Review: Carnival Messiah (2004)

I had heard all the buzz, and I’d read the awful deconstructions in the press, and was eager to see how I felt about Carnival Messiah. As I expected, I could see where the strong feelings for and against the production had originated. The programme described it as a ‘two-hour spectacular’, but in reality, it was some three and a …

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Branford Marsalis in concert (2003)

This was written as an assignment for a jazz music class while studying at Williams College in 2003 The Branford Marsalis concert, which went up in Chapin Hall on Friday November 14th, was one of the most varied concerts I have had the benefit of attending at Williams, bridging the gap between two forms of music I …

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Strays Meets Svengali: a Concert Review (2003)

This was written as an assignment for a jazz music class while studying at Williams College in 2003 The Williams Jazz Ensemble (under director Andy Jaffe), and their guests, The Northern Berkshire Jazz Ensemble (under director John Menegon), presented a concert entitled Strays Meets Svengali at Williams College’s Chapin Hall on Friday October 24th. The concert primarily …

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Review: Look Askew – A Musical Revue (2002)

Completed as a reviewing assignment while studying away at the Trinity/La MaMa Performing Arts Program in New York City in 2002 Movement Research & Judson Memorial Church co-presented a special kick-off performance to celebrate their 11 years of partnership on Monday September 30th at Judson Church. The program featured a wide variety of dance performers and choreographers, …

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Review experiments: Metamorphisis, Joe, Trisha Brown, and John (2002)

This was an exercise in different kinds of reviews, completed while studying away at the Trinity/La MaMa Performing Arts Program in New York City in 2002 “Joe” Descriptive Review It wasn’t clear exactly when Richard Maxwell’s “Joe” actually began. A band - a guitarist, pianist and saxopohonist - played music right through till almost 8:45PM, …

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How to download music like it’s 2001

This was a piece written for the Trinidad Express in mid-2001 All logged on and no music to download. Like many other internet addicts, music junkies and college students who’ve been spoiled by high speed internet access, downloading free music from Napster had become a staple in my existence. But then it all came crashing …

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A Marionettes concert diary

Originally assigned for and published in the Trinidad Express Newspaper in 2001 February. Carnival is over. Marionettes Chorale practices begin again. The holy Trinity (conductor Gretta Taylor, secretary Joanne Mendes and Assistant Musical Director Susan Dore) and the organising committee have been talking about a gospel, folk and spiritual CD to showcase local compositions and …

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The Berkshire Symphony (2000)

This was written as an assignment for a music class while studying at Williams College in 2000 A concert featuring Schubert's “Rosamunde” Overture; Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat Minor, Op. 23; and Ives' Symphony No. 2 The Berkshire Symphony concert featured three very different works, all of which shared some common features, but which were very distinct …

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