Saturday, June 7, 2014


May 31, 2014
Ian Grunfeld
back steps up which roadies haul drums and gear
Your Mother Should Know
On The Ground
Tom Price Desert Classic
Ancient Warlocks
High Dive, Seattle
A decade and more ago Ian Grunfeld sang in the Humidiflyers, the first local band Karen and I followed at Neal's instigation, and the first going concern in that arena whose members we got to know a little. Even then we were among the older folks in the room, but being related to Neal, who knew them from his work at EMP, we were greeted with friendly respect. They produced several fine recordings, but young people often find themselves with other things they need to do so they eventually broke up. With a guitar on a strap and joined by a mandolin player Ian sang labor songs to kick off the evening, which was a benefit for the Seattle Wobblies. It was great to hear that voice again.
Your Mother Should Know
YMSK (Karen Eisenbrey and Neal Kosály-Meyer), having been hard at work recording an album, haven't played out much recently. But after all that practice working up songs, actually performing some of them comes as a relief. I remember the first time they played the High Dive I was still in the proud daddy mode of constantly worrying they'd fall apart. But they never have so I've gotten over it.
On The Ground was the only band of the evening I hadn't heard before. They play fast and loud, all the instrumentals tightly bound rhythmically. The vocals, a drill sergeant ear shout or an over the emotional edge parental nag, but at a clip, slices into the instrumental rhythm as though dropped from a height.
Seattle stalwart Tom Price stakes a claim somewhere between Iggy Pop and Bob Dylan, with a band full of musician's musicians to match. Ancient Warlocks rely on clearly articulated slow changes to allow their huge sound to sink in. The walls begin to glow.

June 3, 2014
Occhi del mia cor vita - Gesualdo - Consort of Musicke, Anthony Rooley
Each syllable in each voice is a major event, we focus absolutely on each local event. The outside does not exist.
Konzert in F BWV 1046 - Bach - Festival Strings Lucerne, Rudolf Baumgartner
How we repeat each other. How we fit. How we glorify each other. How grace flows from above.
Sonata in F Wq. 48 - C.P.E. Bach - Bob van Asperen
Evening games. A dinner party. So nice to see you all.
Grande Jeu with Thunder - Michel Corrette - David Di Fiore
Here thunder is an effect, bald and blatant. No great attempt is made to integrate it into the fabric of whatever the music was doing on the side, or even to make it strange or other to that music. A ready-made curiosity.
Symphony in B flat (#16) - Haydn - The Hanover Band, Roy Goodman
There was a time when symphonies did not need to be grand. This one concerns itself with the sizes of things as lensed by how they fit in the meter that they are creating.
In Session at the Tintinabulary
June 2, 2014
Banned Rehearsal 860 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Aaron Keyt, Neal Meyer
June 5, 2014
Hey Hey Hey - Keith Eisenbrey
First go at a new project, by revisiting an old one.
June 27, 2014 - 8 PM
Banned Rehearsal Celebrates 30 Years of Noise
Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center, Seattle

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