music clip of the day


Thursday, July 28th

percussion festival
day four

Augusta Read Thomas (1964-), Resounding Earth (2012)
Third Coast Percussion, live










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In my room, the world is beyond my understanding;/ But when I walk I see that it consists of three or four/ hills and a cloud.

—Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), from “Of the Surface of Things”

Wednesday, July 27th

percussion festival
day three

Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001), “Claviers” (from Pléïades [1978]); Yale Percussion Group, live, 2009

Tuesday, July 26th

percussion festival
day two

John Cage (1912-1992), Third Construction (1941); So Percussion, live

Monday, July 25th

percussion festival
day one

Edgard Varèse (1883-1965), Ionisation (1929-31); Ensemble InterContemporain (Pierre Boulez [1925-2016], cond.), live

Sunday, July 24th

sounds of Chicago

Otis Clay (1942-2016) and Willie Rogers, “When the Gates Swing Open,” “A Change Is Gonna Come,” live, Indianola, Miss. (B.B. King’s funeral service), 2015




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whatever the day brings
the nightingale’s alone
I’m alone

—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1828 (translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue)

Saturday, July 23rd

sounds of India and New York

Here’s one of the performers at this year’s Ragas Live Festival, which begins at noon, at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, and goes until noon tomorrow. It’s being streamed—all 24 hours—on WKCR (Columbia University).

Pandit Krishna Bhatt (sitar) with Pandit Anindo Chatterjee (tabla), Margherita Marincola (tanpura); Raga Kafi, live, New York, 2014

Friday, July 22nd

summer in the city

Savages, “Fuckers,” live, Chicago (Pitchfork Music Festival), 7/16/16

Thursday, July 21st

sounds of New York

Dre Hocevar Large Ensemble (DH, drums, composition), live, New York, 2015

Wednesday, July 20th


One-word review: Wow!

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor (“Pathetique”); Annie Fischer (1914-1995), live



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To be alive – is Power –
Existence – in itself –
Without a further function –
Omnipotence – Enough –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 876 (Franklin)

Tuesday, July 19th

never enough

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor; NHK Symphony Orchestra (Miltiades Caridis [1923-1998], cond.) with Annie Fischer (1914-1995), piano, live



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Even now one is amazed
by transience: how it
outlasts us all.

—Geoffrey Hill (1932-2016), from “Scenes with Harlequins” (TLS, 7/8/16)



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