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Month: August, 2020

Monday, August 31st

Why not begin the week with something that’s unlike anything you’ve ever heard before?

Nathalie Joachim (vocals, flute, electronics, compositions, arrangements) and Spektral Quartet, Fanm d’Ayiti (Women of Haiti), live (with recorded voices), New York (Kaufman Music Center), 2019

 

Composer/performer Nathalie Joachim and Spektral Quartet perform Joachim’s Fanm d’Ayiti (Women of Haiti), an evening-length work for voice, flute, string quartet and electronics. A celebration of some of Haiti’s most iconic yet under recognized female artists as well as an exploration of Joachim’s Haitian heritage, Fanm d’Ayiti features original songs incorporating the recorded voices of Joachim’s grandmother and the girls’ choir of her family’s home farming village of Dantan; new arrangements of songs by some of the greatest known female voices in Haitian history; and recorded interviews with these artists about their lives fighting for social justice and uplifting the people of Haiti.

Kaufman Music Center

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Sunday, August 30th

testify!

United House of Prayer band, “Made a Way,” live, 2020

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, August 29th

alone

Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764), Les sauvages; Grigory Sokolov (1950-, piano), live, Berlin, 2013

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

Fly, butterfly!
I feel the dust of this world
weighting my body!

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

Friday, August 28th

sounds of Chicago

Twin Talk (Dustin Laurenzi, tenor saxophone; Katie Ernst, bass, voice; Andrew Green, drums), live, Chicago (Constellation), 8/14/20

 

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, August 27th

timeless

Who would’ve guessed in 1966, when he made this record—a hit single in England and the United States—at the age of 17, that he would sound this good in 2020?

Steve Winwood (1948-), “Gimme Some Lovin'” (S. Winwood), published 8/11/20

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Wednesday, August 26th

alone

Abdul Wadud (1947-, cello), “In a Breeze,” 1977

 

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, August 25th

sounds of Chicago

Mike Reed’s Loose Assembly (MR, drums; Greg Ward, alto saxophone; Tomeka Reid, cello; Jason Adasiewicz, vibraphone; Joshua Abrams, bass), live (performance begins at 13:10), Chicago (Constellation), 8/15/20

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, outside Chicago

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reading table

Moon in midsky, high
over the village hovels
and wandering on

—Yosa Buson (1716-1784), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

Monday, August 24th

Why not begin the week with something beautiful?

Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble and Alarm Will Sound, “Anthem” (M. Monk), published 8/22/20

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, outside Chicago

Sunday, August 23rd

more

Brother Theotis Taylor (piano, vocals), “Sending up My Timber,” 1979

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

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reading table

The maiden flower,
amazingly, stands idly
in the empty field

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

Saturday, August 22nd

never enough

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor (K. 466), excerpt (Third Mvt.); Hélène Grimaud (1969-, piano) with Camerata Salzburg, University of Salzburg (Austria), published 8/21/20

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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reading table

A world of trials,
and if the cherry blossoms,
it simply blossoms

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

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