Isabelle O’Connell’s Wide-Ranging Exploration of Contemporary Piano at the Irish Arts Center

Pianist Isabelle O’Connell performed 13 different pieces at the Irish Arts Center on November 7. Each encapsulated a vastly different soundscape, but stories of O’Connell’s life and travels between Dublin and New York City connected them. The first piece on the program was George Gershwin’s Prelude No. 1, chosen in honor of her last concert in Dublin before moving to New York for school, where … Continue reading Isabelle O’Connell’s Wide-Ranging Exploration of Contemporary Piano at the Irish Arts Center

Afterimage: Kinds of Kings, ~Nois, and Wide-Ranging Musical Styles at Roulette

Kinds of Kings, a six-member composer collective dedicated to producing inclusive work and advocating for underheard voices, celebrated the opening of their 2019-20 season at Roulette on October 24 with a concert titled Afterimage. Teaming up with ~Nois, a Chicago-based, new music focused saxophone quartet, the evening featured one work for saxophone ensemble by each composer in the collective, each exploring a different musical style.  … Continue reading Afterimage: Kinds of Kings, ~Nois, and Wide-Ranging Musical Styles at Roulette

Momentary Stillness at D. Edward Davis’s instill

A brightly colored, circular labyrinth, designed by Diana Carulli and located in New York City’s East River Park, was home to composer D. Edward Davis’s participatory sound installation, ‘instill,’ on September 21. The piece, a sounding meditation, welcomed onlookers to pace the painted pavement, soaking in the multitude of sounds around them. Continue reading Momentary Stillness at D. Edward Davis’s instill

The Art of Experimentation: Wadada Leo Smith at The Stone

Wadada Leo Smith walked out onto the fluorescent-lit stage with a stack of papers. He began to play the trumpet, muted, eyes closed. The melodies came in spurts – one burst of hyperactivity, pause, another. It was as if the phrase ideas were sporadically flying into his head. There are an infinite number of sounds and pitches the trumpet alone can make – and Smith … Continue reading The Art of Experimentation: Wadada Leo Smith at The Stone

“We’ll Have It All” At Brooklyn Steel, 1/17/2019

When Soft Sounds from Another Planet was released in July 2017, the sky was purple as the sun rose, burning hot on the sidewalk pavement, glistening white over the Hudson. There was a stillness in the hot air as I brewed my tea and let the sounds of dream pop and healing run through my veins. I knew that this album would be one I’d … Continue reading “We’ll Have It All” At Brooklyn Steel, 1/17/2019

Kelly Moran at Roulette: The Power of Music

A swath of neon pink light washed over the audience who slowly bopped their heads as the bass smoothly dropped and the image on the screen morphed from blues to reds to rainbows to black. They were entranced by an artistic landscape, captivated by the sort of heightened sense that is aroused when experiencing a total immersion in sound and visual art. The evening ended … Continue reading Kelly Moran at Roulette: The Power of Music