In Review: Anna Webber Idiom VI

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Martin Johnson reviews the premiere performance of 'Idiom VI,' a long-form composition Anna Webber presented in the Stone Commissioning Series at National Sawdust in January.

In Review: People's Commissioning Fund Concert

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The Bang on a Can All-Stars presented new works inspired by dance in this year's People's Commissioning Fund concert at the Kaufman Music Center, reviewed by Vanessa Ague.

In Review: Sydney Festival

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Xenia Hanusiak reports from the Sydney Festival in Australia, probing in depth provocative creations offered by composer Liza Lim and pianist Bernadette Harvey.

In Review: Ultraschall Berlin

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Peter Margasak reviews the 2020 Ultraschall Festival in Berlin, a concert series in which the most successful performances were those that pushed against the grain.

In Review: PROTOTYPE Festival 2020

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Looking back at everything PROTOTYPE had to offer in a more compact but still wide-ranging 2020 festival, Brin Solomon discusses what worked, what struggled, and what might have been avoided.

In Review: Patricia Brennan

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Lana Norris reviews the premiere performance of 'Raíces Jarochos,' vibraphonist and composer Patricia Brennan's musical love letter to her Mexican home town, presented at National Sawdust in December.

Best of 2019: Noteworthy Recordings

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National Sawdust Log editor and lead writer Steve Smith looks back at the recordings that made a lasting impact in 2019, surveying contemporary and canonical concert music, jazz, pop, and more.

Best of 2019: 10 Memorable Musical Events

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National Sawdust Log editor and lead writer Steve Smith looks back at the 10 most memorable performances he attended in New York City during 2019.

In Review: Brandon Lopez

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Improvising bassist, composer, and bandleader Brandon Lopez opened a Roulette residency with a quartet that demanded to be seen and heard live, Brin Solomon reports.

In Review: Kanye West, Nebuchadnezzar

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With 'Nebuchadnezzar,' the opera Kanye West unveiled at the Hollywood Bowl, the rap impresario invited the faithful on his path to righteousness but had to remind them to stand up and cheer, Catherine Womack reports.