Saturday, June 2, 2012


Though I did not know them, it is hard not to think now of those who died so horribly this week just a few miles from my home, in a place dedicated to music and fellowship.


June 1, 2012
7th Annual Harry and Myrtle Olson International Organ Festival
Songs of Surin - Stanislav Surin
University Temple United Methodist Church, Seattle

Stanislav Surin & Me (several years ago)
I have known Stan for several years now as a superb organist and composer from far-off Slovakia. Last evening we discovered another side of his creativity in a set of pop-tinged song settings of poetry by Miroslav Valek. Stan sang from the piano, lightly accompanied by Brad Hull, stand-up bass, and Karen Eisenbrey, drums. Stan assured us that though his English was accented by Slovak, his Slovak would be without English. The more I listened, though, the more fascinated I became with how these songs managed to negotiate the emotional landscape of love, regret, yearning, and sadness, and yet remain wholly innocent of that particularly ubiquitous American musical accent: the blues. As completely as the blues have permeated our musical sensibility, I doubt anyone from here could have pulled that off.


May 27, 2012
Georgia on My Mind - Hoagy Carmichael [from Allen Lowe's That Devilin' Tune]

Speaking of the blues - there is a certain weight to everything here: every line, every thump - a heaviness in the air.

Las Cuevas de Mario - Art Pepper [from Smack Up]

Ala Brubeck - or Schumann: playing with false downbeats - or are they?

In The Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett [collected from Dave Marsh's The Heart of Rock & Soul]
Aria for Harp - Elaine Barkin - Ursula Kwasnicka

Accumulations of tiny things.

May 28, 2012
Banned Sectional 4 KEE NWM (May 1985 - Keith Eisenbrey, Neal Meyer)

Speaking of accumulations: proto version of Hunting and Gathering, a low-pitched focused feedback hum, squeaky toy dial twiddling, irregular Eulalie reading.

Part Man Part Monkey - Bruce Springsteen [from Tracks]
Song for Sarah - Elaine Barkin - Mark Menzies

Enters as from a distance, over a vast plain, over and over, nightish.

Orpheus Mourns Eurydice - Paul Des Marais

rain, dripping

May 28-29, 2012
BF Organ Pipe, Shell Shaker, Gongue Drum, Tub Drum, Twang, and Wood Drum (Amended) - Keith Eisenbrey

In Session at The Tintinabulary

May 28, 2012
Gradus 212 - Neal Meyer

Although the particulars of the figurations affect the residual decay, they are not the show. The show is the particulars of residual decay. The show begins when Neal stops, but can not begin until he starts.


Saturday June 23, 2012 concert begins at 8:00 PM
Keith Eisenbrey - piano recital at The Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center, Seattle
music by Emily Doolittle, Keith Eisenbrey, Aaron Keyt, and J. K. Randall

Saturday October 20, 2012 concert begins at 8:00 PM
Keith Eisenbrey - piano recital at The Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center, Seattle
Preludes in Seattle Part 4: Preludes by Ken Benshoof, Keith Eisenbrey, Lockrem Johnson, and Greg Short

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