When trumpeter and composer/arranger Steven Bernstein first met the virtuoso pianist Henry Butler, he says he was floored. "This is it," he recalls thinking. "This is like the music that I always imagined. Everything you ever loved about music, all being in one place, but now it's all coming from one person." Decades later, when they two finally began to work together, Bernstein started to study Butler's playing — and realized there were more than a few licks that set Butler apart.
Father John Misty is irreverent, cynical, witty and in love. Shortly before the release of his second album under the FJM name, I Love You, Honeybear, Josh Tillman and his six-piece touring band showcased the softer side of the L.A. star with tracks from his new album.
The jazz clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen comes from Israel, studied and lives in the Northeastern U.S., and maintains a deep affinity for Brazilian music. Specifically, she's a specialist in the Afro-Western, improvisatory, instrumental music known as choro — an analogue of early jazz in the U.S. — where her clarinet is a lead instrument. She now helms a group called Choro Aventuroso, a quartet whose other members hail from Brazil, which takes the style as a launching pad for further adventures.
The Norman Philharmonic, established as an innovative and standard-setting chamber orchestra for the city of Norman in 2011, seeks among its many goals to perform new works by American composers, as well as chamber orchestra classics and to offer a variety of imaginative concerts each season.
Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 6:04 am
Music lexicographer Theodore Baker, in his biographical dictionary of musicians, labeled J.S. Bach as the "supreme arbiter and lawgiver of music." And while Bach may have blanched had he read such a description, there is absolute power to much of his music.
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