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Category: Norway

Saturday, May 20th

In Oslo in December each sound is clear and distinct, or that, at least, is what I imagine.

Transitory Meeting of Minds,* live, Oslo, 12/5/16




*Dré Hočevar, drums, interaction; Christian Balvig, piano, electronics; Michal Wróblewski, alto saxophone; Jean Dousteyssier, clarinets.

Wednesday, February 8th

not the same old stuff

Maja S. K. Ratkje, live (performance begins at 1:30), Norway (Kristiansand), 2013



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Happy (106th) Birthday, Elizabeth

From the few states I have seen I should now immediately select Florida as my favorite. I don’t know whether you have been here or not—it is so wild, and what there is of cultivation seems rather dilapidated and about to become wild again. On the way down we took a very slow train from Jacksonville here. All day long it went through swamps and turpentine camps and palm forests and in a beautiful pink evening it began stopping at several little stations. The stations were all off at a tangent from the main track and it necessitated first going by, then stopping, backing up, stopping, starting again—with many puffs of white smoke, blowing of the whistle, advice from the loiterers around the station—all to throw off one limp bag of mail.

—Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), letter to Marianne Moore, January 5, 1937

Saturday, July 16th

sounds of Oslo, Amsterdam, and Chicago

What if your office sounded like this?

Paal Nilssen-Love Trio (PNL, drums, percussion; Ab Baars, clarinet, shakuhachi, tenor saxophone; Ken Vandermark, tenor saxophone, clarinet), live, Oslo, 2011



random sights

this morning, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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The flowers seem not to know—this park’s in one of the city’s most violent neighborhoods (Austin).

Thursday, September 10th

sounds of Norway

Maja Ratkje (voice, electronics) & Lasse Marhaug (electronics), live, Norway (Oslo), 2012



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Fragile the minutes. / Fragile the line between wonder / and woe.

—Linda Gregerson, “Pajama Quotient” (The Selvage)

Thursday, July 16th

In the right hands, a drum kit can be a kinetic orchestra.

Paal Nilssen-Love, live, Norway (Høvikodden), 2010



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The jane is zoned!

—John Berryman (1914-1972, MCOTD Hall of Fame), Dream Song 2

Thursday, 3/29/12

Erlend Viken, “Storpolsdansen,” live

This guy I stumbled upon the other day, as I do so many things, listening to the radio (Transpacific Sound Paradise, WFMU-FM, Sat., 6-9 p.m. [EST]). His studio performance, and interview, can be heard here.



random thoughts

Does life become more understandable as you get older—or less?

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