sounds of Ethiopia
Hailu Mergia, live, New York, 2016
today, all day
the playful clouds
—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1827 (translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue with assistance from Sakuo Nakamura)
sounds of Russia
One-word review: mesmerizing.
Sofia Gubaidulina (1931-), Fachwerk for bayan, percussion, and string orchestra (2009); Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, live, 2013
career plans for the next life
If none of those other things work out (tap dancer, rubboard player in a zydeco band, bass player in a reggae band, guitar player in a Malian band, cellist in a string quartet, bird), maybe I’ll be an accordionist.
Dre Hocevar Collective Effervescence,* live, New York, 2016
*DH, drums; Elias Stemeseder, accordion; Chris Pitsiokos, alto saxophone; Lester St. Louis, cello; Philip White, electronics.
Michel Portal (clarinets, accordion), Hamid Drake (drums), live, France (Le Mans), 2012
sings all day,
and day not long enough.
—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by Lucien Stryk and Takashi Ikemoto
sounds of Argentina
Chango Spasiuk, live, 2009
What would it be like to live in a world with just one kind of music?
In response to Monday’s post on Dylan covers, a reader commented:
Fairport Convention’s “Si tu dois partir” (a French-language version of “If You Gotta Go, Go Now”) comes to mind.
Fairport Convention, “Si tu dois partir” (B. Dylan), recording, 1969
Sometimes nothing is more enlivening than to hear something that sounds like nothing you’ve ever heard before.
Rebecca Saunders (1967-), Fury II (2009); Remix Ensemble (Emilio Pomarico, cond.; Antonio Augusto Aguiar, bass), live, Portugal (Porto), 2011
after the dance
right away, cutting
the morning grass
—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827; translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue)