In a world so noisy what’s more precious than sounds so quiet?
Morton Feldman (1926-1987, MCOTD Hall of Fame), Piano and string quartet (1985), Sed Contra Ensemble, live (performance begins at 4:11), Ukraine (Lviv), 2016
art beat: other day, Whitney Museum of American Art (New York)
Edward Hopper (1882-1967), A Woman in the Sun, 1961
MCOTD Hall of Fame
Lester Bowie (1941-1999, trumpet) with Amina Claudine Myers (piano, vocals), Arthur Blythe (alto saxophone), Malachi Favors (bass), Phillip Wilson (drums), “God Has Smiled on Me,” 1978
art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago
Edward Hopper (1882-1967), New York Movie, 1939 (America after the Fall, Painting in the 1930s, through 9/18/16)
If you’re away from home, how good it is to find a musical sanctuary, as I have the last two Fridays at Harvard’s Paine Concert Hall; last night I heard this string quartet play, wonderfully, music by Brahms and two contemporary composers (Adam Roberts, James Yannatos).
Chiara Quartet, Jefferson Friedman: String Quartet No. 2 (excerpt)
Live, New York (Le Poisson Rouge), 2010
Are we ever better—more focused, more receptive, more supple—than when we’re listening to live music?
Edward Hopper, Room in Brooklyn (1932), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston