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Category: Paris

Saturday, October 2nd

timeless

One-word review: Wow!

Claude Debussy (1862-1918), String Quartet in G minor (1893), 3rd Mvt.; Quatuor Ebène, live (90th birthday celebration for pianist Menahem Pressler [1923-]), Paris, 2013

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

A string of wild geese
wind-strewn
through the sky
their cries echoing
confused and scattered

—Saigyō (1118-1190), translated from the Japanese by Meredith McKinney

Sunday, September 19th

two takes

“Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen” (trad.)

Sonja Maneri (1937-2021, voice), Mat Maneri (1969-, viola), live, published 2020

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Mat Maneri (viola), live, Paris, 2020

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lagniappe

random sights

a while ago, Ireland (Dingle Peninsula)

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

*****

second set

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Wednesday, August 11th

sounds of Paris

Yusef Lateef Quartet (YL, 1920-2013, flute; Kenny Barron, piano; Bob Cunningham, bass; Albert Heath, drums), “Yesterdays” (J. Kern), live, Paris, 1972

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago

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reading table

This is a world of books gone flat.

—Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), from “Visits to St. Elizabeths”

Tuesday, July 6th

sounds of Paris

Ensemble Intercontemporain (Léo Margue, cond.), live, Paris, 1/27/21: Matthew Monaco (1997-), Scaling

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, outside Chicago (Dean Nature Sanctuary, Oak Brook)

Monday, June 14th

like nobody else

Cecil Taylor Unit (CT, 1929-2018, piano; Sam Rivers, soprano saxophone; Jimmy Lyons, alto saxophone; Andrew Cyrille, drums), live, Paris, 1969

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

Wednesday, June 2nd

sounds of Paris

Ensemble Intercontemporain, live, Paris, 6/9/20: Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992), Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time, excerpt); Charles Ives (1874-1954), The Unanswered Question

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Monday, May 10th

sounds of Paris

Why not begin the week with something unlike anything else?

Orchestre du Conservatoire de Paris and Ensemble Intercontemporain (Matthias Pintscher, direction; Paul Fitzsimon, direction; Bruno Mantovani, direction), live, Paris, 2016: Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007), Gruppen for three orchestras (1955-1957)

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lagniappe

art beat: yesterday, Art Institute of Chicago

Claude Monet, 1840-1926, Luncheon under the Tent, Giverny, c. 1883-86, detail (Monet in Chicago, through 6/14/21)

Monday, April 26th

sounds of Paris and Moscow

Ensemble Intercontemporain (Dylan Corlay, direction), live, Moscow (Tchaikovsky Concert Hall), 11/19/20: Pierre Boulez (1925-2016), Dérive 1; Bruno Mantovani (1974-), Chamber Concerto No. 2

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, outside Chicago (Salt Creek Trail)

*****

reading table

Light was on its way
from nothing
to nowhere.

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How could speed take shape?

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God is encrypting his account.

—Rae Armantrout (1947-), from “Accounts”

Wednesday, April 14th

sounds of Paris

Ensemble Intercontemporain (Pierre Bleuse, direction), live, Paris, 2/16/20: David Bastien, Urban Song (2019)

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

*****

reading table

Insisting that change defined our world, Heraclitus concluded that we cannot step into the same river twice. Yet the novel coronavirus has taught us a newer truth: we cannot step into the same river even once.

—Robert Zaretsky, The Subervise Simone Weil: A Life in Five Ideas (2021), preface

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