Max Richter (1966-, compositions, piano, keyboard) with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (Clarice Jensen, cello & artistic director; Ben Russell, violin; Laura Lutzke, violin; Isabel Hagen, viola; Claire Bryant, cello), “On the Nature of Daylight,” “Vladimir’s Blues,” “Infra 5,” live, Washington, D.C., 1/22/20
I’m very interested in the idea of a piece of music being a place to think.
yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.
tonight just outside Chicago
They’re playing at a small club (Fitzgerald’s).
With Robert Randolph (pedal steel guitar), “Don’t Worry Baby” (C. Rosas, L. Perez, T. Burnett), live, Austin, Tx., 2018
“La Bamba” (trad. adapted by R. Valens), live, Watsonville, Calif., 1989
next week in Chicago
She’s performing Monday at the Chicago Cultural Center.
Caterina Barbieri (modular synthesizer), live, Italy (Genoa), 2015
a while ago, Ireland (Dingle Peninsula)
I’ve always been aware of being an inconsistent personality. Of having a lot of contradictory voices knocking around my head. As a kid, I was ashamed of it. Other people seemed to feel strongly about themselves, to know exactly who they were. I was never like that. I could never shake the suspicion that everything about me was the consequence of a series of improbable accidents—not least of which was the 400 trillion–to-one accident of my birth. As I saw it, even my strongest feelings and convictions might easily be otherwise, had I been the child of the next family down the hall, or the child of another century, another country, another God.
—Zadie Smith, “Fascinated to Presume: In Defense of Fiction,” New York Review of Books, 10/24/19
sounds of New York
Craig Taborn (piano, electronics), Cory Smythe (piano, electronics), “X’s and Y’s,” live, New York, 2018
SHOE FROM THE WAVES
oh he got a shoe from the waves
—Robert Grenier (1941-), A Day at the Beach (1984)
soundtrack to a dream
Why not begin the week with something new?
Christopher Trapani (1980-), Writing Against Time (2014); Yarn/Wire, live, New York, 2014