Lyn Horton

Lyn Horton


Honing Inspirations

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For September 24, 2004, pianist David Arner arranged that pianist Dave Burrell play in two venues, Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY and Pauline Oliveros’s Deep Listening Space in the Hudson Valley. This day was an opportunity to expose myself to a Burrell marathon event, which became an adventure not to be duplicated.

To my mind, Dave Burrell’s playing cannot simply be appreciated. Such descriptive, qualitative vocabulary implies that when you listen to him play, you are in a s

The day before Easter it was, that for the first time I saw Billy Bang play live with his Trio. A friend of mine once said it is good to refrain from corrupting an experience with words. The following words are intended to elucidate on a past experience not an anticipatory one. If there is anything I did not anticipate, it was being totally in awe of Bang’s commitment to his instrument and to his music. That some one can be this astute within his discipline, as are many other musicians I have wr

Cleaving the Air

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On Friday night, at Sweeney Concert Hall, at Smith College, the Trio of Peter Brötzmann on reeds and saxophones, William Parker on bass, stringed instruments and flutes, and Hamid Drake on trap set and frame drum, cut through the architectural formality of the hall and broadcast acoustically alive sets of highly focused improvisation.

Music is an abstraction until it is heard. The derivation of music can stem from many sources, particular to the individual musician, particular to the way in w

Bela Fleck, of the popular Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, and Edgar Meyer, member of the Lincoln Center Chamber Ensemble, both Grammy winners, and very close friends, performed together at MassMoca on last Saturday night. The house was full as was the atmosphere with musical energy.

The key to understanding this duo is the stark contrast between their instruments.

It is not often that you have to think about the banjo as a stringed instrument, but in this case under Fleck’s fingers, the ba

The silver lining of music only knows one place. When musicians who are dedicated and love their art combine in a mix that is unusual and totally about making new sound, then you have the lining. The lining exists between structure and freedom. The structure is found in the make-up of the band; the freedom lies in each musician’s instinct to feel exactly the direction that the music is going or can be led.

At the ICA in Boston, A Band With No Name became the moniker during the show for a perf


Framing the Gestures

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On the day after Christmas (how appropriate the date), David Arner gave a solo performance at the Performing Arts Center in Rhinebeck, NY.

The spry, tall, thin, angular pianist walked on stage, bowed, sat on the bench in front of a baby grand piano and looked at the keyboard in thought. One hand playing two notes later began the setting of a framework for what Arner dubs a spontaneous composition.

The first piece established his focus: span, interval, and a unity of functioning of both han

In an age of decay, destruction, torment and little evident to save us, it is a blessing to know that in existence is a group of musicians like this trio. Led by top-shelf pianist, Dave Burrell, joined by virtuosos, bassist William Parker and drummer Andrew Cyrille, the Full-Blown Trio performed at the Iron Horse in Northampton, Ma on Friday, Nov. 21.

Two sets were played; the second was a "recap" of the first thus making both sets one. The sets were comprised of the integration of two origin

The Solos & Duos Concert Series at UMASS Amherst closed on November 20 with an unforgettable performance by Rashied Ali on drums and Sonny Fortune on alto sax.

Both of these musicians played so freshly and intensely with each other that their long term musical relationship made sense. Never in my experience with the music, have I heard a duo produce such a huge, deeply three-dimensional and persistent sound.

Fortune grunted, stomped to count off the opening of "Just One of Those Things." S


A Well of Intimacy

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It had been raining. In the west toward the Hudson Valley, the sun broke through. The apparitions of how we are in the universe were evident. A stark contrast of clouds in the sky yawned with slate blues, grays and bright whites. The dark rich black-greens of the tree lines were slapped against the surface of the sky. The land and sky-scapes were concurrent with the sunset and moonrise. It was not raining.

With this Samuel Beckettian backdrop, entrance to the Deep Listening Space in Kingston

We only live once. And for some, to be able to experience pianist Brad Mehldau in his Trio with Larry Grenadier on bass and Jorge Rossy on drums more than once is surely a blessing.

Last night in the small but densely cultured town of Northampton, MA, in a club which Mehldau visits frequently, the SRO audience was vocally aghast at the Trio’s performance. There are good reasons why. First of all, these three musicians have been together for a long time. Their union, faithfulness and dedicatio