| May 20, 2011
| 7:37 AM
Mother’s Day, 1987. David Lang, Julia Wolfe, and Michael Gordon, three young composers fresh out of Yale, stage a 12-hour marathon of new music at a gallery on lower Broadway in New York City.
Double bassist Robert Black participates. “I...
| Jun 3, 2011
| 1:11 PM
When it comes to improvisation, “free” is a thorny word.
In the context of avant-garde jazz, pioneered in the 1960s by Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, Albert Ayler, John Coltrane, Archie Shepp, Sun Ra and others, it means free-form group...
| Nov 22, 2011
| 9:10 AM
I first heard Led Zeppelin IV, which turns 40 this year, on New Year’s Eve, 1983, when I was in sixth grade.
My friend Chris Ward had an older brother, Tom, who was a Led Zeppelin fan. I can’t remember why, but Chris spent that New Year&...
| Mar 9, 2012
| 2:47 PM
Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts will present Geri Allen & Timeline, a group that has gained standing ovations throughout the country with its tight combination of jazz piano, bass and drums, and tap percussion. The concert is set for 7:...
| Dec 28, 2011
Originally from West Hartford, Conn., Matt Frazao moved to Baltimore to attend The Peabody Conservatory, where he earned a degree in classical guitar performance. At the start of 2009, he co-founded the Out of Your Head music collective with bassist...
| Aug 4, 2011
| 8:19 AM
The bassist is one of 12 Philadelphia musicians to win a Pew Fellowship, along with electronic musician Charles Cohen, poet CAConrad, guitarist/composer Chris Forsyth and poet Pattie McCarthy.
Click here to read the announcement on Tacuma's website....
| Jan 21, 2013
| 9:20 AM
Since 1992, the Bang on a Can All-Stars have worked with avant-garde musicians like Steve Reich, Ornette Coleman, Burmese circle drum master Kyaw Kyaw Naing and DJ Spooky. They recorded Brian Eno's ambient Music for Airports, and they've performed with...
| Jan 11, 2013
| 6:54 PM
Before the ashes and the anguish, before the 1965 riots and the spotlight of attention that followed, there was a pocket of people already fighting for Watts.
They fought for the arts and for the black community from a building on Grandee Avenue and...
| Jan 5, 2013
During a midday hike along the cliffs of northern New Jersey, overlooking the Hudson River, drummer Billy Martin walks on isolated paths spotted with melting snow.
"It's really beautiful," he says, panting. "There's nobody here."
His breath becomes...
| Jul 16, 2012
| 11:16 AM
David Liebman Quartet, July 19, Crowell Concert Hall, Wesleyan University, Middletown.
Every time David Liebman takes the stage, one imagines the disembodied spirits of John Coltrane and Miles Davis nodding in approval. Ever since the 66-year-old...
| Dec 3, 2012
| 8:41 AM
Do you use Google Play? If so, have you noticed that they’ve rolled out a new “Instant Playlist”-generating feature recently? It’s very strange, and kind of cool.
Google Play (otherwise and formerly known as Google Music) -- in...