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Tuesday, December 22nd

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Hamid Drake (drums, percussion; MCOTD Hall of Fame), Michael Zerang (drums, percussion), Joshua Abrams (bass, gumbri), Ayako Kato (movement), live, Chicago (Constellation), last night

 

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yesterday, Chicago

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Don’t say my hut has nothing to offer:
come and I will share with you
the cool breeze that fills my window.

—Ryokan (1758-1831), translated from Japanese by John Stevens

Monday, December 21st

sounds of Chicago

Not until this morning did I realize how much I needed this.

Hamid Drake (percussion, MCOTD Hall of Fame) and Michael Zerang (percussion), 30th Anniversary Winter Solstice Concert, live, Chicago, this morning (6:30 a.m., CST)

 

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yesterday, Chicago

Sunday, December 20th

testify!

United House of Prayer Shout Bands, live, published 2011

 

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a while ago, Ireland (Dingle Peninsula)

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Do you sometimes imagine that you’re getting used to the emergency? I think I can guarantee that you’re not, burdened by states of mind that will be comprehensible only retrospectively, when they no longer pertain. The world going on nonetheless, as the world will, feels bizarrely conditional, subject in thought and action to a blanketing subjunctive mood: things as we wish they were. We are waiting this out with nostalgia for lost freedoms, fear and empathy in the present, and, perhaps, vague anticipation of eventual survivor’s guilt. Never has social privilege seemed more unfair while being clung to so tenaciously. Some of us—artists—are undergoing the siege in ways that can alert us to the subjective dimensions of an objective calamity. We should want those people to keep it up as best they can.

—Peter Schjeldahl, “The Art World: The Melancholy Gestalt of Isolation” (reviewing  100 Drawings from Now, Drawing Center,  New York), New Yorker, website (12/14/20), 12/21/20 issue (“The Fix We’re In”)

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Tomorrow, 6:30 a.m. (CST): the 30th annual winter solstice concert by Chicago-based percussionists Michael Zerang and Hamid Drake (MCOTD Hall of Fame).

Saturday, August 5th

sounds of Chicago

Solstice Drum Quartet (l-r: Michael Zerang, Mike Reed, Hamid Drake [MCOTD Hall of Fame], Avreeayl Ra) & Guests (Mars Williams, Nick Mazzarella, saxophones; Dan Phillips, guitar; Tatsu Aoki, bass), live, Chicago, 2016

 

Tuesday, November 22nd

sounds of Chicago

Here’s one of my favorite drummers, leading his own band, playing his own compositions.

Michael Zerang & The Blue Lights, live, Germany (Dortmund), 2015*


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art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Joseph Cornell (1903-1972), Untitled (Hôtel de la Duchesse-Anne), 1957

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*MZ, drums, compositions; Dave Rempis, saxophones; Emil Strandberg, trumpet; John Dikeman, saxophones; Kent Kessler, bass.

Saturday, January 2nd

sounds of Chicago and Switzerland

Need a jolt?

Easel (Christoph Erb, tenor saxophone [Switzerland]; Fred Lonberg-Holm, cello, electronics [Chicago]; Michael Zerang, drums [Chicago]), live, Moscow, 2015


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musical thoughts

Note to self: Listen, always, as if it was the first time—and the last.

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this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

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Thursday, May 7th

tonight in Chicago

She’ll be playing, with Douglas Ewart (reeds), Michael Zerang (drums), et al., at Elastic Arts.

Joëlle Léandre (bass), live, Jerusalem, 2011

Thursday, February 26th

Soundtrack for your day?

Peter Brotzmann Tentet,* live, Atlanta, 2002


*PB, reeds; Ken Vandermark, reeds; Mats Gustafsson, reeds; Mars Williams, reeds; Joe McPhee, trumpet; Jeb Bishop, trombone; Fred Longberg-Holm, cello; Kent Kessler, bass; Hamid Drake, drums; Michael Zerang, drums.

Wednesday, September 17th

tonight in Chicago

These guys will be at the Hideout, as will I.

Survival Unit III (Joe McPhee, tenor saxophone, pocket trumpet; Fred Lonberg-Holm, cello; Michael Zerang, drums), live, Denmark (Copenhagen), 2013

I could live a thousand years and never tire of going out in the dark to hear music.

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art beat: Monday at the Art Institute of Chicago (brief stop after lunch)

Josef Koudelka (1938-), Slovakia, 1963 (from Gypsies)
Nationality Doubtful, through September 21st

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Wednesday, August 13th

sounds of Chicago

Trio WAZ (Edward Wilkerson Jr., tenor saxophone; Tatsu Aoki, bass; Michael Zerang, percussion), live, Chicago, 2009


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art beat

Lee Friedlander (1980-), Detroit, 1963

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