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Preview: Salt Cathedral | Annie Hart | Slow Club at Le Poisson Rouge

Mark this Thursday (11/10) on your calendar for a healthy serving of moody, synth-induced sounds at Le Poisson RougeSalt Cathedral is a Futurepop male/female duo hailing from Colombia whose music "has a strange, evocative bite even as it mines a lot of familiar-sounding sources" (Pitchfork). Juliana Ronderos’ voice is gentle and romantic, contrasting the sharpness of the chords that flow along with her.

Annie Hart’s name might sound familiar if you’ve ever given the trio Au Revoir Simone a listen. While her sound isn't that much different than the synthpop we all love from ARS, Annie’s solo songs definitely have more of a rock ‘n’ roll streak through them.

Finally, Charles Watson & Rebecca Taylor have been creating easy listening jams as Slow Club since 2008, but laced with sounds that evoke darker, heavier emotions. A great example is “Where the Light Gets Lost,” off of their most recent album, One Day This Won’t Matter Anymore.

Tickets are $20 and are available at the LPR box office or online.

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill with Cassandra Wilson at the Irish Arts Center

DSC03541Ireland's County Clare has long been the home of the Emerald Isle's most talented traditional musicians, where practically every pub in sight hosts seisúns until the wee hours of the morning. Count among them Martin Hayes, six-time All-Ireland fiddling champion and the driving force behind Irish-American band The Gloaming, who've played everywhere from Lincoln Center's White Light Festival to the Sydney Opera House

On Saturday, I caught the last night of Hayes' residency at the Irish Arts Center in Hell's Kitchen where, over the course of ten days, he collaborated with everyone from NYC string quartet Brooklyn Rider, to poet Paul Muldoon. Throughout, he was accompanied by Chicago guitarist Dennis Cahill, who plays in The Gloaming and has been Hayes' close musical partner for more than 20 years.

But, Hayes seemed to save the best for last, as he was joined Saturday night by jazz legend Cassandra Wilson. Surprisingly, Hayes said it took awhile for him to warm up to the idea.

"Someone said we should collaborate with Cassandra Wilson, and I wasn't so sure about it. Then, I heard her sing, and I said to myself: 'Oh, I think I might like that after all."

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New Music Wrap Up: The Parksville Murders, Vicky Chow, Mivos and Quiet City

Parksvill Murders-002It's been a bit busy this week, so here's a quick rundown of some new and interesting music I experienced at the end of last week.  

The Parksville Murders - Last Thursday, DIY opera heroes Opera on Tap presented a preview of Kamala Sankaram's The Parksville Murders. Billed as "the world's first VR episodic horror opera," visitors were directed to a space near the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO where they were given headphones and a VR headset. Set in a dimly-lit room in the Catskills, the 15 minute opera - promised to be the first of a dozen or so episodes - starred Kacey Cardin as Corinne, who sang while lying in a bathtub filled with dead leaves. Another woman, Sarah, (Mikki Sodergren) soon appeared in the room, as did a group of mysterious, hooded “watchers.” As I sat there watching, I felt a palpable sense of unease as the shadowy figures appeared on all sides, even behind me. And, thanks some cutting edge audio technology from HEAR360, the sound I heard changed depending on where I was looking. A very cool beginning to what will hopefully become an extended evening of immersive opera.

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