Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri 10/23 & Tues 10/27

Laurie

When did you first hear her voice, so graceful and poised and polite that you’d follow it anywhere and believe anything it told you, even when it leads you smiling up to and over the edge of some vertiginous unmistakable cultural-metaphysical abyss? It’s my belief that everyone who has encountered Laurie Anderson’s voice remembers that initial moment indelibly. That pixie is a genius, and she has a quiet, deceptively unassuming power that will not let you go until you really listen. So maybe I’m doing something dangerous by starting this week’s Updoc—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Soho-Tribeca time—with a couple of her brilliant insinuations and their hidden razor wire. If so, I’ll ease things up for you with a brilliant young British pianist’s take on Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit, some super-Ravelian Steve Kuhn and then the Sinfonia Semplices of two composers, Carl Nielsen, who in his gives way to some surprisingly Mahlerian mockery and self-mockery, and Eduard Tubin, a lesser known modern master we’ve been working our way through week by week of late. Then one gasps at the thought that Roswell Rudd will turn eighty next week or so, and basks in the radiance shed by his magisterial trombone. Is there anyone out there who does not love Roswell Rudd? More of him next week too, and more Jon Irabagon, and more of John Scofield’s new album featuring his reunion in a quartet with Joe Lovano. It takes two hours in all and it’s full of vitamins and you’re invited.

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