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Dan Tepfer (photo by Vincent Seyez)

Dan Tepfer to perform Bach’s Goldberg Variations

When the young French-American jazz pianist Dan Tepfer brought his version of Bach’s Goldberg Variations to the Jazz at the Maverick series in Woodstock last year, this critic viewed the coming event with…

Equivocation’s  Lou Trapani as Shagspeare & Molly Feibel as his daughter Judith.

An explosive plot: Equivocation in Rhinebeck

Efforts by politicians to entice or intimidate media people, artists, tastemakers and opinion-shapers in order to frame and spin their dirty doings for public consumption are nothing new. In the wake of 9/11…

John Scofield (photo by Nick Suttle)

Scofield rejoins Medeski at Woodstock Jazz Festival

Here is a story about jazz, rock and jazz/rock. It’s all conjecture and fantasy, but I suspect that there is some truth in it. The occasion of this story is Juice, the outstanding…

The Both (photo by Christian Lantry)

The Both play Bearsville on Friday

It is hard to write about The Both. The press materials consist mostly of the band’s two genuinely significant American songwriters – smart-pop legend Aimee Mann and the exuberant do-it-yourself smart-punk Ted Leo –…

Audrey Niffenegger (photo by Stephen DeSantis)

Neil Gaiman on stage with author Audrey Niffenegger at Bard

Successfully recruiting Neil Gaiman to join the faculty last year was more than just a brilliant branding maneuver for Bard College; it also pays ample dividends in terms of being able to offer…

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HV Philharmonic to perform Mahler’s Fifth Symphony

Last April the Hudson Valley Philharmonic (HVP) presented one of its most ambitious projects ever, a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, the Resurrection, with augmented orchestra, large chorus and orchestra. This season…

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OROD with Mark Ormerod plays the Falcon

Guitarist Mark Ormerod has been making the scene in New Paltz for what seems like about half of forever now. A Swiss Army knife of a player who moves effortlessly between blues and…

Artist Melissa McGill at Manitoga’s Quarry Pool “composing” score for Palmas

Melissa McGill’s Palmas at Manitoga

Manitoga in Garrison, also known as the Russell Wright Design Center, is the former home of a significant 20th-century industrial designer. Under the stewardship of Dan Rigney, Manitoga is now emerging as the…

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Ava Luna & Celestial Shore play BSP

If the Ava Luna and Celestial Shore show at BSP on September 27 says anything definitive about the new indie guitar-rock, it is this: Musical complexity and formidable intellectual challenge are back, and…

Karl Berger (photo by Dion Ogust)

Creative Music Studio concert series in Big Indian

Folks who remember the Creative Music Studio (CMS) in Woodstock in the heady days of the 1970s and ’80s must be pleased to know that the seminal think tank/teaching institute that coined the…

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