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Saturday, October 16th

timeless

When I find myself in the mood for his sound-world, nothing else will do.

Anton Webern (1883-1945), String Quartet (Op. 28, 1937-38); Psappha Ensemble (Benedict Holland and Sophie Rosa, violins; Vicci Wardman, viola; Jennifer Langridge, cello), live, England (Manchester), 2019

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

Whenever I sleep
with my socks on
I have bad dreams

—Yosa Buson (1716-1783), translated from the Japanese by W.S. Merwin and Takako Lento

Tuesday, October 5th

tonight in Chicago

They’re performing at the Harris Theater.

Nathalie Joachim (vocals, flute, electronics), Spektral Quartet, recorded Haitian children’s choir: “Suite pou Dantan: Prelid,” 2019 (Fanm d’Ayiti [Women of Haiti])

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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

*****

Mat Maneri (viola), live, Paris, 2020

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lagniappe

random sights

a while ago, Ireland (Dingle Peninsula)

Thursday, September 9th

like nothing else

Anna Thorvaldsdottir (1977-), Enigma (2019); Spektral Quartet (Clara Lyon [violin], Maeve Feinberg [violin], Doyle Armbrust [viola], Russell Rolen [cello]), 2021

Movt. I

Movt. II

Movt. III

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lagniappe

reading table

When I consider
how in this world
all is falling blossom—
what then must become
of this self?

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

Saturday, August 28th

sounds of New York

Brandon Lopez (bass), Mat Maneri (viola), Tyshawn Sorey (drums), live, New York, 8/26/21

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Illinois

Saturday, August 14th

like nobody else

Morton Feldman (1926-1987, MCOTD Hall of Fame), Structures (1951); Arditti Quartet, 2016

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Thursday, May 27th

what’s new

Don Li (1971-), “Different Zones”; Jojo Mayer (drums, voice), JACK Quartet, published 5/13/21

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, May 24th

sounds of New York

Why not begin the week with something new?

Ches Smith (drums, percussion), Craig Taborn (piano), Mat Maneri (viola), Bill Frisell (guitar), live, New York, 5/21/21 (performance begins at 10:30)

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, outside Chicago (Glen Ellyn)

Tuesday, April 6th

more

Spektral Quartet (Clara Lyon [violin], Maeve Feinberg [violin], Doyle Armbrust [viola], Russell Rolen [cello]): Joseph Haydn, The Seven Last Words of Christ, recorded in Chicago (St. James Cathedral), 3/20/21 (performance begins at 4:00)

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

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