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Gurrumul Announces US Tour: First Date Presented by Quincy Jones, SubCulture >>

Quincy Jones and SubCulture will present the first date in a series of U.S. tour dates by blind Australian sensation Gurrumul, a member of the Gumatj clan on Elcho Island in Australia.

American Modern Ensemble

American Modern Ensemble Presents 'BLUE' at SubCulture with Pianist Stephen Gosling and Blair McMillen, Works by Margaret Brouwer, Amanda Herberg, George Crumb and Frederic Rzweski >>

American Modern Ensemble will be performing “BLUE” at SubCulture featuring pianist Stephen Gosling and Blair McMillen. “BLUE” will celebrate the release of AME’s newest album, "Powerhouse Pianists II."

Nicola Benedetti

Violinist Nicola Benedetti Performs at SubCulture >>

World-renowned violinist, Nicola Benedetti, will be performing at the 2014/2015 season at SubCulture.

Anderson & Roe

Anderson & Roe, Off '15 Album Release of 'The Art of Bach,' Performing at SubCulture >>

Anderson & Roe, the piano duo known for their 2014 album "An Amadeus Affair," will be playing a show titled “Point & Counterpoint,” showcasing songs from their new album "The Art of Bach," released by Steinway & Sons, at SubCulture.

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.

Jake Schepps' Quintet

Bluegrass Pioneer Jake Schepps Releases New Album 'Entwined' >>

Jake Schepps, banjo pioneer and trailblazer in the contemporary bluegrass scene, will release his latest album "Entwined" Jan. 27, to be performed live on his North American tour. The latest album will features bold, new work by ingenious classical composers written for the quintessential bluegrass combo of banjo, mandolin, guitar, violin and bass and will be performed at an intimate evening show at Subculture in New York City Feb. 4. The show will highlight the album’s all-acoustic work by Schepps from contemporary-classical composers Marc Mellits, Matt McBane and Gyan Riley, as well as mandolinist-composer Matt Flinner. Schepps reached out to musicians who have compelled him in the hopes that "Entwined" would make a big statement. The musicians all responded in their own unique ways. Mellits’s reckless and highly rhythmic eight-part Flatiron and McBane’s five-movement Drawn translates traditional bluegrass instrumentation into the age of electronica. Riley’s Stumble Smooth combines free jazz, bluegrass, gypsy music and jagged modernism, which Schepps calls “the burliest piece of music I’ve ever worked on in my life.” Flinner rounds out the group with bluegrass-infused, classically-inspired modernism. The result is an album with beautiful Appalachian tones but also bold, thrilling, new textures.

Welsh 'Popera' Superstar, Katherine Jenkins, Announces November 18 Release of Second LP 'Home Sweet Home' via Decca

Katherine Jenkins, Welsh 'Popera' Superstar, Announces Release of Second LP, 'Home Sweet Home,' via Decca Records >>

The superstar who stepped all the way to the season 14 finale of Dancing with the Stars, Katherine Jenkins announces her next release (celebrating 10 years in the industry) Home Sweet Home on January 27 via Decca Records.

Katherine Jenkins Sings Bizet's 'Carmen,'

EXCLUSIVE: Kath Jenkins Sings Bizet and Einaudi's "Dreaming of the Days" from 'Home Sweet Home' at SubCulture >>

Seriously, though, can Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins really sing opera? It's a curious line of inquiry everyone who has heard her asks. Eventually.

British Pop-era Singer Katherine Jenkins Stops by NYC Hotspot SubCulture October 9-11 for 'An Evening With' Series

Welsh 'Popera' Singer Katherine Jenkins Stops by NYC Hotspot SubCulture October 9–11 for 'An Evening With' Series >>

There's been a lot of news encapsulating Katherine Jenkins' latest engagement to American filmmaker Andrew Levitas, and to keep her prolificacy alive as a "classical crossover" artist, she will make an appearance at SubCulture from October 9-11.

SubCulture's New Composer-In-Residence Program Debuts September 16 with Inaugural Pianist Gregg Kallor

SubCulture's New Composer-In-Residence Program Debuts September 16 with Gregg Kallor >>

A downtown hotspot that we most recently featured (care of Jonatha Brooke), SubCulture takes a great leap into the unknown with its newest Composer-in-Residence program. Their inaugural composer: pianist Gregg Kallor.

Jonatha Brooke

EXCLUSIVE: Jonatha Brooke Leads Sing-a-Long at SubCulture, Brings 'My Mother Has Four Noses' and Others to Light [VIDEO] >>

While it may not be Jonatha Brooke's first time here on Classicalite, her most recent performance at SubCulture in lower Manhattan showcased the singer-songwriter-playwright in a different light. With pieces of her mother still shining through, Brooke kept a packed house entertained and engaged for what felt like only minutes during her hour-long set.

REVIEW: The Complete Aspen Music Festival and School @ SubCulture...Abridged

REVIEW: Alan Fletcher's Complete Aspen Music Festival and School @ SubCulture...Abridged >>

With snow on the ground the morning of in lower Manhattan, Alan Fletcher, Aspen's president and CEO (and, full disclosure, Classicalite guest blogger), brought a star-studded roster--Aspen and Atlanta music director Robert Spano, soprano alumna Dawn Upshaw, St. Louis concertmaster David Halen, noted violinist and chamber music coach Sylvia Rosenberg--to SubCulture on Bleecker St. for a one-night-only gig.

The First-Ever 'Complete Aspen Music Festival and School (Abridged)’ Comes to New York's SubCulture on April 16 >>

The Aspen Music Festival is hoping to take the long-distance relationship it currently enjoys with New Yorkers to the next level--with a concert in New York at SubCulture on April 16.

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