Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Friday 3/22 & Tues. 3/26

Here in Updoc’s neighborhood, a mostly non-eventful winter seems intent on pouncing lion-like upon the prospect of late March’s as yet unborn lamb. The light verges golden some days but the rain and snow keep telling us it’s neither Spring nor Passover nor Easter yet, and for some reason my music-ears have sought out the sounds of innocence or something like it; or maybe it’s only because I gave the gentle hymns and folk tunes of Dave Douglas’s album Be Still another listen, and so will you if you tune in to this week’s Updoc—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Brooklyn Botanic Gardens time—which starts out with a suite of five Douglas tunes played by a finetuned band of his usual suspects and above all the deceptively simple voice of Aoife O’Donovan sailing the music straight at your heart. After that it’s a short step to Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, Lee Morgan getting hymnally earnest for once with his classic Search for the New Land, followed closely by Lisa Bielawa’s Double Violin Concerto, ineffably her own while deeply beholden to late-period Shostakovich, as played by Gil Rose’s great Boston Modern Orchestra Project, who also take up Paul Moravec’s virtuosic illumination Northern Lights Electric. After that it needs only the Golden Gate Quartet to urge Moses to go down there and liberate the people in their season. Botticelli’s coming over with some hippie girls, so bring the best of the spring wine if you drop in.primavera

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