Lyn Horton

Lyn Horton

29.01.2011

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

29.01.2011

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

29.01.2011

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

29.01.2011

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
29.01.2011

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