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.

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.

Performance Response: Wordless Music Orchestra Plays 'Jackie'

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Live-scoring concerts commonly pair up silent movies with small orchestras. You can’t drown out a silent film and you can’t really get it wrong, since any pairing of sound and image takes you towards a reading.…What the Wordless Music Orchestra pulled off on Friday at National Sawdust was something else entirely.

RE:sounding: Michel van der Aa's Blank Out at Park Avenue Armory

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Michel Van der Aa's Blank Out shows what's possible when powerful music, refined text, inventive stagecraft, and an affirmative embrace of technology are brought to bear by someone who has faith in opera's potential.

In Review: Basilica Soundscape: With Careful Curation Comes Logic in Listening

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The sixth annual Basilica Soundscape festival marked a cross-disciplinary merging of visual art, spoken word and musical performance at a 19th-century glue factory-turned performance space, an exploratory center for thoughtfully curated work at the vanguard of experimentation and confrontation

RE: sounding: FIVE and the Beauty of John Cage

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We don't talk enough about the sheer beauty of John Cage's music. What struck me most about 9/5/FIVE/105, a concert celebrating Cage's birthday, was the plain, simple loveliness of everything I heard.

RE:sounding: In Praise of Petr Kotik

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Something remarkable happened a little just over a month ago: For one day in August, and likely for a day or two before and afterward, Petr Kotik had a hit record. That unlikely state hadn't come entirely from out of the blue.

RE:sounding: JACK Quartet and Quatuor Bozzini

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In performances at the DiMenna Center and the Whitney Museum, the JACK Quartet and Quatuor Bozzini delivered riveting performances of compelling contemporary works.