In Review: American Composers Orchestra

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Rebecca S. Lentjes reviews a provocative concert by the American Composers Orchestra at Zankel Hall, during which striking music and noble ideals clashed with impediments in framing and presentation.

In Review: MaerzMusik Festival

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Peter Margasak reviews the 2019 MaerzMusik Festival in Berlin, a "Festival for Time Issues" that hosted diverse strains of music and media, meant to illuminate disparate aspects and conceptions of time.

In Review: Ensemble neoN

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Works by Catherine Lamb and Phill Niblock prompted closed eyes and meditative listening during a concert by Ensemble neoN at Experimental Intermedia, reviewed by Jennifer Gersten.

In Review: Borealis Festival

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Peter Margasak reports on doings at the 2019 Borealis festival, an annual event in Bergen, Norway, that nurtures and showcases experimental music while also examining its social dimensions and implications.

In Review: Fisk Jubilee Singers

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Brin Solomon reviews a concert by the Fisk Jubilee Singers, a foundational force in U.S. music history, celebrating the legacy of the similarly iconic composer-arranger Harry T. Burleigh at Zankel Hall.

In Review: Wang Lu Composer Portrait

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Brin Solomon reviews a Composer Portrait concert featuring music by Wang Lu, as performed by members of the International Contemporary Ensemble and Yarn/Wire at Miller Theatre on Feb. 21.

In Review: Face the Music

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For musicians of older generations, to watch Face the Music handle improvisation-based works by black female composers at National Sawdust on Feb. 11 was to attempt to mute one's envy, critic and musician Jennifer Gersten asserts.

In Review: Kronos Quartet, 'Music for Change: The Banned Countries'

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Olivia Giovetti responds to "Music for Change: The Banned Countries," a 90-minute sonic protest against the 2017 "Muslim bans" conceived and performed by Kronos Quartet at Zankel Hall on Feb. 8.

In Review: Soloicity

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Brin Solomon reviews "Soloicity," an intimate evening of diverse composer-performers playing solo sets, curated by Molly Joyce for the Metropolis Ensemble at 1 Rivington St.

On the Record: February 8, 2019

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This week in "On the Record," the quietly revolutionary guitarist and composer Michael Gregory Jackson returns with a vivid new album, recorded with a spry Danish band. Plus, dozens of listings for new and upcoming releases.