All posts by John Burdick

Arrested Development to perform in Woodstock

Arrested Development to perform in Woodstock

Sunday, April 15: Whether art should be a reflection of reality or a perfection of it is a little out of my scope at the moment, but I do want to recall how utterly alien the Afrocentric “conscious rap” of Arrested Development sounded to these ears in early ’90s, when the album for which they will always be known, 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life of…, dropped into the middle of a world obsessed with gangsta rap on the one hand and the inflammatory politics of Public Enemy on the other.

David Garland’s revelatory new release, Verdancy

David Garland’s revelatory new release, Verdancy

Garland is an eminence in the New York music world, a generous, prolific presence with whom people flock to work– including collaborations with John Zorn, Yoko Ono, Sufjan Stevens and Meredith Monk. He also hosted WNYC’s  Spinning on Air for 28 years. On Verdancy, Garland sings of nature, but his tongue is as New York as “fuhgettaboutit.”

New music by Susie Ibarra in New Paltz

New music by Susie Ibarra in New Paltz

Saturday, March 10: The acclaimed percussionist and composer joins forces with the experimental flautist and MacArthur “genius grant”-winner Claire Chase and SUNY-faculty member and pianist Alex Peh to premiere Ibarra’s newest work, Talking Gong for flute, percussion and piano. 

Big Takeover at the Falcon

Big Takeover at the Falcon

Friday, March 2: The New Paltz-born reggae band the Big Takeover have been dominating the local club scene for a decade now, with numerous personnel changes over a core anchored by songwriter and singer Nee Nee Rushie and bassist/musical director Rib Kissner. What has been a struggle for this accomplished and successful band has been naming the style they play.