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Music-lovers in a dangerous time

Music-lovers in a dangerous time

As of today, the most dangerous danger of these extraordinary times is itself born in intimacy and connection, and the thing we are called to sacrifice is the very thing we first turn to in times of crisis: each other, love, communion, hugs, the good free stuff. When I make my list of what groups of people I most feel for during the pandemic, rating a solid third or fourth (below those most susceptible to disease and financial devastation) are those in love.

Bardavon/UPAC cancels all events for 30 days

Bardavon/UPAC cancels all events for 30 days

“Our first priority is the safety of artists, patrons, staff, and the broader community,” writes Executive Director Chris Silva. “All health authorities clearly emphasize social distancing as the best way to deter the spread of COVID-19; therefore, we have decided to postpone all events at Bardavon and UPAC for a minimum of 30 days.”

Kurt Rosenwinkel plays the Falcon

Kurt Rosenwinkel plays the Falcon

Friday, Mar. 20: Like Pat Metheny before him, Kurt Rosenwinkel was plucked out of Berklee by the vibraphonist Gary Burton, who, along with Miles, is one of jazz’s most prescient vampires of young talent. A modern jazz guitarist cannot have a more propitious beginning than Burton’s endorsement and imprimatur, and Rosenwinkel, now about to enter the third decade of his prolific and serious career, has borne the tradition and the burden with diligence and dignity.

Soul Rebels Mardi Gras Party at Revel 32

Soul Rebels Mardi Gras Party at Revel 32

Saturday, March 7: The Soul Rebels are riding high into 2020, receiving national attention with recent performances with Katy Perry and DMX and on NPR’s Tiny Desk series, a debut late-night TV appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and a headlining set at the TED Conference. The Soul Rebels started with an idea: to expand upon the pop music they loved on the radio and the New Orleans brass tradition they grew up on.

Hilma af Klint exhibition in Hudson

Hilma af Klint exhibition in Hudson

Friday, Mar. 6: The recently rediscovered Swedish artist lived from 1862 to 1944, but her life’s work was indeed driven by her efforts to contact ethereal presences. Growing up in an era when spiritualism was all the rage, she claimed from girlhood on to be clairvoyant and by 17 was conducting séances. She studied Theosophy and Rosicrucianism, and later Anthroposophy. With a group of young women friends who called themselves the Five, in the 1890s she began “communicating” with a roster of spirits they termed the High Masters, and af Klint claimed that they directed her hand when she was painting.

Joe Lovano to perform at Senate Garage in Kingston

Joe Lovano to perform at Senate Garage in Kingston

Saturday, Mar. 7: Lovano is about as first-tier, A-list and cream-of-the-crop as a jazz saxophonist is even allowed to be anymore. Yes, he has netted one Grammy (among 14 nominations), but that is never the gold star on a jazz curriculum vitae. The gold star, of course, is a) whom you’ve played with, and b) who has played with you. And by this standard, Lovano’s elite stature is stark.