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Monday, September 13th

Why not begin the week with something beautiful?

Mind Maintenance (Joshua Abrams [guimbri, aka gimbri or gumbri], Chad Taylor [mbira]), “Glow & Glimmer,” 2021

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random sights

yesterday, outside Chicago (Salt Creek Trail)

Thursday, August 19th

sounds of Paris

Jaimie Branch’s Fly or Die (JB, trumpet, voice, compositions; Lester St. Louis, cello, voice; Anton Hatwich, bass, voice; Chad Taylor, drums, mbira), live, Paris, 7/12/21

first set

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second set

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random sights

this morning, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Monday, July 5th

sounds of Chicago

Jaimie Branch’s Fly or Die (JB, trumpet, voice, compositions; Lester St. Louis, cello, voice; Anton Hatwich, bass, voice; Chad Taylor, drums, mbira), live (performance begins at 47:50), Chicago, Saturday night

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random sights

yesterday, outside Chicago (Dean Nature Sanctuary, Oak Brook)

Monday, August 17th

what’s new

James Brandon Lewis (tenor saxophone) and Chad Taylor (mbira, drums), live, New York (Quarantine Concert presented by Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago), 8/8/20

 

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random sights

other day, Chicago

Friday, January 27th

sounds of Kinshasa*

Konono No. 1, live, London, 2015


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art beat: other day, The Guggenheim (New York)

Vasily Kandinsky (1866-1944), Small Pleasures, 1913

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*Democratic Republic of Congo.

Friday, November 25th

sounds of Kinshasa*

Baloji with Konono No. 1, “Karibu Ya Bintu,” 2011


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reading table

One needs to keep a clear head when facing pirates in the Amazon.

—Hubert Kinski, 43-year-old Polish explorer, quoted in “‘There’s No Law on the Amazon’: River Pirates Terrorize Ships by Night,” New York Times, 11/18/16

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*Democratic Republic of Congo.

Friday, June 3rd

Mozart one day, another day this—how lucky to live in a world so various.

Konono No. 1, “Yaya Mikolo,” live, France (Saint-Nazaire), 2009

 

Monday, January 4th

more sounds of Kinshasa*

Mbongwana Star, “Malukayi” (feat. Konono No. 1), 2015


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*Democratic Republic of Congo.

Monday, September 14th

sounds of Zimbabwe

This I could listen to all day.

Thomas Mapfumo, “Chikonzero”
Live (studio performance), Eugene, Oregon, 2015


MVP? That’s easy—guitarist Gilbert Zvamaida. In his hands melody (or “lead”) and rhythm are one.

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the beat goes on

2,100 posts—and counting.

Saturday, April 4th

sounds old and new

Nathan Davis (mbira, electronics), Simple Songs of Birth and Return
Live, Chicago, 2014


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In the fifth century, the sun used to rise every morning and lie down to sleep every evening just as it does now. In the morning, as the first sunbeams kissed the dew, the earth would come to life and the air would fill with sounds of joy, hope, and delight, while in the evening the same earth would fall silent and be swallowed by stern darkness. Day was like day, night like night.

—Anton Chekhov (1860-1904), “Without a Title” (translated from Russian by Robert Chandler [Anton Chekhov’s Selected Stories, Cathy Popkin, ed.])

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