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Thursday, May 14th

Whether you live for 50 years, 500 years, or 5,000 years, it makes no difference: always there are new things to hear.

Dieter Ammann (1962-), Violation (1999); Lemanic Modern Ensemble (William Blank, cond.) with Karolina Öhman, cello; live, Russia (St. Petersburg), 2014


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reading table

The old pond—
a frog jumps in,
sound of water.

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694; translated from Japanese by Robert Hass)

Monday, May 11th

career plans for the next life

Maybe, instead of those other things (tap dancer, rubboard player in a zydeco band, bass player in a reggae band, guitar player in a Malian band, cellist in a string quartet), I’ll be a bird.

John Luther Adams (1953-), songbirdsongs (1974-80), Callithumpian Consort (Stephen Drury, dir.), recording (2012)


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Tony Fitzpatrick (1958-), Lunch Drawing #48: A Bird for Bruce Lee

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Tuesday, March 10th

sounds of Chicago

Matthias Kranebitter (1980-), pack the box (with five dozen of my liquor jugs) (2013)
Mocrep, live, Chicago, 2014

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reading table

Collage=life.

—Joseph Cornell, diary entry, 1964

Saturday, December 27th

Five hours?

As far as I’m concerned, this could go on forever.

Morton Feldman (1926-1987), For Philip Guston (1984); Claire Chase (flute, alto flute, piccolo), Steven Schick (percussion), Sarah Rothenberg (piano, celesta), live (3:50-), Houston (Rothko Chapel), 11/2/14

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random thoughts: New Year’s resolution #1

Quit thinking other people should be more like me—if anything, be thankful they aren’t.

Saturday, December 6th

two takes

Need a lift?

Charles Ives (1874-1954), Ragtime Dance No. 4 (1904)

Alarm Will Sound, live, New York, 2013


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Orchestra New England, recording, 1990


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musical thoughts

As I remember some of the dances as a boy, and also from father’s description of some of the old dancing and fiddle playing, there was more variety of tempo than in the present-day dances. In some parts of the hall a group would be dancing in polka, while in another, a waltz. Some of the players in the band would, in an impromptu way, pick up with the polka, and some with the waltz, and some with a march. Often the piccolo or cornet would throw in asides. Sometimes a change in tempo, or a mixed rhythm would be caused by a fiddler who, after playing three or four hours steadily, was getting a little sleepy. Or maybe another player was seated too near the hard cider barrel. Whatever the reason for these changes and simultaneous playing of things, I remember distinctly catching a kind of music that was natural and interesting and which was decidedly missed when everybody came down ‘blimp’ on the same beat again.

—Charles Ives

Wednesday, October 2nd

love it or hate it

Anthony Braxton 12+1tet, Composition 355, live, Italy (Venice), 2012


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Anthony, a MacArthur “genius” award winner (1994) and professor at Wesleyan University, talks about this and that:


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musical thoughts

Music can take us places we’ve never been before, if we’re willing to listen to sounds we’ve never heard before.

Tuesday, 9/4/12

You don’t need to be asleep to be lost in a dream.

Maurice Ravel, Piano Concerto in G Major (1929-31); Martha Argerich, piano; Orchestre National de France (Charles Dutoit, cond.); live, Germany (Frankfurt), 1990

Tuesday, 3/13/12

Music doesn’t care who you are, where you come from, what you know. It asks only that you pay attention.

Stefan Wolpe (1902-1972), Piece in Three Parts for Piano and Sixteen Instruments (1961), Peter Serkin (piano), Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (Oliver Knussen, cond.)

More? Here.

Monday, 7/25/11

What better way to start the workweek?

 Joe Lee Wilson, singer, December 22, 1935-July 17, 2011

Archie Shepp, “Money Blues” (featuring Joe Lee Wilson, lead vocals)
Things Have Got To Change (Impulse!), 1971

Part #1

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Part #2

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Around Joe Lee (excerpt)

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Monday, 6/6/11

sui generis, adj. A person or thing that is unique, in a class by itself. E.g., Anthony Braxton, composer, reed player, professor, MacArthur “genius” grant winner, one-time professional chess hustler.

Happy (Belated 66th) Birthday, Anthony!
(born June 4, 1945)

Anthony Braxton with his 12+1tet, Ghost Trance Music
New York (Iridium), 2008

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musical thoughts

I wanted to live. I wanted to be alive. This experience goes by very quickly. Part of the radiance of a moment, in my opinion, involves that which we call music.

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Suddenly, Coltrane solos become the “it” of music, when in fact, the records and the notated solos are the sonic footprints, the bone structure of what actually happened in the music.

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I wanted a system that would be equal to the dynamics of curiosity. I wanted to have a music where I could have some fun.

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There is the wonderful discipline of music and the ability of music to keep on opening up fresh prospects. I must say, what a discipline!

—Anthony Braxton

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