The biggest reason for fans of culture to run out and see Music Makes a City, a new documentary directed by Owsley Brown III and Jerome Hiler, might be the core suggestion it makes: that when times get tough, the talented get bold.
Planets, the latest release from Brooklyn lit rockers One Ring Zero, proves itself to be made up of lovely, carefully crafted music that dips into a whole mess of genre styles and timbral possibilities.
Tristan Perich’s 1-Bit Symphony stands quite eloquently in contrast to the 21st century’s love affair with the endlessly copyable digital file. While CDs have been traded for the instant gratification of the easily distributed MP3, Perich has shifted the frame and managed to make the fragile plastic jewel case once again worthy of shelf space.
thingNY’s experimental opera ADDDDDDDDD takes rapid-fire, largely spoken-word lyrical content and plays it out across multiple streams of content flashing by at warp speed.
Descriptors like “extremely specific” and “incredibly nuanced” become touchstones when speaking with Augusta Read Thomas about her life and work and the inspiration that drives it all. Read the interview…
Dither, the four-man electric guitar quartet, delivers a bracing self-titled debut album that flexes the ears in quite a few compelling directions.
You could call Shodekeh (a.k.a. Dominic Earle Shodekeh Talifero) a beatboxer or a vocal percussionist, if you want to feel a little more refined about it. But what the Baltimore-based musician seems to be more than anything is a chameleon, breathing out entire rhythm and bass tracks and blending them into a borderless range of performance situations.
On April 19, MATA kicks off its 12th annual festival in New York City. Under the banner of “Young Composers—Now!” this four-night event at Le Poisson Rouge includes 14 world premieres— three of them MATA commissions.