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Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea

Jazz icons Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea unite for intimate duo concert

[Donald gets a chance to see two of his idols live. — the artblog editors] When I heard that Herbie Hancock AND Chick Corea were touring the world with a stop at Philadelphia’s Academy of Music on April 11, I dashed at the chance to see this concert. When just one of these two musicians visits your city, you don’t simply walk…you run to see that concert! So with both Hancock and Corea on stage playing together, I knew that this was possibly a once-in-a-lifetime moment (both men are in their mid-70s!). Heavy-hitters in harmony In addition to being a ... More » »

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The Robert Glasper Experiment “let it ride” in World Café Live concert

[Donald checks out Robert Glasper earlier this month, admiring the way the musician and his group put a fresh spin on the jazz genre. — the artblog editors] Philadelphia has gotten a nice dose of Robert Glasper throughout the year of 2014. In January, he performed with Jill Scott and the Philadelphia Orchestra for their annual Academy of Music Gala Concert. Next, in July, came a performance with Babyface and Anthony Hamilton at the Dell East. Finally, here we are in December with the Robert Glasper Experiment in full force at the World Café Live on Dec. 9. About Glasper ... More » »

Album cover. Courtesy of Time for Three.

Time For Three return home for World Café Live show

[Donald attends a concert by a group of young musicians who have no trouble crossing centuries and genres to create their own sound. — the artblog editors] The incredibly inventive string trio known as Time for Three came back to Philadelphia on Wednesday, July 23 to the World Café Live to perform for a crowd that knows them very well. The trio is comprised of violinists Nick Kendall and Zach De Pue, and bassist Ranaan Meyer. Time for Three have a promising 2014 on their shoulders so far, having released their major-label, self-titled debut album back in June (the group is ... More » »


Plenty of rhythm to go ‘round

[Donald reviews a concert fusing traditional Arab sounds with contemporary pieces and musicians. — the artblog editors] When attending performances, I always hope to make new discoveries—to experience sounds and sights I’ve never heard before. On May 24, 2014, I was fortunate to attend a concert in Philadelphia that showcased not so much the American or Western side of the world’s musical tastes, but those of the Middle East and Latin America. Monthly musical melange Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, a nonprofit dedicated to presenting and teaching Arab culture through the arts and language, holds a monthly Arab concert series featuring innovative ... More » »


Singer-songwriter José James previews While You Were Sleeping

[Donald gets an advance chance to hear tracks from José James’ upcoming album played live, and discusses the musician’s unique, genre-crossing appeal. — the artblog editors] April will go down in history as a big month for the Philadelphia admirers of jazz singer-songwriter José James. Not only did James’ U.S. tour kick off in Philly on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, but the first single from his next studio album was released on iTunes that day–and these songs, first performed here, haven’t been heard publicly since they were recorded. Don’t we feel special? The concert at World Café Live offered a world ... More » »


Cracks in the boundary walls – Keith Harrison and Napalm Death

(Katie chronicles a participatory combination music/art show with an unexpected yet satisfying end — the artblog editors) It was a peculiar crowd that piled on to the two-carriage train to Bexhill on Friday 29th November, a sea of beer-swigging beards mixed with gallery types making their excited way to this sleepy seaside town. The occasion was a combination no less eclectic: a collaboration between the Victoria & Albert Museum’s former resident ceramicist Keith Harrison and the infamous grindcore band (**see note below) Napalm Death, who share both roots in Birmingham and a notorious appetite for destruction. On top of the ... More » »

Fernand Léger ‘The City’ (1919) o/c, 7'7" x 9'9.5" PMA, Gallatin Collection

Romancing the Machine – Léger, Modern Art and the Metropolis at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

(Andrea calls the just-opened Leger show at the PMA a fascinating and dynamic exhibition that captures perfectly the early 20th Century optimism about cities and industry.) Léger, Modern Art and the Metropolis at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) through January 5, 2014, is pervaded with an optimism about industrialization and urbanization at a time, centered on the 1920s, when they were seen as the answer, not the problem, for twentieth-century society. It opens with a wall-sized projection of a film taken by Thomas Edison as he ascends the Eiffel Tower, viewing Paris through its cage of industrial steel. The ... More » »

Within Mirrors

Within Mirrors – Successful collaboration of short films by Paul Clipson with Sound by Jefre Cantu-Ledesma

It is not uncommon for the current generation of experimental and noise musicians to incorporate film into their performances. Oftentimes, the moving images feel arbitrarily chosen, as if selected merely to give the audience something to look at during performances in which the artists remain static. In rare instances, however, the relationship of abstract music to the film images with which it is paired is a symbiotic one, each informing and complementing the other. Such is the case on “Within Mirrors,” a DVD collection of seven short films, originally released between 2005 and 2008, by Paul Clipson featuring music by Jefre Cantu-Ledesma. ... More » »

Marcel Duchamp ‘The Bride Stripped bare by her Batchelors, Even’ (1915-23), oil, varnish, lead wire, lead foil, dust, glass, PMA

Dancing Around the Bride at the PMA

Dancing Around the Bride at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA)through Jan. 21, 2013 is an extraordinary, multi-dimensional exploration of a significant period in American art history. While the ideas it presents are hardly new, the sensitive installation, designed by the artist, Philippe Parreno, emphasizes the multi-disciplinary nature of the mutual personal and artistic influences among Marcel Duchamp, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns. This is an exhibition as Gesamkunstwerk, and it offers the best, possible understanding of the interconnected, artistic experimentation in New York City in the late 1950s-1960s. Parreno’s installation pivots around a low, platform ... More » »


artblog Art Safaris – Episode 7 – Ronnie Bass at Marginal Utility

This almost 3-minute episode shows us watching and discussing the video works at Marginal Utility by Brooklyn artist Ronnie Bass. When puzzling out meaning, it’s often good to have multiple points of view, and we did. The scenes of a young man and woman chanting and playing drums, guitar and a saw seemed like music videos to some, and to others like an interesting puzzle to be

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