Pictured: David Behrman
The Kitchen: famous for its experimental vibe among New York music-ites, it holds a reputation for openness to all music. Avant-garde and ultramodern, The Kitchen’s roots come from the No-Wave scene from the 1970’s. Unknown musicians (at the time), like Philip Glass, Elliot Sharpe, and Arthur Russell would come out of this project.
To this day, The Kitchen retains its air of an underground scene. Slightly off-limits, The Kitchen seems a little shady to those who don’t know of its reputation. The venue itself has an off-off-off-off Broadway feel to it. Lacking a traditional raised stage and backstage, The Kitchen creates a feeling of equality between the performer and the audience. The performer is no more well known than any single member of the audience, and they often sit in the front row looking on as audience members until it is their time to perform. [click to continue….]
At the Fall Kick-Off event with the NY Neo-futurists in October
This fall, High 5′s TRaC program went to see some pretty awesome performances all around NYC from MoMA, to Harlem Stage, to Playwrights Horizons, and so much more! We’ve compiled a running list of their reviews right here! Take some time to peruse through a few as we look ahead to the spring.
If you’re interested in the TRaC program, this is definitely the place to start. We have an open house coming up at our headquarters on Thursday, January 31 and applications for the spring semester will be due Friday, February 8. More info, including the application, will be online soon!
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On December 6th, 2012 Bruno Mars released his second full-length studio album, Unorthodox Jukebox.The highly awaited album debuted at #2 on the Billboard Charts. When asked to describe Unorthodox Jukebox, Bruno Mars responded, “sensual.” Though the lyrics of some songs can get very, very, sensual, there are some songs with great meaning that completely worth taking a listen.
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The evening of Sunday, October 14th, international music star Lang Lang came to the 92nd street Y to talk about his music, career, life, and future. He also stuck around to sign copies of his newest album, The Chopin Album. With him as moderator was Sir Howard Stringer, the chairman of the Board of Directors of Sony, the company Lang Lang is signed to. The talk was interesting mainly because of the insight provided into the struggle that Lang Lang –and perhaps more widely all musicians– go through. [click to continue….]
“Naega jeil jal naga (I am the best),” blasts from the speakers outside of the Olympic Park Stadium in Seoul, South Korea, where in a short while 2NE1 is set to commence their world tour. Blackjacks (what 2NE1 fans go by) are scattered outside the Olympic Gymnastics Hall, purchasing 2NE1 merchandise, taking pictures with other blackjacks and waiting on line for the venue doors to open. Some blackjacks have dressed up for the occasion, sporting Bom’s signature red hair, Dara’s iconic “lollipop hair”, and the group’s overall punk/grunge style. As opening time approaches people rush to give in their cameras and purchase light sticks. [click to continue….]
Some people may say that classical music is boring. Or even dead.
This was definitely not the case when I saw Nadja Salerno- Sonnenburg perform with the Westchester Philharmonic. I can tell you, when I saw her play her violin, I wasn’ t even bored for a second!
Nadja is as passionate, feisty, and enthusiastic as any other Italian performer. She displayed that side of her as she barked orders at the string orchestra backing her up, wasn‘t afraid to make jokes about herself, and bounced around on her seat as she played. [click to continue….]
This spring, Symphony Space at 2537 Broadway at 95th Street was the place to be to see the lovely Eisa Davis and her band perform songs from her album Something Else. Eisa Davis’ charisma and charming personality were evident as she joked with the audience between songs. With Davis’ vocals and piano playing, along with a band including guitarist/keyboard player Jon Spurney, violinist Charles Burnham, Keith Witty on the bass and cello, and Chris Eddleton hitting the drums, the show was a hit.
Guest vocalists Rebecca Naomi Jones and Kelly McCreary joined Davis later in the show to help preview Flowers Are Sleeping, an upcoming music theater piece inspired by the Harlem Renaissance. Because of the soul in their voices and instruments, the setting, a small, intimate space, many people in the audience, including myself, found themselves lost in the music and dancing in their seats. [click to continue….]
I was determined to hate it. I was determined to put on my “huh…?” face and be totally turned off by the loud and sometimes protrusive lyrics that defined this artist. I was determined to hate it because it was too different and too far beyond the enclosed bubble that I live in. Yes, the mission was to hate it! But I failed miserably. As the chorus of the first song began, a smile came across my face – and by the end of the third song; I was singing along, laughing out loud and enjoying this eccentric performer known as Tim Fite. [click to continue….]