Lyn Horton

Lyn Horton


Extolling Ecstasy

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It is a privilege for me to experience the performances of musicians who are unmistakably committed to what they do musicians who live and breathe the music musicians whose acquaintance with newness leads to an outpouring of fearlessness in how to build music from seeming nothingness, starting with one note.

And the note came from Peter Brõtzmann’s bass clarinet----the note seared the air to open wide a field of possibilities. The note was dark .the drums, Nasheet Waits lightly brushed


Revering Rollins

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Writing an article about Sonny Rollins is like taking water into one’s hands for a long-awaited drink and not letting the precious liquid seep through the fingers. It is like taking a better photograph of the Grand Canyon. It is like standing on the top of Mt. Everest and absorbing the view.

My seat at Tanglewood was in the first balcony way up behind the band. The people next to me were complaining how they wouldn’t be able to see Rollins. Even though I didn’t say anything, I knew that Rolli

Matthew Shipp, William Parker and Mat Maneri constitute a group seemingly impervious to pursuing anything other than the apotheosis of what they do. These musicians demonstrate such confidence in their attitude, approach, and propensity for simply diving into making their music that bringing it into question well that would reveal a complete lack of vision, interest, and willingness to discover on the percipient's part.

All suited up, the members of the trio moved onto the stage at the

The members of Trio X are Dominic Duval, Jay Rosen and Joe McPhee. Each has his own unique sound. Taken further, the group’s capacity to put these unique sounds and their unique temperaments together result in a brilliant and common determination: to make their music unforgettably engaging.

Trio X is a young ensemble maybe seven years old. In the beginning of a new venture, the musicians start as innocents with each other. The more they play together, the more the audience can wrap

To the uninitiated audience, a performance by the Peter Broetzmann Tentet may seem cacophonous, potentially unendurable and incomprehensible. Nothing could be further from the truth. The most salient means to identify with a performance of this group is, without resistance, to fall into the energy, sincerity and the joy underlying the making of the music.

The Tentet is a group of musicians that fluctuates in personnel. For some reason, I always thought that this ensemble woul


Routing Out Roots

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Susie Ibarra’s recent project with Electric Kulintang speaks of her upbringing within a community of Filipinos. She seeks to bring the folk traditions manifest in Filipino culture into the setting of contemporary music. With only two of four members of the group performing, Ibarra and Roberto J. Rodriguez carried out her intention at the last concert of the Magic Triangle Series at UMass, Amherst.

The major component of Kulintang is a group of eight distinctly pitched gongs, charact


Bathing in Burrell

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The Northampton, Massachusetts Center for the Arts was the venue for the last of three concerts in the annual "A World of Piano Series". The artist for the last concert was Dave Burrell.

Alone and sitting at a piano in the front of a mid-size room, Burrell captivated the packed house with the sound he produced with his exceedingly long, lithe fingers which when they touch the keyboard become a logical extension of it. Logical, but more importantly, human.

It is important to Burrell that hi

In the last concert of the year’s Solos and Duos Series produced by the University of Massachusetts Fine Arts Center, two of the most celebrated creative music improvisors performed one set for about two hours. The duo: William Parker and Hamid Drake. Both musicians are known for their rhythm section acumen. This time, they acted as their own lead instrumentalists as well as their own rhythm section.

The stage was set in pre-performer-entry frozen time with so many music making objects that I


Freewheeling Frisell

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In a rare live performance, Bill Frisell & his Trio played to a standing room only audience, some of whom came from over 100 miles away, at the Iron Horse in Northampton, MA on November 17. When I attend concerts where the featured player is of the caliber of Frisell, I do it for the reason that it is a chance of a lifetime...and I had better seize the opportunity because the chance may elude me in the future. And I am so gratified with my decision that after the performance is done and all the
And it was so that the audience zeroed in and focused on Joe and Mat Maneri, father and son duo, at the second of the Solos and Duos Series of concerts at UMass/Amherst on October 28.

The intimacy of the experience of making music surrounded the two players as an aura. A complementary interplay emanated from the performance for the reason that Joe plays sax and clarinet and Mat plays viola. Mat’s playing is as smooth as silk and Joe’s is sporadically temperamental and melodious. However, look