Archive for June, 2014

The DC Jazz Festival, Reviewed

Last week, I prefaced the DC Jazz Festival with a piece that criticized its overreliance on standby acts that we see every year (or all year round).  Now that the festival's over, you're surely waiting with bated breath to find out: Did it stay fresh? Did it prove me wrong?
Yes and no.
At its best, this year's DC Jazz [...]

Fort Reno Concerts Are Back On

The concert series at Fort Reno Park is back on following a meeting between organizer Amanda MacKaye and officials from the National Park Service and U.S. Park Police today. MacKaye announced that the series was canceled last week, saying that NPS and USPP officials had not explained a request that the concerts pay for a Park [...]

ToDo ToDay: “Frozen Music,” Janel and Anthony, and Paperhaus

In his latest exhibition, “Frozen Music,” photographer Alan Sislen focuses on buildings, but he’s careful to clarify that they’re not “architectural photographs.” He notes that the flowing, lyrical nature of the images he made led him to see them in a musical context taking the title from a Goethe quote: “Music is liquid architecture and [...]

Arts Roundup: End of Strike Edition

After a day-long strike, the Kenyan artists at the Folklife Festival are performing again. [Arts Desk]
The University of Maryland's Orchestral Institute held a showcase of its young musicians, which surpassed many professional orchestral shows. [Post]
Photos of Bonerama at the Hamilton [BYT]
Amanda MacKaye is meeting with National Park Service reps today about the future of Fort Reno. [...]

Kenyan Musicians Back at Smithsonian Folklife Festival After One-Day Strike Against Their Government

After refusing to play for eight hours yesterday at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall, Kenyan musicians are back today with music scheduled through 8 p.m. The musicians claimed yesterday that they were not being paid as had been promised by the Kenyan government.
The musicians agree to perform again "after a series of conversations between [...]

Giulio Cesare at Wolf Trap, Reviewed

There are arguments to be made against authenticity. In the classical music landscape, historically informed performance (HIP) has long since passed from niche trend to permanent fixture, applied especially to Baroque operas like Giulio Cesare. But when the original is over four hours long and calls for castrated singers, well, fuck authenticity, right?
So Wolf Trap [...]

The Breaks: This Week in DMV Hip-Hop

It’s June's final Friday, so we’re going to do something a little different with the Breaks this week. This edition features reflections on Wale’s Back to the Feature mixtape five years later, new visuals from Nike Nando and Rahiem Supreme, and a few words about the Dipset performance at Echostage tonight.
Back to Wale’s Back to the Feature
In [...]

Fort Reno Organizer to Meet With National Park Service Monday

Representatives of the National Park Service will meet with Fort Reno summer concert series organizer Amanda MacKaye on Monday. Yesterday, MacKaye announced that this summer's shows were canceled after she was unable to meet with Park Service and U.S. Park Police representatives to discuss her permit. MacKaye said that with only a month to go before the summer's [...]

This DC Jazz Festival Weekend, Remember the Jam Sessions

In town tonight are clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera and his ensemble, pianist Marc Cary, rock- and hip-hop-inflected quartet Butcher Brown, legendary drummer Ginger Baker, and saxophonists Braxton Cook and David Sanchez among many, many others. How do you choose?
Here's one possible solution: Pick one at random and head out to Bohemian Caverns afterward to see how many of the [...]

Bassist Tarus Mateen Says D.C.’s a City of Drummers

Even among the great musicians who live in D.C., Tarus Mateen qualifies as a heavyweight. A native of Bakersfield, Calif., Mateen was living in Atlanta when he was invited to work for two weeks in New York with Art Blakey; he later joined the bands of singer Betty Carter—one of jazz's great training grounds—trumpeter Marlon [...]

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