Wednesday, January 28, 2009

My Trip To Tibet

Friday, March 10, 2006

Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 in A, Opus 92 - I cry

Went out to NYPAC to hear the Boston Symphony on tour with James Levine -
but Levine fell off the podium during ovations last week. Get well soon Maestro!

Last night David Robertson stepped in as Guest Conductor. He has star quality: I'm talkin dimples and long blond hair. I was sitting in the second row. Dave whipped those BSO music machines into a Beethoveenian fervor - Wicked fast tempo on the last movement - Allegro Con More than Brio and my dear I always cry during the Allergretto. How does LVB do it?. It's only music after all - little old Octaves and Scales....sigh.....

SUPER new work by Eliot Carter called THree Illusions. It was a commission from the BSO for their 125th Season. Three movements It was awesome with cool sounds from percussion and neat Pizz ideas from violins. Will try to buy this for more listening. Even AK liked it. Afterwards Chuck took us out for a huge Lobster dinner at a Portugese resto. I dream of owning a loft in Newark.

Also an Ultra smooth new work by Peter Lieberson with his wife Lorraine Hunt Lieberson singing. She's good. I love a good mezzo. Never went higher than a D but sounded like a counter tenor on top.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

WOODSTOCK QUANTUM ENSEMBLE

Click this to watch TH WOODSTOCK QUANTUM ENSEMBLE practicing for
our gig March 19 at the Colony Club in Woodstock

IONE"S Women and Identity Project Sunday March 12 -at the DEEP LISTENING SPACE

Monday, February 27, 2006

Francois Bayle, composer, pioneer of electronic music

Just heard a concert of electronic music by Francois Bayle. He was a member of the legendary Groupe de Recherches Musicales, along with Luc Ferrari and Iannis Xenakis. He also founded the Acousmatheque, an archive containing thousands of electronic works.

The concert began with "Tremblement de Terre Tres Dous" ( Soft Earthquake) The sounds were flying around the room like
noumena - concretized abstractions of sensation and feeling.
Composer Daniel Teruggi interviewed Bayle who spoke in French so beautiful and so poetic I could not believe my ears.
M.Bayle said that his compostions were inspired by the great painters of the 20th Century. He wished to create abstractions "the structures of music composed for instruments are located in one place, my sounds are three dimensional!" he called his music, "a procession of...sound pictures...that fly through the space of the concert hall...an arc of harmonic energy...sounds that excite the animal ear...elctronic trajectories of analog heat... shimmering reflections....they open up the auditory perspective of their long corridors with infinite curves..."

I sat next to Joel Chadabe (Electronic Music Foundation). He introduced me to Joan La Barbara and Morton Subotnick.

Do I have a good life or what?

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Patrick Zimmerli

My family is in town. I took them to hear the music of composer Patrick Zimmerli, who combines jazz and classical chamber music. Z. always has the finest most ferocious musicians. He was conducting from the Soprano Sax.

I was so glad my niece, nephew and sister could hear this fresh, creative, passionate, inspired new music. The kids were blown away. What a band: Tim Fain is a Byronesque violinist that gets everybody crazy with his intense, emotional playing and beautiful phrasing. The Samplist Harold Bott, Jr who studied with Jacques- Louis Monod was superb. Zimmerli wrote a work featuring super Violist Beth Gutterman - wow - I always loved that ax.

Zimmerli is writing an opera about James Joyce's daughter in installments. It's called Lucia. Interesting libretto by Christine Zorzi.

Don't miss them at Makor 39 W. 67th St. March 26.

When you see Zimmerli say, "Why don't you have Phoebe Legere sing with you?"

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Jazz Emergent Part 2

They saved the best for part 2. Nice band - 2 Japanese, 2 aftrican am and 1 whitey
amazing to hear the result of a couple of years of Juilliard ear training
on a super talented young jazz drummer. White Alto player obviously going to school with Bird,
sounded wonderful, excellent trumpet player, good ideas, but the cat who stole the show, a cat who
will have to be tops in his generation - the drummer..This was some of the sweetest,
most creative drumming I have heard - will stop by the jazz dept. Today and get his name.
Stay tuned. Must get him on my next record and I am sure Wynton is thinking the same thing.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Blogging from Paul Hall at Juilliard, Jazz Emergent First Half

this is an audio post - click to play