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Tuesday, February 16th

sounds of Paris

Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996), And then I knew ’twas Wind (1992); Ensemble Intercontemporain, live, Paris, 2017

 

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

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Like Rain it sounded till it curved
And then we knew “twas Wind –
It walked as wet as any Wave
But swept as dry as Sand –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 276 (Franklin)

Thursday, February 11th

sounds of Paris

Edgard Varèse (1883-1965), Ionisation (1931); Ensemble Intercontemporain (Susanna Mälkki, direction), live, Paris, 2012

 

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random sights

other day, Chicago

*****

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In the mountain’s shadow
my grass hut’s
so cold
I’ll be up burning firewood
all night long

—Ryokan (1758-1831), translated from Japanese by Burton Watson

Friday, February 5th

what’s new

Lous and the Yakuza, live, Paris, published 1/27/2021

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

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The problem with being alone is that one never is: you’ve always got yourself to contend with.

—Alex Clark, Times Literary Supplement (“A singular traveller: Patricia Highsmith at 100”), 1/22/21

Saturday, November 21st

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György Ligeti (1923-2006), excerpts from Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Hamburg Concerto for Solo Horn and Chamber Orchestra, Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra;  Ensemble Intercontemporain, live, Paris, 2019

 

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random sights

other day, Chicago

Wednesday, November 11th

two takes

“Crepuscule with Nellie” (T. Monk)

Susan Alcorn (pedal steel guitar), live, Baltimore, 11/6/20

 

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Thelonious Monk (piano), live, Paris, 1969

 

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random sights

other day, outside Chicago (Salt Creek Trail)

Tuesday, November 10th

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Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1988), Anahit (1965); Ensemble Intercontemporain (feat. Diego Tosi [violin]; Matthias Pintscher, cond.) , live, Paris, 2014

 

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random sights

yesterday, outside Chicago (Salt Creek Trail)

Saturday, July 18th

timeless 

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers (AB, drums; John Gilmore, tenor saxophone; Lee Morgan, trumpet; John Hicks, piano; Victor Sproles, bass), live (music starts at 4:25), Paris, 1965

 

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago

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If I had known
how sorrowful this world is,
I would have become
grass or a tree
in a deep mountain!

—Ryokan (1758-1831), translated from Japanese by Kazuaki Tanahashi

Thursday, July 16th

sounds of Mali and Paris

Salif Keita (1949-), “Cono,” live, Japan, 1990

 

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Another take.

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, June 16th

sounds of Paris

Pierre Boulez (1925-2016), . . . explosante-fixe . . . (for solo MIDI flute, two “shadow” flutes, chamber orchestra, and electronics, 1991–93); Ensemble Intercontemporain (Matthias Pintscher, cond.), live, Paris, 2015

 

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, March 30th

like nobody else 

How about time-traveling to 1961 Paris?

Blossom Dearie (1924-2009, vocals, piano), “C’est le Printemps” (“It Might as Well Be Spring,” R. Rodgers, O. Hammerstein II; adaptation, J. Sablon), “Plus je t’embrasse” (“Heart of My Heart,” B. Ryan; adaptation, Max François), live, Paris, 1961

 

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art beat: other day, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Isa Genzken (1948-), Rose II (2007)

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The youth walks up to the white horse, to put its halter on
and the horse looks at him in silence.
They are so silent they are in another world.

—D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930), “The White Horse”

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