NYC new music post-9/11 to fall 2011

“The decade that followed 9/11/2001 has been marked by jazz and new music makers’ determination not to be deterred from what the Taliban and Tea Party alike may consider marginal activities, if not outright affronts to God’s dominion,” I write in my latest CityArts column. “Whether the city suffers attacks from abroad, natural disasters or economic collapses caused by the financial services sector that thrives in our midst, the minds of composers and the bands of improvisers play on.”

An excerpt from the article regarding Amina Figarova’s September Suite (written in advance of her performance on 9/11 at the Metropolitan Room) has already been published here — I attended that show by Figarova and her sextet, and found the music beautifully played, very affecting. But read the column for mention of a couple enduring jazz/new music campaigns taking their next steps this autumn: the biggest news being Roulette‘s rich season of concerts by uncompromisingly exploratory in a brand new space,  and the celebration by resolute Arturo O’Farrill (pictured above) with three special programs at Symphony Space of the tenth year of his Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra.

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  1. says

    Hello Mr. Mandel,
    Your article about the musician’s responses after 911, particularly Amina Figarova renewed hope that music can help heal spiritual wounds and act on a deeper level. Did you see the Frontline Special “Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero” (3-2002). It was inspiring to see people of all faiths trying to make sense of the event and agreeing independently on how tragic it was.

    • says

      Dave, Thanks for your comment. I haven’t seen the Frontline special you mention, but I know people all over, all faiths and political persuasions, were moved by the 9-11 events, and sought healing with renewed hope, rather than despair and revenge.