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Friday, March 5th

alone

One-word review: Wow!

Marcus Gilmore (1986-, drums, electronics),  “Excerpts of Nube,” live (studio), 2019

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, March 2nd

sounds of New York

Ben Monder (guitar), Tony Malaby (saxophones), Tom Rainey (drums), live, New York, 1/17/21

 

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random sights

other day, outside Chicago (Illinois Prairie Path)

Thursday, February 25th

sounds of New York

Ingrid Laubrock (tenor saxophone), Tom Rainey (drums), Brandon Lopez (bass), with artwork by Yuko Otomo, live (performance begins at 4:00), New York, 2/23/21

 

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

I can wade Grief –
Whole pools of it –
I’m used to that –
But the least push of Joy
Breaks up my feet –
And I tip – drunken –
Let no Pebble – smile –
‘Twas the New Liquor –
That was All!

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 312 (Franklin)

Saturday, February 20th

passings

Milford Graves, drummer (among other things),* August 20, 1941–February 12, 2021

Milford Graves HeArt Quintet (MG, drums, voice; Charles Gayle, tenor saxophone; Hugh Glover, alto saxophone; Ted Daniels, trumpet; William Parker, bass), live, New York, 2015

 

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other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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According to the New York Times obituary, Graves “was also a botanist, acupuncturist, martial artist, impresario, college professor, visual artist and student of the human heartbeat.”

Thursday, February 18th

alone

Helene Vogelsinger (electronics), “Cognitive Dissonance,” published 12/4/19

 

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, February 16th

sounds of Paris

Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996), And then I knew ’twas Wind (1992); Ensemble Intercontemporain, live, Paris, 2017

 

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random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

Like Rain it sounded till it curved
And then we knew “twas Wind –
It walked as wet as any Wave
But swept as dry as Sand –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 276 (Franklin)

Monday, February 15th

Why not begin the week with one of the most beautiful—and moving—pieces I know?

Morton Feldman (1927-1986, MCOTD Hall of Fame), Rothko Chapel (1971); Markus Creed (cond.), SWR Vokalensemble (Vocal Ensemble), et al., live, Germany (Cathedral of Speyer, Schwetzinger), 2017

 

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art beat: yesterday, Art Institute of Chicago

Mark Rothko (1903-1970), No. 2 (Blue, Red and Green) (Yellow, Red, Blue on Blue), 1953 (detail)

Friday, February 12th

what’s new

Melanie Charles, live (“Damballa Wedo,” “Deep River,” “The Dilemma”), New York,  published 2/4/21

 

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, February 11th

sounds of Paris

Edgard Varèse (1883-1965), Ionisation (1931); Ensemble Intercontemporain (Susanna Mälkki, direction), live, Paris, 2012

 

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random sights

other day, Chicago

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reading table

In the mountain’s shadow
my grass hut’s
so cold
I’ll be up burning firewood
all night long

—Ryokan (1758-1831), translated from Japanese by Burton Watson

Monday, February 8th

Why not start the week with something small, quiet, beautiful?

Patricia Brennan (vibraphone), “Solar” (P. Brennan), live (studio), New York, 2018

 

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago

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reading table

Only thing
the thief left behind—
moon in my window.

—Ryokan (1758-1831), translated from Japanese by Kazuaki Tanahashi

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