cd review – NAKEDEYE ENSEMBLE: STORYLINES CROSSING

by Edwin Pouncey
The Wire, Avant Rock Column
October 2018, Issue 416

"Utilising a variety of styles drawn from classical, jazz and rock, Browning's 'Decade of the Dragon' is immediately alluring, his compositional reflections on the anniversaries that marked the beginning and end of the Vietnam War. Here he re-enacts the conflict and its disastrous aftermath through explosive Zappa styled guitar flourishes and filtered variations from traditional Vietnamese music."


cd review – STORYLINES CROSSING

American Record Guide
September-October 2018 issue

"NakedEye Ensemble looks like a large rock band that has a lot of fun with their programming and performances – and there's a great deal of truth to this outward persona. Belcastro's arrangement of Rzewski's Coming Together is a 20-minute odyssey, cyclical and philosophical, with spoken text over various backgrounds that bring to mind the techno boom of the late 20th century."


cd review – A FINE NEW MUSIC GROUP PAYS HOMAGE TO PAST AND FUTURE

by Allan J. Cronin
New Music Buff
August 17, 2018

"The music here is great all the way through but the special joy of this release is the discovery of these youthful artists whose insights belie their age and whose technical skills suggest that NakedEye can now take their place alongside Eighth Blackbird, ICE, Alarm Will Sound, Bang on a Can, etc. Definitely a group that bears watching/listening."

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cd review – NAKEDEYE ENSEMBLE - STORYLINES CROSSING

Vital Weekly
July 31, 2018

“The ensemble is a joy to listen to. They are very skilled and give way-to-way very inspired and convincing interpretations. Also it must be said that the compositions have a lot inventive twists and turns, intelligent combinations of different idioms, etc. often in beautiful and colourful arrangements. Entertaining from start to finish.”

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cd review – NAKEDEYE ENSEMBLE – "STORYLINES CROSSING" (STARKLAND, 2018)

Avant Scena
Contemporary music blog
July 3, 2018

"The music of this album has modern, innovative and charming sound – it's a brilliant set of jazz, rock, blues, and contemporary academic styles and genres. Musicians create remarkable, sparkling, and interesting sound."

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cd review – IN REVIEW: NAKEDEYE ENSEMBLE PREMIERE ALBUM "STORYLINES CROSSING"

by Anthony LaBat
Sybaritic Singer
June 26, 2018 

"The strongest parts of the album...are executed brilliantly, showcasing impressive technical dexterity and depth of musicianship... Resounding throughout the whole album is NakedEye's commitment to innovating through the merging of musical styles... This group sees contemporary (dare I say classical) music in a place that not many groups do, and that's something to treasure and cultivate."

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cd review – NAKEDEYE DEBUTS ON STARKLAND

by Stephen Smoliar
The Rehearsal Studio
June 25, 2018

“I was totally blown away by the album’s opening track, a sextet by Jonathan Russell. (…) He has a refreshingly imaginative approach to “music with repetitive structures,” which unfolds through a thoroughly absorbing sense of both rhythm and choices of sonorities.”

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cd review – NakedEye Ensemble, ‘Storylines Crossing’

by Joshua Kosman
The San Francisco Chronicle
June 6, 2018

"If you tossed an electric blues band and a contemporary music ensemble into the blender and turned it to high, you might end up with something like NakedEye, the Lancaster, Pa., octet led by pianist Ju-Ping Song. The music on the group’s exciting debut release is a stylistic melange, full of gritty energy and wonderful stylistic feints."

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NakedEye Ensemble Will Be Playful At Toy Piano Concert

by Janelle Janci
LNP
September 14, 2016

"For modern composers, toy pianos are more than just child’s play. Friday’s concert will feature music from David Lang, Jan Feddersen and Ge Gan-ru, as well as the world premiere of a piece by Richard Belcastro."

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Going Rogue: Song to Perform Contemporary Piano Pieces

by Zainab Kandeh
The Chautauquan Daily
July 14, 2014

"Ju-Ping Song likes throwing caution to the wind. A true maverick when it comes to the piano keys, Song has a constant appetite for discovery, and when it comes to Classical music, she likes to go rogue."

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NakedEye Ensemble Offers Treat for the Ears at Winter Center

by Elizabeth Patton
Intelligencer Journal
Lancaster New Era
March 9, 2014

"NakedEye Ensemble's Feb. 28 'Steel My Heart' concert at Millersville University's Winter Center was another ear-and-mind-opening experience from this group."


NakedEye Ensemble Makes Some Noise!

by Steve Carlson
Wood Stove House blog
March 6, 2013

"The boldness and fearlessness with which NakedEye approaches its art is what makes what they do so unique."

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NakedEye Ensemble at MU

by Laura Knowles
Intelligencer Journal
Lancaster New Era
March 3, 2013

"The music of Lancaster's NakedEye Ensemble is something quite unexpected, even a little jarring at times. It is intended to catch the listener by surprise."

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Local Musicians Combine for a 'Radical Mix'

by Jack Roberts and Alejandro Rios
Intelligencer Journal
Lancaster New Era
November 29, 2012

"A radical mix of social and political issues reinterpreted by three living composer."


Ju-Ping Song Classical Pianist

by Dave Lefever
Musicians of Lancaster blog
November 5, 2012

"If you think classical music is mainly by dead white men, Ju-Ping Song is here to make you think again. Just watch her play the piano and you'll see."

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Wonderful Performance by Ensemble

by Richard Belcastro
Letter to the Editor
Intelligencer Journal
Lancaster New Era
April 24, 2012

"NakedEye Ensemble's level of musicianship is on par with any of the ensembles to perform 'Smoke N' Wid' to date (this would be two NYC ensembles: The Avian Orchestra and Sequitur Ensemble)."

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In 'Storylines Crossing' the Music is What You Know

by Jimmy Pianka
Intelligencer Journal
Lancaster New Era
April 5, 2012

"Classical music is not extinct, nor are its practitioners focused on the past."

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The John Cage Prepared Piano Project

by Laura Kuhn
John Cage blog
February 10, 2010

"One of the very real pleasures of running the John Cage Trust is learning early on about interesting, under-the-radar projects going on around the world involving John Cage's work."

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