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Category: Japan

Thursday, December 2nd

never enough

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, excerpt (third movt.); Friedrich Gulda (1930-2000), live, Japan, 1993

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musical thoughts

[M]usic is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.

—Ludwig van Beethoven (J. W. N. Sullivan, Beethoven: His Spiritual Development, p. 3 [1927])

Tuesday, November 30th

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Paul Motian Trio (PM [1931-2011], drums; Joe Lovano, tenor saxophone; Bill Frisell, guitar), “Last Call” (P. Motian), live, Tokyo, 1991

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, November 9th

voices I miss

Paul Motian Trio (PM [1931-2011], drums; Joe Lovano, tenor saxophone; Bill Frisell, guitar), “Mumbo Jumbo” (P. Motian), live, Japan, 1991

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago

Thursday, June 17th

alone

Steve Lacy (1934-2004; soprano saxophone, compositions), live (“Staples,” “Zeal,” “The Oil,” “The Owl,” “Torments”), Kyoto, Japan, 1975

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random sights

other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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reading table

Even in Kyoto—
hearing the cuckoo’s cry—
I long for Kyoto.

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

Sunday, January 10th

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Rev. Al Green, “Jesus Will Fix It,” live, Tokyo, 1987

 

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, August 6th

wake up!

Peter Brötzmann (alto saxophone), Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello), Paal Nilssen-Love (drums), live, Japan (Chiba), 2011

 

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random sights

other day, Chicago

Monday, September 9th

Why not begin the week with something slow, and quiet, and beautiful?

Jürg Frey (1953-), Petit fragment de paysage (Ko Ishikawa, shō; Mari Adachi, viola), Wen 16 (Seiko Takemoto, cello), Petit fragment de paysage (Mari Adachi, viola; Seiko Takemoto, cello); Wen 29 (Mari Adachi, viola); Petit fragment de paysage (Ko Ishikawa, u; Seiko Takemoto, cello), live, Tokyo, 2016

 

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reading table

even poorly planted
rice plants
slowly, slowly . . . green!

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

Tuesday, September 3rd

string quartet festival
day two

Elliott Carter (1908-2012), String Quartet No. 5 (1995); Pacifica Quartet, live, Tokyo, 2004

 

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reading table

The book itself is sort of a perfect metaphor for a human being. It’s got a front and a back, it’s got a spine, and it’s bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.

—Chris Ware

Saturday, July 13th

How about a trip to Tokyo?

Japan’s Hidden Listening Bars: SHeLTeR, 7/9/19

 

Thursday, May 3rd

string quartet festival
day three

György Ligeti (1923-2006), String Quartet No. 2 (1968); Arditti Quartet, live (studio), Tokyo, 2018

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random sights

last night, Oak Park, Ill.

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