Evening Music at WNYC from the Greene Space

Evening Music at WNYC from the Greene Space

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Last night, Thursday April 30, 2009, was the inaugural videocast for Evening Music from the new Jerome L Greene Performance Space.

The evening was hosted in turn by Terrance McKnight and David Garland, the two masterminds of Evening Music. For two radio guys, they each did an outstanding job on camera in presenting a multitude of talent.

One would have to say that most of the artists who performed represented what I would call the second generation of the “Downtown” music scene in New York City. I would certainly entertain any correction in that regard. But those on hand included in no particular order Phil Kline, Jason Moran, Don Byron, John Zorn, and Uri Caine. Also present were Simone Dinnerstein, Ute Lemper, Nico Muhly, Face The Music!, Brooklyn Rider, and the St. Ignatius Loyola Choir.

The group Face the Music, an ensemble of young teenagers, played a piece by Phil Kline, titled I believe “Exquisite Corpse”, probably not named after the literary magazine at Louisiana State University which is famous in PubRadio circles. I would have to say that their performance was extraordinary, especially considering their ages. It was right up there with the Grand Valley State University’s group performing Steve Reich’s “Music for Eighteen Musicians” on Innova and at B.O.A.C.

The quality of the video was excellent. The whole experience was just a joy.

I was especially taken with the performance of Jason Moran. So, following my philosophy of supporting living composers, I went to Amazon and bought his album “Modernistic” in mp3

Modernistic

For anyone who has not yet experienced the WNYC videocast from the new Space, I highly recommend it.
You can go the link above and get a schedule of up coming events.

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