A weekly tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears, including music by Chepang, Thantifaxath, Jason Moran, Courtney Swain, and the Hafler Trio…
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.
If you want to send something to me via snail mail, please drop me a line via email first to determine the best destination.
Entries by Steve Smith
Pianist Joel Fan talks about his new Open Source Music Festival, a new cross-genre series aimed at exploration, collaboration, sharing and, ultimately, the reimagination of music.
Writer, performer, and director Paul Pinto discusses his new radio opera, ‘Thomas Paine in Violence,’ which runs through Nov. 18 at HERE Art Space in New York City.
A weekly tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears, including music by Alvin Lucier, Clara Iannotta, Thurston Moore & Umut Çaglar, Keith Rowe/Toshimaru Nakamura, and Modelbau…
Director RB Schlather and dramaturg Joan Retallack discuss at length a new production of ‘The Mother of Us All,’ the opera by Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein they are presenting now at Hudson Hall.
Listen to exclusive streaming selections from ‘Now, and Then,’ a new album by Dennis Russell Davies and the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana scheduled for release Nov. 17 on ECM Records.
A weekly tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears, including music by astrïd & Rachel Grimes, Hafdís Bjarnadóttir, Gyða Valtýsdottir, the Staves & yMusic, and Björk…
Listen to an exclusive preview of Conrad Winslow’s debut album, ‘The Perfect Nothing Catalog,’ played by the Cadillac Moon Ensemble, remixed by Aaron Roche, and due Nov. 17 on Innova Records.
National Sawdust Log exclusively announces the hotly anticipated initial lineup for the 2018 NYC Winter Jazzfest Marathon, scheduled for January 12 and 13, 2018.
Violinist Sarah Darling and composer Rachel Grimes talk about the birth and evolution of ‘The Blue Hour,’ a song cycle jointly composed for A Far Cry by Grimes, Angelica Negrón, Shara Nova, Caroline Shaw, and Sarah Kirkland Snider.