Saturday, April 20, 2013



April 13, 2013
John Cage: 90 Stories / Empty Words Part III
Roger Nelson, Neal Meyer
Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center, Seattle

The man on the left told stories or didn't.
The man on the right spoke or didn't.
They each did the same.
They didn't, or they did.

In one of the stories Cage discusses a problem that arose in performances of an orchestral work. Some of players responded to his score unprofessionally. He expresses a desire to discover a way of allowing or guiding the performers to respond to liberation nobly, rather than foolishly. I hope he realized that this would require a deeper fix than any compositional process, however ideologically pure of ego, is capable of delivering.

April 19, 2013
Roots of Fire
featuring Morten Lauridsen's Madrigali Six Fire Songs and the 16th Century Madrigals that inspired them
Canzonetta, Roger Nelson conducting
Prospect Congregational Church, Seattle

Ov'é lass, il bel viso? - Henricus Schaffen
Ov'é lass, il bel viso? - Morten Lauridsen
Quando so più lontano - Morten Lauridsen
Quando so più lontano - Yvo Barry
Amore, io sento l'alma - Jhan Gero
Amore, io sento l'alma - Morten Lauridsen
Io piango - Morten Lauridsen
Io piango - Vincenzo Ruffo
Luci serene e chiare - Claudio Monteverdi
Luci serene e chiare - Morten Lauridsen
Luci serene e chiare - Carlo Gesualdo
Se per havervi, oimé - Claudio Monteverdi
Se per havervi, oimé - Morten Lauridsen

Any overbearing musicological or educational intent that might be impugned to this concert was vastly overpowered by the strength of the music.

April 17, 2013
Banned Rehearsal 594 - (December 2000, Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Anna K, Aaron Keyt, Isabel Kosály-Meyer, Neal Meyer)

A muttering neighborhood of sounds.

April 18, 2013
Banned Rehearsal 691 - (October 2005, Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Neal Meyer)

Kora provides a constant, as the weather might: an index, a ground, a basis. Cornet comments and guitar eloborates. We move into a more percussive territory of xylophone and toy piano. We grub in the dirt.

Floating Point - Gray Scale
1. Xaphoon - Jungle, Down below something molten is oozing.
2. Pastoral Detoon - Liquid.
3. (Re)Bound - Static, as in not said to the boss.
4. Elephantine - Moving fast in tight lanes.
5. Bowed Clarinet - Dis-earthed. Un-embodied. Distantly ex-orbital.
6. Dronehead - Hardcore robotics ascending into abstraction.
7. Purvis Bearing - Back in the wilds, back in orbit, getting a grasp of what this is where I am at. Cave close.
8. Topsy's Hawser - Processes of manufacture invaded by cheery goblinesques.

In Session at the Tintinabulary

April 15, 2013
Assembly Rechoired 55
Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Steve Kennedy

April 16, 2013
A Cat's Life
Keith Eisenbrey

It took 90 minutes but I think I got a fairly clear read on the whole thing. I should be able to edit it down into a usable recording. That is, if I didn't lose the whole thing when my main computer failed.


Saturday May 4, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Keith Eisenbrey and Neal Meyer at The Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center, Seattle
Music for solo piano:
Eisenbrey: Welcome to my planet. I come in peace.

Toward the contemplation of a pitch stereoscope: two frameworks, joined at the source, phased (in specious increments), mutually warped, rounding space.

Meyer: Cage - Solo for Piano

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