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Mar
18
2018

THE VAMPIRES

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Lawson Mechanics Institute, March 2 8/10 These Vampires are very much alive. A decade ago they were a little too close for comfort to the vein of Lloyd Swanton’s world-beat band The catholics. Now they are as distinct from them as everyone else, using reimagined rhythms from the Caribbean and Africa on which to set […]

Mar
13
2018

JORDI SAVALL

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Concert Hall, February 25 8/10 Recreating with “authenticity” music from before the recording era is fraught with peril. The older the music the greater the danger of misinterpreting notated intentions and of reverentially setting in stone what was actually as fluid as water. Catalan Jordi Savall’s reputation as a preeminent performer of early music rests […]

Feb
24
2018

FIVE BELLS

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Sound Lounge, February 3 7/10 Divide artists into the knowing and the innocent, and the late Allan Browne would muck in with the latter. Despite the sophistication he brought to his drumming, poetry and band-leading, his was inherently naive art, made with child-like glee. Paul Grabowsky described him as “the single most important jazz musician […]

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