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EXCLUSIVE: Lisa Moore on 'Stone People' Cantaloupe Premiere at LPR Feb. 23

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with Lisa Moore >>

Lisa Moore is more than just a seminal New York pianist who founded the iconic Band on a Can All-Stars. Her dynamic performances incorporate elemental designs that help her channel a unique flow in the way she plays the instrument. In a one-of-a-kind, one-night only showing, Lisa Moore will take to the downtown dwelling (Le) Poisson Rouge this Tuesday, Feb. 23 for a release show of her new album The Stone People.

EXCLUSIVE: Mohammed Fairouz Talks W.H. Auden, 'No Orpheus' Release and Feb. 17 at (L)PR

EXCLUSIVE: Mohammed Fairouz on W.H. Auden, 'No Orpheus' and (L)PR Dates >>

Mohammed Fairouz is one of this generation's most celebrated--and performed--and composers. His works have been heralded by New Yorker magazine who claim Fairouz is an "expert in vocal writing." Touching on social issues far and wide, his virtuosity with texts archaic and new have earned him the title as a post-millennial Schubert.

PREMIERE: Sō's Adam Sliwinski Plays Dan Trueman's Étude #4 from 'Nostalgic Synchronic'

PREMIERE: Watch Adam Sliwinski Play Dan Trueman's "Marbles" Étude on bitKlavier (New Amsterdam) >>

It's been 11 whole months, yes, since we first saw Sō Percussion's Adam Sliwinski's cross-handed study of Dan Trueman's bitKlavier. Shot then by Troy Herion, with Silwinski patched into his Princeton colleague's "prepared digital piano" via Casio USB for prelude-only, with all the bugs beta-ed out now, watch Silwinski's Roland A-88 shake under the more progressive hammer action of "Marbles"--directed by Evan Chapman. Like Ligeti's last Grawemeyer étude for Boulez from Book One, but played by the Synclavier I from Boulez conducts Zappa, lest you think Dan Trueman's lost his own here, well, just press play.

EXCLUSIVE: Bruce Brubaker On New Philip Glass Record 'Glass Piano, Talks New England Conservatory and Why Le Poisson Rouge is His Favorite Downtown Dwelling

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with Bruce Brubaker >>

"If there was going to be music on the planet, I wanted to be involved." -- BRUCE BRUBAKER

Winter JazzFest Kicks Off at (Le) Poisson Rouge with Blue Note Now!, Kris Davis's Infrasound, Vijay Iyer and More to Follow

Winter JazzFest Kicks Off At (Le) Poisson Rouge with Blue Note Now!, Kris Davis's Infrasound, Vijay Iyer and More to Follow >>

The 2015 Winter JazzFest in New York City has been a staple of the musical underbelly of the city for years. From Jan. 8-10, thus, the NYC Winter JazzFest takes over our favorite downtown dwellings like (Le) Poisson Rouge, SubCulture and more.

New York City Disability Pride Parade Set to Run July 12, Mike LeDonne Holds Fund-Raiser at (L)PR Jan. 8

New York City Disability Pride Parade Set to Run July 12, Mike LeDonne Holds Fundraiser >>

New York City is known as a cultural stomping ground for those of any stripe — or rainbow — but a new festival is set to take place a month after next year's Gay Pride festival in July: the Disability Pride NYC Parade. Perhaps the driving force behind the march is a bit unusual but, according to "The New York Times," jazz pianist Mike LeDonne has a firsthand experience with disability in his home as his daughter, Mary, suffers from Prader-Willi syndrome. PWS, according to the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association, is a genetic disorder that affects appetite, growth, metabolism, cognitive function and behavior. The disorder also causes blindness and requires Mary to use a wheelchair some of the time.

Bollywood

Le Poisson Rouge Host Bollywood Disco Christmas Party >>

Le Poisson Rouge will be hosting a Bollywood Disco Christmas Party for anyone who wants to keep the Christmas spirit alive and dance the night away.

Philip Glass

Le Poisson Rouge Highlights Philip Glass's Bloodiest Film Scores >>

Le Poisson Rouge will be presenting “Glass & Blood,” concert works from the bloodiest film scores by Philip Glass. The New York premiere of this show with include new suites from "Dracula," "Candyman" and "The Hours" for violin and piano. Michael Riesman will be on piano with Chase Spruill playing the violin. Riesman, a multi-talented composer, conductor, keyboardist and record producer, has also been the musical director of the world-renowned Philip Glass Ensemble since 1976. He has had a long-standing relationship with Philip Glass and has conducted the Oscar-nominated scores "Notes on a Scandal," "The Truman Show" and Martin Scorsese’s "Kundun." This concert comes at a perfect time, with Glass’s score for the 1992 film "Candyman" recently being released on vinyl. One Way Static announced this long-awaited vinyl pressing and started sending out a limited edition of copies to anxious fans in late October.

From 'Fishing with John' to The Lounge Lizards, John Lurie Talks 'Strange & Beautiful' Festival and Paintings

From 'Fishing with John' to The Lounge Lizards, John Lurie Talks 'Strange & Beautiful' Festival and Paintings >>

John Lurie has kept himself a mainstay in the downtown jazz scene in NYC--he's continued his excellence both on and off camera, and now will receive an exemplary tribute during Strange & Beautiful: The Music and Art of John Lurie from September 9-27 at various venues and galleries in the city.

The Kids Are Alright: Classical Music Should Appreciate its Forefathers, if They Already Don't

The Kids Could Be Alright: Classical Music Should Appreciate Its Forefathers >>

Where the status of classical music is subject to a much-heated debate among listeners, it should be noted that someone, somewhere, is still appreciating and contributing to the classical zeitgeist.

(Le) Poisson Rouge Premieres 'Strange & Beautiful Festival' Festival in Tribute to  Iconoclast John Lurie, Featuring Ensemble (L)PR

(Le) Poisson Rouge to Host 'Strange & Beautiful Festival: The Music and Art of John Lurie' in September >>

(Le) Poisson Rouge, one of Classicalite's favorite West Village venues, has booked quite the talent for "Strange & Beautiful Festival: The Music and Art of John Lurie." This unique hybrid fest will honor its actor/musician/painter namesake with a gallery exhibition at (L)PR, three concerts at the venue, an additional installment at the Cavin-Morris Gallery in Chelsea and a final blowout at Town Hall.

Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood and His Score for 'There Will Be Blood' Receives a Live Tribute via The Roundhouse Summer Sessions in London in August

Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood and His Score for 'There Will Be Blood' Receives a Live Tribute via The Roundhouse Summer Sessions in London in August >>

It's become common knowledge that Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood has become a score composer, most famously providing the musical landscape for Paul Anderson's 2008 There Will Be Blood.

Live at (L)PR: Mo'Betta Wu Brings Tangy Jazz from the 36 Chambers, Featuring Amanda Seales

Live at (L)PR: Mo'Betta Wu Brings Tangy Jazz from the 36 Chambers, Featuring Amanda Seales >>

Your favorite downtown dwelling, (Le) Poisson Rouge, is always up on the latest ensembles and orchestras--and their crazy idiosyncr-antics.

EXCLUSIVE: Australian Chamber Orchestra Underground's Satu Vänskä Talks Bach, Stravinsky and Kurt Cobain Program at (L)PR >>

March 20 will offer the Australian Chamber Orchestra Underground (ACOU) in a fantastic display of new sounds and swift arrangements ranging from Nirvana to Stravinsky, Nine Inch Nails to Paganini.

EXCLUSIVE: Ensemble (L)PR Founder David Handler Talks Bartók, Jonny Greenwood and the U.S. Premiere of Bryce Dessner's 'Lachrimae'

EXCLUSIVE: Ensemble (L)PR Founder David Handler Talks Bartók, Jonny Greenwood and the U.S. Premiere of Bryce Dessner's 'Lachrimae' >>

Alongside Béla Bartók's now classic 'Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta' and selections from Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood's first score for Paul Thomas Anderson, the concert features the U.S. premiere of another Classicalite favorite--National bro/Brooklyn composer Bryce Dessner's 'Lachrimae.'

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