Sunday, July 13, 2008

(Le) Poisson Rouge - 21st Century Chamber Music

When I descended the stairs of (Le) Poisson Rouge and presented my ticket to attractive youngsters stationed at laptops I wasn't sure if I was entering a chillout lounge or the Cloisters. I entered a grotto with a circular stage, a concert grand Steinway, and cocktail tables lit with gently pulsating tea-candle-sized LEDs. One moment the sound system was playing atonal string quartet music, the next it featured a romantic piano trio. It was enchanting.

I was looking for new piano music. I found Jenny Lin. Ms. Lin was celebrating the release of InsomniMania, a disc of contemporary solo piano music. We hope to be able to bring more about Jenny Lin to you soon.

The instant that Ms. Lin began Dream by John Cage, there was no other sound in the club. When do you experience silence in New York City? She continued to captivate her audience for over an hour with night-inspired music.

Poisson Rouge is an ideal venue for enjoying chamber music today. Since the club opened mere weeks ago on the site of the former Village Gate on Bleeker Street, you can get in on the ground floor now (but you'll have to walk downstairs to hear the show). Visit them at:

(Le) Poisson Rouge
158 Bleeker St.
New York, NY 10012

Before you go, I encourage you to have your mail held at the post office. You might not want to come out for a while.

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