Saturday, February 21, 2015



February 15, 2015
Canals of Venice
The Musicquarium Lounge, Seattle

After a fine dinner at The Brooklyn we crossed the street to hear Canals returning to this upscale joint. They have gained yet another player - a multi-instrumentalist who adds oboe, banjo, mandolin, bass, and yet more vocal sounds to their already varied mix. They are fast assembling a mini orchestra of Stravinskian quirkiness.


February 16, 2015
Quartet in A (#1) op. 4 - Alexander Zemlinsky - LaSalle Quartet

Staying upright on treacherous footing, but not always gracefully. If the parts are packed tightly enough the whole mightn't collapse.

February 19, 2015
Symphony in G (#4) - Mahler - Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf

The sleigh-bells here are desultory, like the grim "hoorah!" that punctuates The Threepenny Opera. The wandering counterpoints seize at any passing catastrophe. If we weren't there before, the last pianissimo bass plunk at the end of the first movement tumbles us over the edge of daylight into a gothic fairy-tale world. Elisabeth Schwarzkopf reigns as Queen Irony, dripping blood and knives, a vamp macabre singing kiddy songs.

In Session at the Tintinabulary

February 15, 2015
Stories for Esther - Patti Simon

Our neighbor asked if I would record her reading some stories for her granddaughter - a fun little project.

Mitchell 150215
Mitchell 150215 folded
Mitchell 150215 folded rubbed
Peavey 150215
Peavey 150215 folded
Peavey 150215 folded rubbed - Keith Eisenbrey

I made a bunch of noise for the holiday weekend, on an acoustic steel string with a pickup and on a solid body electric - running both through an amplifier with spring reverb.

February 16, 2015
Banned Telepath 29 150216 Seattle
Banned Telepath 29 150216 Somerville
Banned Rehearsal 879 150216 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Steve Kennedy, and Neal Kos├íly-Meyer (in Seattle): and Aaron Keyt (in Somerville)

Aaron sends a message from snowed-in Somerville to nearly vernal Seattle.

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