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UP NEXT | DMV Deep

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  UP NEXT is a new series by Blisspop aiming to highlight underground artists, events, and organizations that are pushing D.C.’s dance music scene forward and are on the cusp of breaking into the spotlight. Standing still beneath the glow of the Backbar’s basement entryway, Saad Ashraf and Kori Fogle pause for a moment to

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The Telegraph Quartet Channels a Hundred Years of Vigorous, Dark, Relevant Revelry

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In their sold-out performance at Carnegie Hall last night, the Telegraph Quartet took one of the richest sources in the history of music and traced how profoundly it could resonate in the here and now.

They started in the middle, then leapt into the precarious present with the world premiere of Robert Sirota’s harrowing String Quartet No 3: Wave Upon Wave. Closing with Schoenberg’s String Quartet No. 1 in D Minor might have been the respectful thing to do – or simply a decision to end the night with equal amounts fun and fire. Either way, the cutting-edge thread ...

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Interview | Fady D

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Up-and-coming D.C. based DJ/Producer Fady D has started off the year on fire with the release of his latest remix of Oliver’s “Heart Attack.” This track is filled with so many innovative sounds and melodies and includes a middle eastern-inspired horn line that is so catchy it may truly give you a “heart attack” on

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Interview | Julius Jetson

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As Julius Jetson, 26-year-old DMV talent Julian Ragland has spent the last few years treating audiences to new songs, styles, and artists, first as a party promoter, then as a DJ-producer, and now as the head of his Ghetto Ghetto imprint. But it turns out his gift for musical introduction started even earlier. Born in

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Interview | Better Listen Records

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On an evening at the end of September 2017, I caught up with Martín Miguel, asking him about Better Listen Records and his DJ career. In this first half of the interview, Martín told me why he started Better Listen, what distinguishes Better Listen from other disco and house labels, some of his insights into

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Best of 2017: Will Eastman’s Picks

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Best Remix The xx, “On Hold (Jamie xx Remix)” Jamie xx’s grasp of emotive song craft is indisputable, yet he always seems to shine brightest on the dance floor when remixing his own music. The greatest dance music is simple and appeals across genres. Add a dollop of emotion and Jamie has the recipe for something

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Best of 2017: Patrick Blinkhorn’s Picks

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Best Remix The Shapeshifters, “Lola’s Theme Recut (Dr. Packer Remix)”  Dr. Packer’s remix of “Lola’s Theme Recut” on Glitterbox Recordings was a good addition to the Lola’s Theme Recut release. The remix has the right balance of energy over the course of the track, making it a winner to play out in sets. I expect

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Brooding, Cinematic Piano Minimalism From Elias Haddad

Source: New York Music Daily

Pianist Elias Haddad writes dark, pensive, frequently poignant songs without words that draw equally on minimalism and film music, with flickers of the Middle East. You could call him the Lebanese Ludovico Einaudi. Philip Glass is also a major influence. For fun, check out Haddad’s performance in the Jeida Grotto at Mount Lebanon – much as the humidity is doing a number on the piano’s tuning, you can tell how magical the sonics must have been in there that night. His new album Visions is streaming at Spotify. Lucky concertgoers in Ghazir, Lebanon can see him there ...

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Best of 2017: Yvette Bailhache’s Picks

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Best Remix Snacks, “Order To The Senses (Kornél Kovács Remix)” When Berlin and Stockholm collided musically, it was pure magic. German producer Kornèl Kovács flipped “Order To The Senses” — a lovely house track by the Swedish duo Snacks — into one of the sexiest and addictive deep house jams of 2017. Honorable Mentions Men I Trust,

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Best of 2017: Aeron Premo’s Picks

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Best Remix Henry Saiz feat. Cora Novoa, “Golden Dawn (Brynjolfur Dream Mix)”  Spanish producer Henry Saiz produces quality house and nu-disco with a dark edge. This Brynjolfur remix takes his sound to a new level with synths that swirl like a tornado and an atmosphere that builds up to an intensity like no other. And the drop. Listen to it. This is what a drop

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Best of 2017: Kristina Westernik’s Picks

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Best Remix Kesha, “Praying (Oliver Nelson remix)” Swedish producer Oliver Nelson has a knack for making remixes sound even better than the original. If you like what you hear, stay tuned for an exclusive Blisspop interview with him ahead of his US tour. For fans of nu-disco bangers. Best LP/EP Tame Impala, Currents B-sides & Remixes Perhaps it

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Best of 2017: Michael Khalifeh’s Picks

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Best Remix Marian Hill, “Down (Franky Rizardo Remix)” While collaborations between pop and house music don’t always produce the most tasteful results, it’s tunes like this that show how it’s done. Reworking the simple piano groove of Marian Hill’s “Down” (of iPhone commercial fame), Rizardo curates rhythm that’s infectious at every event I’ve played it

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Best of 2017: William Creason’s Picks

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Best Tracks Of The Year Arma, “Favela” [Artifice] DJ Tuco & Allmostt, “The One” [Top Billin] Hodge & Randomer, “If I Could Stop” [Clone Basement Series] Gibson Brothers, “Ooh What A Life (Gerd Janson & Shan Edit)” [Running Back] Jensen Interceptor, “Not Phased” [Central Processing Unit] The Juan Maclean “Can You Ever Really Know Somebody

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Best of 2017: Jonathan Sherman’s Picks

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Best Remix Sam Smith, “Too Good at Goodbyes (Galantis Remix)” This year had a lot of super high-highs and super low-lows. For every great moment that happened, another chapter in life always seemed to be coming to a close and this song played in my head at every one of those moments. Sam Smith’s voice

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Quirk and Charm in David Lee Myers’ Analog Electronic Soundscapes

Source: New York Music Daily

David Lee Myers released his debut, Gravity and Its Discontents, on cassette in 1984. Since then, he has a long history of coaxing unexpected sounds out of arcane devices, which was the name he recorded under for many years. His self-styled “feedback music” is 180 degrees from the shriek or whine of an overdriven amp. It’s both lively and atmospheric, which may seem like an oxymoron until you hear it, or find out that two of his major influences are electronic pioneer Tod Dockstader – with whom Myers collaborated – and also the Beatles. 

Myers’ extensive body of work ...

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James Ilgenfritz’s Richly Textural Album Pushes the Limits of What Solo Bass Can Do

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James Ilgenfritz’s second solo album, Origami Universe – streaming at Bandcamp – transcends the concept of solo bass, both in terms of performance and composition. He’s a ferocious improviser with daunting extended technique. Yet the album – streaming at Bandcamp – comprises four new compositions by major New York composers who date from an era when the downtown scene meant black-box former shooting gallery spaces instead of tourist bars.

The espionage-inspired Annie Gosfield’s mini-suite Rolling Sevens and Dreaming Elevens opens the album, juxtaposing stygian bowing, elephantine snorts, oud-like reverberations, allusively jaunty, overtone-spiced harmonic riffs, gently bowed cello motives, ...

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The Momenta Quartet Stage a New Classic of Classical Music for Children

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How can you tell if a chamber music performance is appropriate for children? By how the kids react, for one. Yesterday morning, the Momenta Quartet’s boisterously amusing multimedia show, The Lost String Quartet – by their violist Stephanie Griffin – kept two busloads of five-year-olds engaged and for the most part equally well-behaved for over an hour. It’s one thing to keep a preschooler close to you, with the occasional reminder to sit still. Two whole posses of them, all surrounded by their fellow crazymakers, completely change the game.

The plot, based on N. M. Bodecker’s now out-of-print 1983 ...

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A Captivating World Premiere and Two Playful, Relevant Works in Progress Wrap Up This Year’s Sounds of Arts Festival

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This year’s Sounds of Arts Festival in Long Island City, staged by arts organization Multicultural Sonic Evolution, featured a variety of performances from jazz to dance to indie classical music. The final program was an auspicious trio of works in progress by Chinese-American Alicia Lieu and Japanese composer Yui Kitamura along with a world premiere commission from Mayalsian-born JunYi Chow.

The highlight of the first night was Chow’s colorful, dynamic partita The House of Smells and Noise. Inspired by a story about a boy’s experiences with Nyonya (Chinese Malaysian) culture in Lee Su Kim’s book Sarong Secrets, ...

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Playful, Entertaining Solo Cello Improvisation and an Album Release Show in Queens by Daniel Levin

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There are plenty of cellists who can jam, but Daniel Levin is as fearless and sometimes devastatingly intense as an improviser can get. He has an irresistibly fun new  album of solo improvisation, Living, streaming at Bandcamp and an album release show coming up this Saturday night, Oct 28 on a killer triplebill with Indian-influenced psych-folk songwriter Larkin Grimm and guitarmeister Brandon Seabrook‘s pummeling two-drum Die Trommel Fatale at Holo, 1090 Wyckoff Ave. in Ridgewood. The show starts at 8, the club’s web page is dead and nobody is saying publicly who’s playing when, but it doesn’t really matter. ...

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In Her First New York Solo Show, Seungmin Cha Invents a Riveting, Brand New Kind of Music

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It’s impossible to think of anyone other than Seungmin Cha who could make a tiny dinner bell sound more menacing than she did at her first-ever New York solo concert last weekend. Or for that matter, who could get as much sound as she did out of a single Korean daegeum flute, sometimes serene and verdant, other times acidic or even macabre.

“Can I check out your rig?” an interested concertgoer asked her before the show.

“Sure,” she replied. On the floor in front of her were a couple of large pedalboards’ worth of stompboxes, hardly limited to reverb, delay, ...

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The Momenta Quartet’s Marathon Week Just Won’t Stop

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If you’re regretting that you missed the Momenta Quartet’s marathon four-day festival that wound up last night, wait – there’s more! The indomitable string quartet are playing an all-Ursula Mamlok program to accompany Miro Magloire’s New Chamber Ballet performing Stray Bird, a tribute to the pioneering 20th century composer, tonight, Oct 5 and tomorrow night, Oct 6 at 7 PM. It’s happening at the German Academy New York, 1014 5h Ave. (between 82nd & 83rd Sts), and if’s free; an rsvp would be a good idea.

This year’s third annual Momenta Festival started on Sunday night at a classy ...

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This Year’s Momenta Festival, Installment Three: Fun Night!

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Even by the rigorous standards of the string quartet world, the Momenta Quartet have to assimilate an enormous amount of material for their annual Manhattan festival. Never mind the kind of stylistic leaps and bounds that would drive most other groups to distraction. This year’s festivities conclude tonight with a free concert at 7 at West Park Church at 86th and Amsterdam put together by violinist Alex Shiozaki. The centerpiece is Per Norgard’s mesmerizingly dark String Quartet No. 8, and reportedly there will be free beer. But the music will be better than the beer. What’s better than free ...

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A Stunning, Harrowing, Relevant Night at This Year’s Momenta Festival

Source: New York Music Daily

Who says music for string quartet isn’t as relevant in the here and now as, say, hip-hop? Who says classically trained professional musicians can’t improvise with the best of them? Could there be a better concert for Halloween month than a program of works written in opposition to tyrants?

Yesterday evening’s second installment of this year’s Momenta Festival answered those questions decisively.

The Momenta Quartet stages this annual festival at venues across New York. Over the past three years it’s come to be one of the most amazingly eclectic, never mind herculean, feats attempted by any chamber ensemble in this ...

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A Mesmerizing, Lushly Enveloping, Rare Maryanne Amacher Work Rescued From the Archives

Source: New York Music Daily

Last night at the Kitchen nonprofit music advocates Blank Forms staged the first performance of Maryanne Amacher’s Adjacencies since a Carnegie Hall concert in 1966. A mesmerized, sold-out audience was there to witness a major moment in New York music history, performed by Yarn/Wire percussionists Ian Antonio and Russell Greenberg.

The music shifted slowly and tectonically, from sepulchral flickers, to vast washes of sound punctuated by playful rhythmic accents, occasionally rising to an epically enveloping intensity that bordered on sheer horror and then fell away. The premise of the suite – the only surviving graphic score from Adjoins, a series ...

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Pianist David Greilsammer Plays a Brave, Impactful Program in an Uptown Crypt

Source: New York Music Daily

Pianist David Greilsammer addressed an intimate Harlem crowd last night with the utmost seriousness. He took care to explain that he typically never introduces the music on the bill since he wants it to speak for itself.

But this was an unusual program. He pondered the viability of playing organ or harpsichord works on the piano. He addressed the need to reaffirm classical music’s relevance, to be true to how historically radical and transgressive much of it is. Perhaps most importantly, he asserted, a performer ought to put his or her heart and soul into the music rather than maintaining ...

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