Kris Davis & Craig Taborn, live, Washington, D.C., 10/3/16
Musicians wrestle everywhere –
—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), #229 (Franklin)
tonight in Chicago
They’ll be playing, together, at Constellation.
Kris Davis & Craig Taborn, “Fox Fire” (Duopoly), 2016
Is not all music, even the most niggardly, beautiful to the person who loves the very being and existence of music?
—Robert Walser (1878-1956), “The Walk” (translated from German by Christopher Middleton and Susan Bernofsky)
sounds of Chicago
DJ Mike Dunn, live, Chicago (Gramaphone Records), 2015
Yeah, everybody’s got a bomb
We could all die any day,
But before I’ll let that happen
I’ll dance my life away.
MCOTD Hall of Fame
Henry Threadgill (1944-, composer, alto saxophonist, flutist, bandleader, 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner), playing and talking, 2010
sounds of New York
Lea Bertucci, “The Cepheid Variations,” live, New York, 2015
New sounds are heard in the dark.
I love his approach to Mozart. He’s never fussy or mannered. He plays simply, directly—like a bird flying from tree to tree.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major (:07-), Fantasia in C major (22:42-), Sonata No. 14 in C minor (39:54-); Friedrich Gulda (1930-2000), live, Germany (Munich), 1990
Mozart was a kind of idol to me—this rapturous singing . . . that’s always on the edge of sadness and melancholy and disappointment and heartbreak, but always ready for an outburst of the most delicious music.
—Saul Bellow (1915-2005)
If, instead of the words ‘good’ or ‘right’ (or ‘sacred’) we use the words ‘beautiful’ or ‘pleasurable’ or ‘enlivening,’ . . . how would our lives be different?
—Adam Phillips, Unforbidden Pleasures (quoted in yesterday’s New York Times Book Review)
MCOTD Hall of Famer—and, as of yesterday, Pulitzer Prize Winner.
Henry Threadgill’s Zooid
Live, Poland (Warsaw), 2011
Live, New York, 2013
Live, Washington, D.C., 2013
All music is classical music, you know. I don’t put up boundaries on music.
Of course I started out in an ethnic community, with the blues and church music and jazz. But that was just one place to start. You read fiction then you start reading nonfiction! You start reading biographies and scientific accounts. It doesn’t change where you came from. It just broadens it. That’s what we do, we keep building on the foundation where we come from. You don’t lose it, you just keep building on it.
I think we’ve gotten used to the dissonant, so it’s not even dissonant any more.
[W]e have no control over anything but what we do. I just try to stay hopeful: I don’t want to get too pessimistic about anything.
—Henry Threadgill, The Guardian, 4/18/16
the beat goes on
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