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Month: March, 2016

Monday, March 21st

I can’t think of a finer way to begin the week.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Cello Suite No. 6, excerpt (Allemande); Natalia Gutman (1942-), live, Moscow, 1987

Sunday, March 20th

old school

Dynamic Revelators (Wichita, Ks.), “Holding On,” live, Gurdon, Ark., c. 2011


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reading table

We have to live out our precise experimentation.

—John Ashbery (1927-), “Breezeway” (Breezeway, 2015)

 

Saturday, March 19th

like nobody else

Cecil Taylor Unit (CT, piano, vocal, percussion; Jimmy Lyons, alto saxophone, percussion; William Parker, bass, percussion; Rashid Bakr, percussion; Andre Martinez, percussion; Brenda Bakr, vocal) with dancers (Doretha Davidson, Leon Brown, Ron McKay, Pauline Zaguhei), live, Germany (Berlin), 1983

Friday, March 18th

only rock ‘n’ roll

Tenement, live, Philadelphia, 2012

Thursday, March 17th

sounds of Iceland

Anna Thorvaldsdottir (1977-), In the Light of Air, first movt. (“Luminance”); International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), live, Iceland (Reykjavik), 2014

Wednesday, March 16th

sounds of joy

Instant Composers Pool (ICP) Orchestra, “Lavoro” (S. Bergin, borrowing from “Moten Swing”), live, Amsterdam, 2013


Joyful? Yes. But sad, too. Pianist (and cofounder) Misha Mengelberg’s encroaching dementia, which has since sidelined him altogether, provides a poignant counterpoint.

Tuesday, March 15th

riveting

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Sonata No. 32; Sviatoslav Richter (1915-1997), live, Moscow, 1975


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lagniappe

reading table

Everyone’s journey
through this world is the same,
so I won’t complain.
Here on the plains of Nasu,
I place my trust in the dew.

—Sōgi (1421-1502), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

Monday, March 14th

sounds of 1926

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), Prelude No. 15 (“Raindrop”); Ignaz Friedman (1882-1948), piano, 1926


*****

Bessie Smith (1894-1937), “Young Woman’s Blues,” 1926


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lagniappe

reading table

Whatever it is,
I cannot understand it,
although gratitude
stubbornly overcomes me
until I’m reduced to tears.

—Saigyō (1118-1190), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

Sunday, March 13th

back to church

“My God’s Living Army,” Mt. Zion Baptist Church, McConnells, S.C., 2006


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lagniappe

art beat

William Klein (1928-), See Saw Gang, New York, 1955

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Saturday, March 12th

more

Gérard Grisey (1946-1998), Les espaces acoustiques, I-III (1974-76); Ensemble Intercontemporain, live, Paris, 2013


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lagniappe

random thoughts

How many things can go wrong with the human body?

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