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  • Subtle, hypnotic, and electric, A.I.M. is commandingly on target

      Contemporary dance can be one of the more mystifying art forms, but that’s also its allure — at least to me. I find it freeing to admit my translational insufficiencies, and rather than trying to decipher what a performance or piece of choreography is trying to articulate, I simply surrender to the pleasure of movement. That’s easy to do in the thrall of dancers as masterful and expressive as Kyle Abrahams’s company, A.I.M.
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  • A last minute venue shift demonstrated the Fred Hersch Trio’s mastery of improv

    Drenched by jazz
      "Welcome to this nice intimate space," joked pianist Fred Hersch, who then quipped about setting the shot clock for the bass solos, as his trio somewhat reluctantly took the TD Arena stage on Sunday night. The Wells Fargo Jazz performance surely would have been better suited for the intended magical ambiance of the Cistern than a makeshift basketball court, but Sunday night's soaker didn't keep Hersch and team from sinking three-pointers and slam-dunks of the musical variety. The space may have been cavernous but the intimacy was there thanks to the tightly woven melodies and expertly dialed-in improvisations.
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