June 23, 2015
Concerto in B-flat (#6) K. 238 - Mozart - English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner, Malcolm Bilson
Would-be continuities are dissected into independently variable discrete parts, the persona of the soloist never merging with the music of the solo, never becoming a character with whom we identify, remaining always a stage prestidigitator, delighting but not until later . . .
Sonata in E-flat (#13) Op. 27 #1 - Beethoven - Artur Schnabel
. . . crossing the line between him and us, between him and the music performed, where we inhabit and are inhabited, coerced into cooperative collective mutual cross-carnation, remaining firmly in a room with stage and magician, but one whose transformations are no longer upon cards and flowers and silk scarves, but are self-directed, self-inflicted, until . . .
Nocturne in E-flat Op. 9 #2 - Chopin - Alfred Cortot (19.III.1929)
. . . the stage vanishes and we three are alone . . .
Overture, Scherzo, and Finale - Schumann - Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, John Eliot Gardiner
. . . with our questions, our precarious balance irremediably warped by an addling irrational narration, each statement imbued with toxic whirl of doubt and desire where in reflexive self-defense . . .
June 25, 2015
Die Walküre, Act III - Wagner - Wilhelm Furtwängler
. . . the stage re-appears on our infinite interior, an incarnated myth playing out at length, retrieving from the wrack of our confusion a deluded and histrionic image of mortality.
In Session at the Tintinabulary
June 21, 2015
Trio 150621 - Keith Eisenbrey
Moving on now from dubbed duets to dubbed trios. There will be a bunch of these or there won't. To start with: autoharp, anklung, and Coronet electric bass.
The autoharp is my mom's. My recollection is that we either bought it in the 60's at Montgomery Ward's, or that it had been stored under their bed from before time began for me - or both of the above. It was one of my favorite playthings growing up. My technique hasn't changed much since I was six.
The angklung was a birthday or Christmas present from my brother. I'm guessing this was in the '90s (Karen says maybe late '80s), but a careful listening of the entire Banned Rehearsal corpus could probably pinpoint the date.
The bass is on long-term loan from Steve Kennedy. Early in its tenure at the Tintinabulary I stepped on it and broke the faceplate. One of Neal's friends at EMP replaced the faceplate with a piece of old vinyl record. It looks fabulous. I have been unable to figure out what actual make it might have been so I refer to it by the label on the record: Coronet.
June 22, 2015
Banned Rehearsal 888 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Steve Kennedy, Aaron Keyt
Enjoying August in June we played on the porch of our house (as Karen says) "on a farm in a forest in a city by the sea."
June 24, 2015
The Representatives Demo - Neal Kosály-Meyer
Neal has yet another new project to throw songs at. We did a quick&dirty session to document seven songs so that the projected band might learn them.