Saturday, May 9, 2015



May 2, 2014
Ariadne auf Naxos - Strauss - Seattle Opera
McCaw Hall, Seattle

May 6, 2014
Machinations Musical, Divers & Sundry
Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center, Seattle

Iriviskia - Ewa Trębacz
marble maze | performers visibile and present but effectively inaudible | a battle overhead

3 Short Improvisations - Donald Craig (on a 19-tone electric guitar)
images evaporate quickly | delicate | a subtle can into which he plays

Passacaglia - Joshua Parmenter
access to cello interior allowed | source and effect not recognizable cello but audibly arising from

Inflection, Cadence, Rhythm, Pain - Inmi Lee
personal / intimate detection instrument as theater | stillness and inner motion

isolated-disintegrated - Anna Stachurska
accumulation | foil and reminder | an echo

Twitity Twixt Audity - Douglas Niemela and Donald Craig
one 2 one spinning \ d . . . {my pen tip malfunctioned, and I can't remember the word I was writing}

It was dark and the program on which I was making notes was a saturated blue. With my old eyes I was unable to make out the marks of my writing. The little notes above are what I can read of what I wrote down. However, I was deeply moved by these performances, especially by their thoughtful, mutually considerate struggle to bring what could have been merely cerebral down (or up or in or out) into a human scale, to make certain, with dead aim, that this is about us, here. Thank you!

May 7, 2014
Seattle Composers' Salon
Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center, Seattle

Krzeminski's Star - Matthew James Briggs - Matthew James Briggs, percussion; Candice Chin, violin

Mimetics of wonder and curiosity, to which the response is (first) dance and (later) awe.

Toad Song - Jessi Harvey

A most enjoyable and recommendable children's illustrated book. Spot on.

Reborn in Flame, The Death and Rebirth of a Phoenix - Ian McKnight

Literalist program music, as though it were a sound track to an educational film - except I don't remember those being so carefully considered.

Two Collaborative Works In Progress - Michael Owcharuk, piano; Karin Stevens, dance

Weight and work sinks into and sags the floor.


March 5, 2015
Banned Rehearsal 598 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Aaron Keyt, Anna K, Isabel Kosály-Meyer, Neal Kosály-Meyer - January 2001

Melody beguiles us. Where it doesn't appear we will seek it out. This one gathers slowly, picking up its pieces, cleaning up the morning after a mess of music.

Uspavansky (Lullabies) - Jan Vicar - Karen Bentley Pollick, Ivan Sokolov [from Amberwood]

Made of parts hesitant (to coalesce), it is at its strongest when most hesitant (to coalesce). It is sheer, unrepentant sensibility. No goal but refinement.

Quattro per Quattro - Robert Morris - Momenta Quartet [from Open Space 32]

Forest's chest expanding slowly as it respires. Giants and gnats breathe a day of breezes. Densities emerge in multiple guises.

In Session in the Tintinabulary

May 3, 2015
Troll 150503 Instrumental - Keith Eisenbrey

I'm taking a short break from my duets project to work on something close but a little different. It may or may not come to anything. Not ready for public yet.

May 4, 2015
Gradus 265 - Neal Kosály-Meyer

dust from artifact
or chisel bite

what is is what isn't played
what is is matrix


an eyes lifted sound
face turned upward

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