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Daniel J. Kushner is a Buffalo-born arts journalist and music critic. A graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, his subsequent work has been featured in Opera News, Symphony, NewMusicBox, The Buffalo News and Buffalo Spree . Daniel's blog, You're So Post-Post-Rock Right Now, can be found at http://postpostrock.com.

Daniel is also an opera librettist, having co-created "The Fox and the Pomegranate"—a new allegory, in two acts, about the multifaceted nature of love–with Brooklyn-based composer Matt Frey. The opera will be featured at Fort Worth Opera in May 2013 as part of its inaugural Frontiers showcase.

Entries by Daniel J. Kushner

Chautauqua Theater Company Premieres The May Queen, an Inspired Tragicomedy

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 3:19 PM

In recent years The Chautauqua Theater Company has consistently been among Chautauqua Institution most rewarding cultural programs. Under the astute leadership of Artistic Director Vivienne Benesch and Resident Director (and former co-Artistic Director) Ethan McSweeny, CTC has offering poignant and provocative, expertly-written new plays alongside riveting interpretations of such classics...

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Uncovering the Mystery Behind Bryce Dessner's St. Carolyn by the Sea

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 5:18 PM

Since Deutsche Grammaphon/Universal Music released conductor André de Ridder and the Copenhagen Phil's St. Carolyn by the Sea -- a collection of orchestral compositions by both The National's Bryce Dessner and Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood --on March 4, Dessner's seemingly nonstop schedule has shown no signs of slowing.

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Buke and Gase's General Dome: Newer Name, Grittier Sound

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 1:31 PM

Sometime after the release of Buke and Gass's Riposte in 2010--a striking first impression of a record--the industrious DIY duo did something confusing: they changed their name..slightly...to Buke and Gase. On General Dome, the second full-length album released on January 29 via Brassland, what seems like a simple cosmetic change...

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3 Men and a Baby: When Macaulay Culkin Forms an Art Collective with Adam Green, Toby Goodshank

(3) Comments | Posted September 5, 2012 | 7:34 PM

In the living room of Macaulay Culkin's New York City apartment, canvases occupy the space like so many peculiar yet irresistibly magnetic house guests. The room -- converted into an art studio -- is congested with the vestiges of creativity at work: bottles of paint huddle together in bunches, and...

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Eli Keszler: The Violent New Worlds of Catching Net; "L-Carrier" Video Premiere (EXCLUSIVE)

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2012 | 7:54 PM

What does it mean to be a multimedia artist today? For 28 year-old American composer/percussionist Eli Keszler (www.elikeszler.com), the answer might not be what you would expect.

Keszler--whose new art installation L-Carrier recently opened on June 7 at Eyebeam Art & Technology Center in New York City...

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Sarah Small and the Beautiful Burden of Tableau Vivant

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2012 | 9:34 AM

There is a damaging myth about art I fear I unwittingly spread every time I view a painting or photograph hung on the wall. I imagine the Lone Creator of this image -- what great insight regarding humanity had he meant to impart from the solitary confinement of his genius?...

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Basia Bulat: Remembering to Us Our Songs

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 10:59 AM

When Canadian singer-songwriter Basia Bulat takes the stage each night in support of the headlining folk rock band Bowerbirds, she does so without a setlist. This seems rather akin to a trapeze artist performing without the aid of a net. It also reveals an unselfish attitude toward the songs themselves,...

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Artist Christopher Winter Conjures an "Unnatural History"

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2012 | 4:50 PM

On May 5, the Edelman Arts gallery on Manhattan's Upper East Side opened its sixth exhibition of works by the English-born, Berlin-based artist Christopher Winter. Comprised predominantly of acrylic-on-canvas works from 2012, the show, as its title "Unnatural History" suggests, does much to distort -- both subtly and explicitly --...

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Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Festival and the Invisible Architecture of Musical Taste

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 10:27 AM

As I left the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Festival on its closing night, Saturday, May 5, I couldn't escape the feeling that I had wasted so much time -- not at the festival itself, but long before.

I had grown up listening to music oblivious to the domineering constructs of ubiquitous...

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Experiments in Opera: Under Deconstruction

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2012 | 3:05 PM

It seems to me that one's relationship to the monolithic Opera -- with a capital "O" -- is rarely love at first sight. It's often much more akin to a slow courtship. Such was certainly the case for the three composers that comprise the core of the Experiments in Opera...

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Ascend at the Dead End: The Kaleidoscopic Sounds of Greenpot Bluepot

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2012 | 7:05 PM

On April 3, New York City-based musician Natalie LeBrecht -- under the auspices of her solo project Greenpot Bluepot -- released the album Ascend at the Dead End, a concise yet sprawling 32 minutes of kaleidoscopic sounds and complex textures. Co-mixed by Avey Tare of Animal Collective and Matt Marinelli...

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The Color and the Shape: Where the Brooklyn Youth Chorus Meets Sacred Harp

(1) Comments | Posted March 23, 2012 | 7:16 PM

For young musicians who are called on to perform the works of contemporary composers, utilizing "extended techniques" that one might readily encounter in 20th century compositions is not unusual. Being asked to interpret music inspired by an early 19th-century American style of shape note singing called Sacred Harp is decidedly...

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Subversive Reverence: Timothy Andres Re-Imagines Mozart's "Coronation" Concerto

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 1:55 PM

Composer and pianist Timothy Andres's take on the subject of demigods in art is far removed from conventional Romanticism: "We like to imagine that our artists have this kind of divine inspiration. I think if they say they do, they're probably having you on," says Andres. This steely realism seems...

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The Soft Hills' The Bird Is Coming Down To Earth: Songs of Innocence and Experience

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2012 | 4:23 PM

As a reader of music criticism, I usually distrust blatant comparisons in record reviews, which often seem only to obscure any accurate description of the music itself. As a writer of music criticism, I try to avoid loaded juxtapositions at all costs. In the case of Seattle indie band The...

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Vital Vox: "A & Q" With Gelsey Bell

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2011 | 5:49 PM

On Saturday, November 5 at 8 pm at Roulette in Brooklyn, singer-songwriter Gelsey Bell presents the premiere of her song cycle Scaling at this year's Vital Vox Festival, a two-day series dedicated to expectation-defying vocalists as composer-performers. In an attempt to defy our own expectations for our interview, Bell and...

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Maya Beiser: Musical Cubism, Provenance, and the Creative Performer

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2011 | 3:19 PM

"[Music is] one of those beautiful forms of human expression that actually brings people together. I think if we all adopt music as our religion, we'll be in a really great place." --Maya Beiser
There is no doubt that cellist Maya Beiser is a dynamic performer. But her command...
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SONiC Festival Interview (#5): Du Yun

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2011 | 12:35 PM

It is no secret that the new music community has found a vital home in New York City in recent years. The creative minds behind what is known as "contemporary classical music" are innumerable, and gaining prespective can be an overwhelming task for audiences.

Beginning on October 14, however,...

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SONiC Snapshots: Oscar Bettison and Rebecca Stenn/Konrad Kaczmarek

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2011 | 10:38 AM

It is no secret that the new music community has found a vital home in New York City in recent years. The creative minds behind what is known as "contemporary classical music" are innumerable, and gaining prespective can be an overwhelming task for audiences.

Beginning on October 14, however,...

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SONiC Festival Interview #2: Wang Lu

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2011 | 3:32 PM

It is no secret that the new music community has found a vital home in New York City in recent years. The creative minds behind what is known as "contemporary classical music" are innumerable, and gaining prespective can be an overwhelming task for audiences.

Beginning on October 14, however,...

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SONiC Festival Interview #1: Alex Temple

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2011 | 11:15 AM

It is no secret that the new music community has found a vital home in New York City in recent years. The creative minds behind what is known as "contemporary classical music" are innumerable, and gaining perspective can be an overwhelming task for audiences.

Beginning on October 14, however,...

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