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Category: France

Saturday, October 2nd

timeless

One-word review: Wow!

Claude Debussy (1862-1918), String Quartet in G minor (1893), 3rd Mvt.; Quatuor Ebène, live (90th birthday celebration for pianist Menahem Pressler [1923-]), Paris, 2013

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

A string of wild geese
wind-strewn
through the sky
their cries echoing
confused and scattered

—Saigyō (1118-1190), translated from the Japanese by Meredith McKinney

Thursday, August 19th

sounds of Paris

Jaimie Branch’s Fly or Die (JB, trumpet, voice, compositions; Lester St. Louis, cello, voice; Anton Hatwich, bass, voice; Chad Taylor, drums, mbira), live, Paris, 7/12/21

first set

*****

second set

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Wednesday, August 11th

sounds of Paris

Yusef Lateef Quartet (YL, 1920-2013, flute; Kenny Barron, piano; Bob Cunningham, bass; Albert Heath, drums), “Yesterdays” (J. Kern), live, Paris, 1972

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago

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reading table

This is a world of books gone flat.

—Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), from “Visits to St. Elizabeths”

Saturday, June 19th

alone

Helene Vogelsinger (electronics), “Reappearance,” live, France (Hendaye), published 6/9/21

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, June 14th

like nobody else

Cecil Taylor Unit (CT, 1929-2018, piano; Sam Rivers, soprano saxophone; Jimmy Lyons, alto saxophone; Andrew Cyrille, drums), live, Paris, 1969

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, June 10th

sounds of France

Yann Tiersen (synthesizer [Buchla Music Easel]), “Palestine” (Y. Tiersen), live, France (Ushant), published 5/18/21

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Wednesday, June 2nd

sounds of Paris

Ensemble Intercontemporain, live, Paris, 6/9/20: Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992), Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time, excerpt); Charles Ives (1874-1954), The Unanswered Question

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Monday, May 10th

sounds of Paris

Why not begin the week with something unlike anything else?

Orchestre du Conservatoire de Paris and Ensemble Intercontemporain (Matthias Pintscher, direction; Paul Fitzsimon, direction; Bruno Mantovani, direction), live, Paris, 2016: Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007), Gruppen for three orchestras (1955-1957)

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lagniappe

art beat: yesterday, Art Institute of Chicago

Claude Monet, 1840-1926, Luncheon under the Tent, Giverny, c. 1883-86, detail (Monet in Chicago, through 6/14/21)

Thursday, May 6th

sounds of Togo and France

Vaudou Game, “Pas Contente,” 2014

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

Saturday, March 13th

sounds of Paris

Ensemble Intercontemporain (Matthias Pintscher, direction), live, Paris, 11/14/20: Edgard Varèse (1883-1965), Octandre (1924); Marko Nikodijevic (1980-), music box/selbstportrait mit ligeti und strawinsky (und messiaen ist auch dabei) (2003/rev. 2006)

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, outside Chicago (Salt Creek Trail)

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