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
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
The stage was set in pre-performer-entry frozen time with so many music making objects that I
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
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
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
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
At the ICA in Boston, A Band With No Name became the moniker during the show for a perf