Best of 2017: Noteworthy Recordings

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National Sawdust Log editor Steve Smith celebrates the most noteworthy new recordings and archival releases of 2017.

Best of 2017: 10 Memorable Musical Events

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National Sawdust Log editor Steve Smith celebrates the 10 most memorable concerts in and around New York City in 2017.

Best of 2017: National Sawdust Highlights

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National Sawdust Log editor Steve Smith singles out noteworthy performances and recordings produced and presented by National Sawdust in 2017.

You Should Be Following: Isabel Hagen

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Twice a month, the National Sawdust Log takes a closer look at the new age, interviewing musicians who are using unconventional methods to climb the ladder.

In Review: Gabrielle Herbst in A Room of One's Own

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“A Room of One’s Own,” a new MATA series launched Dec. 15 with a Gabrielle Herbst event, provides the opportunity for female-identifying composers to try out new ideas in a low-pressure environment.

Playlist.

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A weekly tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears, including music by Antoine Beuger, King Crimson, Jason Lescalleet, Ron Miles, Cecil Taylor, Stevie Wonder, and Milton Babbitt…

Input/Output: Joda Clément, TIME + PLACE

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Input/Output, a new National Sawdust Log series, addresses music produced largely or wholly with electronics and/or computers by enlisting the creators themselves to share insights about the music they make.

Jenny Hval: Testing the Boundaries of Performance

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Norwegian singer-songwriter Jenny Hval, who performs at National Sawdust on Dec. 18, speaks with Sasha Geffen about touring, collaboration, and smuggling intestines through airport security.

Ikue Mori: Sustenance and Renewal in Downtown Music

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Trailblazing percussionist, electronic composer, and improviser Ikue Mori talks about community, continuity, and renewal in New York's downtown music scene.

Women in Jazz: Blues and the Objectifying Truth

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Jazz journalist and scholar Lara Pellegrinelli addresses issues of harassment and abuse endured by women in jazz, the #MeToo groundswell, and why recent reports of improvement might be premature.