July 22, 2015 |
Since forming the duo called Archer Spade in 2010, trombonist Dan Blacksberg and guitarist Nick Millevoi have presented music on a fairly regular basis - but in the past, their efforts have been all about them. Their 2012 Commissioning Series featured new compositions written for them by composers Gene Coleman, Dave Soldier, and Johnny DeBlase, while their sporadic Performance Series rarely hosted a concert that didn't include Archer Spade or one of the pair's numerous other projects.
December 14, 2012
Loudon Wainwright III Loudon Wainwright III releases frankly autobiographically and acutely funny folk albums with such regularity that it's easy to take him for granted. A good way to catch up on much of his good music is with 40 Odd Years , the four-CD boxed set that came out on the Shout Factory label last year. But LW3 will not be entombed in a cardboard box: This year, the 66-year-old son of the late journalist Loudon S. Wainwright Jr. put out Older Than My Old Man Now , a 16-song, often hilarious, always astute disquisition on age, family, prescription meds, and the faint memory of sex that I might have put on my year-end Top Ten list if I hadn't taken Wainwright for granted and forgotten it came out. This weekend Loudo plays two shows in the area, one in New Hope and one in Wilmington.
April 8, 2012
Sunday Matter of conscience In John Patrick Shanley's layered and engrossing 2004 drama, Doubt , a nun at a Bronx Catholic school in the 1960s becomes suspicious of a parish priest's attention to a troubled altar boy. Is she right to be mistrustful or are her perceptions the result of the threat to her own rigid beliefs by the progressive pastor? The Tony Award-winning play goes on at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m Sunday at the Walnut Street Theatre's Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St., and continues with shows at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m Saturday and next Sunday.
December 30, 2011
Adrienne Cooper, 65, an American-born singer, teacher, and curator of Yiddish music who was a pioneer in the effort to keep the embers of that language smoldering for newer generations, died Sunday of adrenal cancer in New York. Although the movement Ms. Cooper helped start in the 1970s and '80s was often described as a Yiddish revival, less sentimental observers acknowledged that a true revival of the spoken language among secular Jews was unlikely, given that people who had learned it in their homes, such as Holocaust survivors and children of turn-of-the-century Jewish immigrants, were dying out. But because of the teaching and organizational work of Ms. Cooper and a handful of others, klezmer has become a popular current of the music mainstream and Yiddish courses are given at scores of colleges.
May 23, 2009 |
Saint Vincent Ferrer (1350-1419), was a missionary and logician. Annie Clark (1982- ), the American singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist who goes by the name St. Vincent, brings a missionary zeal to her current status as indie's ambassador of goodwill from The Other Side. Likewise, despite all its head-spinning detours and U-turns, her music follows the pristine logic of a flowchart. Such was the case Thursday night when St. Vincent stunned a near-capacity crowd in the sweaty basement of the First Unitarian Church with a flawless recreation of selections from Actor, her just-released and deservedly hyped sophomore collection of otherworldly, asymmetrical pop. Clark plays all the instruments on Actor, but Thursday night she was backed by a crack four-piece band - a flutist/saxophonist, a violinist, a bassist, and a drummer - that expertly replicated the album's jigsaw arrangements and dreamy vistas.
January 12, 2009 |
Franz Nicolay has been one of pop's most entertaining sidemen since audiences first spied his handlebar-mustachioed face in the late '90s. The Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist has been part of the frenetic cabaret World/Inferno Friendship Society, the riff-rocking the Hold Steady and, more recently, the gypsy klezmer outfit Guignol. But no man with so prominent a mustache and such audacious talent can stay in the background. Though his worth as a composer and crooner is apparent from his debut solo CD, Major General (out tomorrow)
March 15, 2007 |
Osvaldo Golijov's acclaimed "Ainadamar" will be presented next year in a unique collaboration involving the Curtis Institute of Music, the Opera Company of Philadelphia and the Kimmel Center. A recent Grammy winner for best opera recording and best classical contemporary composition, "Ainamadar" has been a success since its 2003 premiere at Tanglewood, led by Curtis alumnus Robert Spano, who recorded a revised version of the work as well. It has been performed in Los Angeles; Santa Fe, N.M.; New York's Lincoln Center; and in London, among other venues.
February 29, 2004 |
For years, cantor Anita Hochman did the same thing each year when members of M'kor Shalom celebrated Simchat Torah: Play prerecorded music. Then, about eight years ago, she vowed to do something different to mark the end of the annual reading of the Torah and the beginning of another year of readings - a time when people celebrate by dancing with the Torah scrolls in the synagogue. Hochman called on Edmond Weiss, a member of the Cherry Hill synagogue and an accomplished musician.
September 14, 2003 |
Elaine Hoffman Watts' father taught her to play klezmer music as a little girl, but no one else would hire the female drummer to play the traditional Eastern European Jewish folk music. "It was a man's thing," she said. Not anymore. The revival of klezmer music has brought some long-overdue recognition, say her fellow musicians, to Hoffman Watts, 71, a third-generation klezmer player and the first female percussionist to graduate from the Curtis Institute of Music. These days, she often shares the stage with her trumpet-playing daughter, Susan Watts, as part of the Fabulous Shpielkehs, a Yiddish brass band.
September 7, 2003 |
Bill and Fritzi Wisdom met at a square dance in the 1970s when he was playing banjo and she was playing the fiddle. They got hooked on old-time music - those backcountry tunes from the southern Appalachian mountains - and they have been jammin' together ever since. One of their favorite gigs is Chester County's Old Fiddlers' Picnic in Hibernia County Park, where knots of musicians jam in the woods, filling the valley with the sound of Irish fiddling, klezmer music, bluegrass, and old-time mountain music, said Bill Wisdom, a semiretired Temple University philosophy professor.