Founded and curated by Bradley Bambarger, the Sound It Out concert series – now in its fifth season – aims to further a progressive tradition by presenting performances by musicians from jazz and other venturesome genres at the acoustically perfect concert hall of Greenwich House Music School in New York’s West Village. Tim Berne’s Snakeoil kicked off the series in June 2012, with some 200 Sound It Out concerts since. Iconic artists from Nels Cline to William Parker, Evan Parker to Ted Nash, Anat Cohen to Fay Victor are among those who have performed in the series. Want to experience the sound of Sound It Out? One way is the album Live in Greenwich Village released by the telepathic trio Renku, featuring saxophonist Michaël Attias, bassist John Hébert and drummer Satoshi Takeishi. Recorded over a two-night stand in the Sound It Out series, the album was released via Clean Feed Records in 2016. The New York Times has called Sound It Out “a beacon of adventurous programming in Greenwich Village.”
Greenwich House Music, established in 1905, has long been a focal point of the downtown arts scene, with pivotal figures from Henry Cowell, Edgar Varèse and John Cage to Meredith Monk, Joan La Barbara and Morton Subotnick associated with the institution. Singer-songwriter Steve Earle and guitarist Jorma Kaukonen have performed at Greenwich House, and jazz has a history there, too: Varèse and composer Earle Brown, collaborating with saxophonist-producer Teo Macero, hosted an improvisation session in 1957 with a group of players that included Charles Mingus and Art Farmer. More recently, the Jazz Composers Collective led by Frank Kimbrough and Ben Allison held important concerts at the Greenwich House Music School in the early ’90s. Sound It Out carries on this spirit.
About Bradley Bambarger:
A longtime New York City-based music journalist and producer, Bradley Bambarger has written for publications ranging from Billboard to Gramophone and penned album liner notes for such labels as ECM Records and Sony Legacy. He currently contributes multiple pieces to each issue of the music quarterly Listen (which he helped found) and writes regularly for the jazz bible DownBeat.
As founder and curator of the avant-jazz concert series Sound It Out, Bradley has produced some 200 concerts since 2012 by a who’s who on the jazz scene in the venerable hall of Manhattan’s Greenwich House Music School. In summer 2015, he was chief editorial producer for Medici.tv’s coverage of the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and St. Petersburg. With multiple filmmaking partners, he produces an ongoing series of promotional videos for ECM, among other clients.
From 1995 to 2000, Bradley was the New York-based senior writer for Billboard magazine, helping to expand the magazine’s international coverage in the classical, jazz, world and edgier rock genres. He eventually served as executive editor of Billboard in 2000-2002, co-leading a redesign of the century-old publication. From 2002 to 2004, he was creative director/executive editor for pioneering classical firm Andante, producing award-winning archival CD+book boxed sets. From 2004 to 2009, Bradley was a staff music critic, columnist and reporter at The Star-Ledger daily newspaper of New Jersey, covering rock, classical and jazz in New York City, the Garden State and beyond. A freelance writer-producer since 2009, he has also been a content consultant for the Metropolitan Opera Shop and has taught music history classes at New York University.
Bradley has written liner notes for albums not only on the ECM and Sony Legacy labels but also on Clean Feed, Anzic, Harmonia Mundi, Deutsche Grammophon, Sony Classical, Decca and RCA Victor. His work has also appeared in such publications as Rolling Stone, Symphony, Relix, Musical America, Chamber Music America, Stereophile, Revolver, Guitar World, Time Out New York, Playbill, Sing Out!, the New England Conservatory’s Notes magazine, DePauw School of Music’s 21CM site and Medici.tv, among others. Bradley graduated from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism.