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Tag: Emily Dickinson

Monday, September 2nd

string quartet festival
day one

A couple years ago I heard the Chicago-based Spektral Quartet play this piece at the Museum of Contemporary Art—one of the most memorable musical experiences of my life.

Morton Feldman (1926-1987, MCOTD Hall of Fame), String Quartet No. 2 (1983); FLUX Quartet, live, London (The Tanks at Tate Modern), 2016

 

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Who has not found the Heaven – below –
Will fail of it above –
For Angels rent the House next ours,
Wherever we remove –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), 1609 (Franklin)

Sunday, August 4th

sounds of Chicago

Vernon Oliver Price, “Change My Name,” live (TV show), Chicago, 1972

 

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What function hath the Air?

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 1513 (Franklin)

Wednesday, July 31st

Tenor saxophone and drums—another take.

Ken Vandermark (tenor saxophone), Paal Nilssen-Love (drums), live, Netherlands (Haarlem), 2014

 

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There came a Wind like a Bugle —
It quivered through the Grass
And a Green Chill upon the Heat
So ominous did pass
We barred the Windows and the Doors
As from an Emerald Ghost —
The Doom’s electric Moccasin
That very instant passed —
On a strange Mob of panting Trees
And Fences fled away
And Rivers where the Houses ran
Those looked that lived — that Day —
The Bell within the steeple wild
The flying tidings told —
How much can come
And much can go,
And yet abide the World!

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), 1618 (Franklin)

Monday, July 8th

Why not begin the week with something new?

Anna Thorvaldsdottir (1977-), Fields
International Contemporary Ensemble, 2018

 

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Wonder – is not precisely knowing
And not precisely knowing not –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 1347 (Franklin)

Saturday, June 22nd

serendipity

This I bumped into last night. One-word review: Wow!

Jonathan Harvey (1939-2012), . . . towards a pure land (2005); Orchestre du Conservatoire de Paris, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Matthias Pintscher (direction), live, Paris, 2016

 

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The Earth has many keys –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 895, draft (Franklin)

Tuesday, June 18th

like-nobody-else x 2

Cecil Taylor Trio (CT, 1929-2018, piano; Jimmy Lyons, alto saxophone; Sunny Murray, drums) with Albert Ayler (1936-1970, tenor saxophone), “Four,” excerpt (C. Taylor), live, Copenhagen, 1962

 

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A Bomb upon the Ceiling
Is an improving thing –
It keeps the nerves progressive
Conjecture flourishing –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 1150 (Franklin)

Saturday, June 15th

soundtrack to a dream

Clara Iannotta (1983-), The people here go mad. They blame the wind. (2013-14); Uusinta Ensemble and Clara Iannotta (music boxes), live, Helsinki, 2018

 

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The Spirit is the Conscious Ear –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 718 (Franklin)

Monday, June 10th

only rock ‘n’ roll

Bob Dylan, “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall” (B. Dylan), live, 1975 (Martin Scorsese, Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story, 6/12/19)

 

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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And were You lost, I would be –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 706 (Franklin)

Friday, May 10th

only rock ‘n’ roll

Joy Division, “Disorder,” 1972 (Trainspotting, 1996)

 

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The Poets light but Lamps –
Themselves – go out –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 930 (Franklin)

Friday, May 3rd

tonight in Chicago

They’re playing at Corbett v. Dempsey.

Ken Vandermark (reeds) and Nate Wooley (trumpet), live, Copenhagen, 2016

 

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Forever – is composed of Nows –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 690 (Franklin)

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