Meredith Monk at Symphony Space – February 15, 2008 (Review)

February 19, 2008

Meredith Monk is perhaps the most profoundly unique performer in any genre of music today. She combines the talents of a composer, vocalist, choreographer, performance artist, and musician into a wholly original presentation.

At Symphony Space on Friday night, Meredith led a rare performance of the complete Vocal Ensemble. The Ensemble has changed personnel over the years, but the two talented “arms” of Monk were present. While Allison Sniffin is the solid and reserved musical foundation, the more animated Katie Geissinger projects vocal confidence and charm. Each in their own way represents a different aspect of the musical personality of Meredith herself. The other veteran player, Ching Gonzalez, anchors the Ensemble with a joyous stage presence and deep and rich baritone.

The Symphony Space performance comprised two acts — the first act featured a career retrospective and the second act was a lengthy segment of Monk’s new release Impermanence. First act highlights included “Gotham Lullaby”, which retains its originality after many performances over the last 30 years, and the closing “Waltz in 5’s”, which featured all of Monk’s talents and the complete Ensemble.

The “new” material from Impermanence has been performed in various venues and formats in the last several years, creating a level of familiarity, but the Symphony Space performance was the first as a complete Act. The power of the piece in this presentation was something to behold, as the Ensemble brought this new Monk treasure to fruition. As the stage lights dimmed and the crowd rose to its feet, it became all too apparent that this incredible performer has not lost her touch after 40 years of creativity.

The Program from this concert is available (here). Unfortunately, I did not get an answer to my request to record this performance, and ultimately did not record. This was particularly regrettable because of my perfect location, and the true power of this performance. Symphony Space does offer streaming audio of select performances, so one hopes Monk will eventually be offered to listeners.

Please support Meredith Monk, visit her website and purchase her official releases. Impermanence will be released on March 18, and can be pre-ordered here.

nyctaper – Weekend schedule

February 13, 2008

We will be attending three concerts this weekend, and hopefully recording them all.
Here is the schedule:

Friday — February 15, 2008:
Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble
Symphony Space, NYC
The thoroughly unique vocal pioneer, composer, and interdisciplinary artist performs with the Vocal Ensemble for the first time in NYC in two and half years. We have communicated with Meredith Monk’s people and are awaiting a decision on recording permission.

Saturday — February 16, 2008
Citizen Cope
Gilman Opera House, Brooklyn Academy of Music
The compelling cross-genre artist appears at the BAM Brooklyn Next Festival, which celebrates the borough’s diverse musical creators. Cope’s management has approved the recording of the opening number for posting on nyctaper.

Sunday — February 17, 2008
Calvin Johnson
Bowery Poetry Club, NYC
The post-punk pioneer and founder of indie stalwart K Records makes a rare solo appearance in NYC at Bowery Poetry. The people have given permission for nyctaper to capture this event.

The Antlers February 8, 2008 Pianos – Flac Download

February 9, 2008

You don’t have to be clairvoyant to predict the obvious. In two or three years I’m fairly certain that if we are still around recording and reviewing shows, I will write a review of The Antlers sold-out show at Music Hall or Irving Plaza or Roseland in support of their brilliant new album on Touch and Go or Thrill Jockey or Barsuk records. And in that review I’ll reminisce about last night’s show at Pianos where approximately 50 people were treated to incredible live renditions of the songs from In The Attic Of The Universe. The live Antlers are a quartet anchored by Peter Silberman’s guitar and vocals, with the powerful drums of Michael Lerner, thundering bass and harmonies by Justin Stivers, and mixed instrumental accompaniment (banjo, trumpet and assorted percussion) by Darby Cicci. When Darby began to play the banjo with a bow, I thought of Jonsi from Sigur Ros, and immediately the opening song (“In the Attic”) began in the vein of Takk, and built to a crescendo where the quartet sounded like an orchestra full of sound and melodic fury. The balance of the all-too-short set was a similar mix of harmonies, hooks and superb songcraft.

This was our second recording at Pianos (we recorded the Meat Puppets in October here), and each time was an excellent experience. We set up directly in front of the soundboard with a clear view towards both stacks of the PA speakers. The sound quality in this small room is outstanding, and we are extremely pleased with the results. Many thanks to Peter for permission to record!

This recording is now available for Download in FLAC and MP3 at [HERE].

The Antlers
New York, NY USA

Digital Master Audience Recording
Recorded with Microphone Stand 20 feet from Stage

Neumann KM-150’s (AK-50 Hypercardiod Capsules) > Apogee Minime > digital coaxial > M-Audio Microtrack > 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (set fades, level adjustment, resampling to 16/44.1) > CD Wave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

[total time 36:26]
01 In The Attic
02 On The Roof
03 East River Berlin Wall
04 Uprooted
05 When You Sleep
06 The Universe Is Going To Catch You
07 Stairs To The Attic

If you download this recording PLEASE SUPPORT this terrific band and visit their website. You can purchase In The Attic Of The Universe directly from Fall Records here.

The Antlers – February 8, 2008 at Pianos – Concert Preview

February 5, 2008

The Antlers are performing live at Pianos on Ludlow Street at 10 p.m. on Friday, February 8. nyctaper will be there at the invitation of The Antlers to record the concert and offer it at this site.

The Antlers are Peter Silberman’s recording project with a full live band for performances. In November, Antlers released In The Attic Of The Universe, an album of intelligent well-crafted pop songs with hooks and harmonies to spare.

Sample a song from the album (several other tracks are available for download at the Antlers site):
The Antlers — The Universe is Going to Catch You

While In the Attic is one of our favorite albums of 2007, its also a great example of the power of the new forms of internet distribution. In April, Peter offered the album as a free download on their site. In the following months, word of the superb quality of the album spread and the label Fall Records picked it up for release. By November, the album was released in physical form. Purchase the CD directly from Fall Records (here).

Marco Benevento January 31, 2008 – Sullivan Hall – Flac Download

February 2, 2008

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Thursday night was the fifth and final night of Marco Benevento’s January residency at Sullivan Hall, and it was a party in more ways than one. The night was a CD release party for Marco’s new CD Invisible Baby, and it featured the twice-performed “Real Morning Party” along with a premiere of the video for the song in between sets. Benevento was joined by the superb bassist Reed Mathis (whose band Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey is featured on nyctaper here), and drummer Andrew Barr (from The Slip). The last half of the second set also featured guitarist Brad Barr (also from The Slip). The band performed two long sets of a superb mix of jazz, prog, jam, rock and pop, all anchored by the unique keyboard and effects of Marco.

The recently upgraded Sullivan Hall continues to be extremely friendly to tapers, and as a result we arrived early and secured a safe position in the upper seating area. While we were not centered, the unimpeded access to the left stack gave us a clear signal, although the crowd continued to be quite chatty. Overall, we are pleased with the results, and extremely happy to have captured this excellent show in its entirety. Enjoy!

This recording is now available for download in FLAC and MP3 at [HERE].

Marco Benevento
Sullivan Hall
New York NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Recorded from Upfront Table Area
15 Feet from Left PA Stack

Neumann KM-150’s (AK-50 Hypercardiod Capsules) > Apogee Minime > digital coaxial > M-Audio Microtrack > 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge 8.0 (set fades, slight level boost, resample 16/44) > CD Wave 1.95 > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Marco Benevento: piano, keyboards, effects
Reed Mathis: bass guitar
Andrew Barr: drums
Brad Barr: guitar on Set 2 tracks 05 through 09

Recorded and Produced

Set 1
[total time 54:22]
01 Bus Ride
02 Record Book
03 The Real Morning Party
04 Twin Killers (Deerhoof)
05 Golden (My Morning Jacket)
06 Atari
07 Ruby
08 Are You The Favorite Person of Anybody?

Set 2
[total time 1:42:26]
01 Fearless (Pink Floyd)
02 If You Keep Asking Me
03 You Must Be A Lion
04 The Real Morning Party
05 Nobody Does It Better (Carly Simon)
06 Jam
07 Mephisto
08 She’s Not There (Zombies)

If you download this recording, Please SUPPORT Marco Benevento and visit his website, where you can pre-order his brand new CD Invisible Baby and purchase all of his official releases (here).

nyctaper news

January 26, 2008

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New Policies
The implementation of the email-for-access policy has been an unmitigated success. We are very pleased to receive so many supportive emails and have the opportunity to interact with the many readers who enjoy the recordings. The large number of emails pointed out by one reader comment (here) has not been a burden, and the total number of anonymous downloads has been reduced by between 3000 and 4000 per day.

Two minor points: one reader posted a private link in a public forum, which I would ask that readers do not do. It defeats the purpose. Secondly, we are very pleased when readers return an email link with a compliment about the recording or the performance. We only ask that in order to help the site and reduce the total number of emails, that you post thoughts about the recordings at the site itself.

In terms of the approved-recordings-only policy, while we are somewhat disappointed when nyctaper recordings are not approved (NY Guitar Festival, Magnetic Fields), the new policy has given us a further opportunity to interact with artists (Kimya Dawson, Rings). In the case of Deakin from Animal Collective, we actually were able to forward the recording for assistance in the progress of a new work. Many thanks to those artists who have been so accommodating and helpful.

nyctaper in Relix Magazine
We’ve been readers of Relix Magazine since the late 70’s, and we subscribed for several years in the late 80’s and early 90’s. A new reader pointed out to us that there is a small blurb about one of our recordings in the new issue of Relix. Thanks to Paul for the scan of the magazine page. Read the blurb (here).

Upcoming Events:
Marco Benevento & Guests:
January 31, 2008, Posted Above

The Antlers:
February 8, 2008, Posted Above

Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble:
February 15, 2008, Symphony Space (review, awaiting artist decision on recording approval)

Citizen Cope:
February 16, 2008, BAM Opera House

The National:
February 22, 2008, BAM Opera House, Brooklyn NY

Bruce Springsteen:
February 28, 2008, Civic Center, Hartford, CT (review only)

Explosions in the Sky:
April 8, 2008, Terminal 5

Saul Williams:
April 9, 2008, Irving Plaza

Other Upcoming Events
I have a tickets for Springsteen in March at Nassau Coliseum and July at Giants Stadium, and will review but not record. A Black ’47 recording event will take place within the next few weeks. We continue to receive offers of sponsorship (tickets/guest list) from readers who would like a particular artist recorded. Thank you to those readers.

Feel free to email nyctaper if you’d like to make suggestion, ask a question, enter a complaint, introduce us to new music, encourage us, or even make a donation. We enjoy the interaction with our readers.

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