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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

Tuesday, November 26th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Violin Partita No. 1 in B minor; Shunske Sato (violin), live, Netherlands (Haarlem), published 10/31/19

 

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yesterday, Chicago

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along the mountain road
somehow it tugs at my heart—
a wild violet

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

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)

Thursday, October 24th

can’t wait

They’re playing Sunday afternoon at Chicago’s Symphony Center—Beethoven, Shostakovich, Franck, Kurtág.

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), Scherzo (from F-A-E Sonata); Christian Tetzlaff (1966-, violin), Lars Vogt (1970-, piano), live, Germany (Bremen), 2015

 

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Wednesday, October 23rd

Ever feel a hunger for less?

Jürg Frey (1953-), Ephemeral Constructions (2015-2016); Erik Carlson (violin), Jürg Frey (clarinet), Greg Stuart (percussion), University of South Carolina Experimental Music Workshop (Greg Stuart, director), 2017

 

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a solitary
crow on a bare branch—
autumn evening

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

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)

Monday, October 21st

Why not begin the week with something new?

Nathalie Joachim (vocals, flute, electronics) with the Spektral Quartet and a Haitian children’s choir (recorded), “Suite pou Dantan: Prelid” (Fanm d’Ayiti [Women of Haiti]), 10/8/19

 

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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