Matthew Dear: Otherness, Fatherhood, and the Wisdom in Talking to Strangers

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Ahead of his National Sawdust show Nov. 16, Matthew Dear chats with Justin Joffe about embracing his inner oddball, staying up with the dance community after becoming a dad, and talking to strangers on airplanes.

David Dominique: Revealing the Man Behind Mask

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Composer and trombonist David Dominique talks about his background in New York, his development in Los Angeles, and the tumultuous period that resulted in his bold new album, 'Mask.'

Video premiere: Padma Newsome

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Watch the exclusive premiere of the first video from a forthcoming album by Padma Newsome (Clogs, The National), and learn about a new community get-together series hosted by New Amsterdam Records.

Playlist (Don't Call It a Comeback).

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Included in this week's tally of memorable things Log editor Steve Smith has stuck in his ears are recordings featuring Takehisa Kosugi, Félicia Atkinson & Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Dave Douglas, and Dutch ReBelle.

In Review: Experiments in Opera, Modularias

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It is impossible for an experimental opera to be unsuccessful, Brin Solomon asserts, but an evening of new works presented by Experiments in Opera at the Flea Theater still yielded uneven results.

Playlist (Done with the Chart).

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Included in this week's tally of memorable things Log editor Steve Smith has stuck in his ears are recordings featuring Robert Ashley, Ian William Craig, Sonic Youth, and Mach-Hommy.

Myra Melford: Taking Flight Where Life Leads Her

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Improvising pianist, composer, and bandleader Myra Melford talks at length about her newest audio and video releases, why working with women has become more vital, and the vibrant life she's built in California.