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Thursday, August 22nd

MCOTD Hall of Fame

Morton Feldman (1926-1987, MCOTD Hall of Fame), For Christian Wolff (1986); Eberhard Blum (flute), Nils Vigland (piano, celesta), 1992

 

It can be hard to recall, after an hour or two, what the world sounded like before this began.

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listening room

Clear, open, luminous: pianist Aki Takahashi’s recently released recording of For Bunita Marcus (1985), available on Spotify, is one of the finest renderings of Feldman’s unique sound-world that I’ve ever heard.

Monday, August 19th

MCOTD Hall of Fame

Morton Feldman (1926-1987, MCOTD Hall of Fame), For Philip Guston (1984); S.E.M. Ensemble, 2000

Saturday, January 12th

This I could listen to all day.

Morton Feldman (1926-1987, MCOTD Hall of Fame), For Philip Guston (1984); Claire Chase (flute, alto flute, piccolo), Steven Schick (percussion), Sarah Rothenberg (piano, celesta), live, Houston (Rothko Chapel), 2013

 

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random sights

today, Oak Park, Ill.

Wednesday, September 14th

more

Morton Feldman (1926-1987, MCOTD Hall of Fame), For Philip Guston (1984); Either/OR (Richard Carrick, piano/celesta; Margaret Lancaster, flutes; David Shively, percussion), live, Philadelphia, 2015

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reading table

flitting butterfly–
every corner of my hut
is inspected

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827; translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue)

Saturday, August 13th

MCOTD Hall of Fame

Morton Feldman (1926-1987), For Philip Guston (1984), excerpt; Claire Chase (flute, alto flute, piccolo), Steven Schick (percussion), Sarah Rothenberg (piano, celesta), live, Houston (Rothko Chapel), 2014

Monday, October 5th

Once I enter this world, I never want to leave.

Morton Feldman (1926-1987), For Philip Guston (1984); Either/OR (Richard Carrick, piano/celesta; Margaret Lancaster, flutes; David Shively, percussion), live, Philadelphia, 2015

Thursday, July 30th

Morton Feldman (1927-1986), Rothko Chapel (1971), live (excerpts), Houston (Rothko Chapel), 2013; Kim Kashkashian (viola), Steven Schick (percussion), Sarah Rothenberg (celeste), Hallie Reed (soprano), Houston Chamber Choir (Robert Simpson, cond.)

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Today Morton Feldman enters the MCOTD Hall of Fame, joining saxophonists Von Freeman and Henry Threadgill, trumpeter Lester Bowie, poets John Berryman and Wislawa Szymborska and William Bronk, photographer Helen Levitt, and gospel singer Dorothy Love Coates.

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random thoughts

No matter how often we turn away, the world keeps calling out to us.

Look.

Listen.

Wednesday, June 24th

Morton Feldman (1926-1987), Rothko Chapel (1971); Seattle Modern Orchestra (with Julia Tai, conductor; Melia Watras, viola; Stephen Olsen, celesta; Brian Yarkovsky, percussion; Sarah Marroquin, soprano), live, Seattle, 2012

Today Morton Feldman enters the MCOTD Hall of Fame, joining saxophonists Von Freeman and Henry Threadgill, trumpeter Lester Bowie, poets William Bronk and Wislawa Szymborska, photographer Helen Levitt, and gospel singer Dorothy Love Coates.

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reading table

This performance reminds me at times of Emily Dickinson:

The Stillness in the Room
Was like the Stillness in the Air—
Between the Heaves of Storm—

—No. 591 (Johnson), “I heard a Fly buzz”

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art beat: yesterday at the Art Institute of Chicago

Jean-Luc Mylayne (1946-), No. 560, 2008 (Mutual Regard, through August 23rd)

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Monday, May 11th

career plans for the next life

Maybe, instead of those other things (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), I’ll be a bird.

John Luther Adams (1953-), songbirdsongs (1974-80), Callithumpian Consort (Stephen Drury, dir.), recording (2012)


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Tony Fitzpatrick (1958-), Lunch Drawing #48: A Bird for Bruce Lee

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Saturday, December 27th

Five hours?

As far as I’m concerned, this could go on forever.

Morton Feldman (1926-1987), For Philip Guston (1984); Claire Chase (flute, alto flute, piccolo), Steven Schick (percussion), Sarah Rothenberg (piano, celesta), live (3:50-), Houston (Rothko Chapel), 11/2/14

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random thoughts: New Year’s resolution #1

Quit thinking other people should be more like me—if anything, be thankful they aren’t.

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