National Sawdust Log editor Steve Smith celebrates the 10 most memorable concerts in and around New York City in 2017.
About Steve Smith
I've been involved professionally in music and media for close to 30 years, and personally for perhaps a decade longer. Apart from a two-year sojourn in Boston, I've been based in or around New York City since June 1993. After a long string of roles and positions in mass media, I've recently taken up the role of director of publications at National Sawdust, a revolutionary young performing-arts venue and incubator in Wiliamsburg, Brooklyn. You can learn more about that venture at nationalsawdust.org.
My work email address, for press releases, pitches, potential contributions, and whatnot, is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prior to joining National Sawdust, I spent just over two years as an assistant arts editor at the Boston Globe, where I had the privilege of overseeing that esteemed newspaper's coverage of music and the visual arts. Before that, I served for 13 years as a music editor (first classical music, and then everything) for Time Out New York, and for seven years concurrently as a freelance classical-music reporter and reviewer for The New York Times.
While nearly all of my work is now focused on National Sawdust, I continue to contribute interviews and concert and CD reviews for RollingStone.com. My writing has appeared previously in the Washington Post, Village Voice, Billboard, Musical America, The Wire, Signal to Noise [RIP], Decibel, Jazziz, Jazz Times, Down Beat, Chamber Music, and Symphony magazines.
Before turning to journalism full time, I was a classical radio DJ in Houston, and then worked as a publicist at BMG Classics, the Knitting Factory, Third Floor Media (representing the Columbia Records jazz roster, the Village Vanguard, select projects on Blue Note Records, and more), and other NYC organizations. Artists with whom I worked directly include Tim Berne, Bobby Previte, Dave Douglas, and Ellery Eskelin.
I trained formally as a classical percussionist, and then put those skills to use with jazz and rock bands in Houston and New York. I graduated from Clear Creek High School in League City, TX, in 1984, and from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, in 1988. I'm married to Dr. Lara Pellegrinelli, an accomplished journalist, critic, and academic. Our daughter, Annina, is a budding singer, dancer, painter, and social-media superstar.
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Entries by Steve Smith
National Sawdust Log editor Steve Smith singles out noteworthy performances and recordings produced and presented by National Sawdust in 2017.
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, 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.
Trailblazing percussionist, electronic composer, and improviser Ikue Mori talks about community, continuity, and renewal in New York’s downtown music scene.
A weekly tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears, including music by Rapoon, Taylor Ho Bynum, Hafdís Bjarnadottir, Laura Ortman, Joda Clément, and Ikue Mori…
Ahead of her Dec. 8 performance with the American Composers Orchestra, Pauchi Sasaki talks about her artistic practice, her evolutionary view of technology, and trying to keep up with Philip Glass
A weekly tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears, including music by Jürg Frey, Chaya Czernowin, Charlemagne Palestine, Alvin Lucier, and Jennifer Hidgon…
Even for an artist as versatile and unpredictable as Sarah Hennies, ‘Contralto,’ an hour-long work for vocalists on video with strings and percussion, represents a substantial achievement.
A weekly tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears, including music by Roger Eno, Thantifaxath, Sarah Hennies, Kevin Drumm, and Bruford…