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New York's Best-Kept Jazz Secret

Walk by the Bahá’í Center at 53 East 11th Street in Manhattan on a Tuesday evening and you might not even notice a small wooden billboard with black letters painted on a white background, announcing “Jazz Live Tonight.”

ALAN PIERSON: Making “Brooklyn's Orchestra”

The biggest news about music in Brooklyn this year didn’t come out of Williamsburg, BAM, or the banks of the Gowanus Canal. The source was the offices of the moribund Brooklyn Philharmonic, which announced the appointment of Alan Pierson as its next artistic director. It was a classic case of an arts organization acting boldly, rather than just talking a good game.

The Thunder Sheet, the Zither, and the Mousepad

I’m not deaf yet, but I’m working on it. Having attended “Oceans of Noise,” a segment of the Unsound Festival at Littlefield in Brooklyn this spring, my expectations were set by White Out with Ikue Mori, a trio participating in the Stone’s summer No Fun Fest, curated by Unsound organizer and musician Carlos Giffoni.

The Geist of Independence

It was the geist of independence that pulled into shore on the muddy banks of Berlin’s Spree River one Saturday afternoon in July, for the third annual Down by the River festival.


The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2011

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