Saturday, October 10, 2015



October 3, 2015
Macefield Music Festival

at The Sunset Tavern
The Kent 3 are survivors of the mid-90s punkish scene in Seattle, apparently well known among the junta of other survivors of the mid-90s punkish scene in Seattle. Their set is fast and tight, filling every cranny with get in your face, while
Best in the game

at The Tractor Tavern
Mikey & Matty do their best to channel the blood-harmony of the Everly Brothers. Faustine Hudson (nice hat!) is the best drummer I have heard live in ages, perhaps ever. There is a palpable negative space in her drumming, not a stroke is without effect, nor a silence without weight. All that, solid as can be, and she's obviously having a blast in the bargain. She alone was worth the trip to Ballard.


October 4, 2015
String Quartet in C Major op. 59 #3 - Beethoven - Amadeus Quartet

Outside the busy household a wraith bides, not invading except as an occasional awareness from inside.

Polonaise in F-sharp minor op. 44 - Chopin - Peter Katin

The mid-bit refuses to move in any direction until suddenly, whoops! it's over here, like some dumb magic trick - a sleight of tonality by misdirection of memory. Mr. Katin orchestrates admirably.

Symphony in C Major op. 61 - Schumann - Berlin Philharmonic, Herbert von Karajan

Lingering on a note just long enough, persists just exactly to a metrical weight-moment uponwhere we think we might remember someotherwhere this might have gotten to, but moves elseonwards. Underneath the e-string shimmer the slow roll of slumberous hornscellosclarinets - the dreaming body beneath the dream. The last movement, rambunctious, encloses within itself the poignant end of some slow movement otherwise not present.

October 6, 2015
Piano Concerto in B-flat Major op. 83 - Brahms - London Symphony Orchestra, Janos Ferencsik, Julius Katchen

Bridges and roads of stone, not the mountains they traverse, but the views of the mountains from the bridges and roads of stone.

Waltz in D-flat major op. posth. - Scriabin - Michael Ponti

A quick stutter of waltz, giddy til it drops through the floor. Not a waltz for human metabolism.

Das Knaben Wunderhorn - Mahler - Concertgebouworkest, Amsterdam, Bernard Haitink, Jessye Norman, John Shirley-Quirk

Tone painting overdone to the point of ghoulishness, the singers' world envelops, leaves no room for us outside from which to observe, we too are brought in, immersed. Märchenwelt as another exotic location.

October 8, 2015
Prelude "en Tapisserie" - Satie - Frank Glazer

All the parts are in the box. No instructions for conceptual assembly, or what help is given mostly hinders.

Allegro Barbaro - Bartok - June de Toth

Bartok has not, as has Satie, lost his faith in stretto and splash.

Alagazam - The Peerless Quartet [from Alan Lowe's That Devilin' Tune]

Poking out from between the patently offensive lyrics and (presumed) black-face presentation, is some pretty fun proto-beatboxing, nonsense words as drums, or up-tempo quantitative verse.

In Session at the Tintinabulary

October 4, 2015
Trio 151004 - Keith Eisenbrey
I improvised three tracks, one each of bells & gongs, tin whistle, and clavichord.

October 5, 2015
Gradus 276 - Neal Kosály-Meyer

Neal introduces a new C-sharp, but not to anypitch else, because any other pitch is unimaginable, a perceptual impossibility. Until it isn't.

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