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Tuesday, January 21st

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Agnes Obel, playing and talking (begins at 2:05; “Won’t You Call Me,” 3:00; “Island of Doom,” 13:55; “Broken Sleep,” 25:35),  New York, 1/14/20

 

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, December 23rd

Why not begin the week with something that will take you somewhere you haven’t been before?

Philippe Manoury (1952-), Melencolia (third string quartet), 2012; Arditti Quartet

 

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other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, December 21st

never enough

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), String Quartet No. 13, excerpt (Mvt. V, Cavatina), 1826; Guarneri Quartet

 

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musical thoughts

During a fraught 17-day stay in the hospital because of post-surgical infections 10 years ago, Beethoven’s Cavatina furnished the only moments during which I was released from suffering.

—Susan Gubar, “When Music Is the Best Medicine,” New York Times, 9/26/19

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yesterday, Chicago

Monday, December 9th

sounds to get lost in

Jessica Pavone String Ensemble (JP, viola, composition; Joanna Matrey, viola; Erica Dicker, violin; Angela Morris, violin), “Hurtle and Flow,” published 9/4/19

 

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yesterday morning, I-80 rest stop, Iowa (near Grinnell)

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‪big rain‬
‪big moon‬
‪cicada in the pine‬

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue

Thursday, November 28th

sounds of New York

Is there any greater joy, as a listener, than being swept away by sounds unlike any you’ve heard before?

Jason Kao Hwang (composer, conductor, violin) and the Spontaneous River Orchestra (Andrew Drury [drums], Ken Filiano [bass], 37 string improvisers), Symphony of Souls, live (studio), New York, 2011

 

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yesterday, Chicago

Monday, November 25th

sounds of New York

Why not begin the week with something new?

Jason Kao Hwang’s Sing House (JKH, violin, viola, compositions; Kalun Leung, trombone; Christopher Forbes, piano; Ken Filiano, bass; Andrew Drury, drums), live, New York, 9/29/19

 

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other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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not grown to a butterfly
this late in autumn
a caterpillar

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by Makoto Ueda

Thursday, November 21st

One-word review: Wow!

Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998), String Quartet No. 3, 1st movt.; Danish String Quartet, live (studio), Seattle, 2015

 

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yesterday, Chicago

Tuesday, November 12th

sounds of Haiti and Chicago

Nathalie Joachim (vocals, electronics) with Spektral Quartet, “Papa Loco” (trad.), live (studio), New York, published 10/29/19

 

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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She cries. Oh no. Oh no no no.

—Eimear McBride, A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing

Thursday, October 31st

never enough

Bela Bartok (1881-1945), String Quartet No. 4 in C major (1928); Quatuor Ebène, live, France (Wissembourg), 2013

 

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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Domestic as
an empty shopping cart
parked on a ledge
above a freeway.

—Rae Armantrout (1947-), from “Hang On” (New Yorker, 10/21/19)

Tuesday, October 22nd

sounds of New York

Jason Kao Hwang (1957-), If We Live in Forgetfulness, We Die in a Dream (2011); Momenta Quartet, live, New York, 2012

 

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yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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If you have some photos of yourself when you were four or eight or twelve or fifteen, hold them up against the mirror. Are you the four-year-old, the eight-year-old, the fifteen-year-old, the twenty-five-year-old, or the one who is looking into the mirror, or all of them? If you are all of them, then by now you must be thousands of different people.

—Ayya Khema (1923-1997)Being Nobody, Going Nowhere: Meditations on the Buddhist Path (1987)

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