March 7, 2015
Semele - Handel
McCaw Hall, Seattle
Tricked out like a check-out line bodice ripper, chins and pecs and heaving embonpoint blazoned full screen in old-school cinematic glory, a full frontal demonstration of how to sell a museum piece as hip and happening. Behind all that, some gaudily fancy singing and an ably paced mix of ensemble and solo spin a demoralizing tale. Best to keep to your place, don't get uppity. Not generally being a big fan of Handel, I was pleasantly surprised to enjoy the music quite a bit. All that coloratura filigree was strangely enthralling.
March 9, 2015
Quartet #1 - Elliott Carter - Composers Quartet
fibrous, tough, entwined
to reach where the ancient sky endures
March 10, 2015
Honky Tonk - Bill Doggett [collected from Dave Marsh's the Heart of Rock & Soul]
A lesson. Over a circular pattern Mr. Doggett shows how it is done.
Structures 2 pour deux piano - Pierre Boulez - Alfons and Aloys Kontarsky
It starts as a perverse study in the sound of piano tone as it decays - perverse because it is almost entirely staccato for the first long stretch. Long tones are allowed only at the edges, as it were, on the inside curves of tightly bound pages, where the ink accidentally runs. The subject is more overt toward the end, though I suspect I could hear the end as a complimentary perverse study in the cutting short of sound.
Sequenza 3 - Luciano Berio - Cathy Berberian
De-texting, de-syllable-izing, de-lexicon-izing language, voice, presence. Odd echoes of Handel (see above).
In Session at the Tintinabulary
March 8, 2015
Takemine 150308 folded
Takemine 150308 folded rubbed - Keith Eisenbrey
Improvisation on acoustic steel string guitar, with computer assisted manipulations.
Gradus 261 - Neal Kosály-Meyer
muted, not feeble
sounding the tie-rods driven into the heart of the rock
So quickly we have climbed far past the point at which the explication of all possible sub-rungs within a rung has become impossible within the time allowed. The deeper in we go the more quickly we accelerate, the smaller we become.
March 12, 2015
Half a Bus Closer to Home - Karen Eisenbrey and Neal Kosály-Meyer
As part of Karen's St. Rage fiction project her fictional band wrote fictional songs, some of which have been actually written. Her actual garage rock band, Your Mother Should Know, in disguise, recorded this one.