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Month: October, 2015

Saturday, October 31st

Happy Halloween

Gyorgy Ligeti (1923-2006), Mysteries of the Macabre; Gothenburg Symphony with Barbara Hannigan (soprano, conductor), live, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2013

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Wonder – is not precisely knowing
And not precisely knowing not –
A beautiful but bleak condition

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), #1347 (Franklin), excerpt

Friday, October 30th

only rock ‘n’ roll

Courtney Barnett, live, Chicago, 2015


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art beat: yesterday at the Art Institute of Chicago

Unidentified artist (active in Cuzco, Peru), Our Lady of Bethlehem with a Male Donor, 18th Century

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Thursday, October 29th

More Zimoun.

Installations and Sculptures: Selected Works 3.6, 2009-2015


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random sights

last night, Chicago

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Wednesday, October 28th

tonight in Chicago

These guys will be playing at Elastic Arts.

Nate Wooley (trumpet), Paul Lytton (percussion), live, Austria (Wels)

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Tuesday, October 27th

More Wadada.

Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet), Louis Moholo (percussion), Steve Noble (percussion), live, London, 2010

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musical thoughts

Listening to live music, as I was over the weekend (hearing this guy with a quartet Saturday night, then by himself Sunday afternoon), reminds one, repeatedly, that this moment is irretrievable.

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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Monday, October 26th

Some sounds defy commodification.

Zimoun (1977-), [KE]³New York (Knockdown Center), 2015


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My youth gone and death unable to find me.

—Jack Gilbert (1925-2012), “Winter Happiness” (Collected Poems)

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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Sunday, October 25th

old school

Blind Mamie Forehand (1895[?]-c. 1936), “Wouldn’t Mind Dying, If Dying Was All,” 1927

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musical thoughts

If one part doesn’t work, that gives us more confidence the next part will.

—Wadada Leo Smith, last night, University of Chicago

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other day, Chicago

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Saturday, October 24th

tonight in Chicago

They’ll be playing at the University of Chicago.

Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quartet (WLS, trumpet; Anthony Davis, piano; John Lindberg, bass; Pheeroan akLaff, drums; with Jesse Gilbert, video artist), “Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, 381 Days” (W. L. Smith), live, Spain (San Sebastian), 2014


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art beat: yesterday at the Art Institute of Chicago

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), A Red Plum Branch against the Summer Moon
c. mid-1840s

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Monday, October 19th

Why not begin the week with something beautiful?

Claude Debussy (1862-1918), Preludes, Book 1, No. 2 (“Voiles”); Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (1920-1995), piano, live (studio performance)


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musical thoughts

When he plays something it sounds like he’ll never play it again.

Miles Davis, speaking of Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli

(I’m taking a break—back in a while.)

Sunday, October 18th

old school

Brother Willie Eason, “There’ll Be No Grumblers There,” 1947

 

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One need not be a Chamber – to be Haunted –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), #407 (Franklin)

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