Sunday, September 30, 2012


Coming Up This Week

, shouldn't she?
Your Mother Should Know
with Peterman, Red Ribbon, Andrew James Robison,
at Blue Moon, 712 N 45th Street, Seattle
Thursday October 4, 2012 9pm to Midnight

Neal and Karen share the bill with some exciting young bands. The show will feature the debut performance of Neal's freshly acquired 12-string, and a new tuning of Karen's venerable Ludwigs.


September 29, 2012
broken bow ensemble - Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center, Seattle

murmur - John Teske

The stage was full of chairs, and later of young people dressed in black. Surely this mass of twenty one string players and a wind quintet is the largest ensemble gathered at the Chapel to date! Before even getting to the music, plaudits must be given to John for sheer organizational bravado.

The piece consists of 45 minutes of lusciously resonant hush - never rising much above pianissimo, rarely a single voice asserting. It was as though they were each playing out only enough for their nearest neighbor to hear. To the audience the sound was communal, but not blended into a singularity, richly detailed from top to bottom and from side to side and from then to now to hereafter - undulatory but not squishy, focused to the nth degree at all points possible.

Strangely, I kept thinking about hierarchical systems - wherein the smallest details are of least import, wherein the uncountable surface is mere accident, and wherein the crucial matters are the big changes of mass to mass, where the fewer times an aspect changes the more that aspect rules. Here all that is upended and shattered. Here the image is of a solid time-mass of surface.


September 23, 2012
O nata lux de lumine - Tallis - BBC Singers, Bo Holton
Alleluja, haec dies - Ignazio Donati [from Rassegna Internazionale di Capelle Musicali Loreto 15-19 Aprile 1998]

September 24, 2012
Ave verum corpus - Byrd - BBC Singers, Bo Holton

Heinrich Schütz
September 25, 2012
Musikalischen Exequien - Schütz - La Chapelle Royale, Philipe Herreweghe

It is tempting, while listening to musics at a significant cultural and historical remove, and especially while listening to them in more or less chronological order, to place them in a progression, so that their divergent and convergent styles tell a story. We started here, we added this, we got to here. In such a story, Schütz shines as a brilliant figure in whose music is embodied a struggle between the subtle choral homogeneity of the Renaissance masters and the robust dance rhythms of the late Baroque. From moment to moment the ground shifts beneath us, as unstable as Mahler but without the self-absorbed hyper-dramatic camera angles.

Plovate filii Israel - Giacomo Carissimi [from Rassegna Internazionale di Capelle Musicali Loreto 15-19 Aprile 1998]
Tota pulchra es Maria - Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki [from Rassegna Internazionale di Capelle Musicali Loreto 15-19 Aprile 1998]

September 26, 2012
Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn BWV 132 - JS Bach - Gächinger Kantorei, Helmut Rilling
Amore traditore BWV 203 - JS Bach - Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Helmut Rilling

September 27, 2012
Konzert de 2 Violinen, Streicher und Continuo BWV 1043 - JS Bach - Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Kahane, Hilary Hahn, Margaret Batjer
Am Abend aber dasselbigen Sabbats BWV 42 - JS Bach - La Chapelle Royale, Philipe Herreweghe

In Session at The Tintinabulary

September 24, 2012
Banned Rehearsal 821 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Steve Kennedy, Aaron Keyt, Neal Meyer


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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