Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri 2/14 & Tues 2/18

The major obstacle to the great Jean Sibelius-Stephen Riley saxophone concerto project seems to have been the fact, contrary to the photographic evidence, that they were never at any point alive at the same time, so Updoc—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, New York Astral Fluxtime—has had to settle for a couple of tracks from Riley’s brilliant new album, Lover, and a performance of the Sibelius Fifth Symphony with that old darling Herbert Von Karajan conducting Britain’s Philharmonia Orchestra in a better performance of the piece than he ever managed with his hometown Berliners. What else we got? Danilo Perez’s new Panama 500 album, a knockout Azeri jazz pianist, Simone Dinnerstein’s superlative new recording of Bach’s two and three part Inventions, Bartok at his most celestial, and to set an impeccable seal atop the whole, Ben Webster. Hard to find a better beast than that, this tough winter. You really must go? Baby, it’s cold outside.SibeliusRiley*

One Response to “Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri 2/14 & Tues 2/18”

  1. What a beautiful show! It really hit the spot after a hard week. Karajan seems at his best with Sibelius.