live music

Carl King

A familiar name heads to the Alamo City to play for the first time.  I spoke to Dweezil Zappa on the phone recently and he has a bit of his dad Frank's edgy sizzle. Here he speaks about contemporary rock stars who care more about status than becoming musicians.

“Most people when they get into music they’re looking at playing stuff that is relatively easy for them to pull off and they just get to go out there and pose on stage. They have more emphasis on dance and lighting than they do on music these days.”

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San Antonio's live music scene has grown over the years and writers, promoters, programmers, and venue owners are all working to make that change for the better. 

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A last-minute substitution lent some nervous energy to the ETA3 Trio’s performance on October 14 as part of the Tuesday Musical Club’s annual Artist Series. With only a few hours to rehearse, Milana Strezeva took the place of the ensemble’s regular pianist, Tomoko Nakayama, who couldn’t be released from a performance back in the group’s home base of New York.

A three-man jazz troupe is heading to San Antonio. I caught up with Reid Anderson, bass player of The Bad Plus, in New York, where the group is just back from a European Tour.

Their music has an elemental, austere feel, while somehow at the same time feeling full of sound. I asked Reid how he described their music.

“The instrumentation is acoustic bass, drums and piano," he said. "At the core we’re jazz musicians and we’re improvisers, but we don’t consider that we have to make our music sound like jazz necessarily. We try to bring a strong energy to what we do."

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Matisse ends his run at SAMA, but he’s not going away quietly. Rather than let him just slink away, they're throwing a goodbye party.

“The evening is entitled 'au revoir, Matisse,' ” said Ruth Moreland, music director of the Copperleaf Quintet. "And there’ll be all kinds of wonderful things going on at the museum, and Copperleaf will be performing a concert of French salon music in the third floor exhibition gallery, which is where they have all of Matisse’s art books.”

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