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Wednesday, October 23rd

Ever feel a hunger for less?

Jürg Frey (1953-), Ephemeral Constructions (2015-2016); Erik Carlson (violin), Jürg Frey (clarinet), Greg Stuart (percussion), University of South Carolina Experimental Music Workshop (Greg Stuart, director), 2017

 

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a solitary
crow on a bare branch—
autumn evening

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

Tuesday, October 22nd

sounds of New York

Jason Kao Hwang (1957-), If We Live in Forgetfulness, We Die in a Dream (2011); Momenta Quartet, live, New York, 2012

 

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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If you have some photos of yourself when you were four or eight or twelve or fifteen, hold them up against the mirror. Are you the four-year-old, the eight-year-old, the fifteen-year-old, the twenty-five-year-old, or the one who is looking into the mirror, or all of them? If you are all of them, then by now you must be thousands of different people.

—Ayya Khema (1923-1997)Being Nobody, Going Nowhere: Meditations on the Buddhist Path (1987)

Monday, October 21st

Why not begin the week with something new?

Nathalie Joachim (vocals, flute, electronics) with the Spektral Quartet and a Haitian children’s choir (recorded), “Suite pou Dantan: Prelid” (Fanm d’Ayiti [Women of Haiti]), 10/8/19

 

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Sunday, October 20th

sounds of Chicago

Mighty Clouds of Joy, live (TV show: Jubilee Showcase), Chicago, 1968

 

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other day, Chicago

Saturday, October 19th

sounds of New York

James Brandon Lewis Unruly Quintet (JBL, tenor saxophone; Jaimie Branch, trumpet; Ava Mendoza, guitar; Luke Stewart, bass; Warren G. Crudup III, drums), live, New York, 5/16/19

 

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yesterday, Chicago

Friday, October 18th

sounds of Jamaica

Koffee (2000-), “Haffi Make It,” “Under Pressure,” live, Germany (Cologne), 7/5/19

 

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at evening tide
clinging to the flotsam . . .
a katydid

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue

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random sights

other day, Chicago

Thursday, October 17th

lucid, adj. clear, transparent, luminous. E.g., Víkingur Ólafsson playing Bach.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Aria variata (alla maniera italiana) in A minor; Víkingur Ólafsson (piano), live, Berlin, 2018

 

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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[B]y the latest count, there are 70 million persons displaced from their homes worldwide.

—J. M. Coetzee, “Australia’s Shame” (review of No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison by Behrouz Boochani), New York Review of Books, 9/26/19

Wednesday, October 16th

sounds of New York

Jaimie Branch Trio (JB, trumpet; Luke Stewart, bass; Mike Pride, drums), live, New York, 9/29/19

 

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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Tuesday, October 15th

This I could listen to for a long time—it breathes.

Tyshawn Sorey Quartet (TS, percussion, composition; Taylor Ho Bynum, cornet; Aaron Stewart, tenor saxophone; John Escreet, piano), “Acts,” live, Amsterdam, published 2010

 

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yesterday, Chicago

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Monday, October 14th

Why not start the week with a trip to Beirut?

Habibi Funk (DJ), live, Beirut, 2017

 

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Remember record stores?

One of the strongest collections of Middle Eastern records in the world, Chico Records has been in business since 1964, surviving the country’s brutal Civil War and seismic regional unrest to become a destination for local and international collectors alike.

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