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Monday, October 1st

Need a break from the incessant noise?

Jürg Frey (1953-), Canones Incerti (2010), Jürg Frey (clarinet), et al., live

 

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lagniappe

baseball

Baseball is such a perfect game in some ways that it takes 162 to decide nothing.

—Cubs manager Joe Maddon on the Cubs/Brewers tie

Thursday, February 22nd

more

Julius Eastman (1940-1990), Stay on It (1973), live, Switchboard Music Festival, San Francisco, 2016*

 

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random thoughts

The paper clip in my desk drawer will outlive me.

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*Annie Phillips, bass clarinet; Jeff Anderle, clarinet; Aram Shelton, alto saxophone; Alisa Rose, violin; Hannah Addario-Berry, cello; Helen Newby, cello; Dominique Leone, piano;  Mark Clifford, vibraphone; Jordan Glenn, drums.

Tuesday, February 20th

sounds of the Netherlands

Whenever I hear him, I want to hear more.

Ab Baars (shakuhachi, clarinet, tenor saxophone), live, Netherlands (Utrecht), 2016

 

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, November 9th

sounds of New York

I’ve been down with flu since Sunday. Encountering this last night, serendipitously, lifted me in ways only music can.

Retrograde (Matt LaVelle, trumpet, alto clarinet; Reggie Sylvester, drums), live, New York (First St. Green), 9/30/17

 

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random thoughts

This world—the world one lives in, daily—is the most beautiful world one will live in, ever.

Tuesday, October 10th

drum festival
day two

Hamid Drake (MCOTD Hall of Fame, drums), Sylvain Kassap (clarinets), Benjamin Duboc (bass), live, France (Pantin), 2016

 

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reading table

I haven’t died before, so I sometimes get a bad case of beginner’s nerves, but they soon pass.

—Cory Taylor (1955-2016), Dying: A Memoir

Saturday, October 7th

2n

Lee Hyla (1952-2014), We Speak Etruscan (1992); Steven Banks (baritone saxophone), Andy Hudson (bass clarinet), live, Rome, 2016

 

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, August 19th

mysterious, adj. Exciting wonder, curiosity, or surprise while baffling efforts to comprehend or identify. E.g., Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Sequences.

Anna Thorvaldsdottir (1977-), Sequences (bass flute, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone, contrabassoon), 2016; International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), live, New York, 2016

 

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reading table

in the big rain
gushing down
little butterfly

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

Thursday, August 17th

what’s new

Matt Wilson’s Honey and Salt (music inspired by the poetry of Carl Sandburg), 8/25/17

 

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art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), Portrait Head of Martinique Woman with Kerchief, 1887-1888 (Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist, through September 10th)

Thursday, June 1st

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Clarinet Quintet in A major; Hagen Quartet with Sabine Meyer (clarinet), live

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musical thoughts

Mozart was a kind of idol to me—this rapturous singing . . . that’s always on the edge of sadness and melancholy and disappointment and heartbreak, but always ready for an outburst of the most delicious music.

Saul Bellow (1915-2005)

(Taking a break—back in a while.)

Thursday, May 4th

Sometimes, like yesterday, when I bumped into this, what I really need, whether I know it or not, is something kaleidoscopic.

Enno Poppe (1969-), Holz (“Wood”); Ensemble Dal Niente (Enno Poppe, guest cond.), live, Chicago, 2016

 

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