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