers via Tibet House US. Proceeds will support Tibet House US, the Hurricane Sandy Relief Foundation, and the TIbet Community of New York & New Jersey.

Ariel Pink has other upcoming dates, including Festival Nrmal, all of which are listed below...

Continue reading "Ariel Pink and Tenzin Choegyal added to Tibet House benefit"

photos by Greg Cristman

"Congrats to @dirtyprojectors on an amazing show at Carnegie hall tonight. Great to hear all the old + new" - Yellow Ostrich

Dirty Projectors

Dirty Projectors played the first Wordless Music Series show of 2013 with their Carnegie Hall show on Friday (1/11), for which they were joined by modern classical ensemble yMusic (who also opened the show) and a secret guest which turned out to be ex-Dirty Projector Angel Deradoorian. They played a bunch of their recent material off of 2012's Swing Lo Magellan and About to Die EP, 2009's Bitte Orca, and their 2010 collaborative effort with Bjork, Mount Wittenberg Orca. But the DPs also reached back to plenty of their pre-breakthrough catalog to please the old fans as well. Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend, who recently played an Occupy Sandy benefit in Brooklyn with Dirty Projectors, was there and said it was "one of [his] favorite concerts ever." If you were there, did you pick up the exclusive 7"?

yMusic's opening set consisted of pieces penned by Son Lux, Nico Muhly, Judd Greenstein, and others. You can check out their full setlist and more pictures from the show below.

Continue reading "Dirty Projectors (joined by yMusic and Angel Deradoorian) played Carnegie Hall (pics)"

Tyondai Braxton at ATP NYC 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Tyondai Braxton

Ex-Battles frontman Tyondai Braxton will present his new multimedia project, HIVE, in NYC at the Guggenheim Museum on March 21 as part of the museum's Works & Process series. The project is being co-presented by Wordless Music and will feature musicians Ben Vida, Yuri Yamashita, Jared Soldiviero, and John Ostrowski, and architect/carpenter Uffe Surland Van Tams. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Flyer below.

Tyondai has other upcoming appearances and events in NYC including premiering his new work, Trems, which is being performed by Bang On A Can at Merkin Concert Hall on March 14 for an event that also features music by Dan Deacon, Anna Clyne, Paula Matthusen, Johann Johannsson, and Fay Kueen Wang.

Then, he'll debut his piece, "Fly by Wire" with the ensemble Alarm Will Sound at Carnegie Hall on April 6. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Tyondai and Ben Vida (who also performs at the HIVE show) are teaming up as a duo to perform as an opening act at Extra Life's last show ever which happens on January 19 at 285 Kent with Sam Mickens (who plays Mercury Lounge with Callers tonight [1/7]), Oneirogen, and a DJ set by NMCM (Krallice). Admission is $12 at the door. You can read Extra Life's goodbye message at their website.

And, as mentioned, Tyondai will DJ at Dan Friel's record release show for Total Folklore on February 19 at Knitting Factory with Guardian Alien and Yvette. Tickets for that show are still available.

All dates are listed below...

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Dirty Projectors in Brooklyn in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)

As mentioned, Dirty Projectors are playing Carnegie Hall on January 11 as part of the Wordless Music Series (the same series that is presenting the just-announced Liars show at the Met). You already knew that contemporary classical orchestra yMusic would be opening the show and joining Dirty Projectors on stage during their set, but it's recently been revealed that there will be a very special guest. Any guesses on who the guest will be? Tickets for the show are still available.

Dirty Projects will also be pressing a 7" of Swing Lo Magellan track, "Offspring Are Blank" on white vinyl with the previously unreleased track, "There's A Fire" on the flip. That 7" will be available exclusively at the Carnegie Hall show, and it's a limited edition pressing of 250 copies.

The video for "Offspring Are Blank" is below...

Continue reading "Secret guest & limited 7" joining Dirty Projectors @ Carnegie Hall"

tUnE-yArDs at Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
Tune-Yards

The Tibet House Annual Benefit Concert will return for its 23rd year at Carnegie Hall on February 21. Like in past years, artistic director Philip Glass will perform and he's brought along a typically awesome and diverse lineup of Jim James (whose band My Morning Jacket just kicked off a 3-night run at the Capitol Theatre), tUnE-yArDs, Rahzel, Patti Smith with Jessie Smith, and more TBA. Tickets for the concert are on sale now via Carnegie Hall and special packages that include a dinner reception with the performers can be purchased via Tibet House US. Proceeds from ticket sales will support Tibet House US, the Hurricane Sandy Relief Foundation, and the TIbet Community of New York & New Jersey.

Rahzel also took part in the 2012 Tibet House Benefit Concert. Check out pictures from that.

In related news, Patti Smith recently announced that she's working on a sequel to her memoir, Just Kids.

prince

City Winery founder Michael Dorf, who is known for presenting tribute shows at Carnegie Hall, like the ones he's done for The Who, R.E.M., and many others, will do his next one at Carnegie Hall on March 7 as a tribute to Prince.

"Prince is one of the most prolific songwriters in my collection," says Dorf, "and he makes my Top 10 when I think about the artists who have truly shaped modern music. In re-listening to his repertoire I realized how relevant, amazing, and danceable his work is. Carnegie Hall is going to party!"
The lineup will feature over twenty TBA guests and proceeds will be donated to music education programs for underprivileged youth. Tickets (including a number of different seating levels and three VIP options) for the concert are on sale now.

Speaking of Prince tributes, Amanda Palmer is playing Prince's "Purple Rain" in its entirety at her NYC show on New Year's Eve at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show are still available.

photos by Sachyn Mital

"Conor Oberst was nothing short of spectacular tonight at Carnegie Hall" - Conor Merryman

"conor oberst at carnegie hall was an amazing evening." - Dustin Hellinger

Conor Oberst

Conor Oberst has been on a solo tour which he brought to NYC's historic Carnegie Hall on Thanksgiving Eve (11/21) for a show with Ian Felice (of The Felice Brothers). Conor played a bunch of Bright Eyes cuts like "At the Bottom of Everything," "Lua," "First Day of My Life," and others. Check out the setlist below. Plus, he played material from Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Monsters of Folk, and a few new ones, including one called "Common Knowledge," which you can watch a video of below. Conor brought out a handful of guests on stage including Nate Wolcott, and others.

More pictures from the show, a couple videos, the setlist, and a list of all remaining tour dates, are below.

Continue reading "Conor Oberst played Carnegie Hall with Ian Felice (pics, videos, setlist)"

Composer and songwriter Gabriel Kahane is playing Carnegie Hall tonight (10/25) with help from with Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) and string quartet Brooklyn Rider. The performance includes the debut of The Fiction Issue, which was commissioned by Carnegie Hall, as well as songs by Ryan Adams, Benjamin Britten, Cee Lo Green, Yotam Haber, Charles Ives, Jerome Kern, Andrew Norman, Robert Schumann, and Chris Thile. Tickets are still available, including $10 student rush tickets.

Kahane will be at Carnegie Hall again on November 5 as part of a program called "Uncommon Threads" where he and Julian Lage, Aoife O'Donovan, and the American Contemporary Music Ensemble will be " exploring the ties between distinctive musical styles." Reservations for that performance can be made here.

Kahane has other dates around the country coming up as well and those are listed below, along with a stream of the Original Cast Recording of his musical, February House which was released this month.

While on the subject of Carnegie Hall, don't forget Fiction will be there on Saturday (10/27) with Deer Tick AND Diamond Rugs. plus help from Jason Isbell, Mark Sultan (BBQ), and Langhorne Slim. A few tickets are still available.

Continue reading "Gabriel Kahane playing Carnegie Hall tonight with Shara Worden and Brooklyn Rider and other dates"

Deer Tick @ Red Hook Park, 6/21/2012 (more by Tracy Allison)
Deer Tick

The previously discussed John McCauley & Friends show at Carnegie Hall on October 27 has expanded considerably, with McCauley roping in both his Deer Tick and Diamond Rugs projects while enlisting Jason Isbell, Mark Sultan (BBQ), and Langhorne Slim into the fold. Tickets are still available. The show goes down the day before McCauley teams with Justin Townes Earle as part of a Woodie Guthrie celebration at Pace University.

In other McCauley news, road trippers can look forward to catching Deer Tick outside of the five boroughs for New Year's Eve this year. Look for the band to bless The Sinclair in Boston, MA on New Year's Eve (12/31) as part of a two day stint in New England. All Deer Tick dates are below.

Diamond Rugs recently released a NSFW video for "Blue Mountains" from their self titled debut. Check out that video alongside all tour dates, including a free Sailor Jerry-presented NC show, below.

Continue reading "Deer Tick adds shows; John McCauley & friends Carnegie Hall lineup expands w/ Diamond Rugs (dates & new video)"

Dirty Projectors at MHOW, July 2012 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Dirty Projectors

In addition to the premiere of their short film 'Hi Cutodian' next week, Dirty Projectors have some other news: They'll play Carnegie Hall on January 11 as part of the Wordless Music series. Modern classical ensemble yMusic will open the show. Tickets for that show go on sale TODAY (8/30) at 11 AM. It's their only show scheduled for 2013 at this time.

As mentioned, you can catch the band in Philly this weekend for Made In America Fest and they will play Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on September 25Tickets for the Cap show are still available.

Updated dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Dirty Projectors playing Carnegie Hall in Jan. (updated dates)"

John McCauley w/ Deer Tick at Red Hook Park in June (more by Tracy Allison)
Deer Tick

Carnegie Hall and WFUV have partnered to present WFUV Live, a concert series part of Late Nights at Zankel Hall. The first of these happens on October 27 with John McCauley of Deer Tick and friends, who will be performing with special TBA guests, playing songs of Deer Tick and his other projects. Then on January 26, 2013, the series continues with Loudon Wainright III.

John McCauley will also be in NYC on one day earlier (10/26) for the previously discussed Woody Guthrie celebration at PACE University's Michael Shimmel Center for the Arts with Justin Townes Earle. Tickets for that show are still available.

All John McCauley/Deer Tick dates are listed below.

Continue reading "John McCauley & friends and Loudon Wainwright III playing WFUV Live at Carnegie Hall (separately)"

Conor Oberst

Conor Oberst has just announced initial dates of solo tour will make it's way to NYC on November 21 at Carnegie Hall. Tickets go on sale Monday, May 21 at 11AM.

In other news, Oberst has reformed his band Desaparecidos who only made one album -- 2002's Read Music/Speak Spanish -- and haven't toured together in ten years. Desparacidos are touring in August but no East Coast dates have been announced, at least not yet. All Oberst solo and Desaparecidos tour dates are listed below.

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Rolling Stones

today in NYC
* Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre
* Jovanotti, Chicha Libre @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Lemonheads, Meredith Sheldon @ Maxwell's
* Double King, Tubetops, Ulitek @ Cameo Gallery
* The Tossers, We Are The Union @ The Bell House
* New Build, Reverend John Wilkins @ Mercury Lounge
* Rick Ross, Wale, Meek Mill @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Pet Lions, Eastern Midwestern, Carousel @ Glasslands
* Victor Villarreal, Isle of Rhodes, Lounge Act @ Pianos
* Gentleman & The Evolution, Richie Stephans, Meta & the Cornerstones @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Nine 11 Thesaurus, Black Crown Ceremony, David Linton, Robbie Lee, DJ Dutch E Germ @ Zebulon
* Jurg Wickihalder Overseas Quartet, Pierre Favre, Samuel Blaser, Philipp Schaufelberger @ The Stone
* Rolling Stones tribute w/ Rosanne Cash, Steve Earle, The Mountain Goats, Glen Hansard, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rich Robinson @ Carnegie Hall

Yelawolf's show tonight at Brooklyn Bowl is postponed. He was in the hospital, but is now out and ok and at SXSW and tweeting about Rittz (who plays the BrooklynVegan day party at Hotel Vegan in Austin Saturday).

The Lemonheads wrap up their Its' a Shame About Ray Tour at Maxwell's tonight, once again performing the album in full. How was last night?

Michael Dorf's benefit concert initative continues with tonight's cover show of the Rolling Stone's anthology Hot Rocks 1964-1971 at Carnegie Hall. Participating artists include TV on the Radio, The Mountain Goats, Glen Hansard, Rosanne Cash, and Carolina Chocolate Drops. More info at Carnegiestones.com. The Mountain Goats are slated to play Estatic Music Festival with Anonymous 4 later this month (3/24).

Glen Hansard then heads to Austin where you can catch him at a BrooklynVegan day party at Hotel Vegan on Thursday.

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Gabriel Kahane

Gabriel Kahane's new musical February House will be at NYC's Public Theater May 8th-June 10th. The show debuted Feb 15th at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT, and the Hartford Courant, condensing its review to a Twitter-length blurb, called it, "A haunting, intimate chamber musical so special you want to wrap your protective arms around it." A TV spot and a teaser for the musical are below.

Before that gets to town, Gabriel Kahane plays a solo show at Rockwood Stage 2 on Monday, February 27th. Tickets are on sale. We've also got a few pairs to give away as well. Information is below. At the gig he'll be performing songs from his excellent 2011 disc Where Are the Arms (streaming on his blog), as well as other solo material and possibly some songs from the musical.

Gabriel's busy year also includes a premiere of one of his pieces by American Composers Orchestra on March 22nd at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall and an entire night dedicated to his music at the same venue on October 22nd.

As for the future, Gabriel told us, in a short interview you can read below, about the commissions and material for a new album he's been working on, and he says he's been contemplating a musical work based on David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest.

Read the interview, along with the videos and Rockwood contest info, below...

Continue reading "an interview w/ Gabriel Kahane on his new musical & other projects; see him @ Rockwood Monday (we're giving away tix)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

"Not even kidding. lou reed watched @dasracist perform tonight & flipped the fuck out. at carnegie hall. how was your night?" - El-P

Tibet House Concert 2012 - Carnegie Hall
Tibet House Concert 2012 - Carnegie Hall

"The night wrapped up with Lenny Kaye leading the Patti Smith band through a brief tribute to the garage-rock compilation Nuggets, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and Lou Reed, who performed three songs. Reed conducted the string quartet and the drummer to improvise with him at moments, which felt awkward in the beginning; the ending, however--as the string quartet jammed in tandem with Smith's guitarists and Reed himself--was pretty impressive. At the very end Laurie Anderson and the whole evening's cast returned to the stage for a curtain call, during which the room sang "Happy Birthday" to Philip Glass." [Village Voice]
Video of the Happy Birthday moment and pictures from all of last night's benefit at Carnegie Hall, below...

Continue reading "2012 Tibet House benefit pics (Philip Glass, Das Racist, James Blake, Antony, Lou Reed, Stephin Merritt, Rahzel & more)"

by Andrew Frisicano

John Cage

Philip Glass isn't the only 20th-century composer with a big birthday this year. Avant-garde composer John Cage would've been 100, and there are numerous chances to see his work (even more than usual) because of it. The shows below cover quite a bit of ground--eg. 1940's "Living Room Music" on the same program as 1991's "Four3"--and the best place to experience the pieces is definitely in a group.

Avant Music Festival, happening February 10-18 at Wild Project (195 E 3rd St at Ave B), explores the work of Cage at several shows. There's an afternoon/evening program on Saturday, February 11th, which includes a 4pm performance by Bang on a Can's Vicky Chow of Cage's "Sonatas and Interludes" for prepared piano, followed by a longer evening set. Tickets are on sale.

New music quartet loadbang performs as part of that Avant Music show, and will also presents an Evening of John Cage on Thursday, March 8th at Greenwich House Music School.

Issue Project Room, which just moved into a new home, has some Cage-related shows coming up, such as Stephen Drury playing his "Etudes australes" on February 24 and "On Silence: Hommage to John Cage" which features 13 new pieces that are all 4 minutes, 33 seconds long.

So Percussion hosts "We Are All Going In Different Directions--A John Cage Celebration" at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall on March 26th. They'll be performing Cage's music, as well as that of Matmos and Cenk Ergün (who should be appearing) and Dan Deacon's "Bottles." Tickets are on sale.

It's the last stop in a Cage-dedicated tour, which also visits Boston, Toronto and Austin (info below). On March 27th, recordings from the tour will be released by Cantaloupe Records as Cage 100: The Bootleg Series, a limited-edition package with a blank 4'33" LP, a CD of "tracks chosen by chance operations" and a full archive of the shows online.

That show is part of Carnegie Hall's American Mavericks series, which also includes performances by Alarm Will Sound, William Basinski, JACK Quartet, San Francisco Symphony, WHY? and Danielson.

Also part of that is John Cage Unbound--A Living Archive, an online project through New York Public Library, which is going to collect performances and talks of Cage's work by musicians and students (and user-submitted videos). It's also going to have an archive of scores, photographs and other artifacts. Two videos from that--one of pianist Margaret Leng Tan showing you how to prepare a piano, and one with So Percussion crumpling paper (they love to do that)--are below.

Check out more videos, including 4' 33" performed by an orchestra, Andrew W.K. and a wall, below...

Continue reading "John Cage turns 100; lots of shows & other ways to celebrate"

Jay-Z w/ orchesta, Alicia Keys & Nas @ Carnegie Hall - 2/6
Jayz

Fans of disposable income -- earning it, spending it, rapping about it, listening to someone rap about it -- had much to cheer about during this concert, the highest-profile hip-hop show ever at Carnegie Hall.

And there was also the matter of the income disposal, or in this case, donation: this concert was the first of a pair (the second is Tuesday night) benefitting the United Way of New York City and the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation, the charity founded by Jay-Z and whose president and chief executive is his mother, Gloria Carter. Most tickets cost several hundred dollars; on the resale market, some were listed for more than $1,000. [NY Times]

Jay was backed by an orchestra "conducted by Jeri Lynne Johnson (of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra), and also the Illadelphonics, an ensemble featuring Questlove of the Roots and the singer Bilal among others." Alicia Keys & Nas both both special guests. Beyonce was in the audience, but didn't perform.

Last night's show was the first of two. It happens again tonight (2/7). Yesterday the shows weren't sold out, but now it says "Limited Availability" for tonight's show at Carnegie Hall's site.

Some video clips and a pictures of the set list from last night (2/6), below...

Continue reading "Jay-Z played Carnegie Hall (does again tonight) -- setlist/video"

Tibet House

This thing just keeps growing:

WHO: Philip Glass, Lou Reed, James Blake, Das Racist, Antony, Laurie Anderson, Stephin Merritt, Rahzel and Dechen Shak-Dagsay

WHAT: 22nd Annual Tibet House Benefit Concert

WHEN: Monday, February 13, 2012 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Carnegie Hall - Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

TICKET INFO: Concert-only tickets ($33 - $95) are available through Carnegie Charge at 212.247.7800, on www.carnegiehall.org, or in person at the Carnegie Hall Box Office (57th Street and Seventh Avenue). Benefit package tickets (prime concert seats and entrance to a post-concert dinner party) are available exclusively through Tibet House US at 212-807-0563 and www.tibethouse.us.
PREVIOUSLY: Antony & Stephin Merritt join Tibet House benefit lineup

In related news, Philip Glass turned 75 yesterday (1/31). Happy Birthday Phil!

Maybe you went to the birthday celebration at Carnegie Hall last night, or to the one held at Le Poisson Rouge two days earlier. The NY Times has a review of the LPR event. If you missed 'em, you still have more chances to join the celebration.

And for more Philip Glass, check out NPR's "Philip Glass At 75: Listening With Heart, Not Intellect", NPR's "Ira Glass Interviews His Cousin, Composer Philip Glass", and NY Mag's "Had I Never Listened Closely Enough? On trying to like Philip Glass, again and again and again."

Occupy All Streets

Tickets go on sale today, 1/30, at 11am for Polica fan Jay-Z's upcoming shows at Carnegie Hall: February 6th & February 7th.

Roger Waters tickets go on sale at 10am.

Pete and Pete tickets go on sale at noon.