old instruments, new sounds
Daniel Levin (cello), Mat Maneri (viola), live, Norway (Oslo), 2017
art beat: yesterday, Art Institute of Chicago
Robert Frank (1924-), US 285, New Mexico, 1955 (The Photographer’s Curator: Hugh Edwards at the Art Institute of Chicago, through October 29th)
Monday night, Chicago—Millenium Park.
Amadou & Mariam (feat. Manu Chao), “Senegal Fast Food,” 2004
The story we tell ourselves of who we are is just that—a story we tell ourselves of who we are.
Geri Allen, pianist, June 12, 1957-June 27, 2017
With Kenny Davis (bass), Kassa Overall (drums), Maurice Chestnut (tap dance), live, South Korea, 2011
With Charlie Haden (1937-2014, bass), Paul Motian (1931-2011, drums), “Lonely Woman” (O. Coleman), 1988
sounds of Tunisia (and all over)
Dhafer Youssef (composer, singer, oud player), documentary about making Diwan of Beauty and Odd (2016)
(Thanks for the tip to John Balmes.)
Here’s something from Roscoe Mitchell’s new album, Bells for the South Side (ECM), a 2-CD set recorded in 2015 at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art.
“Spatial Aspects of the Sound,” Roscoe Mitchell (composition, piccolo), Craig Taborn (piano), Tyshawn Sorey (piano), William Winant (percussion), Kikanju Baku (wrist bells, ankle bells)
this morning, outside Chicago (Salt Creek Trail)
sounds of Mali
Salif Keita, live, Germany (Stuttgart), 1995
[C]ommunication is an undependable but sometimes marvelous thing.
—Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), letter to Randall Jarrell, December 26, 1955
sounds of Ethiopia
Hailu Mergia, live, New York, 2016
today, all day
the playful clouds
—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1827 (translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue with assistance from Sakuo Nakamura)
Just now, walking to the Art Institute of Chicago after lunch, I heard a man singing on the sidewalk. The voice seemed familiar. And the more I listened, the more confident I became that I’d heard this voice before.
Willie Barbee, today
clips posted the other day (May 29th)
Anna Clyne (1980-), A Wonderful Day (2013)
Bang on a Can All-Stars, Willie Barbee (pre-recorded voice)
Live, New York, 2015
Recording (Field Recordings), 2015