Saturday, March 29, 2014


March 23, 2014
Symphony in E-flat - Edward Elgar - Giuseppe Sinopoli
triumphal moment follows
elegant threads to cottage doors
from victory in a bright clime
(but now we're at this elegant ball!)
reservoirs of stolid resolve.
alternatives activate deflection,
potentiates hyperextension
(and that is why we safely sleep.)
Renard The Fox - Stravinsky - Orchestre de L'Opera National De Paris, James Conlon
A tight rein on the affect - a quicktime staccato - allows an extraordinary precision of meter and timbre. The more bare-bones styles of rock and roll work this same trick on occasion.
March 24, 2014
Carl Ruggles
Angels (for 6 trumpets) - Carl Ruggles - Studio Brass Ensemble
A former eternity, staring.
March 25, 2014
Lyric Suite - Alban Berg - LaSalle Quartet
Our footing is insecure. We can use contour similarity as an earguide, but sequential figures tend to reconfigure themselves en route. In the absolute middle of the piece it drifts away and that's it.
Concerto in D - Maurice Ravel - Paris National Orchestra, Paul Paray, Monique Haas
Episodes in an arrival, from beyond a hill, of something huge.
Jeu de Cartes - Stravinsky - London Symphony Orchestra - Colin Davis
At it's best when it becomes so self-involved it forgets to please.
March 27, 2014
Sinfonietta  - Walter Piston - New York Chamber Symphony of the 92nd Street Y, Gerard Schwarz
Always on firm thematic ground, it moves like a snake in seamless glides, and always keeps its head down. The middle movement crawls inside.
Kid Ory
1919 Rag - Kid Ory [from Allen Lowe's That Devilin' Tune]
Fabulous, but old-fashioned. The song structure is clearly audible inside the hoopla.
Formel - Karlheinz Stockhausen - Sinfonie-Orchester des Sudwestfunks, Karlheinz Stockhausen
Deeply concerned with its own rhetoric, with how it explicates itself. The strongest sense in which it is a piece comes from its single-minded approach to tipping its own hand.
Need Your Love So Bad - Little Willie John [collected from Dave Marsh's The Heart of Rock & Soul]
guitarist to die for.

Ram-Bunk-Shush - The Ventures [from Walk Don't Run]
Cecil Taylor
Enter Evening - Cecil Taylor [from The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz]
Simultaneously articulate on multiple planes.

Slipped, Tripped and Fell In Love - Ann Peebles [from Original Funk Soul Sister The Best of Ann Peebles]
The title could be a romantic comedy, but the song itself is deliciously bitter.
In Session at the Tintinabulary
March 23, 2014
Crestline 140323 - Keith Eisenbrey
(tenor banjo)
March 24, 2014
Banned Rehearsal 855 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Steve Kennedy, Aaron Keyt, Neal Kosály-Meyer
April 12, 2014 - 8 PM 
A Cat's Life Returns Again - a recital by Keith Eisenbrey, piano, with special guest Olivia Sterne, narrator
Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center, Seattle
Attitude - Doug Palmer
Greek Nickel 2 - J. K. Randall
Sonata (2012) - Aaron Keyt
A Cat's Life, a little opera for solo piano (1990) - Keith Eisenbrey
June 27, 2014 - 8 PM
Banned Rehearsal Celebrates 30 Years of Noise
Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center, Seattle

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