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The first time I heard a live orchestra, when my fifth grade class visited the Houston Symphony in rehearsal, listening to Schubert's Unfinished Symphony.
—Emily MotherwellKansas Leftoverture!
—Tim ThomasDancing with my baby girl to the music of Ornette Coleman in Battery Park. —AnonymousNick Cave at Kings Theatre, Brooklyn, NY (2017) —AnonymousWatching Nicholas Slonimsky roll an orange over the piano keyboard during a talk at Harvard
—Richard SaffranHard to say, but one of the most memorable was the performance of Timber by Michael Gordon in Zagreb, Croatia played by Slagwerk Den Haag. —AnonymousA dance group performing to Terry Riley’s In C. I do not remember the name of the dance group or orchestral group. There was an orchestra member in the pit who appeared to be either intoxicated or high because he kept doing weird things during the performance. But the most memorable part of the evening occurred as the auditorium was filling. In walked an attractive young woman followed by an entourage of males. She was wearing an elegant white evening gown with a transparent top. She sat a bit behind me and on the other side of the auditorium, so I could not continue to stare at her. But I was content watching the performance (dancers and musicians) and listening to the music (In C is one of my favorites). This was around 1970, in San Francisco.
—Mel SchopperSan Francisco Symphony Mavericks Concert
—Mark MillerSepultura in 1994, becoming intelligible to me after the shock of just how loud concerts actually were wore off.
—Jim KangMusic Circus, University of Illinois, about 1972?
—James HunsleyHearing LCD Soundsystem play a cover of Throw by Paperclip People —Anonymousseeing grizzly bear and beach house at the roundhouse, camden london —AnonymousMy parents surprised me by taking me to see Roy Ayers live. I was 15 and he was a bout 75. It was amazing. Got a signed record too.
—Owen VaughanIt's a tough question but seeing Future Islands live in a tiny venue above a pub has got to be it. The energy in the room was so palpable as Samuel Herring sung with such passion and conviction. We all witnessed a genuine raw emotion and that still remains unrivalled by any other live performance I've seen.
—George HemmatiTo see for the first time in concert Einsturzende Neubauten.
—Luis MarquesThere is none, there are way too many to pick one favourite —Anonymousnirvana rome 1994
—AnonymousSoft Cell, Leeds Poly Common Room.
—Jeff HUNTERSeeing orbital for the first time at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin and not knowing what to expect and my mind being blown as a sober teenager.... —AnonymousWhen I was a child a performing troupe of African musicians would visit our day care and perform with the expressed purpose of teaching children about cultures different from their own. One song went, "How do you say hello in Swahili?, JAMBO."
—Dylan ReeceMeeting Killer Mike and El-P backstage after an RTJ show in Northern California.
—Jack BaurBeing carried by the crowd the first time I saw the pixies
—Steve Torleypeter gabriel in 1982 during the PG4 tour, he was climbing a pile of cubes and bouncing everywhere like an ape. He started throwing himself in the audience during "lay your hands on me". Even greater memory as it was never filmed (to my knowledge)
—JP RossiIt was John Cage's birthday at The Kitchen.
—MISCHA FALKENBURGBang on a Can performing inside the mall at the now destroyed WTC mall. We all went with backpacks and used them as pillows as we lied on the mall floors to "lie down and be counted" It exists in my memory forever. I stood next to Robert Ashley for a while and then went to lie down and listen and the security guards were freaking out as BOAC played
—Patrick PaganoHard to choose, but seeing Dizzy Gillespie at the Chicago Jazz Fest stands out. I have never seen such a projection of joy and good will.
—George LiebertThe Beach Boys seeing brian wilson play on the piano with some of the original members of the band
—Leandra DielleFrank Zappa in the middle of a concert suddenly standing up on a small podium and singing Wagner in German
—James GruftAttending a performance of Robert Fripp’ s guitar craft class and realizing all at once the infinite potential of sound
—kare RoseMy my prized live music memory is listening to Shara Nova for the first time when she was on tour with Rasputina. All these years later, it seems I needed her music on my journey through life. Her performance was incredible and life changing. My Brightest Diamond's music is beautiful in recordings, but indescribably elevated live. I got to share the experience with my best friend, my sister.
—Ange2 Bob Marley concerts back to back
—A concert of the Prodigy - me leaning against the air bag of the bass sound, not falling ...
—Bernd HerzogenrathA concert of The Prodigy - me, leaning against the air bag of the bass speaker, not falling ...
—Bernd HerzogenrathJan Garbarek mit Marilyn Mazur in Bochum vor vielen vielen Jahren
—Stefan FunkePeter Gabriel us
—Stefan FunkeSun Ra and the Arkestra with their huge bonfire at Creative Time's Art on the Beach in NYC in the late 1970's.
—Michael SnyderMy mother 😖 took me to see Carla Bley doing Escalator over the Hill. Lower West side. Mind permanently blown.
—Mark MellingerMy mother 😖 took me to see Carla Bley doing Escalator over the Hill. Lower West side. Mind permanently blown.
—Mark MellingerThe absolute joy I felt conveyed through the music and the musicians. —Anonymousbattles at maria am ostbahnhof and the bad plus at quasimodo —AnonymousSitting on the ground at WDCH watching Timber be performed. —AnonymousHearing the Dvořák New World symphony, for the first time at the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
—Gabriel GironMaria McKee in New York City. I cannot remember the venue, but it was in midtown, maybe in the West 20s. It was when she was almost a mainstream star. It was a pretty big venue. Not MSG but bigger than the Bottom Line. I remember getting lost in her voice. "Wheels" and "Panic Beach". Is she still performing or recording? I haven't been able to find anything since she made this pretentious movie that went nowhere.
—Bruce CarmelMaria McKee in New York City
—Bruce CarmelAs a 6 year old child I was taken to a musical theatre concert of Carousel.
—Rosemary MelliPlaying drums with Van Morison in a outdoor concert in New Hampshire 1969 and then jamming at Mother Earths living room with members of the opening act Far Cry, whom years later I got to play with in various bands around Boston.
—Chuck PurroA recent one. Of Fred Frith Trio playing a set at Starline Social Club in Oakland. A rousing combo of electronics, punky groove, sound collage. Riveting to the whole crowd. And only 45 minutes or so, one piece. Everyone awed.
—Rebecca Weinsteinbeing able to dance with the music
—Leslie CrisfieldPhilip Glass Ensemble, live at Carnegie Hall in 1984. Had never heard his music before, and took a chance that it would be something interesting. It was.
—Keith CandorazaWhen I went to see a childhood favourite band of mine from my hometown, on the other side of the country! I just happened to be on their tour path while I was briefly staying with a friend. We went to see them and danced our butts off. —Anonymous