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Tag: Oscar Noriega

Thursday, March 22nd

what’s new

Asterids (alto saxophonists Charlotte Greve, Caroline Davis, Caleb Curtis, Oscar Noriega [l-r]), live, New York (Bushwick Public House, Brooklyn), 3/12/2018




reading table

The two plum trees—
I love their blooming!
one early, one later.

—Yosa Buson, 1716-1784 (translated from Japanese by Robert Hass)

Tuesday, December 29th

This guy takes me places no one else does.

Tim Berne’s Snakeoil (TB, alto saxophone; Oscar Noriega, clarinet; Matt Mitchell, piano; Ches Smith, drums, vibraphone), “Small World in a Small Town” (T. Berne), live, Brazil (Sao Paulo), 2015



art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Joan Mitchell (1925-1992), City Landscape, 1955


Saturday, May 9th

tonight in Chicago

These guys will be at Constellation, as will I.

Tim Berne’s Snakeoil (TB, alto saxophone; Oscar Noriega, clarinet, bass clarinet; Matt Mitchell, piano; Ches Smith, drums, vibes, conga), “Lost in Redding,” live, Buenos Aires, 2015




art beat

Bruce Davidson (1933-), Palisades, New Jersey, 1958

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Thursday, December 18th

When you work on a small scale, a slight shift can seem epic.

Oscar Noriega (alto saxophone), live, New York, 12/7/14



reading table

Climb Mount Fuji,
O snail,
but slowly, slowly.

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828; translated from Japanese by Robert Hass)

Wednesday, December 3rd

sounds of New York (day two)

Here, as in the city itself, density and spaciousness coexist.

Tim Berne’s Cornered,* “Embraceable Me,” live, New York, 10/12/14

*TB, alto saxophone; Oscar Noriega, clarinets; Ryan Ferreira, guitar; Matt Mitchell, piano; Michael Formanek, bass; Ches Smith, drums, vibraphone.

Saturday, December 14th

two takes

This is, to these ears, exhilarating.

Tim Berne’s Snakeoil,* “Cornered (Duck)”

Live, New York (The Stone), 5/8/13


Live, Washington, D.C (Atlas Performing Arts Center), 10/9/13



musical thoughts

Music should be no more complex than it needs to be. And no matter how complicated it may actually be, it should never seem that way to the listener. If it does, immediacy has deteriorated into abstraction.


*TB, alto saxophone; Oscar Noriega, bass clarinet, clarinet; Matt Mitchell, piano; Ches Smith, percussion.

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