Saturday, September 15, 2012



September 14, 2012
Back Burner
Back Burner
The Gypsy Trader Cafe, Seattle

I have sat in the tenor section of our church choir with Dave Campbell, the banjo/bass player and occasional vocalist with Back Burner, for more years than I care to acknowledge. His bluegrass/swing outfit doesn't get into town very often, but it is always a pleasure when they do. What struck me most on this lovely evening, the big doors open to a quietly humming Stone Way North, was how well balanced the blue-grass string band is as an ensemble. Guitar, dobro, upright bass, mandolin, banjo, and fiddle - or nearly any subset thereof - forms a mixed choir capable of remarkable subtleness and astonishing supplety. The prevailing performance practice valorizes the collective mix, rather than the strutting soloismus of many another popular idiom. The pleasure is in the playing with, and in the sharing with.


September 11, 2012
Righteous Blues - Blind Blake [from Allen Lowe's That Devilin' Tune]
Kalvierstück VIII - Stockhausen - Kontarsky

Crystal sparks: each note from a different cognitive plane, only gradually, and partially, coalescing.

Free Jazz (excerpt) - Ornette Colman [from The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz]

From this distance in time, after free jazz has developed itself for decades, it is hard to recognize this as much more than some really great players barely managing to poke their toes into the pool.

Nowhere to Run - Martha and the Vandellas [collected from Dave Marsh's The Heart of Rock & Soul]

Nail Soup - Benjamin Boretz, Doug Henderson [from Inter/Play]

Trying to keep it heaped. Knocking it together.

September 12, 2012
Three Chapters from the Book of Dreams - Richard Boulanger

String sound (live violin?) with heavy reverb & electrosound finds a trajectory moving from ordinary music, or like ordinary music, to space-age. It is finally taken up into the hold. B'bye!

Banned Rehearsal 241 (December 1990, Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Aaron Keyt)

September 13, 2012
Banned Rehearsal 586 (October 2000, Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Aaron Keyt)

In Session at The Tintinabulary

September 10, 2012
Assembly Rechoired 54 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Steve Kennedy

Assembly Rechoired is any improvisation made by Karen and me that doesn't also involve one of the other founding members of Banned Rehearsal. A sizeable number of the sesssions were made in the late 80's when we were left holding down the fort in Seattle while Neal & Anna started their family in San Diego and Aaron was at school in Berkeley.


Thursday October 4, 2012
Your Mother Should Know at Blue Moon, Seattle

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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