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Thursday, May 30th

How about something new?

Close your eyes—listen.

Tyshawn Sorey (1980-), Everything Changes, Nothing Changes (2018); JACK Quartet, live, Banff, Canada, 3/28/19

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Berwyn, Ill.

Thursday, May 9th

reimagining

Christopher Trapani (1980-), Visions and Revisions (2013); JACK Quartet, 2018

 

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Bob Dylan, “Visions of Johanna” (B. Dylan), 1966

 

Wednesday, April 17

what’s new

Joanna Mattrey (viola, stroh violin), live, New York, 4/8/19

 

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lagniappe

reading table

I made my way to the sofa, where I battled against cancer once more by lying there staring straight ahead. I had such great resistance to thought that I didn’t even worry.

—Colm Toibin, “‘It’s curable,’ he said,” London Review of Books, 4/18/19

Tuesday, March 26th

sounds of Chicago

George Lewis (1952-), String Quartet No. 1.5, “Experiments in Living” (2016); Spektral Quartet, live, New York, 2017

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, March 19th

sounds of New York

We Free Strings,* live New York, 1/18/19

 

*Melanie Dyer, viola; Charles Burnham, violin; Gwen Laster, violin; Alex Waterman, cello; Ken Filiano, bass; Michael Wimberly, percussion.

Saturday, March 2nd

like nobody else

Laurie Anderson, “Language of the Future,” Dublin, 2017

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lagniappe

random thoughts

Each day we go somewhere we’ve never been before.

Saturday, February 16th

Want to be swept away?

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), Violin Concerto in D major; Frankfurt Radio Symphony (Paavo Järvi, cond.) with Hilary Hahn (violin), live, Frankfurt, 2014

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, February 5th

Yesterday, listening to this while driving to see a client at an outlying jail, I was reminded, again, that hearing the right music at the right time can change your entire day.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin; Oscar Shumsky (1917-2000), violin, 1979*

 

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*Sonata No. 1 in G minor: 00:01
Partita No. 1 in B minor: 17:04
Sonata No. 2 in A minor: 48:26
Partita No. 2 in D minor: 1:11:43
Sonata No. 3 in C major: 1:43:33
Partita No. 3 in E major: 2:07:17

Tuesday, January 15th

what’s new

Miguel Zenón (alto saxophone, compositions) featuring Spektral Quartet, live (“Rosario,” “Milagrosa,” “Villabeño”), Washington, D.C., 1/4/19

 

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lagniappe

reading table

thin wall—
from the mouse’s hole
the cold

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

Tuesday, January 1st

2019? 

Hard to believe.

But then so much is.

Arvo Pärt (1935-), Fratres for violin, string orchestra, and percussion (1992); Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra (Sergej Krylov, soloist and conductor), live, Lithuania (Vilnius), 2018

 

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lagniappe

reading table

New Year’s morning—
everything is in blossom!
I feel about average.

—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1827 (translated from Japanese by Robert Hass)

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The Future is exactly the same . . .

The Baffler, Jan.-Feb., 2019

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