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Saturday, January 14, 2012
Specializing In Spreading His Wings

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Allan Kozinn, wrote in today’s New York Times: “Winning the Chopin Competition early in his career did not stop the pianist Garrick Ohlsson from insisting on musical challenges from styles and periods outside his specialty...At the moment Mr. Ohlsson has Liszt on his mind, mainly because this season includes the bicentenary of Liszt’s birth, though he has been known to mine the Liszt catalog in nonanniversary years too. In the 1998-99 season he played a three-concert series at Lincoln Center juxtaposing Liszt with Beethoven, Bach and Schubert. In one installment he undertook the draining feat of pairing Liszt’s monumental B minor Sonata with Bach’s “Goldberg” Variations. He revisits the sonata next Sunday as part of a Liszt recital at the 92nd Street Y...”

Learn more about Garrick Ohlsson’s 92Y concert on Sun, Jan 22, 2012 at 3 pm and about his master class at 92Y on Mon, Apr 16, 2012, 5 pm.




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Thursday, December 29, 2011
92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With Daniel Knox

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Chicago-based songwriter Daniel Knox will be at 92YTribeca on January 25 for the world premiere of his new long-form composition based on the photographs of fellow Chicagoan John Atwood. The pieces, titled John Atwood: Black & Whites, will be performed by piano, voice, bass, horns, strings, accordion and percussion, and set to projected images.

Fans of Daniel Knox and those who want to hear his music should sign up for his mailing list. He’ll send you a free mp3.

Read below to learn more about Knox, by way of his answers to the 92Y Culture Klatsch Questionnaire. For example, you’ll learn he’s skeptical of most news sources. “There’s no real source I trust,” he told us, “beyond the simple facts of who is dead, pregnant, or at war.” And he used to like hanging out in coffee shops when he wanted to “disconnect”. But now, “they’re more like weird singles clubs where you have to listen to some asshole’s indie-rock mixtape.”

Where do you go for news when you start your day?
Slashfilm.com, Gawker.com, Jezebel.com and Dlisted.com. I only read gossip and entertainment news. The rest of the world’s happenings usually show up clogging my Twitter and Facebook pages. There’s no real source I trust for any of that beyond the simple facts of who is dead, pregnant, or at war.

What are your favorite websites?
Vimeo, Twin Peaks Archive and Soundcloud. And I visit the University of California’s Wax Cylinder Archive a lot. I go there and type in random words and just see what comes up. It’s a massive archive and all the music on there is interesting for one reason or another. Mostly I love how excited everyone sounds to be hearing themselves at all.

How much do you use Twitter and Facebook (or other social networking services)?
More than I’d care to. Facebook is like a miserable human experiment that’s mostly made me feel worse about who my friends are. When you give people the chance to say shit to everyone they know at the same time you just get a lot of people posing and and acting like the person they want you to think they are.

As a performer it’s essential and really helpful because people always know what I’m up to, and it’s a good way to sort of test people’s interest in things and see how word spreads. But it’s also an easy way to find yourself giving a shit about things that aren’t important. Twitter is much more interesting because it’s instant and public and you aren’t given the space to ramble on. But I’m sure they’ll find a way to change that. 

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Friday, November 25, 2011
92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With Jamire Williams

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“Jamire Williams,” wrote The New York Times, “is yet another smart drummer conversant in jazz and much else besides, though his approach skews more insistently contemporary than most.”

His band, ERIMAJ, is set to release its full‐length debut later this year; meanwhile the album’s title track, “Conflict of a Man,” has been released on iTunes. You can listen to ERIMAJ’s song “Conflict of a Man” at http://erimaj.bandcamp.com. Hear more from ERIMAJ when he plays 92YTribeca on December 2.

His answers to the 92Y Culture Klatsch are below.

Where do you go for news when you start your day?
Online. I got my various blogs and news sites I peep.

What are your favorite websites?
Pitchfork, Okayplayer, BetterNeverThanLate, NBRHD

How much do you use Twitter and Facebook (or other social networking services)?
Just as much as the average social junky.

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Tuesday, November 08, 2011
92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With Warren Wolf

image“To say that Warren Wolf’s Mack Avenue [Records] debut is auspicious would be an understatement,” wrote the The Daily News. “No doubt,” they continued, “this is one of the best of the year in jazz.” Listen for yourself on Amazon.

Warren Wolf plays The Checkout: Live From 92YTribeca on November 16. And today he’s our next Culture Klatsch subject. Spoiler alert: Where does he go get away? “Sit on Federal Hill in Downtown Baltimore overlooking the city skyline.”

Read the full Q&A below:

Where do you go for news when you start your day?
Usually I’ll try to look at my local news stations. But the majority of the time you’ll see me watching CNN.

What are your favorite websites?
Some of my favorite websites are CNN.com, ESPN.com, AllAboutJazz.com and YouTube.com

How much do you use Twitter and Facebook (or other social networking services)?
Facebook I use on a weekly basis. Twitter I use occasionally. 

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Thursday, November 03, 2011
92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With Chris Bergson

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Hailed by Living Blues as “a serious talent”, New York guitarist, singer and songwriter Chris Bergson plays at 92YTribeca tomorrow evening, along with Tony Leone and Mulebone. Chris is not only a killer guitarist, he also teaches guitar here, uptown at 92nd Street Y.

Bergson was gracious enough to answer our Culture Klatsch Q&A that pries deep into our subjects, looking at their culture and media diets. Spolier alert: he prefers reading physical copies of books.

Where do you go for news when you start your day?
The New York Times online. 

What are your favorite websites?
LevonHelm.com, Jambands.com, MOJO Magazine’s website (MOJO4music.com) and NYTimes.com

How much do you use Twitter and Facebook (or other social networking services)?
I use both a fair amount although like many people, I’m not a big fan of Facebook’s new layout with the ticker in the upper right hand corner of the screen.  Sometimes you miss stuff when you don’t go on there. It’s a funny sign of the times that I learned of both the birth of my best friend’s daughter this year and the breakup of a couple I’m friends with on Facebook. Sometimes I wonder if there’s going to be a privacy backlash down the road! 

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Thursday, October 27, 2011
92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With j.Bernard

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Pop quiz: Aside from making great music, what do David Bowie, TV On The Radio and Massive Attack all have in common? Answer: the oh-so-awesome indie band Dragons of Zynth. Bowie’s a fan of theirs, and they’ve worked with TV On The Radio and Massive Attack.

In this installment of Culture Klatsch, we hear from the band’s drummer j.Bernard, who let us know that his show on October 29 at 92YTribeca is particularly special to him – it marks his five-year anniversary with the band. 

Where do you go for news when you start your day?
I start with the news, then find out what the world is thinking, then get to work. I generally start with MSNBC and the BBC.

What are your favorite websites?
Definitely The Huffington Post and The Daily Beast. After that its Rolling Stone, Newser, and Twitter.

How much do you use Twitter and Facebook (or other social networking services)?
I tweet therefore I am. Facebook is a dying star in the universe of human connection. I read an amazing tweet the other day that said, “Twitter makes me fall in love with strangers that I may never meet. Facebook makes me hate the “friends” I already know.” That pretty much sums it up. 

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011
92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With Jonathan Toubin

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Two years in the making, New York Night Train will unveil its latest and most ambitious party, the Land of 1000 Dances—both a new kind of party and a new kind of dance class, at 92YTribeca tomorrow evening.

The brain child of DJ Jonathan Toubin, he’s been researching the dance crazes of the 1960s and trying to figure out a way to bring them to a contemporary club culture. And we’ve been researching his media and culture consumption, by way of the 92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A. Read the interview below.

Where do you go for news when you start your day?
I run out to Gimme Coffee and listen to neighborhood gossip. Then I go home where I have NPR and The New York Times on my email home page.

What are your favorite websites?
I don’t really look at websites very frequently unless its for work or other pragmatic purposes so my list is quite boring: Facebook, Ebay, Weather.com, Priceline, Google, Wikipedia, etc…

How much do you use Twitter and Facebook (or other social networking services)?
I try and make sure to tweet for every gig I have and make a Facebook page for each of my events so people know what’s happening. I also try and check my Facebook every day to respond to comments people make, detag pictures, accept friends, and generally participate. After doing what I need to do, I’m not on Facebook and Twitter very frequently except at airports – where it makes me feel close to people far away…

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Friday, October 14, 2011
92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With Corey Dargel

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Texas-born, Brooklyn-based composer, singer and songwriter Corey Dargel is “one of the more original and consistently provocative artists pushing at the margins of modern classical music and adventurous pop” according to The New York Times. They’re not the only ones singing (no pun intended) his praises. Corey’s performing a newly expanded version of his song cycle Hold Yourself Together at 92YTribeca on October 20 as part of the SONiC : Sounds of a New Century festival, which highlights new works by composers 40-years-old and younger.   

Where do you go for news when you start your day?
I try not to start my day with news, but Slate is my site for news.

What are your favorite websites?
Smitten Kitchen is great for recipes. Lurid Digs (totally not safe for work), Awkward Family Photos and Cake Wrecks never fail to amuse me.

How much do you use Twitter and Facebook (or other social networking services)?
I use both Twitter and Facebook, but the amount of time depends on how extensively I need to distort the reflection of my authentic self.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011
92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With Nisha Asnani

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On October 15, 92YTribeca and Nuyorican Poets Cafe will present Nisha Asnani, a masterful songstress who infuses jazz and funk melodies with the vocal prowess of a bygone era.

We sent her the 92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A to learn more about her media and culture diet. But how does she disconnect? “Yoga. I practice a lot of yoga; it’s my sanity. I turn my phone off and for a couple of hours force myself to remember that I exist outside all of my obligations and connections.”

Where do you go for news when you start your day?
I watch a re-run of the “The Daily Show with John Stewart” and “Colbert Report.” Just to keep a sense of humor about it all.

What are your favorite websites?
TED talks! I love them, I will often listen to them at work. Hulu – I’m a junkie for old episodes of “Arrested Development” and “The Office.” I wish I could say I was cool enough to be up on the blog scene, but the truth is, the most of what I know comes from my offsite experiences. I live in the East Village of New York, and if there’s any place in the world that can keep you informed, entertained and curious, this is it.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011
92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With Steven Bernstein

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New York City’s favorite “little big band,” Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra, cracks open the monumental songbook of Sly & The Family Stone on its new studio album, MTO Plays Sly. You can sample tracks on Amazon.

They’ll perform songs from their new album at 92YTribeca on October 14. Today, Steven Bernstein has answered the 92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A.

Where do you go for news when you start your day?
At the start (with my coffee) I go to my local paper, Rockland Journal News.

What are your favorite websites?
After the Journal News, I go to The Huffington Post, Raw Story, TPM, Politico, Americablog, Andrew Sullivan (I used to go to Perez Hilton, but that got boring once Brittany sobered up).

How much do you use Twitter and Facebook (or other social networking services)?
Facebook addict, no Twitter. My (almost) 17 year old daughter says Facebook is evil. She’s on it too much as well.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011
92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With Freedy Johnston

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Freedy Johnston, the Los Angeles Times wrote, is “midwestern and spectacularly unflashy,” who “won critics’ hearts and some fame in the early 1990s with intensely crafted songs about adulthood’s curveballs: rebound romances, gambling losses, the drudgery of doing time for crimes of the heart.”

Freedy is playing 92YTribeca on September 30.

Today, he is the subject of the 92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A, where we discovered he is an easy interview, subscribes to Milwaukee Home and Fine Living and High Times, and has a life size plaster buffalo in his home.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011
92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With Scott Kettner

imageScott Kettner is founder of Nation Beat and Maracatu NY. He’ll take the stage with both groups at 92YTribeca on September 16 (DJ Greg Caz is also on the bill). Not only will the concert serve as an album release party for Nation Beat’s new record Growing Stone (which comes out on the 13th), the evening will also include the world premier of a Nation Beat video and the opening of a new photography exhibit in our gallery. Purchase tickets to the show in advance and you’ll get $5 off Growing Stone. You can also get a sneak peak of the album on Nation Beat’s website, where the band is streaming a new song from the album each week leading up to the show.

If you were curious, Kettner loves going to the beach, enjoys going to the mountains and being close to nature. He’s also a big fan of the A-Team. We know this because we saw his video dating profile on a local cable channel access channel. Actually, that’s not true. We know this because Scott Kettner is the latest subject of the 92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A series.

Where do you go for news when you start your day?
Usually The New York Times, NPR or the New York Daily News.

What are your favorite websites?
YouTube, Forroemvinil.com

How much do you use Twitter and Facebook (or other social networking services)?
I use Facebook everyday but not obsessively.  I have my Twitter account connected to my Facebook account so every time I post on Facebook it automatically tweets.  This keeps me from having to spend too much time with the social networking thing and makes more time for me to work on my projects and music.

What book are you currently reading (or the last one you read)? Print or digital?
I’m reading the original Peter Pan story and a dissertation on the history of the drum set.  I’m also finishing writing a book of my own.

What magazines do you subscribe to?
None.  But when I’m traveling I like to read Rolling Stone, Modern Drummer, DRUM! Magazine and National Geographic.

What are your current (or all time) favorite television shows?
“Seinfeld,” “The Wire,” “A-Team,” “Family Guy,” “The Simpsons.”

What’s the last movie you saw?
Date Night

What’s the last performance (dance/opera/theater) you attended?
Celebrate Brooklyn! about 2 weeks ago.

What’s the last music purchase you made?
BB King Live from Cook County Prison; downloaded it yesterday.

What radio shows or podcasts do you listen to?
I like to listen to WFMU and WKCR.  I like Rob Weisberg’s show on WFMU on Saturdays and I also love to listen to Jazzvan’s Brazilian show on WKCR on late Wednesday nights.  There’s also the gospel, bluegrass and country show on Sunday mornings on KCR that I love waking up with.

What’s your favorite piece of art on display in your home?
I have some prints from Jorge Borges, a famous print maker from Brazil.

Where do you go / what do you do to “disconnect”?
I love going to the beach and surfing.  I surf every chance I get.  I also enjoy going to the mountains and being close to nature.

Join Scott Kettner and Nation Beat at 92YTribeca on September 16 for a night of Brazilian rhythms and sustainable agriculture!

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Friday, August 12, 2011
Geeking Out To GeekDown

Hey, don’t mind us. We are just geeking out to this great video Winslow Porter created for GeekDown, “a splendid display of interactive art and wearable technology,” happening tomorrow, August 13 at 92YTribeca. GeekDown is created by some of the brightest young minds in new media and is shaping up to be a night of interactive art, video and music the likes of which you’ve never seen.

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Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Culture Klatsch: 92Y Q&A With Joshua Jackson

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The Checkout: Live from 92YTribeca is curated by Joshua Jackson, host of WBGO’s hour-long music magazine The Checkout. Jackson is an unparalleled enthusiast for modern expressions in jazz. Today, he is also the focus of the 92Y Culture Klatsch, our 12 question interview series that looks at the subjects media and culture diet. Spoiler alert: He’d “rather be in a small aluminum boat in the shallow brackish marsh of Lafourche Parish. Thinking about absolute and infinite nothingness.”

Where do you go for news when you start your day?
I’m contractually obligated to say WBGO, but it’s true. Gary Walker and Doug Doyle are both great at what they do. I also listen to a few stories on the NPR mobile app. BBC News is paramount - their reporting is better than everything. I add long reads to Instapaper for the commute. Harlem to Newark and back gives me ample time to go deeper.

What are your favorite websites?
I like the curation behind Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings. I’m also continually amazed by the amount of interesting things on government websites, particularly NASA and the Library of Congress. I’ve been listening to vintage audio recordings on the National Jukebox lately. 

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Friday, August 05, 2011
Join 92YTribeca’s New Facebook Fan Pages For Comedy And Music

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92YTribeca Comedy and 92YTribeca Music have created new fan pages in light of the new Facebook changes governing Facebook Groups.

If you haven’t done so yet, head over to 92YTribeca Comedy and 92YTribeca Music on Facebook and hit that “like” button! And then head over to our walls and let us know what you want to see on the new pages, and we will definitely try and give you what you want. Thanks, and either way, already like you twice as much! 




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