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Saturday, March 18th

Steve Reich (1936-), Mallet Quartet (2009), So Percussion


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At worst, one is in motion; and at best,
Reaching no absolute, in which to rest,
One is always nearer by not keeping still.

—Thom Gunn (1929-2004), “On the Move” (fragment)

 

Saturday, November 5th

This I could listen to all day.

Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996), Rain Tree (1981); Bard Percussion (Amy Garapic, vibraphone; Petra Elek, marimba; Zihan Yi, marimba), live, Annandale-on-Hudson (Bard College), New York, 2012


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random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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We see with memory. My memory is different from yours, so if we’re both standing in the same place we’re not quite seeing the same thing. Different individuals have different memories, therefore other elements are playing a part. Whether you have been in a place before will affect you, and how well you know it. There’s no objective vision ever—ever.

—David Hockney (1937-), A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney (Martin Grayford)

Wednesday, July 27th

percussion festival
day three

Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001), “Claviers” (from Pléïades [1978]); Yale Percussion Group, live, 2009

Monday, February 15th

Need a lift?

Steve Reich (1936-), Sextet (1984-85); Third Coast Percussion with pianists Anne-Marie McDermott and Gilles Vonsattel, live, Vail, Colo., 2014


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random sights

this morning, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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Saturday, February 6th

This I could listen to all day.

John Cage (1912-1992), In a Landscape (1948)
Michael Compitello (marimba), live, c. 2013


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random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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Thursday, December 24th

Feel like floating?

Steve Reich (1936-), Six Marimbas (1986); Undergraduate Recital (Colin Van de Reep, Noam Bierstone, Sandro Valiante, Mark Morton, Ben Reimer, Ben Duinker), McGill University, Montreal, 2011


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Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.

—Simone Weil (1909-1943; quoted at Orange Crate Art)

Tuesday, February 24th

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.

—Muhammad Ali

Cecil Taylor Quintet (CT, piano; Harri Sjostrom, soprano saxophone; Tristan Honsinger, cello; Thurman Barker, marimba, percussion; Paul Lovens, drums), live, Germany (Hamburg), 1995

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art beat

William Klein (1928-), Blacks + Pepsi (AKA Moves + Pepsi)
Harlem, New York, 1955

Blacks + Pepsi, Harlem, 1955

Tuesday, March 25th

Happy (85th) Birthday, Cecil!

Cecil Taylor (March 25, 1929-), pianist, composer, MacArthur “genius” grant recipient, 2013 Kyoto Prize Laureate in Arts and Philosophy, etc.

Today, celebrating his musical life, we revisit three favorites.

Live, Germany (Nürnberg), 1984


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Live (with Rashid Bakr, drums; Thurman Barker, marimba, miscellaneous percussion), 1995


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Live (with Max Roach, drums), New York (Columbia University), 2000


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musical thoughts

I try to imitate on the piano the leaps in space a dancer makes.

—Cecil Taylor

Monday, December 9th

sounds of Chicago

Something quiet to begin the week.

Tobias Broström (1978-), “Twilight”; Third Coast Percussion, live


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quite remarkable
being born human . . .
autumn dusk.

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

 

Thursday, April 4th

Feel like floating?

Steve Reich (1936-), Music for 18 Musicians (1974-76)
eighth blackbird, Third Coast Percussion, et al., live, Chicago, 2011

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