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I am thrilled to work with the ensemble for the first time and am also excited to include works that speak to my own relationship with NYC by playing two pieces written for me — Charles Wuorinen’s ‘Spin 5′ with the ensemble and a solo piece by John Zorn called ‘Passagen’. Although the composers come from seemingly different places – Uptown and Downtown – and one would think that these works would be in opposition with one another, they are not. Just like the city itself, they seem to complement and highlight each other.
—  Violinist Jennifer Koh, from The Glass’ preview of Friday’s LPR X 5 concert with Koh, Ensemble LPR and conductor Tito Muñoz.
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Here’s another LPR X 5 Flashback: Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau covering Radiohead’s “Knives Out” on March 2, 2011!

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We’ve had an amazing first five years here at LPR, 2013 included! Back on March 14, Atoms for Peace (Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich) treated a sold-out crowd to an awesome live set. Then they DJed till 4am! Check out more LPR X 5 Flashbacks here.

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Here’s a very recent #LPRX5 flashback: Iggy Pop & The Stooges playing a special NPR First Listen Live concert on April 28.

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Let’s look back once more at 2008, LPR’s first year. This video is from an October 22 show with Brooklyn experimental mavericks Excepter. This memory hits a sad note, though, as Excepter's Clare Amory passed away in 2011 at the age of 35.

[video via fingeredmedia]

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As part of our LPRX5 fifth anniversary celebration, we’re looking back at some of our favorite moments. This one’s certainly near the top of the list!

On November 14, 2011, Fucked Up joined forces with the Calder Quartet to perform the entirety of their 77-minute album David Comes to Life! Brooklyn Vegan’s Andrew Frisicano called it “one of the best I’ve seen from the Canadian vets.”

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John Zorn, Bill Laswell and Milford Graves, each a New York avant-garde pioneer since the 1970s, are forces to be reckoned with on their own. So when they come together…well, that’s not something you want to miss! 

The trio plays LPR tomorrow night as part of two exciting birthday celebrations: ZORN@60 and LPR X 5.

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As we celebrate our fifth anniversary with ten days of special LPR X 5 shows, we’ll also be looking back at some of our favorite moments from LPR’s first five years. Here we have a video by capitalq of They Might Be Giants playing “Seven” at LPR back on September 27, 2008. The incredibly thorough TMBG wiki has more details about the show, including this review by Rose Fox:

What a fucking fantastic show. I’ve been dying to hear them play “S-E-X-X-Y” and when they opened with it–with no preamble–I nearly fell off my chair. And “Withered Hope”, which blows me away every time. And the audacity of closing with one crowd-pleaser after another. And the venue was really great. And the audience was phenomenally energetic and happy. And we ran into tons of friends. When we headed home, we walked up to the next subway stop because we were too giddy and energized to get right on the train. Wheeeee!

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Our recap of some of the many memorable moments from LPR’s first five years certainly wouldn’t be complete without this spectacular ending to the “To Japan With Love” benefit on March 29, 2011. Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Antony Hegarty and took the stage for a very special rendition of “Give Peace A Chance.”

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Norway’s Jaga Jazzist brought their unique brand of experimental jazz to LPR on July 3, 2011. “This was the last stop on Jaga Jazzist’s first North American tour in seven years, and the band sounded tight and twinkly, corny and rugged, quite episodic,” Ben Ratliff wrote in the New York Times. [video via lotsofgreendrums]

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Another LPR X 5 Flashback: Chicago post-rockers Tortoise played LPR back on June 23, 2010. Here’s a video from the show by nakedfamily.

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Deerhoof has rocked LPR a few times in the past five years. Here they are performing “The Perfect Me” during a sold-out show on September 15, 2009. [video via Melissa Rosenthal]

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Here’s an LPR X 5 Flashback to our first year. Just a few months after releasing Alight of Night, their debut LP on Slumberland Records, Crystal Stilts played at LPR on December 17, 2008. From Sound Bites’ review of the show:

One of them, which they’ve been playing for a while now, is a Bo Diddly type number, 2/4 time, that is called “Seeds” – though my friend Toby says it was called “Sycamore Tree” at the show he saw.

“Sycamore Tree” was subsequently released as the opening track on 2011’s In Love with Oblivion.

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LPR has witnessed many special musical moments over the past five years, but it’s always particularly exciting to host the premier of a new piece. Back on September 16, 2009, we had the honor of presenting the Metropolis Ensemble’s world premiere performance of Jakub Ciupinski’s Street Prayer.

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Here’s another LPR X 5 Flashback: Tori Amos played a show on October 10, 2012, and NPR broadcast her entire set. A video of “Hey Jupiter” is above, and you can watch the whole concert here.

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As part of LPR X 5, we continue our look back at LPR’s first five years with this video of Justin Bischof improvising in the style of Ellington and Stravinsky during a concert in June 2009.

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Here’s another LPR X 5 flashback to our first year. My Brightest Diamond warmed up the winter of 2008 with a terrific LPR show on December 13. Watch “Disappear” above. Baeble Music caught the whole show on video, and Brooklyn Vegan shared some photos.