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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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lagniappe

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

more

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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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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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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lagniappe

random sights

last night, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, September 25th

Ever heard this instrument before? (Me neither.)

Kazue Sawai (1941-), bass koto, live, Tokyo, 2009

 

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All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

—Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), “Worstword Ho” (1983)

Saturday, August 20th

Close your eyes.

Listen—just listen.

If you don’t have time for this, what do you have time for?

Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996), From me flows what you call Time (1990); La Jolla Symphony (Steven Schick, cond.), live, San Diego, 2008

 

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Come, see
real flowers
of this painful world.

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by Lucien Stryk and Takashi Ikemoto

Friday, January 29th

sounds of Japan

Frothiness is next to godliness.

Perfume, “Pick Me Up,” 2015

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