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The 2015 Bang on a Can Marathon (part of River to River) happens on Sunday (6/21) at The Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, with cans and other instruments being banged on from noon to 10 PM. Highlights include So Percussion performing with Nels Cline and Bobby Previte, the Asphalt Orchestra doing Pixies covers, Bang on a Can All-Stars, and the US premiere of the Glenn Branca Ensemble's Ascension Three which closes the evening. The whole schedule is listed, along with a YouTube playlist of this year's performers, below.

If you can't make it down to Brookfield Place, this year's Marathon will stream live in its entirety on Bang on a Can's Website.

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photo: River to River Festival 2013 (more by Ryan Muir)
River to River

The free River to River Festival returns in 2015 to various outdoor NYC venues from June 18-28 and includes music, dance, theater, visual art, film and more. Some highlights this year include the annual Bang on a Can Marathon which happens June 21 at Winter Garden at Brookfield Place as well as shows with Olga Bell, Roomful of Teeth, and more. River to River kicks off with the R2R Bash at Battery Park City's North End Way on June 18, featuring a performance by East African vocalist Somi.

Full schedule below...

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River to River Festival 2013 (more by Ryan Muir)

The free River to River Festival returns in 2014 to various outdoor NYC venues from June 19-29 and includes music, dance, theater, visual art, film and "unique participatory experiences." Some highlights this year include the annual Bang on a Can Marathon happening June 22 at Brookfield Place, Winter Garden (more info), and...

On June 24 at the Brookfield Place Winter Garden, world-renowned string quartet ETHEL is joined by guest guitarist Kaki King to present a special performance of ...And Other Stories. The collaboration is anchored by a re-imagining of Bach's masterful Brandenburg Concerto #6 and includes works from ETHEL's repertoire by Phil Kline and John Zorn, plus original compositions by Kaki King and the world premiere of a work by Serbian composer Aleksandra Vrebalov composed especially for ETHEL and Kaki King.

Last year's successful partnership with Original Music Workshop, a new music venue set to open in Brooklyn in 2015, continues with three more "Ex-Situ" concerts of contemporary music in site-specific locations. Curated by composer Paola Prestini, this year's series is dedicated to the music and influences of master minimalist composer Terry Riley. It begins on June 20 with "Terry Riley and Friends," a concert featuring works by the composer performed by musicians including his son Gyan Riley, Tracy Silverman and the Young People's Chorus.

Other notable shows include People Get Ready at North End Way on June 19; Piñata Protest, Kuenta I Tambu (KiT), Helado Negro and SLV at The Uplands, South Street Seaport on June 27; composer/percussionist Susie Ibarra (who just teamed up with Mirah for Ecstatic Music Festival) & Roberto Rodriguez on June 21 at India House (1pm), Peter Minuet Plaza (3pm), and Tear Drop Park (5pm); Sergio Mendoza (Devotchka, Calexico) with La Orkestra and Rey Vellenato Beto Jamiaca on June 29 at The Uplands, South Street Seaport; and more.

Again, all River to River events are free and open to the public. The entire 2014 line-up is listed, with details, below...

Continue reading "2014 River to River Festival lineup (Kaki King, Terry Riley, KiT, People Get Ready, Sergio Mendoza, Susie Ibarra & more)"

photos by Ryan Muir

Ecstatic Summer @ Brookfield Place Plaza - 6/30/2013
Ecstatic Summer @ Brookfield Place Plaza - 6/30/2013
Ecstatic Summer @ Brookfield Place Plaza - 6/30/2013

Indie/classical concert Ecstatic Summer 2013 went down last month over the course of two evenings (6/29-30) as part of the free River to River Festival. The concert featured premiere compositions from Holly, Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Reggie Pace (Bon Iver), Dave Douglas, Susie Ibarra, Seth Olinsky (Akron/Family), People Get Ready, and Son Lux performed by members of The National, yMusic, Plastic Ono Band, and more. The show featured some unconventional percussion, including synchronized ping pong players. Originally scheduled to happen outdoors at the Brookfield Place Plaza, the events were moved inside due to the weather forecast (which ended up being sunny). Pictures of the second day are in this post.

They continue below...

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Holly Herndon at MoMA PS1 in 2012 (more by Robert Altman)
Holly Herndon

On November 4, Le Poisson Rouge is teaming up with Wordless Music to present a pretty cool bill that should appeal to fans of indie/classical crossover. The show will be headlined by vocal octet Roomful of Teeth (who have worked with tUnE-yArDs), who will be performing the world premiere of Caroline Shaw's "Partita," in addition to works by Caleb Burhans, Brad Wells, and William Brittelle. Opening the show will be experimental musician Holly Herndon, whose newest album, Movement, was released last year via RNG Intl. Tickets for the LPR show are on sale now.

Holly is also taking part in Ecstatic Summer 2013, which happens at Brookfield Place Plaza on Saturday (6/29) and Sunday (6/30) as part of the River to River Festival. There will be premiere compositions from Holly, Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Reggie Pace (Bon Iver), Dave Douglas, Susie Ibarra, Seth Olinsky (Akron/Family), People Get Ready, and Son Lux. The pieces will be performed by members of The National, yMusic, Plastic Ono Band, and more. Like all RIver to River events, this one is free and open to the public. 5 PM start. Check out the full list of compositions being premiered, below.

In related news, Wordless Music is also presenting the previously discussed Oneohtrix Point Never show happening in NYC on September 17 at Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Cathedral (113 Remsen St). OPN is releasing his new album, R Plus Seven, on September 30 via Warp, and he recently revealed an excerpt of a new song, "Still Life." You can listen to that below.

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yMusic at Carnegie Hall in January (more by Greg Cristman)

Contemporary classical sextet yMusic, who have worked with The National, Bon Iver, Dirty Projectors, My Brightest Diamond, and more, will be performing on Stage 2 at Rockwood Music Hall tonight (5/22), premiering works written by Sufjan Stevens, Timo Andres, and Marcos Balter, in addition to "less-new-but-still-pretty-new" works by Nico Muhly and Andrew Norman. Advance tickets for tonight's show are available. Doors are at 6:30. Did anyone catch them performing in a Harlem loft last night (5/21)?

yMusic are also performing with filmmaker Sam Green and The Quavers for a "night of outdoor music and cinema" on PIer 15 on June 20 as part of the River to RIver Festival and the Rooftop Films summer series.

Speaking of people performing works by Nico Muhly, that will also happen in November at BAM as part of the Next Wave Festival:

In this ambitious, expansive reimagining of the art-song recital, the 21c Liederabend festival comes to BAM, featuring music by many leading lights from the international and New York contemporary new-music scenes.

Boasting 10 world premieres, this unique weekend event--which played to sold-out audiences in its last two incarnations--pairs video artists and lighting designers with new-music ensemble NOVUS NY, the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, and top soloists. The eclectic, impeccably curated lineup is different each night and includes a commissioned song cycle by British-born composer Anna Clyne and music by Nico Muhly, Missy Mazzoli, Eric Whitacre, Marie Incontrera, David T. Little, Olga Neuwirth, Judd Greenstein, Paola Prestini, Ted Hearne, and many others.Featuring compositions by: Thomas Cabaniss, Christopher Ceronne, Thomas Cipullo, Anna Clyne, Mohammed Fairouz, Judd Greenstein, Ted Hearne, Marie Incontrera, David T. Little, Tod Machover, Missy Mazzoli, Nico Muhly, Olga Neuwirth, Paola Prestini, Huang Ruo, Timur and the Dime Museum, Michael van der Aa, Alexandra Vrebalov, Julian Wachner, Holcombe Waller, Eric Whitacre, and Du Yun.

Check out a video of yMusic performing the Annie Clark (St. Vincent)-penned tune, "Proven Badlands," for WYNC, below...

Continue reading "yMusic performing new works by Sufjan Steven, Nico Muhly & others tonight; Big 'new-music' event also coming to BAM"

Brooklyn Youth Chorus

As mentioned, acclaimed ensemble Kronos Quartet are celebrating their ruby anniversary this year with the "Kronos at 40" mini-festival within Lincon Center Out of Doors' 2013 slate. In addition to that, Kronos Quartet will be performing with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus' Concert Chorus and Young Men's Ensemble on May 7 at Roulette in downtown Brooklyn. It will include commissioned works by Julia Wolfe (World Premiere), Aleksandra Vrebalov (New York premiere), the Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry (New York premiere), Bryce Dessner and Shara Worden. The event is a BYC benefit and tickets are on sale now. For those with deeper pockets there's a gala reception before the show you can buy tickets to as well.

Brooklyn Youth Chorus, who just performed at Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, is in its 21st season and will be a part of the 2013 Bang on a Can Marathon which happens June 16 at 3 Spruce St. which is near City Hall in downtown Manhattan. The nine-hour event, part of the 2013 River to River Festival, also includes appearances by Asphalt Orchestra, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Maya Beiser with the Provenance Project Band, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Le Cabaret Contemporain, David Cossin & Ben Reimer, Peter Evans, Monica Germino, Hotel Elefant, Yungchen Llamo & Anton Batagov, NYU Steel Pan Ensemble, NYU Contemporary Music Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, Talk Normal, TILT Brass, Shara Worden, and more. Full new press release below.

Watch Glen Hansard, Richard Reed Parry, Little Scream, Shara Worden, Bryce Dessner and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus play Leonard Cohen's "Passing Through" recently at the MusicNOW 2013 fest in Ohio, in the video below....

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River to RiverRiver to River

Apparently it's NYC Outdoor Free Show Announce Day. Following Hudson River Rocks, Seaport Music Festival and 4Knots updates comes the 2013 River to River Festival line-up. This year's fest runs from June 15 - July 14 and includes music, dance, theater, visual art, film and "unique participatory experiences" across a number of outdoor stages. Among this years' free events:

The annual Bang on a Can Marathon which happens on 6/16 at Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts and features Bang on a Can All-Stars, Asphalt Orchestra, Alarm Will Sound, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Talk Normal, Talea, Shara Worden, Yungchen Llamo, and more.

Laurie Anderson will perform two nights at Rockefeller Park on June 18 & 19 with guests Gerry Leonard, Doug Wieselman, Eyvind Kang and others TBA.

Ecstatic Summer 2013 which happens at Brookfield Place Plaza on June 29 & 30. Members of Bon Iver, Mantra Percussion, the National, yMusic, Plastic Ono Band and more will perform commissioned works by Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Dave Douglas, Susie Ibarra and Seth Olinsky.

So Percussion and Joshua Light Show team up on July 13 at Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts

The legendary Leon Russell will perform at Rockefeller Park on July 10.

There's also a presentation of of Foetus frontman JG Thirlwell's "cinema for the ears" album, Manorexia: Dinoflagellate Bloom at Tribeca Cinemas on July 11.

Again, all River to River events are free and open to the public. The entire 2013 line-up is listed, with details, below...

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Skeletons at Crossing Brooklyn Ferry 2012 (more by David Andrako)

Skeletons play the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University tonight (7/11), opening for Missy Mazzoli & Victoire and part of the River to River Festival. The show starts at 7:30 and is free. From a press release about the show:

This musical portrait of "postclassical queen bee," composer Missy Mazzoli, will feature Mazzoli at the keyboard fronting her internationally beloved ensemble Victoire. Performing songs with her own signature "shimmering, surging, post-Minimalist flow" (Time Out New York), she will be joined by Matt Mehlan with his band Skeletons who Pitchfork calls "an outsize global-a-go-go mélange of unceasing polyrhythms, Afrobeat guitars, free jazz, and Timbaland's approach to kitchen-sink percussion." The concert will feature world premieres by Mehlan and Mazzoli.

Victoire will perform beloved favorites from their repertoire along with newly arranged selections from Mazzoli's acclaimed new opera SONG FROM THE UPROAR with special guest mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer. Skeletons will perform pieces from the upcoming Skeletons Big Band album "The Bus."
Skeletons' new album, The Bus, will be out September 18 on Shinkoyo and was recorded as the Skeleton$ Big Band, which features members of Little Women, Extra Life, PC Worship, Starring, Tune-Yards, NOMO, and others. The album had an interesting birth, as main Skeleton Matt Mehlan explains:
While finishing the mix of the Skeletons' album "MONEY", Jason [Skeletons' longtime guitarist/collaborator] made the joke / non-joke that we should just scrap the entire album, transcribe and orchestrate all the parts we had just recorded, and re-record them with a 20-piece big band, live, in one room. I laughed at the time AND filled with rage. So much energy had been spent on record, the notion of throwing it away made me sick to my stomach.

About a year or so later, we found ourselves in a tiny room trying to track and overdub parts on the songs for "PEOPLE" - when an email came through asking if we might have an idea to do "something special", over the course of a week, with space and time to work through that big idea at the NYC performance space Roulette. Maybe Jason was right?

It was with great relief that we were able to pause for a moment and consider a new set of ideas. We came back to the "big band" - the almost joke, "jazz" reference, high school band, first time you ever realized you could make an instrument scream feeling - let's get those 20 people in a room and make some noise. Skeletons Big Band.

There's more to the story here. You can stream "Pencilneck" from The Bus below. If you pre-order the album you get an immediate download of the whole album.

If you can't make tonight's show, Skeletons will be playing another free outdoor show on August 8 as part of the Summerscreen series in McCarren Park, playing with Knyf Hyts before a screening of Top Gun. No other Skeletons tour dates at the moment, but meanwhile Summesrscreen actually also happens tonight (7/11).

Skeletons song stream and album tracklist is below.

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photos by Dominick Mastrangelo; words by Bill Pearis

Patrick Watson and Loney Dear at South Street Seaport - 7/6/12
Patrick Watson

It was hot and sticky at the Seaport on Friday evening (7/6) but, apart from minor insect invasion, it was a lovely evening of gently swooning music with Canadian Patrick Watson and Sweden's Loney Dear. It was a large crowd out for the show too, who sat attentively during Loney Dear's set but rose to their feet for Watson whose music straddles the line between cabaret and anthemic folk (complete with a musical saw at one point). Loney Dear's Emil Svanängen joined Watson at the piano for a song, as well. Nice night.

Below are more pictures from Loney Dear and Patrick Watson's set at the Seaport Music Festival as part of the River to River festival. Friday night at the Seaport, it's a pre-4Knots Fest show with Eleanor Friedberger and Ex-Cops.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Veronica Falls at South Street Seaport 6/29/2012
Veronica Falls

I have seen Veronica Falls a bunch in the last year. Four times? Five? They never fail to impress, even when these pale indie-poppers have to play in muggy 90 degree outdoor weather that wreaks havoc on hollow body guitars. The oppressive heat and humidity at the South Street Seaport last Friday (6/29) seemed to keep attendance down but there was still a good crowd, a dedicated group of folks there for some quality jangle. In addition to a good portion of their terrific 2011 debut, we also got their great cover of Roky Erickson's "Starry Eyes," ultra-poppy new single "My Heart Beats" (video of that below) and a couple new ones as well, including one called "Bury Me Alive" which sounded like an A-side to these ears. Really fun show.

Openers were Lansing, MI's The Peoples Temple who didn't quite fit with Veronica Falls but were good in their own right, laying down groovy '60s-ish paisley pop with a distinct midwest vibe.

Patrick Watson and Loney Dear play the Seaport Music Festival (part of River to River, dontcha know) this Friday (7/6). More pictures of Veronica Falls and Peoples Temple and a couple videos from the show as well are below.

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photos by Chris La Putt

"Le Grand Continental" / Miracles Club at South Street Seaport 6/22/2012
Le Grand Continental
Miracles Club

The River to River Festival Web site makes a point of linking its free events to its city. Its tag line says: "Made in New York. Inspired by New York." And this week there will be several works by New York choreographers that promise to offer intriguing responses to that statement.

But these are tenuous claims when it comes to one of the festival's early dance offerings, "Le Grand Continental," by the Montreal choreographer Sylvain Émard. The concept for this large-scale work originated in Montreal in 2009 and has since traveled to Mexico City. Any metropolis, it seems, could have its own version; what, then, is particularly New York about this production, which opened Friday night (just after a dramatic thunderstorm) at the South Street Seaport?

...Mr. Émard's choreography, a modern-dance extrapolation of line dancing, doesn't suggest any specific location (nor does the score, a mash-up of various styles by several sound designers). More to the point, and more disappointingly, "Le Grand Continental" never truly uses the Seaport; this is site-specific work that could happen anywhere, inside or out. The neighborhoods of Lower Manhattan have such distinct histories and constituencies; shouldn't a festival led by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council honor, or at least acknowledge, these realities?

It was not your normal Friday night show at the Seaport last week (6/22) other than the threat of rain. It was a night of dance with Sylvain Émard's large-scale choreographed "Le Grande Continental." There are a few videos of it in action at the bottom of this post.

When "Le Grande Continental." concluded, most of the dancers stuck around to freestyle boogie to Portland, OR's Miracles Club who played a set of house tunes from the stage, complete with their own whirling, voguing dervish. More pictures of both Miracles Club and "Le Grande Continental" are below.

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Glenn Branca Ensemble at last year's Marathon (more by Andrew Frisicano) Bang on a Can - Glenn Branca

As previously announced, the 2012 River to River Festival will kick off with the annual 12-hour Bang on a Can Marathon on June 17 from noon to midnight at the World Financial Center Winter Garden:

Some highlights include Bang on a Can All-Stars, astonishing cellist Maya Beiser, Pauline Oliveros' Deep Listening Band, sound pioneer Alvin Lucier, indie guitar sensation Kaki King, jazz genius Matthew Shipp, music by David Longstreth (Dirty Projectors), Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Steve Reich, David T Little, Ruby Fulton, Michael Harrison; film by Bill Morrison, and much more. Stay all Day!
Presented by River To River Festival, Arts Brookfield and Bang on a Can.
River to River just released the full Bang on a Can Marathon schedule which is detailed below.

Meanwhile, you can also catch Thurston Moore in NYC tonight (5/31) with Bill Nace and Joe McPhee.

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Bang on a Can Marathon last year (more by Andrew Frisicano)
Bang on a can

Bang on a Can, who recently celebrated their 25th anniversary with a big show at Lincoln Center, bring the annual, free Marathon back to the World Financial Center Winter Garden this year from June 17,12PM - June 18, 12AM...

Bang on a Can brings its 25 Year celebration back downtown with its incomparable 12-hour super-mix of boundary-busting music from around the corner and around the globe. What started as a scruffy loft concert in Soho back in 1987, now ranks among the iconic annual concert events in NYC. This year's edition features rare performances by some of the most innovative musicians of our time side-by-side with some of today's newest music pioneers. Some highlights include Bang on a Can All-Stars, astonishing cellist Maya Beiser, Pauline Oliveros' Deep Listening Band, sound pioneer Alvin Lucier, indie guitar sensation Kaki King, jazz genius Matthew Shipp, music by David Longstreth (Dirty Projectors), Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Steve Reich, David T Little, Ruby Fulton, Michael Harrison; film by Bill Morrison, and much more. Stay all Day!
Presented by River To River Festival, Arts Brookfield and Bang on a Can.
Stay tuned for more details.

South Street Seaport concert (more by Chris La Putt)
South Street Seapoart

The initial lineup of this year's free NYC concerts at the South Street Seaport is announced. The shows are part of the River to River Festival and some of them are also part of the Friday night Seaport Music Festival (which sadly doesn't host as many shows as it used to). Check out the list below...

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River Rocks

Free NYC summer concert series "Hudson River Rocks" has moved from Pier 54 to Pier 84 (at 44th Street). You can see this year's schedule in the picture.

Meanwhile you can catch Dan Deacon in Union Square on May 1st.

photos by Amanda Hatfield words by Zach Pollack

DOWNLOAD: My Brightest Diamond - "Reaching Through to the Other Side" (Feat. yMusic) (MP3)

My Brightest Diamond

Classical, pop-tinged orchestral group yMusic kicked off the second to last concert of the summer season at Castle Clinton in Battery Park as part of the River to River Festival last night (7/7). The six-players rotated on a variety of instruments including trumpet, viola, clarinet, and violin, possibly improvising as they took cues off of each other.

yMusic stuck around to back My Brightest Diamond (aka Shara Worden) as she took the stage around 7:30PM. Initially seeming shy and reserved, those notions of her were immediately shattered as she opened her mouth to sing. With a large vocal range in her arsenal, Shara's voice is as much of an instrument as the ones the orchestra behind her were using.

Breaking out a harpsichord, Shara and yMusic, backed by drummer Brian Wolfe, played a sonically expansive new track titled, "Escape Routes" off MBD's new chamber pop album LP All Things Will Unwind. The LP will arrive on October 18th via her longtime label Asthmatic Kitty, and they played in its entirety at the NYC show according to a note on Shara's website (though not in the album order). This will mark Shara's third LP under the moniker, and from the taste of what we received at Castle Clinton, it draws strong comparisons to Edith Piaf, Joanna Newsom and label-mate/collaborator Sufjan Stevens. Grab a taste via the MP3 from the album above. Check out the whole tracklist and cover art below.

Between performing cuts off of her new album, Shara donned a creepy mask while yMusic performed instrumental pieces that Shara composed for them and dancer Jessica Dessner who was there dancing to them. Late in her hour-long set Shara performed the track "High Low Middle" which had a New Orleans-feel to it, and had the entire audience engaged in endless hand claps. The group closed out their amazing performance at Castle Clinton by playing new song "Everything Is In Line".

My Brightest Diamond has sporadic dates throughout the summer, including an opening slot for Sufjan Stevens at his first of two nights at the Prospect Park Bandshell (August 2nd & 3rd).

Sufjan also has a new video for "Get Real Get Right." Check that out, along with more pictures from the My Brightest Diamond show, and her album artwork below...

Continue reading "My Brightest Diamond & yMusic played their new album @ Castle Clinton (pics, new MP3 & a Sufjan video too)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger
Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger

South Street Seaport kicked off their season of free River to River shows on Friday night (6/26) with a headlining set by Sean Lennon's band The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger.Blood Orange aka Dev Hynes of Lightspeed Champion opened the show. Pictures from the show are in this post.

The next Seaport show was Sunday afternoon when My Teenage Stride played a set at the Fulton Market as part of the Sound Bites Sunday series of shows that continues on July 3rd with The Hairs. The next free Friday show is this Friday, July 1st with Lower Dens and Dirty Beaches. The full list of Seaport shows (not counting the Beekman Beer Garden ones), and more pictures and videos from Friday, below...

Continue reading "The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (Sean Lennon & Charlotte Kemp Muhl) played the Seaport w/ Blood Orange (pics, video)"

words & photos by Andrew Frisicano

"13 consecutive hours of experimental and avant-garde noodling" - NY Times on the Bang on a Can Marathon as quoted by Glenn Branca

Bang On A Can Marathon

The 2011 Bang on a Can Marathon went down on Sunday, June 19th, at the World Financial Center in NYC. As usual, a healthy contingent stayed for the duration (not me, I made it from around 5pm to the end). But even in just those last few hours there were some incredible performances. I caught Bang on a Can All-Stars playing with Philip Glass (who also opened with a solo performance of his "Metamorphosis IV"), a lively set from Sun Ra Arkestra, a show-stealing piece by Evan Ziporyn for himself and three other clarinetists, and a closing, full-on rock set by Glenn Branca Ensemble, who played from his album The Ascension: The Sequel.

Before that, Signal performed a droning, dramatic piece by BoaC cofounder Julia Wolfe, and Talea Ensemble and soprano Tony Arnold lead the NY premiere "An Index of Metals" by Fausto Romitelli, which tapped a laptop for atmospherics that bounced around the room's different speakers. Asphalt Orchestra similarly made good use of the Winter Garden space, marching around various quadrants of the room (and starting off the day with an outdoor performance). As you'll see in the pictures below, the Sun Ra Arkestra also made their way around the room, leaving the stage in a procession to the back.

As with past years, the Winter Garden was an adequate but not ideal venue. The sound could vary dramatically in different corners of the massive room, from bone dry in front of the stage to an echoey wash-out in the wings and the back (most noticeable when a speaker takes the mic, and is unintelligible from various vantage points). At the same time, the open space encourages the concert's free-flowing, low-pressure atmosphere, which is a huge part of its recurring appeal.

More pictures from the day, and a couple of videos, below...

Continue reading "2011 Bang on a Can Marathon (pics, video & review)"

photos Ryan Muir

Ivan and Alyosha

Unlike the other two NYC shows they played while in town (including the late one Thursday night at Mercury Lounge), Ivan & Alyosha's lunchtime free show at One New York Plaza in Manhattan on Tuesday was acoustic. A set of pictures from that show continues below...

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Bottom LineThe Bottom Line presents New York on my Mind tonight (6/22) at World Financial Center Winter Garden. The free River to River show was originally scheduled to take place in Rockefeller Park but has been moved due to weather. Performers include Rosanne Cash, Marshall Crenshaw, The GrooveBarbers, Garland Jeffreys, Willie Nile, Martin Rivas, Suzzy and Lucy Wainwright Roche, Catherine Russell, Vin Scelsa, Loudon Wainwright III, Dar Williams and many more.

Note that Tift Merritt's 7pm Madison Square Park show was also moved to the "rain location on the southern end of the park."

Other upcoming events at Rockefeller Park (weather permitting) include R&B singer Chrisette Michele on June 29, Poets House Annual Celebration with a lineup of poets (TBA) and musical guests Jose James and Bobbi Humphrey on July 6, and A Celebration for Jonathan Schwartz featuring a collection of singers paying tribute to Schwartz on July 13.

Ivan & Alyosha @ Living Room in April (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Ivan and Alyosha

Ivan & Alyosha are on tour and back in NYC, though there's been a change to their schedule. They are NOT playing two shows in one day as previously reported. They are playing a 12:30pm acoustic show at One New York Plaza at 12:30pm on Tuesday, June 21st, and they are playing a 5:30pm electric show at the World Financial Center on Thursday, June 23rd. Both shows are free and part of the River to River Festival.

On the 22nd the band plays Boston but not before appearing on WNYC Soundcheck at 2 pm EST. All live dates below...

Continue reading "Ivan & Alyosha are back, 2 free shows -- updated tour dates"

Asphalt Orchestra at Lincoln Center (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
Asphalt Orchestra

The Bang on a Can Marathon returns on Sunday (6/19) with a mammoth thirteen hours of FREE live music kicking off at 11AM at NYC's World Financial Center Winter Garden (200 Vesey Street). Featuring over 150 musicians/composers, the fest includes performances from, and compositions by, names like Philip Glass, Glenn Branca Ensemble, Sun Ra Arkestra, David Byrne/Annie Clark, Bryce Dessner, Frank Zappa, Bjork, Yoko Ono, and many more. The full lineup and schedule is below.

Continue reading "Bang On a Can Marathon Sunday -- full schedule"

House of Rufus

House of Rufus will be released on July 18 and contain 19 discs including 6 studio albums, 2 concerts on CD, 4 discs of rarities/demos/collaborations/etc, and 6 DVDs. "All of this will be housed in a beautiful red velvet encased, 90-page hardback book containing rare and unseen photos, Rufus' early hand-drawn tour posters, handwritten lyrics, four art prints and other memorabilia, extensive sleeve notes featuring interviews with Neil Tennant, Martha Wainwright, Linda Thompson and Lenny Waronker and an introduction by Rufus." The set is up for pre-order now, and more details can be found on Rufus's site.

Much more imminent are the two Kate McGarrigle tribute shows happening at NYC's Town Hall in May. Check Ticketmaster for tickets to those.

No tickets needed for this one though:

Tuesday June 28, 2011
New York City Opera - Rufus Wainwright Goes To the Opera!
Presented by Arts World Financial Center

Join New York City Opera singers, pianist Kevin Murphy, and the great singer/songwriter and opera composer, Rufus Wainwright, who hosts a performance featuring excerpts from his opera Prima Donna (which receives its New York premiere at New York City Opera in Spring 2012) and a selection of his favorite arias. Wainwright will also perform excerpts from a selection of songs inspired by his love of opera.
7pm. World Financial Center Winter Garden, 220 Vesey Street.

Other free shows this summer at NYC's World Financial Center include the 12-hour Bang on a Can Marathon and two shows by Ivan & Alyosha

Rufus debuted a new song in March at a benefit called the Hope North Ping Pong Ball. Watch a video of that below...

Continue reading "Rufus Wainwright performing opera excerpts @ World Financial Center, releasing 'House of Rufus' box set"

photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Ivan and Alyosha & NYC's Living Room
Ivan and Alyosha

Seattle's Ivan & Alyosha played a pair of NYC dates in March: 3/3 at Bowery Ballroom supporting Bobby Long and 3/4 at the Living Room (where these pictures come from). Since then they visited SXSW, and hopped on tour with John Vanderslice. That tour ends in Seattle on 4/21. In June they'll return to NYC to play two free shows in one day at NYC's World Financial Center. That's listed like this:

Ivan & Alyosha
Presented by Arts World Financial Center and Arts Brookield

Seattle's Ivan & Alyosha are not nihilist indie rockers, but a new brand of tender dreamers. They navigate the music world contemplating their path as a band, and, despite the uncertainty, Ivan & Alyosha's soulful folk tunes suggest a band inspired, hopeful, and longing, unafraid to probe their collective faith and doubts. Acoustic, 12:30pm. One New York Plaza. Also full band, 5:30pm. June 23 World Financial Center Plaza, 220 Vesey Street.

UPDATE: These two shows are NOT the same day.

All tour dates and more pictures from the Living Room are below....

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