by Lucy Gellman | Apr 17, 2015 1:37 pm
“Baby if I wanna be your man / gonna have to try and understand / that happiness is not just bought and sold / and you’re so scared to lose control,” Rob Kurfehs sings midway through “Elaine, You Should’ve Known Better,” the first track on Arcay’s new release, Everything You Know Is Wrong.
Beneath his voice, a twangy, California sound mixed with alt-country enters the musical frame guitar first, accompanied by steady drums and a sweet sliver of plunky folk. Something’s afoot, the lyrics suggest, and it’s going to be good. Slightly devastating, but very good.
by Lucy Gellman | Apr 13, 2015 3:09 pm | Comments (1)
Orkestar BAM! was just about to get started. The Harris Brothers Balkan Band was wrapping up its first set. The two groups faced each other, some members bowing slightly, as if ready for a musical duel of slightly epic proportions.
And then, with little warning and to the audience’s utter delight, they began to play in complete sync, throwing their heads back with their brass instruments, leaning in close to the mics, showing each other the tricks of the string and brass trade.
by Brian Slattery | Apr 9, 2015 3:36 pm
“Thank you! We are Tal National, from Niger,” said Almeida, the band’s guitarist, from the Cafe Nine stage. “Can anyone tell me — where is Niger?”
There was a second of awkward silence. Then someone from the audience yelled, “West Africa!”
Almeida took a breath. “Finally!” he said. “Thank you. Thank you very much.”
by Brian Slattery | Apr 9, 2015 12:24 pm
“You want something to happen, you have to make it happen,” said Margaret Milano, who has organized the first Elm City Folk Festival, a three-day, multiple-venue extravaganza of music that features over 20 acts from New Haven and beyond.
by Lucy Gellman | Apr 6, 2015 11:01 am
“Could we get that turned down a little?” Sarah Holbrook asked, shielding her forehead with an open palm as a yellow-green light fell onto them. Tech guru Garret Kuppelmeyer fiddled with the controls from the back of the bar, working methodically as chatter bubbled up from the front of the house and flowed through the crowd. The lights fell to a cool blue.
by Adam Matlock | Apr 1, 2015 12:29 pm
“Because of the acoustics of Woolsey Hall, we will be not sticking precisely to Schoenberg’s written notation and written rhythm of the words,” said William Boughton, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s conductor. “The entries and the endings are extremely important, but … what happens in between — it’s more important that the audience hear and understand the words.”
by Brian Slattery | Mar 30, 2015 7:44 am
“I ordered up some spring weather,” said the Rev. Alex Dyer, on the morning of Palm Sunday, from the steps of St. Paul and St. James on the corner of Olive and Chapel. “There must have been some miscommunication.”
His congregation was on the steps and sidewalk all around him, everyone smiling in the cold.
by Alexis Zanghi | Mar 27, 2015 12:00 pm | Comments (5)
When I first came to Daggett Street Square in 2007, I was taken by its rambling hallways, its pulley-operated elevator. The building may not have been insulated, but it was insular. By that time, few live-work spaces remained in New Haven. There had been others — on River Street; in the Munniemaker cigar factory on State Street; at Chapel and Church, above what is now Gotham Citi—all now shut down.
Now we can add Daggett Street Square to the list: Last week officials ordered it cleared out.
by Lucy Gellman | Mar 27, 2015 11:56 am
A cuckoo, popping out from its home to wish listeners a piercing, rhythmic hello. Upper strings coming in as a dizzying, modified melody. A deeper-throated cuckoo in a far-away nest, his throbbing birdsong flowing and out of conversation.
by Brian Slattery | Mar 27, 2015 8:12 am
“I’m every lung that’s breathing in this filthy city waste / I’m trick turning street walker / Mary full of grace / undocumented worker wage slave / I’m needle pierced vein / I am black rose on Grandmother’s grave,” Ceschi tells us on “Elm City Ballad,” an ode to the place he was raised and the first song released from his new album.
And then: “Love me, city, ‘till I’m gray / Elm City, love me safe / Love me ‘till I am erased.”