Music

Do you know whole passages of The Bridges of Madison County by heart? Or have a secret Grisham obsession? Got a great Berendt impression? Introducing your new favorite monthly series, inspired by your favorite guilty Friday night activity. Think you've got literary chops? You've got three minutes to prove it by reading a passage from a book that will surprise and delight the crowd. Our theme for this month is Greatest Hits of the 90s, so you'll need to come prepped to read your favorite three minutes from a book published between 1990 and 1999.


More than a dozen innovative artists at the intersection of indie rock, contemporary jazz, and avant-garde performance will come together at Abrons to present a benefit concert to support recovery efforts in Japan. “The tragedy and devastation is really overwhelming,” says John Zorn, who has organized and will host the evening. “I’ve always felt a strong personal connection to Japan, and I’m just glad to be able to do my part to help. It should be an amazing night.”


Alloy Orchestra is a three-man musical ensemble, writing and performing live accompaniment to classic silent films. Working with an outrageous assemblage of peculiar objects and electronic synthesizers, Alloy thrashes and grinds soulful music from unlikely sources.


The Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra inaugurates its third season with an all-American program, highlighted by KCO Music Director Gary S. Fagin’s new composition, Robert Moses Astride New York, featuring visionary performer Rinde Eckert.


Come check out two outstanding at acts at the Mercury Lounge this Friday at 7:30 PM. Sami Akbari (sami.the.great)’s recent EP, Nothing Left to See, features five original songs written by Sami and a cover of Sting's "Roxanne."...


After the brutal blizzard of 2010 that has kept so many of us indoors why not ring in 2011 in style. We suggest celebrate at the Cupping Room Cafe. Located in the heart of SoHo it is warm, charming, chic and delicious. (Coincidently, also all qualities that are required in my friends.) With its embracing attitude it is a local favorite and a genuine experience. Gather your loved ones for  a post night on the town brunch you'll never forget.  

 
On July 14, 2009, the New York Times Company announced that the 96.3 FM frequency would be transferred to another station and that they were selling WQXR. What followed is an amazing story of the power of classical music and classical music lovers to save one of the landmarks of live classical music for New York City and America. 

Do you have the time to listen to Billie Joe Armstrong rhyme? Sunday September 19th Jordan Roth, President of Jujamcyn Theaters, will interview Green Day’s lyricist, vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong and American Idiot director Tony Award winner Michael Mayer. The mega-band arrived with 1994’s Dookie, which sold 15 million copies and won a Grammy ® Award and has followed up with such epic albums such as American Idiot which debuted at No. 1 and earned seven Grammy nominations (winning two) and last year’s 21st Century Breakdown, which won the Grammy for Best Rock Album.   Green Day has not only proved its longevity but its relevance. Join in the discussion to ask Billie Joe how!


Visionary precision, fearless exploration, and unlimited scope have placed the Kronos Quartet at the forefront of contemporary music for nearly 40 years. Friday, August 13th’s far-reaching repertoire features works by Steve Reich, Café Tacuba, and the world premiere of Christine Southworth’s Super Collider. Performed by Kronos with the 14 musicians of Gamelan Galak Tika (Evan Ziporyn, artistic director) using the virtual Gamelan Elektrika, designed and developed by Harmonix’s Alex Rigopulos (of Guitar Hero and Rock Band), Super Collider juxtaposes two sound worlds and traditions, the string quartet and the ancient gamelan, through the unlimited sonic universe of electronics.


 

Friday July 9th check out Indie-songstress Eleanor Dubinsky at the 92Y Tribeca. Her sultry vocals ride a mix of French pop, new American soul and Latin rhythms. Her songs express her passion for a diversity of people and cultures.

 


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