I’m working on two rather involved posts at the moment (and some music, always), but don’t have time to finish either of them. In the meantime, let me just list some of the really great concerts I’ve seen in the last week. (And, of course, no time to link all these names.)
A wonderful quartet with John King, George Lewis, Zeena Parkins, and Fast Forward. Also joined by the amazing pianist Jenny Lin and the beautiful voice of soprano Charlotte Dobbs. This was part of the “Experiments in the Studio” music series (in which I’ll be performing in May) at the Cunningham Dance Studios. If you know any of these players, you know how good they can be, and they were all in top form this night.
Composer, soprano, accordionist Kamala Sankaram presented a short excerpt of a one-woman music theater piece she is working on, accompanied by her band Squeezebox. At the Here Art Center in SoHo. Too good to be so short. I look forward to seeing more.
My buddy Miya Masaoka had a busy weekend but I was only able to see one of her events. This night she presented “For Birds, Planes and Cello.” A beautifully constructed ambient score with the always superb cellist, Alex Waterman. At the White Box gallery in Chelsea.
Then if that wasn’t enough, Anthony Coleman presented an evening of his very complex, mostly string ensemble, recent pieces topped off with a very eloquent solo piano improvisation. Part of a new music series at the Brecht Forum.
Ya’ gotta love NY.