Entries tagged with: yMusic
NYC-based new music collective Bang on a Can have announced their 2015-2016 agenda, and that includes the return of the all day Bang on a Can Marthan next summer (happening in Rotterdam, MA and NYC), and much more before that. BoaC's marching band Asphalt Orchestra will perform Pixies songs at Rockwood Music Hall on September 24 as part of "FONT Music 2015 Presents: Without A Frame" that also features yMusic, Stephanie Richards + Greg Saunier duo and more (tickets). That should help them wrap up for their next show as part of opening weekend (10/4) at new Brooklyn venue National Sawdust where they'll play "an inventive street set including Pixies material, music by Bulgaria's infamous Ivo Papasov, plus music by Tom Ze and Thomas Mapfumo." They'll also play the very pricey Park Avenue Armory GALA on October 15 with The Young Professionals & Contemporaneous.
Other BoaC events in NYC include the annual People's Commissioning Fund Concert at Kaufman Music Center's Merkin Hall on February 6. That's part of the Ecstatic Music Festival, and features world premieres by Caroline Shaw, Gabriella Smith, Rene Lussier and more. Details TBA. All upcoming Bang on a Can events, NYC and otherwise, are listed below.
photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr, words by Sadaaf Mamoon
Jose Gonzalez in London
Swedish folk singer/songwriter José González has been touring this year in support of his new album, Vestiges & Claws, out now on Mute. He already hit NYC for two shows in April, and last Thursday (5/28) he played London's Shepherd's Bush Empire. We caught that show, and pictures are in this post. Here's an excerpt of a review, via tmrw:
Whilst at Scala he showcased his third album, Vestiges & Claws, playing almost all of its tracks, he treats Shepherd's Bush Empire to an overflowing repertoire of his most compelling tunes. Whilst Cycling Trivialities and The Nest are welcome in their nostalgic warmth, for me the two songs that will always tug at the heartstrings are Crosses and Down The Line, both delivered with absolute sincerity. The melancholia of Crosses is offset by the beauty of its rich solo guitar sounds, whilst Down The Line builds into a vast soundscape of pulsing guitar strums and escalating drum beats that you can't help but feel your heart swell to.José also recently premiered an elegant reprise of "Open Book," a B-side to the album version appearing on Vestiges & Claws. The variation features accompaniment by the NYC-based, pop-friendly chamber sextet, yMusic. It's all the delicate sentiment of the original, plus an equally emotional orchestral flair.
Listen to the new song and watch the video for the album version of "Open Book" below, with more pictures from the London show, below that...
Ben in the studio with yMusic (via)
For his new album, Ben Folds has collaborated with NYC classical sextet yMusic which he wrote about, enthusiastically, on Facebook:
I don't recall ever being quite so excited about an album I'm making. I'll let you decide if that's a good thing or not. It's just that we don't often get to make a record that we've never heard before. I LOVE my band on this record - NYC's almost classical sextet, yMusic. Love 'em musically and personally. They are pushing me. Collectively and individually they've been on quite a few great recordings (Sufjan Stevens, Bjork, Dirty Projectors, Bon Iver, Blake Mills and lots of other stuff) since most of the group graduated Julliard nearly a decade ago. Then there's their new cellist, Gabe who just got out of Curtis, which is a maximum security music conservatory - hardcore shit. He'll cut a bitch over a parallel 5th.The record features nine songs plus a concerto for piano and orchestra. No title nor release date has been set -- Ben says "we can easily get this record out by September" -- but you can watch a bowling-themed teaser video below.
We tracked this album in 12 days total, with a lot of time spent, me, Rob Moose and CJ Camarieri, sometimes in New York, LA or Nashville, arranging. The playing, the recording, happened quickly.
On this record, yMusic are the rock band, straight up - not ornamentation. We call the ornamentation, "and strings" which is beautiful of course, just not what we are doing. The odd instrumentation is yielding something that I can't wait to release. It's a pop record, if that's what you call what I write.
You'll be able to hear them collaborate before the fall, as Ben and yMusic will be touring this spring. The full tour hasn't been announced but it includes three NYC shows: Bowery Ballroom on April 27, then Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 28, and Town Hall on April 30. Tickets for the NYC shows go on sale Friday (2/27) at noon with an AmEx presale for Bowery and MHOW beginning Wednesday (2/25) at noon.
All known dates are listed, along with the teaser video, below...
photo: Sufjan at Big Ears Fest 2010 (more by Andrew Frisicano)
Part of the lineup already leaked for Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner's Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival, and now the whole thing has been announced. It includes their bands Bon Iver and The National, as well as Sufjan Stevens, Spoon, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Polica, The Tallest Man on Earth, Low, Liturgy, Hiss Golden Messenger, S. Carey, Phil Cook, Doomtree, Marijuana Deathsquads, Charles Bradley, Boys Noize, Blind Boys of Alabama, Sam Amidon, Field Report, Indigo Girls (performing 1994's Swamp Ophelia) and more.
The fest takes place July 17 & 18 at the Foster Farm in Eau Claire, WI. The pre-sale sold out, but tickets go on sale to the general public Thursday (2/12) at noon CST.
Full lineup, announcement video, and flyer, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Low City is the project of producer Abe Seiferth (who did the last Yeasayer record and is in Tippy Toes) and composer Jeremy Turner (who's worked with yMusic and others). The project also features guest performances from members of Dirty Projectors and Bon Iver (including Rob Moose, also of yMusic). They've got a few things out there at the moment including a yMusic remix and a single, "Skyline," and we've got the premiere of their new single, "All You Can Dream Of." As you might expect from their resume, it's the kind of indie/classical that other yMusic collaborators (Sufjan Stevens, My Brightest Diamond, etc) are known for, and this particular one does have a definite Dirty Projectors vibe.
Check it out, along with the video for "Skyline," below...
Modern Baseball at BK Bazaar in September (more by Mimi Hong)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Modern Baseball, Knuckle Puck, Foxing, Crying, Somos @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
This tour is loaded with cool stuff from the lyrical, youthful Modern Baseball, to the delicately arranged and cathartic Foxing, to the gameboy-fueled pop punks Crying, to guitar slingers Somos. This is the second of two NYC shows.
Tinashe, Main Girl @ Highline Ballroom
Tinashe's debut album, Aquarius, was one of the year's best alt-R&B records, and its placement on several year-end lists has been deserved. She was last in NYC for Power 105.1 Powerhouse but tonight she returns to headline her own show.
Cold Skin, Divorce Money, Outside World, Red Sea @ Silent Barn
This is a cool bill all around with Tampa's surfy hardcore band Cold Skin, Atlanta's tropical/synth poppy Red Sea, punky indie rockers Outside World, and Beach Fossils-related hardcore band Divorce Money.
yMusic, DM Stith, Battle Trance @ Baby's All Right
A few of the members of indie/classical group yMusic just wrapped up a BAM run backing Gabriel Kahane, and tonight they play their own show for the New Amsterdam Presents Winter Benefit. Also on the bill is DM Stith (who, like yMusic, has worked with Sufjan Stevens and My Brightest Diamond) and the sort-of tUnE-yArDs-related Battle Trance.
Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
It's a holiday edition Wyatt Cenac's weekly comedy show, with Ari Shaffir, Dan St. Germain, Jen Kirkman, and Adrienne Iapalucci on hand for good cheer.
Eugene Mirman, Janeane Garofalo, Jen Kirkman, Gary Gulman @ Union Hall
For another holiday comedy option within walking distance of Littlefield that ALSO features Jen Kirkman, stop by Union Hall for Mehran Khaghani's show -- the rest of the line-up is pretty great.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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Waxahatchee at Sasquatch 2014 (more by Chris & Rae Graham)
Beverly @ BVCMJ 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Waxahatchee, Steve Gunn, The Goodbye Party, Weyes Blood @ Glasslands
It's one of your last chances to get to Glasslands before it closes, and of all these final shows this lineup is especially hard to pass up. Waxahatchee's been previewing stuff off her upcoming album lately so maybe we'll hear some of that. Steve Gunn will bring the psych folk and his impressive fretwork, The Goodbye Party will bring the lo-fi pop, and Weyes Blood provides the evening with some all-star pipes.
Dave Hill, Valley Lodge, Todd Barry, Janeane Garofalo, Bridget Everett, Chris Distefano, Larry Murphy @ The Bell House
This is Dave Hill's monthly show "Meet Me in the Bathroom and Tell Me All Your Secrets," though for the holidays they've moved from the bathroom to "under the mistletoe." He's pulled together quite a line-up too.
Public Access TV, Beverly, Crocodiles (Brandon DJ Set), The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (Kip DJ Set), DJBP, DJ Lio Kanine @ Baby's All Right
It's the Kanine Records holiday party, featuring live sets from Public Access TV, Beverly and Sleigher (actually Jamaica Queens) in the performance room, and a host of DJs (including Kip of TPOBPAH and BV's Bill Pearis) in the front. It's free with RSVP.
FaltyDL, Braille, Dave Q, Funafuji, Seafloor, Nooka Jones @ Cameo
Percussion Lab is having their holiday party at Cameo tonight with a pretty stacked lineup that includes at least two of NY's finest beatmakers, FaltyDL and Braille (of Sepalcure). It starts at 10 PM and is totally free.
Prince Rupert's Drops, Weird Owl, Rhyton @ Union Pool
It's a full night of different types of psych at Union Pool tonight, with the '60s pop style of Prince Rupert's Drops, the space-y Weird Owl, and the Middle Eastern-tinged Rhyton.
Olivia Jean, The Dough Rollers @ Rough Trade
This totally free Third Man Records-presented show features two of their artists: Black Belles singer Olivia Jean, who put out her garage/rockabilly debut solo LP this year, and the rootsy Dough Rollers who put out an EP recently. We're not sure if Jack himself will be there, but maybe he'll show up virtually.
The Foreign Exchange, Natasha Diggs, OP! @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The Foreign Exchange is the long-running hip hop duo of Little Brother's Phonte and producer Nicolay. They're not supporting a new album at the moment but last released Love in Flying Colors in 2013. Tonight's show is free with RSVP (which is now closed).
Aimee Mann, Ted Leo, Susanna Hoffs, Jonathan Coulton @ Tarrytown Music Hall
Aimee Mann and Ted Leo (who collaborate as The Both) will bring their Christmas show to NYC proper on Saturday, but there's two other shows in the area before that including tonight's in Westchester. Helping them get in the holiday spirit is Susannah Hoffs of The Bangles and geek rocker Jonathan Coulton.
Gabriel Kahane @ BAM
Composer/singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane, who's collaborated with Rufus Wainwright, Sufjan Stevens, Blake Mills and others, is performing his newest work, The Ambassador, from December 13-10 at BAM with fellow Sufjan collaborators Rob Moose, Alex Sopp (both of yMusic), and Casey Foubert, as well as Ted Poor, Laura Lutzke, Nathan Schram, and Gabriel Cabezas (also of yMusic).
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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photos by Amanda Hatfield
Fiona & Blake @ LPR - 10/1/14
Frequent Fiona Apple collaborator/guitarist/opener Blake Mills is currently on a headlining tour that Fiona has been showing up at for a few songs a night. She joined him once again when the tour hit NYC last night (10/1) for its first of two shows here. Last night's was at Le Poisson Rouge and had Blake and his band -- which includes Bon Iver/The National collaborator Rob Moose, Stuart Johnson, Tyler Chester and Sebastian Steinberg -- playing off Blake's recently-released Heigh Ho album, plus some of his 2010 debut Break Mirrors and a couple covers too. Full setlist below. Rob Moose's group yMusic opened. Pictures of the show are in this post.
Blake & co. and yMusic do it again at Rough Trade NYC on October 8 (also sold out). More pictures from LPR below...
Blake Mills at the Cap in 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Blake Mills, a frequent tourmate and collaborator of Fiona Apple, will release his new album, Heigh Ho, on September 16 via Verve/Record Collection. The album's single, "Don't Tell Our Friends About Me," features Fiona, along with Jon Brion (who's produced multiple Fiona Apple albums, Kanye's Late Registration, and more, and scored Magnolia, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and more), Rob Moose (Bon Iver, Antony and the Johnsons, Sufjan Stevens) and Gabriel Kahane. Stream that song, with another track from the LP, below. Another song on the album, "Seven," will feature Fiona as well.
Blake is going on a tour following the album's release which hits NYC for shows on October 1 at Le Poisson Rouge and October 8 at Rough Trade. The Rough Trade show is with National/Bon Iver/Dirty Projectors/etc collaborators yMusic. Tickets for LPR and Rough Trade go on sale Friday at 10 AM and noon, respectively.
All dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...
Son Lux at Merkin Concert Hall in 2012 (more by David Andrako)
NYC art pop musician Son Lux (aka Ryan Lott), who's fresh off a couple Sufjan collaborations, released his newest album, Lanterns, last week (10/29) via Joyful Noise. The record features contributions from Peter Silberman (The Antlers), Chris Thile (Punch Brothers), DM Stith, yMusic, and more. It can be streamed, along with the recently-made video for "Lost It To Trying," below.
Son Lux is doing a one-off in his hometown TONIGHT (11/4) at Joe's Pub with a 12-piece band. We're not sure of all the members in his band, but we do know that one is album collaborator Peter Silberman of The Antlers. There's an early and a late show tonight, and though the early one is sold out, you can still get tickets to the late one.
In other news, Son Lux and Sufjan's project with Serengeti, s / s / s, are planning to release a new EP.
Video and album stream below...
photos by Ryan Muir
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...
Holly Herndon at MoMA PS1 in 2012 (more by Robert Altman)
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.
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.Check out a video of yMusic performing the Annie Clark (St. Vincent)-penned tune, "Proven Badlands," for WYNC, below...
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.
Rooftop Films Summer Series kicks off in NYC tonight (5/10) with a showing of "This is What We Mean by Short Films" featuring "some of the greatest new short films from all around the world," and will go down at Open Road Rooftop, 350 Grand Street (LES Manhattan). The series continues through the summer, featuring 45 screenings of films at multiple locations across the city. As always, most screenings are accompanied by live music, and though most of the bands aren't announced yet, the schedule does so far include yMusic, Darlene Love, Brazos and more. Darlene performs at a June 8th screening of Twenty Feet From Stardom which she also stars in.
Tickets are available for specific events at their website, and you can head below for a full listing of films and locations.
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.Again, all River to River events are free and open to the public. The entire 2013 line-up is listed, with details, below...
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.
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 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.
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...
yMusic at Crossing Brooklyn Ferry 2012 (more by David Andrako)
NYC contemporary classical ensemble yMusic (known for their work with My Brightest Diamond, St. Vincent, and others) have some upcoming shows scheduled for the end of this year and early 2013. On December 20, they'll play two shows (early and late) at the David Rubinstein Atrium at Lincoln Center with Jherek Bischoff (who's worked with David Byrne, Amanda Palmer, Parenthetical Girls, and others) and Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier. The musicians will be teaming up at these shows to perform music composed by Jherek. Admission to both shows is free, though maybe they should consider making the shows fundraisers for yMusic's record label New Amsterdam Records who were decimated by Sandy.
Then, as mentioned, yMusic will open for Dirty Projectors at Carnegie Hall on January 11, and then join them on stage during their headlining set. The ensemble recently recorded with Dirty Projectors on their recent album, Swing Lo Magellan. Tickets for that show are still available.
In related news, Dirty Projectors release their new EP, About to Die, this week (11/6), which features the title track (which appeared on Swing Lo Magellan) and three new ones. You can stream one of the new tracks, "While You're Here," which David Longstreth tweeted was written for the late Gerard Smith (of TVOTR), and check out a list of all yMusic dates below.
Dirty Projectors at MHOW, July 2012 (more by Jessica Amaya)
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.
Updated dates are listed below...
The Walkmen @ BAM
BAM's Bryce and Aaron Dessner-curated Crossing Brooklyn Ferry series/festival had its first night Thursday. It continues tonight/Friday with a lineup headlined by St. Vincent and The Antlers (and Saturday with Beirut and Atlas Sound).
Music kicked off at 5pm with early slots filled by indie-classical acts like yMusic and JACK Quartet. Composer-uke-player Jherek Bischoff started things out inside the Howard Gilman Opera House at 7pm, and his set featured guest spots from David Byrne and Amanda Palmer. Check out the pictures below.
The first band I saw was Twin Shadow, an act that always sounds a lot better to me on record than live (something about George Lewis Jr.'s voice and the intricacies of the production don't translate exactly on stage). A welcome special guest, the Blackfire Percussion, added drum corp percussion on a few of the songs.
Sharon Van Etten powered through a set that highlighted how much she's evolved since her early acoustic days. She offered a throwback to her Because I Was In Love debut with a solo version of "I Fold" dedicated to her parents. Aaron Dessner, who produced Tramp, played guitar on a few of the tracks. And Sharon tapped "Serpents" for the triumphant, soaring closer.
Sharon Van Etten @ BAM
The Walkmen navigated a set of new tunes and classics: in addition to putting out their sixth LP, Heaven, in June, this year marks the 10th-anniversary of their debut, Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone. Among the songs played were "Angela Surf City," "In the New Year," "Blue As Your Blood" and new tracks "Heaven," "Heartbreaker" and "Southern Heart." Hamilton, as always, stretched the limits of his voice to good effect, especially on the haunting A Hundred Miles Off track "All Hands and the Cook." The band closed with an encore of "We've Been Had," which they noted was the first song they wrote as a band.
Between those last two I ventured to the BAM Cafe to see Zs, playing as a duo and sounding completed different than the last time I saw them in July. Guitarist Ben Greenberg describes the change as "The old stuff was like an old Soviet tank driving down Main Street; the new stuff is like a spaceship landing on City Hall." The shift from angular guitar and skronking saxophone to whatever they do now was pretty evident in the small snippet that I caught. Greenberg's guitar laid dubby rhythms lines while Sam Hilmer's sax played melodies and riffs off in the distance. Hopefully they'll line up more shows soon. (As Hubble, Greenberg makes the NYC debut of that project's "quadraphonic Hubble Superposition set" tonight.)
After that I caught a few songs by Yellowbirds, hidden up in Cinema 3 and playing to a crowd of about 20 people (including Conrad Doucette). The Jonathan Richman-esque two-piece was a nice surprise to find soaked in the smell of movie-theater popcorn.
(People Get Ready and Heather Broderick played, and a program of short films screened, but I arrived too late to see them. And I only caught a snippet of Callers by skipping the end of Twin Shadow.)
One bummer about the schedule is that, with the exception of the extremely early classical sets, it's impossible to see more than a few minutes of the smaller bands without skipping the headlining acts. That scheduling, and the vague, unnecessary "Brooklyn" theme, are a bit puzzling, but all in all the fest is a good chance to see bands like the Walkmen and Sharon Van Etten in the gorgeous Howard Gilman Opera House, a space that's surprisingly intimate and cozy for its size (and having the first few rows of seats removed for the crowd to stand was a nice touch).
More pictures from Thursday below...
Remember that Dessner brother-curated festival, "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," which is happening at BAM from May 3-5? And remember how when we posted the National-curated ATP lineup we suggested (for obvious reasons) that it might hint at the BAM lineup? Well, the lineup is out now, and there are definitely some similarities to that, and also not surprisingly, to the ongoing Ecstatic Music Festival which is great at highlighting the growing mix between indie rock and indie classical that the Dessners are huge fans of and participants in.
The three day Brooklyn Academy of Music festival includes The Antlers, My Brightest Diamond (w/ yMusic), Sharon Van Etten, and Buke and Gase who are all playing ATP, in addition to The Walkmen, St. VIncent, Beirut, Atlas Sound, Tyondai Braxton (formerly of Battles), Oneohtrix Point Never, Caveman, Sinkane, Twin Shadow, Jherek Bischoff, Pat Mahoney and Nancy Whang (DFA DJ set), Ava Luna, and others which are all listed below. As mentioned, the fest also includes the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and the NOW Ensemble.
3-Day Festival Passes go on sale Monday (3/5) to friends of BAM and Tuesday (3/6) to the general public. More details and schedule at the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry website.
Full lineup below...
photos by David Andrako
Ecstatic Music Festival Day 3 -- 02/08/12
The 2012 Ecstatic Music Festival, which hosted Sxip Shirey and friends one night earlier, continued at Merkin Hall last night with performances by Richard Reed Parry (of the Arcade Fire and Bell Orchestre), Son Lux (aka Ryan Lott), and yMusic, along with special guests Bryce and Aaron Dessner (of the National). As advertised, this happened:
"[Richard Reed Parry] takes on the role of composer, presenting a series of works for yMusic and its members utilizing the organic processes of the human body -- heartbeats and breathing -- to articulate the works' progress. Son Lux will likewise have his yMusic compositions (from their debut album, Beautiful Mechanical) performed, and will also present new arrangements from his album We Are Rising ("shamefully good," Seattle Post-Intelligencer), which used yMusic as source material for its electronic compositions. Parry and Lott will also each write new works that incorporate each other into the process, as vocalists, instrumentalists, or even as providers of source material for the new compositions.It was also "A New Sounds Live Presentation Hosted by WNYC's John Schaefer" which means it was streamed live and will be archived online if you mised it. and there are pictures in this post.
This Will Destroy You play the Ecstatic show tonight (2/9), or more specifically:
"The unique, "brilliant" (Boston Globe), self-conducted string orchestra A Far Cry joins forces with post-rock powerhouse This Will Destroy You and renowned composer Christopher Tignor, with his band, Slow Six, for an evening of music that is large-scale in every sense."Tickets are still on sale.
Pictures from last night with a video that was made before the show, below...
photos by Toby Tenenbaum
The guest-filled six-night run of National shows came to an end on Saturday night (12/17), complete with an opening set by Bristol, England-based group This is the Kit who the National discovered on their recent tour of Europe. Maybe you watched the whole show livestreaming online.
Most of the guests on Saturday were the same as Friday, though no Trey. Saturday guests were Thomas Bartlett, Nico Muhly, Richard Reed Parry, Rob Moose, Nadia Sirota, Conrad Doucette and yMusic. Ben Lanz, who also played Thursday and Friday, was on trombone again after leaving the band earlier this year to join Beirut full time.
photos by David Andrako
National week at Beacon Theater continued on Friday night, 12/16, for the fifth night in a row. Shara Worden's project My Brightest Diamond opened the show and she later joined The National on stage as did Thomas Bartlett aka Doveman, Richard Reed Parry of the Arcade Fire, Conrad Doucette, Rob Moose, Nadia Sirota and string quartet yMusic... and Phish's Trey Anastasio who members of the National are working with right now. As Jambands.com points out:
"The Phish guitarist emerged partway through the group's set for "Blood Buzz Ohio," "Squalor Victoria" and "Murder Me Rachel." While onstage, the members of The National described the guitarist as "a hero of ours." Anastasio reemerged alongside Arcade Fire multi-instrumentalist Richard Reed Parry the evening's opening act My Brightest Diamond to play guitar on "Terrible Love." All of the night's guests then joined the members of The National for an acoustic sing-along based around "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks." National frontman Matt Berninger was particularly chatty throughout the show, jokingly describing Parry as a member of Kings of Leon and declaring "that's the sound of faces melting" after Anastasio's performance."You can watch a video with Trey in it below.
yMusic at Castle Clinton in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Six-piece ensemble yMusic released their debut LP this past September, Beautiful Mechanical, with compositions by Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond (whose new album yMusic played on), Annie Clark, Son Lux, and others. They'll celebrate the album with a record release show in NYC on Sunday (12/4) at Rockwood Music Hall. Tickets are on sale now.
yMusic are also play the Ecstatic Music Festival with album collaborator Son Lux (Ryan Lott) and Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry on February 8 at Merkin Concert Hall. Tickets are still available. Stream the Son Lux-composed track "Beautiful Mechanical" off yMusic's album here.
Speaking of Richard Parry, he was spotted in the audience of the Little Scream show the other day at Pianos. He also happened to co-produce the new Little Scream record (which he also contributed to musically). Maybe he'll be there at The Rock Shop in Brooklyn tonight (12/2) too.
My Brightest Diamond also has an upcoming show at Merkin Concert Hall, but hers is part of New York Guitar Festival. She plays on January 17, performing an original score for Buster Keaton's silent film Balloonatic, aliong with Keller WilliamsRedhooker, who will both also be performing scores of Keaton films. Tickets are still available. Shara is also one of the performers for David Lang's Making Music piece, along with Bryce Dessner of The National, Owen Pallett, Nico Muhly and others, which is being presented at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall on January 27. Tickets are on sale now.
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