Globally renowned as a clarinet virtuoso and klezmer maverick, David Krakauer discusses his artistic and cultural journey, the artists and programs he’ll bring to National Sawdust, and the ACLU/NYCLU benefit concert he’ll present on Sept. 24 at Symphony Space.
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
John Cage, Tim Berne’s Snakeoil, Isabelle Faust’s Mozart, Bruno Duplant and friends, Coma Cluster Void, Bloodmist, and other striking sounds heard lately at Night After Night HQ.
We don’t talk enough about the sheer beauty of John Cage’s music. What struck me most about 9/5/FIVE/105, a concert celebrating Cage’s birthday, was the plain, simple loveliness of everything I heard.
Jürg Frey, Nomi Epstein, Amy Beach, Florence Price, John Cage, Roland Kayn, and other striking sounds heard lately at Night After Night HQ.
Matthew Golombisky’s Cuentros, Ryoko Akama, Christoph Schiller & Morgan Evans-Weiler, Günter Schlienz, Arch Enemy, David First, and other striking sounds heard lately at Night After Night HQ.
Watch an exclusive video premiere for a composition from ‘Trajectories,’ a new album by Michael Vincent Waller with Seth Parker Woods and R. Andrew Lee due on Sept. 8.
Something remarkable happened a little just over a month ago: For one day in August, and likely for a day or two before and afterward, Petr Kotik had a hit record. That unlikely state hadn’t come entirely from out of the blue.
Transient Canvas, Seth Parker Woods, Rafael Anton Irisarri, Sarah Angliss, Laura Cannell, Ruby the Hatchet, and other striking sounds heard lately at Night After Night HQ.
Edward Yim, recently named president of the American Composers Orchestra following prominent roles at the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York City Opera, discusses the ACO’s new season and institutional aspirations.
Olivia Block, Quatuor Bozzini, Third Coast Percussion, Wolf Eyes, Ex Eye, High Aura’d, Steven Wilson, and other striking sounds heard lately at Night After Night HQ.