Monthly Archives: February 2014

Busking New York – January 30, 2014

Busking New York  -  Columbus Circle Subway Station  -  January 30, 2014 I finally came up against a performer (kora player Salieu M. Suso) who wouldn’t sign, leading to speculation on my part about why that would be.   Guitarist Martinez … Continue reading

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Focus: Schnittke’s World (2) – January 30, 2014

Focus: Schnittke’s World (2) – Juilliard School, Peter Jay Sharp Theater – January 30, 2014 For my second foray into this year’s Focus festival, in contrast to Tuesday’s session, complete ensembles (and a soloist)  were captured, lending a slightly better … Continue reading

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Focus: Schnittke’s World (1) – January 27, 2014

Focus: Schnittke’s World (1)  – Juilliard School, Peter Jay Sharp Theater  -  January 27, 2014 This year’s Focus festival is on Alfred Schnittke and his circle.  The four players portrayed are each part of a separate ensemble; time is too … Continue reading

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Songbook: Broadway’s Future – January 27, 2014

Songbook: Broadway’s Future  -  Bruno Walter Auditorium  -  January 27, 2014 This was a serendipitous session.  I was mad early for a program at Juilliard, needing to kill a major hunk of time, so I went over to the Performing … Continue reading

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Helen Avakian – January 18, 2014

Helen Avakian  -  Unitarian Fellowship Hall  -  January 18, 2014 Avakian was the featured performer at the Poughkeepsie branch of the Hudson Valley Folk Guild.  She’s an awesome songwriter and performer; her encore, a version of Rhapsody in Blue, was … Continue reading

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Pepe Romero – January 10, 2014

Pepe Romero  -  Winter Garden  -  January 10, 2014 This performance by the classical master was part of the larger New York Guitar Festival.  John Schaefer, one of the festival organizers, introduced Romero, and as he usually does, provided insightful … Continue reading

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Holiday Hoot – December 7, 2013

Holiday Hoot  -  Howland Cultural Center, Beacon  -  December 7, 2013 This was a community cultural affair, with a whole menu of musical and spoken performances; the Howland Cultural Center is ground zero for the Beacon arts community.  Chris Ruhe … Continue reading

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