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Tuesday, July 25th

voices I miss

Steve Lacy (soprano saxophone, 1934-2004), “Wasted” (S. Lacy), live, Paris, 1982




art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Yatsumi Bridge, 1856

Monday, July 24th

what’s new

Venetian Snares (AKA Aaron Funk, electronics), Daniel Lanois (pedal-steel guitar), “Night,” live (studio performance), Toronto, 2017




art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Bush warbler and plum, c. 1840

Saturday, July 22nd

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)

Friday, July 21st

can’t wait

Monday night, Chicago—Millenium Park.

Amadou & Mariam (feat. Manu Chao), “Senegal Fast Food,” 2004




random thoughts

The story we tell ourselves of who we are is just that—a story we tell ourselves of who we are.

Thursday, June 29th


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


Wednesday, June 28th

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.)

Monday, June 26th

what’s new

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)




random sights

this morning, outside Chicago (Salt Creek Trail)

Saturday, June 24th

sounds of Mali

Salif Keita, live, Germany (Stuttgart), 1995




reading table

[C]ommunication is an undependable but sometimes marvelous thing.

—Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), letter to Randall Jarrell, December 26, 1955

Thursday, June 22nd

sounds of Ethiopia

Hailu Mergia, live, New York, 2016




reading table

summer heat—
today, all day
the playful clouds

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

Wednesday, June 21st


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


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