Billy Bang, a violinist known for intense performances and a wide-ranging sensibility, died Monday night, his agent Jean-Pierre Leduc confirmed. Bang, who had been suffering from lung cancer, was 63.
Born William Walker in 1947, Bang was an important figure on the experimental jazz scene that blossomed in New York in the 1970s. But he gained wider recognition in the last decade for a series of recordings which drew on his military service during the Vietnam War.
Texts by Jim Hoey and Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi
Recently in New York City, listeners at places like The Stone and the Galapagos Art Space experienced a fresh wave of female artists passing through, artists that bring unique energy to their instruments and come ready to explore and expand on the vision they’ve formulated over time. The four women in action that are highlighted here are a sample of what you can encounter when you happen upon musicians that are definitely well along on their own artistic road, fighting to make a new sound, presenting a complete, challenging vision for your ears and eyes.
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