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Monday, December 9th

sounds to get lost in

Jessica Pavone String Ensemble (JP, viola, composition; Joanna Matrey, viola; Erica Dicker, violin; Angela Morris, violin), “Hurtle and Flow,” published 9/4/19

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday morning, I-80 rest stop, Iowa (near Grinnell)

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reading table

‪big rain‬
‪big moon‬
‪cicada in the pine‬

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

Saturday, December 7th

mesmerizing

If I could move like this, I’d never stand still.

Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards (1976-), live, Stockholm, 2013

 

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random sights

other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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Topography displays no favorites; North’s as near as West.

—Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), from “The Map”

Thursday, December 5th

serendipity

Last night I bumped into these tracks, by a duo based in Beirut, on the radio (Bodega Pop Live with Gary Sullivan [WFMU’s Give the Drummer Radio Stream]). One-word review: Wow!

Two or the Dragon, “Prelude for the Triumphant Man,” 2017

Part 1

 

Part 2

 

Part 3

 

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago

Tuesday, December 3rd

sounds of New York

Cooper-Moore (piano), live, New York, 2017

 

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other day, Chicago

Monday, December 2nd

Why not begin the week with something that slows time?

James Romig (1971-), Still (2016); Ashlee Mack (piano), live, Macomb, Ill. (Western Illinois University), 2017

 

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, November 30th

like nobody else

Nina Simone (1933-2003, vocals, piano), “Wild Is the Wind” (D. Tiomkin, N. Washington), live, New York, 1964

 

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other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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The challenge: balance. Keep it steady,
now sniffing daffodils’ aroma,
now Googling a rare sarcoma.

—Rachel Hadas (1948-), from “Love and Dread” (New Yorker, 11/18/19)

Friday, November 29th

what’s new

Robert Glasper, “Gone” (feat. YBN Cordae, Bilal, Herbie Hancock), published 11/25/19

 

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

 

Thursday, November 28th

sounds of New York

Is there any greater joy, as a listener, than being swept away by sounds unlike any you’ve heard before?

Jason Kao Hwang (composer, conductor, violin) and the Spontaneous River Orchestra (Andrew Drury [drums], Ken Filiano [bass], 37 string improvisers), Symphony of Souls, live (studio), New York, 2011

 

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yesterday, Chicago

Wednesday, November 27th

sounds of Kinshasa

KOKOKO!, “Likolo,” “Tongos’a,” “Malembe,” live, Washington, D.C., 11/15/19

 

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other day, Forest Park, Ill.

*****

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Many nights on the road
and not dead yet—
the end of autumn.

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by Robert Hass

Monday, November 25th

sounds of New York

Why not begin the week with something new?

Jason Kao Hwang’s Sing House (JKH, violin, viola, compositions; Kalun Leung, trombone; Christopher Forbes, piano; Ken Filiano, bass; Andrew Drury, drums), live, New York, 9/29/19

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

not grown to a butterfly
this late in autumn
a caterpillar

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by Makoto Ueda

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