Trio Da Kali (Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté, vocals; Mamadou Kouyaté, bass ngoni, vocals; Fodé Lassana Diabaté, balafon), live (studio), Seattle, 2017
“Eh Ya Ye”
the morning light is in us
—Peter Gizzi, from “Lullaby”
Tonight, at 1 a.m. (EST), one of the year’s great musical events begins: the annual Bach Festival—now in its 40th year—broadcast on WKCR-FM (Columbia University). All Bach, all the time, until midnight New Year’s Eve. Hope, beauty, inspiration: they aren’t luxuries; they’re necessities.
Johann Sebastian Bach, Mass in B minor (excerpt, “Dona nobis pacem”); Berlin Philharmonic (Ton Koopman, cond.) with RIAS Chamber Choir (Justin Doyle, chorus master), live, Berlin, 10/28/17
Johann Sebastian Bach, Cello Suite No. 6 in D major; Mischa Maisky (cello), live
thank God (or Whatever) for radio
Four Tet (aka Kieran Hebden) with guest Tyondai Braxton, live, New York (The Lot Radio, Brooklyn), 2017
MCOTD Hall of Fame
William Parker’s In Order To Survive (WP, bass, composition; Hamid Drake, drums, MCOTD Hall of Fame;* Lewis Barnes, trumpet; Rob Brown, alto saxophone; Cooper-Moore, piano), “Criminals in the White House,” live, New York, 2013
Today—his birthday—it’s all Ornette Coleman all day on WKCR-FM (Columbia University).
*With saxophonists Von Freeman and Henry Threadgill; trumpeter Lester Bowie; gospel singer Dorothy Love Coates; composer Morton Feldman; poets John Berryman, William Bronk, and Wislawa Szymborska; and photographer Helen Levitt.
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Partita in A minor for Solo Flute; Sandra Miller (flute), live, New York, 2013
Bach Festival, WKCR-FM (see 12/22/16 post): Day Nine (alas, the last).
The only response
to a child’s grave is
to lie down before it and play dead
—Bill Knott (1940-2014)