Saturday, April 4, 2015



March 29, 2015
buttons, dollar each
Bicycle Face
Canals of Venice
Highway 99 Blues Club, Seattle

Bicycle Face is a personable trio performing a mostly acoustic set. They seemed almost alarmed to have microphones available. Their set started with a didactic-dramatic micro-musical - Pants - about the history of women wearing pants. I wish every museum display case could be that funny. A few props, minimal costumes (a hula hoop stands in for a hoop skirt), let's put on a show! The rest of the set consisted of songs like Hope the Gender Variant Chicken and a song about an Otter eating pancakes off its belly. Other than the up-to-date politics they would fit right in with Woody's Grow-Big Songs. Their EP is called Broken Umbrella - Karen and I were wondering if it was an alternate band name or (and) a reference to Gertrude Stein's "I have throwed my umbrella in the mud".

fun forest, Seattle Center, ca. 1972
Canals of Venice at long last performed their musical Martha Jane, a sordid femme fatale story with a Ferris wheel, a witch, a heart of gold, a rifle, and a beer. The characters, being (partly) part of the band, emerge from it as though in bas relief. It ends in a kind of hell-scape, giving the whole thing a trajectory not unlike Berlioz's Symphony Fantastique. The balance was terrific. Would that every show in every club could sound this good.


April 2, 2015
O dolorosa gioia - Gesualdo - Consort of Musicke, Anthony Rooley

Dark heavy draperies of counterpoint.

Konzert in B-flat Major BWV 1051 - Bach, Festival Strings Lucerne, Felix Baumgartner

Behind the affects are textures. Behind the textures are lines. Behind the lines are notes. From within each texture's line's notes patterns of meta-notes forming meta-lines forming meta-textures forming meta-affects.

Keyboard Sonata in E-flat Major Wq. 65 #7 - C.P.E. Bach - Miklos Spanyi

At least here, the underlying model  is fancy coloratura singing. To that extent C.P.E. Bach is an interesting early model for Chopin's pianism.

Keyboard Sonata in G Major Hob.XVI:G1 - Haydn - Christine Schornsheim

Phrases sit just so within the key scheme, happy to be there, happy to be framing patterns out of their registral postures.

Concerto in C K. 246 - Mozart - English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner, Michael Bilson

Mozart's phrases breathe like singers, and the whole creates a breathing space around itself.

In Session at the Tintinabulary

March 29, 2015
Sacajawea Playfield 150329 - Keith Eisenbrey

I recorded early morning bird song and modest traffic noise at this local city park.

Duet 150329 - Keith Eisenbrey

This day's pairing was tenor banjo and a concoction of zither, small cymbal, and a length of metal drain pipe.

March 30, 2015
Banned Telepath 31 150330 Seattle
Banned Telepath 31 150330 Somerville
Banned Rehearsal 852 150330 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Steve Kennedy (in Seattle); and Aaron Keyt (in Somerville)

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