Meredith Monk visits U of R for artist residency

Meredith Monk visits U of R for artist residency

Songs without words
Meredith Monk is a living legend in the world of contemporary classical music. Monk will bring her Vocal Ensemble to the University of Rochester for a residency entitled “Dancing Voice/Singing Body” from Sunday, October 20 through Wednesday, October 23.

The vinyl word

Once upon a time, from around 1975 to 1995, the Rochester music scene was stuck in analog limbo, with a dubious digital solution waiting in the wings. It was a growing scene that fed off itself: Local musicians put out records, which would inspire their peers to issue their own records to supplement their income and further express their art.

Interview: Amy Helm

Take a load off, Amy
Singer-songwriter Amy Helm — daughter of The Band's late drummer Levon Helm — does little to keep a lid on her joy, even as she tosses plenty of bittersweet heartbreak into her lyrics. She'll play Three Heads brewing on October 10.

Bat McGrath, an iconic part of the Rochester music scene, has died

Bat McGrath died Tuesday night, in much the same way as he wrote and sang. With no drama, no fuss, quietly, at his mountainside home in Tennessee with his wife Tricia Cast, all on his terms.

Interview: Lucian Ban & Alex Harding

Dynamic duo
Pianist Lucian Ban is from the Transylvania region of Romania; baritone saxophonist Alex Harding grew up in Detroit. Their diverse influences converge beautifully on their new album, “Dark Blue,” and they’ll be bringing some of that music and more to Bop Shop Records on October 8.

Beef Gordon: making pop music weird again

Mystery Beef
Beef Gordon is different than most Rochester musicians. He’s technically a singer-songwriter, but you won’t find him strumming a guitar. Instead, Gordon is more of an offbeat crooner, accompanied on the stage only by a microphone and prerecorded keyboard tracks.

Gary Lamaar and Cammy Enaharo release new albums

Closer to home
For Rochester musicians Gary Lamaar and Cammy Enaharo, September is a time to celebrate new artistic creations. They'll each release their latest records at a joint show at UUU Art Collective on Saturday, September 21.

Pegasus Early Music's season opener features works for viol

A vintage sound for strings
The early string instrument known as the viol (rhymes with “smile”) can frequently be found in Renaissance and Baroque art, usually in the hands of princesses, saints, or angels. For Pegasus Early Music’s September 22 concert “Viol3,” however, three viols will be in the hands of musicians Beiliang Zhu, Lisa Terry, and David Morris.

Lincoln Hill Farms offers a bucolic concert experience

A farm-fresh venue
After having invested in residential properties for over a decade, local business owner Brian Mastrosimone longed to serve the community in a different fashion. In summer 2016, Mastrosimone broke ground on an entirely outdoor venture called Lincoln Hill Farms, which opened officially this summer.

Interview: Phantasmagoria

Overcast, dark, and cool
Phantasmagoria plays music that shrieks mysteriously with Gothic pathos, but without the genre’s typically morbid predilections. It’s not quite The Cramps, nor is it Alien Sex Fiend or Bauhaus, but Phantasmagoria draws from the same well as those icons, and drinks from the same bloody cup.

Benny Bleu completes August residency at The Little

Cure your blues
Ben Haravitch, a.k.a. Benny Bleu, is a local singer-songwriter, banjo teacher, mobile recording engineer, and ultimately a modern-day folk storyteller. He's in the middle of a month-long residency at The Little Theatre Café, with upcoming shows on August 22 and 29.

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