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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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lagniappe

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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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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reading table

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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lagniappe

reading table

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

Saturday, March 28th

sounds of Japan

Perfume, “STORY (SXSW MIX),” SXSW (Austin, Tx.), 3/17/15


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lagniappe

art beat: yesterday at the Art Institute of Chicago

Joseph Cornell (1903-1972), Untitled (Hotel de la Duchesse-Anne), 1957

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Monday, February 9th

Why start the week with the same old stuff?

Derek Bailey (1930-2005, guitar), Min Tanaka (1945-, dance), Japan, 1993

 

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lagniappe

reading table

For you fleas too,
The night must be long,
It must be lonely.

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828; translated from Japanese by R. H. Blyth)

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the beat goes on

Nineteen hundred posts—and counting.

Friday, October 17th

sounds of Japan

Perfume, live, Tokyo, 2014


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lagniappe

art beat

Garry Winogrand (1928-1984), New York (Metropolitan Opera), c. 1951

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musical thoughts

No musical pleasure is “guilty.”

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