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Clarinet

Young French Clarinetist of Extraordinary Talent Plays NYC

Jim Luce | Posted 04.21.2015 | Arts
Jim Luce

Raphaël Sévère made his debut in the YCA Series on Tuesday, April 7 at Merkin Concert Hall. The program was bookended by two pillars of the clarinet repertoire, the Brahms Sonata No. 2 in E-Flat, and the oh-so-French Poulenc Sonata.

Astoria Characters: The Sax Player

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 03.28.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Carol Sudhalter, the founder of Astoria Big Band and the quartet that bears her name, walks into this improv stage, which is her living room and the room she does most of her living in. She hoists Betty, a big brassy baritone sax, and cradles it in her arms like a baby.

The Most WTF 'Wiggle' Cover You'll Ever See

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 06.10.2014 | Comedy

This pole-dancing, clarinet-playing, half-naked dude takes Jason Derulo and Snoop Dogg's hit song "Wiggle" to a whole new (and potentially even more q...

Dexter Payne's Beautiful Brazilian Music CD Has a Great Backstory

Sharon Glassman | Posted 08.02.2014 | Arts
Sharon Glassman

Dexter Payne's new CD, Pra Vocè ("For You"), delights listeners with the swing-powered sounds of Brazilian choro and baião. But the Colorado clarinetist's sound started with a more Manhattan muse: Clarabell the Clown, from Howdy-Doody.

Astoria Characters: The Bouzouki Balladeer

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

George Vlesmas has devoted his life to the pursuit of the bouzouki, the Greek stringed instrument with the pear-shaped body and swan-length fretted neck that sounds like a chiming harp.