Early this year, clarinetist-vocalist-composer Angel Bat Dawid’s debut album The Oracle hit the creative music scene with the impact of a meteor; landing as a lesson and an invocation of something greater. I don’t remember the last time I felt such a deeply personal, visceral connection with a record thatContinue Reading

Brian Krock released one of the most acclaimed jazz records of 2018, the self-titled debut outing from his big band, Big Heart Machine. His compositions drew raves from outlets like the New York Times (“suspenseful, layered music”) and Chicago Reader (“tricky, multipartite compositions that breathlessly wend their way through shiftingContinue Reading

Synchronicity doesn’t get much more righteous than Columbus’ preeminent modern interdisciplinary arts institution, the Wexner Center, awarding our finest composer, Mark Lomax II, with their residency award for one of the most ambitious projects in Columbus music, 400: An Afrikan Epic (pre-order at the link). Lomax premieres a suite ofContinue Reading

The Wexner Center wraps the jazz portion of their astonishing 2017-2018 season with something truly special: the return of guitarist Mary Halvorson. Halvorson brings her Code Girl ensemble featuring an all-star lineup of Amirtha Kidambi (voice), Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet), Michael Formanek (bass) and Tomas Fujiwara (drums) to the Wex on Thursday,Continue Reading