music clip of the day


Category: Amsterdam

Wednesday, November 7th

sounds of Amsterdam

Suffering from TMP (too much politics)?

Try this.

Instant Composers Pool Orchestra (ICP), live, Netherlands (Haarlem), 2018


Tuesday, July 24th

string quartets
day two

Dudok Quartet, live, Amsterdam, 2015*




random sights

late yesterday, Monhegan Island, Maine


*Program notes courtesy of YouTube:

Pérotin – Selection from Viderunt Omnes

Ligeti – String Quartet no. 2:
I. Allegro nervoso
II. Sostenuto, molto calmo

Debussy – Canope from Preludes, livre II

Ligeti – String Quartet no. 2:
III. Come un meccanismo di precisione
IV. Presto furioso, brutale, tumultuoso
V. Allegro con delicatezza

Brahms – Intermezzo in B minor op. 119 no. 1

Saturday, June 9th

street sounds

Dario Rossi (percussion), Amsterdam, 2015




random sights

last night, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, October 28th

sounds of Amsterdam

Instant Composers Pool (ICP) Orchestra, live, Bogotá, Colombia, 9/19/17




random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, September 4th

sounds of Amsterdam

Michael Vatcher, percussion (Angels’ Share, sculpture exhibition, Herbert Nouens; Westerpark, Sculpture Park), 2014




reading table

John Ashbery, July 28, 1927-September, 3, 2017

Alcove (Planisphere, 2009)

Is it possible that spring could be
once more approaching? We forget each time
what a mindless business it is, porous like sleep,
adrift on the horizon, refusing to take sides, “mugwump
of the final hour,” lest an agenda—horrors!—be imputed to it,
and the whole point of its being spring collapse
like a hole dug in sand. It’s breathy, though,
you have to say that for it.

And should further seasons coagulate
into years, like spilled, dried paint, why,
who’s to say we weren’t provident? We indeed
looked out for others as though they mattered, and they,
catching the spirit, came home with us, spent the night
in an alcove from which their breathing could be heard clearly.
But it’s not over yet. Terrible incidents happen
daily. That’s how we get around obstacles.

Saturday, July 29th

Want to be swept away?

Robert Schumann (1810-1856), Cello Concerto in A minor; Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra with Nicolas Altstaedt (cello), live, Amsertdam, 2016




art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Lewis Wickes Hine (1874-1940), Fresh Air for the Baby, New York East Side, c. 1910

Wednesday, April 26th


Han Bennink (drums, 4/17/1942-), live, Amsterdam, 4/15/17

With Ab Barrs (tenor saxophone), Terrie Ex (guitar)


With ICP (Instant Composers Pool) Orchestra and friends



art beat

William Klein (1928-), New York, 1950s

Monday, April 24th

sounds of Amsterdam

Turning seventy-five, some folks get gloomy; others celebrate.

Han Bennink (drums, 4/17/1942-) & All-Star Band
Live (TV show), Amsterdam, 4/13/17



random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.


Saturday, June 11th

There’s Amsterdam.

There’s Ethiopia.

And there’s Amsterdam in Ethiopia.

The Ex & Han Bennink (drums), Ethiopia, 2002

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.

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