Michael Lavorgna

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 01, 2017
Thanks to John DeVore, I attended the premier performance of John Adams' Passion oratorio at Carnegie Hall yesterday evening. It was, in a word, astounding.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 08, 2017
Here’s what’s in-barn right now...
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 21, 2017
A simple question. A simple question, and one that one could assume has but one answer. But it doesn't.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 14, 2017
Over on the Linn blogsite, Jim Collinson, Linn Product Ltd.'s Digital Marketer, argues that MQA is bad for music:
But with the MQA approach, we have the worst kind of middleman: solving a problem that has already been, or could be, solved by free and open alternatives, and yet expecting—no, demanding—to be paid again and again for contributing nothing of value. This is rentier capitalism, serving only to suck money out of the system, and stifling creativity in the process. It’s detrimental to society.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 09, 2017
Also on-deck in-barn: Holo Audio Spring DAC – LEVEL 3 ($2399)
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 08, 2017
no amplifiers were injured during the photo shoot

I recently received an email asking, "What's up?" Here's a peak at some of the gear in-barn for review (from the top):

Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 07, 2017
Outside of RMAF, this was my first CANJAM. While I am not a headphone kinda guy, I am someone who enjoys seeing people enjoy themselves, especially when its all sorts of people. In this regard, CANJAM ranks right up there with Munich High End, my favorite hi-fi show in the entire world!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 01, 2017
It's that time again. Lovely Recordings has become an indispensable aspect of the AudioStream genome and I want (need?) to keep it going: Sharing music being one of the loveliest things we do in this fine hobby.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 31, 2017
This weekend, February 4th and 5th, CANJAM comes to NYC. I'll be CANJAMing on Saturday with an eye towards...boxes (and fun).
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 25, 2017
I recently received an email from David Chesky who you more than likely know as one of the founders of HDtracks. I did that on purpose—David is a composer, musician, producer, engineer, arranger, and co-founder of the independent, audiophile label Chesky Records, too. As audiophiles we may want to stick with the original order of introduction, HDtracks co-founder, composer, musician, etc. but I prefer to put that first part last. In any event, David shared a link to a keynote address from Jazz Connect 2017 written by composer and bandleader Maria Schneider.

David's email included, "I think it it is worth a read for all." I agree completely.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 04, 2017
Three left me wanting. Three left me wanting to share more from this beautifully bountiful year of music. As my good friend advised, "Do it." So I did. It.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 03, 2017
Between you and me, Greatest Bits has been bugging me. I found the menu "Recommended" confusing and everything seemed to be one those damn Greatest Bits lists. Everything.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 31, 2016
Roon Radio reminded me I forgot something very important—a new Jimi Hendrix record that a) doesn't suck, b) hasn't been through the 'lab' with overdubs added A.D. (Crash land on this), c) is actually new material, d) offers a glimpse into the directions Jimi was headed, and e) is a great (sounding) live recording. Oh, and it's available in high-res.