Monday, February 25, 2019 - 4:29pm
Detroit Symphony Orchestra

To do true justice to the theme one would really need to dedicate an entire festival to minimalism itself, rather than one concert as part of a larger festival — but under the circumstances the DSO and Music Director Laurate Leonard Slatkin have done reasonably well with the programming.

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 5:57pm
Dayton, on juxtaposition

Much of the concert functioned like a study in contrasts. Often the quartet would lock into a tight and controlled pattern, almost hocket-like, providing a backdrop for Zenón to improvise fluid and athletic lines above, below, around and within the quartet’s music, the rigidity of the quartet starkly different from the saxophone line.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 12:52pm

What it’s about is The City. And the traumas of war, and the isolating nature of pain, and homelessness and cars and ingratitude. But mostly The City.

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 2:18pm

Whole stretches of the piece careen from idea to idea, tripping over themselves, spinning head over heels as each successive moment is interrupted by the next in a chaotic display of fireworks.

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 5:56pm

Rather than opening with a standard-fare concert, theatre or dance performance, the arts presenter opted instead for a hybrid film screening/orchestral performance, free of charge for anyone who could make it into Hill Auditorium.

Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 5:06pm
Strange Beautiful Music

It was a wild, wacky amalgamation of all of the vaguely out-there music being made around Detroit, and a beautiful reflection of the artistic diversity of the city.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 5:41pm
Christopher Cerrone

Art never really exists in a vacuum. It may not always be obvious, but each artistic creation fits somewhere in the constellation of human experience, drawn from and given meaning by the array of stars surrounding it. Whether the connections are made explicit by the artist, implicit in the work or simply in the mind of the spectator, there is always some link in the vast network.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 3:24pm

It’s difficult to describe Danilo Brito's expression when he plays. His face seems to go through subtle emotional shifts as the music progresses: One moment nostalgic, the next joyful, the Brazilian mandolinist slips between different states almost imperceptibly. If you weren’t paying close attention you might not even notice. But whatever the state may be at any given time, one thing Brito’s face will always express is a profound sense of being at ease. No matter how hard the music is — and some of what he plays really is fiendishly difficult — he always looks relaxed.

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 8:54pm
The Last Word

I don’t remember who first told me about The Last Word. A friend, maybe, or a friend of a friend. It could have been when I asked musicians coming through town where they were going after a show. Or maybe it was someone else entirely. I just can’t remember. But that’s the kind of place The Last Word is — you have to hear about it from someone, you don’t just find it. I feel a bit bad writing about it, honestly, because this word-of-mouth nature is a large part of the charm.

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 6:20pm

But whether it’s overt or implicit, confrontational or oblique, musicians who use their work to change our world are essential to the way we do art. Because nothing exists in a vacuum, and nothing ever changes without a push. So maybe that push is exactly what a musician can give.