National Sawdust (NS), the unparalleled artist-led incubator in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood, has announced the theme of its third season: Origins. Bringing its progressive values to the forefront, the non-profit assembles an extraordinary lineup of multicultural curators from six continents, whose programming celebrates diversity in culture through diversity in music.
About Steve Smith
I've been involved professionally in music and media for close to 30 years, and personally for perhaps a decade longer. Apart from a two-year sojourn in Boston, I've been based in or around New York City since June 1993. After a long string of roles and positions in mass media, I've recently taken up the role of director of publications at National Sawdust, a revolutionary young performing-arts venue and incubator in Wiliamsburg, Brooklyn. You can learn more about that venture at nationalsawdust.org.
My work email address, for press releases, pitches, potential contributions, and whatnot, is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prior to joining National Sawdust, I spent just over two years as an assistant arts editor at the Boston Globe, where I had the privilege of overseeing that esteemed newspaper's coverage of music and the visual arts. Before that, I served for 13 years as a music editor (first classical music, and then everything) for Time Out New York, and for seven years concurrently as a freelance classical-music reporter and reviewer for The New York Times.
While nearly all of my work is now focused on National Sawdust, I continue to contribute interviews and concert and CD reviews for RollingStone.com. My writing has appeared previously in the Washington Post, Village Voice, Billboard, Musical America, The Wire, Signal to Noise [RIP], Decibel, Jazziz, Jazz Times, Down Beat, Chamber Music, and Symphony magazines.
Before turning to journalism full time, I was a classical radio DJ in Houston, and then worked as a publicist at BMG Classics, the Knitting Factory, Third Floor Media (representing the Columbia Records jazz roster, the Village Vanguard, select projects on Blue Note Records, and more), and other NYC organizations. Artists with whom I worked directly include Tim Berne, Bobby Previte, Dave Douglas, and Ellery Eskelin.
I trained formally as a classical percussionist, and then put those skills to use with jazz and rock bands in Houston and New York. I graduated from Clear Creek High School in League City, TX, in 1984, and from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, in 1988. I'm married to Dr. Lara Pellegrinelli, an accomplished journalist, critic, and academic. Our daughter, Annina, is a budding singer, dancer, painter, and social-media superstar.
If you want to send something to me via snail mail, please drop me a line via email first to determine the best destination.
Entries by Steve Smith
Matt Mitchell, Incantation, Sannhet, Eva-Maria Houben, Byron Westbrook, Ian William Craig, Spectral Voice, and other striking sounds heard lately at Night After Night HQ.
In performances at the DiMenna Center and the Whitney Museum, the JACK Quartet and Quatuor Bozzini delivered riveting performances of compelling contemporary works.
EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble, Keith Rowe/Michael Pisaro, Del Sol String Quartet with Gyan Riley, Ramones, Quatuor Bozzini, and other striking sounds heard lately at Night After Night HQ.
On August 4, the digital music retailer Bandcamp has responded to the Trump administration’s tweeted declaration of discrimination against transgender troops serving in the military, pledging all profits raised from midnight to midnight, Pacific Standard Time, to the Transgender Law Center.
Suffocation, Ellen Arkbro, Jonah Parzen-Johnson, Multa Nox, Jlin, Ian Boddy/Sid Smith/Jane Molloy, and other striking sounds heard lately at Night After Night HQ.
Wrapping up the week here at the Log, we have the extreme privilege of announcing and previewing a new album by three of the finest artists working in the creative-music realm: Miya Masaoka, Zeena Parkins, and Myra Melford, each a renowned composer, instrumentalist, conceptualist, and bandleader.
Tanya Morgan, Ben Allison, Charalambides, the Seattle Symphony, Jason Lescalleet, and other striking sounds heard lately at Night After Night HQ.
Maria Pomianowska, Yannis Kiriakides, Morton Subotnick, Jute Gyte, Impalers, Jake Muir, and other striking sounds heard lately at Night After Night HQ.
A curator at National Sawdust from its inception, Anthony Roth Costanzo fashioned one of the most striking presentations of the young organization’s inaugural season with ‘Orphic Moments.’ Now, Costanzo returns to offer Handel’s ‘Aci, Galatea e Polifemo,’ a seldom-encountered dramatic serenata, staged by Christopher Alden, one of the opera world’s most insightful, inventive directors.