Author Archives: Izzy Yellen

Meditations on Music: Ryan Keberle and Catharsis

Guest artist Ryan Keberle playing trombone on stage. Photo by Taylor Blackson. The group Catharsis is trombonist Ryan Keberle’s vehicle for his compositions and distinctly arranged covers that dip in and out of jazz roots to bring together other traditions, echoing the leader’s background of playing with musicians such as Sufjan Stevens and Maria Schneider.

Meditations on Music: Mike Truesdell

Percussionist Mike Truesdell performs in Harper Hall. Photo by Marieke de Koker. Percussionist Mike Truesdell ’07 made a return to his alma mater this past Friday with a performance that was succinctly and sensitively programmed, while also displaying his broad ranges of technique, approach and artistry. While most of the audience was made up of

Meditations on Music: Palm

“Rock Island” Palm’s fourth studio release has them in a beautiful state of molting, their older voices shedding a bit to make way for a MIDI palette and scrupulous production. This direction has been in the works for most of the Philly band’s career, the raw beginnings of “Ostrich Vacation” and their first full-length, “Trading