Saturday, February 28, 2015



February 24, 2015
Symphony in D minor (#1) Le Poeme de la Foret - Albert Roussel - Orchestre National de France, Charles Dutoit
nice hat, M. Roussel!

where we are within is clear
we are within going
we are going within
clearly illustrated

Symphony in A minor (#4) - Jean Sibelius - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis

it bides in a single room
all immensity else vanished, anywhere
winter in the dark north

February 26, 2015
Symphony No. 4 "The Inextinguishable" - Carl Nielsen - Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Herbert Blomstedt

A tour through a symphonic display
fascination at play with distraction

In Session at the Tintinabulary

Rock On
a Plate
February 22, 2015
Samick 150222
Samick 150222 folded
Samick 150222 folded rubbed - Keith Eisenbrey

Improvisation on child-sized solid-body electric.

February 23, 2015
Gradus 260 - Neal Kosály-Meyer

first part: the dark of eclipse
second part: neutral, ceremonial. neither dark nor light.

Saturday, February 21, 2015



February 15, 2015
Canals of Venice
The Musicquarium Lounge, Seattle

After a fine dinner at The Brooklyn we crossed the street to hear Canals returning to this upscale joint. They have gained yet another player - a multi-instrumentalist who adds oboe, banjo, mandolin, bass, and yet more vocal sounds to their already varied mix. They are fast assembling a mini orchestra of Stravinskian quirkiness.


February 16, 2015
Quartet in A (#1) op. 4 - Alexander Zemlinsky - LaSalle Quartet

Staying upright on treacherous footing, but not always gracefully. If the parts are packed tightly enough the whole mightn't collapse.

February 19, 2015
Symphony in G (#4) - Mahler - Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf

The sleigh-bells here are desultory, like the grim "hoorah!" that punctuates The Threepenny Opera. The wandering counterpoints seize at any passing catastrophe. If we weren't there before, the last pianissimo bass plunk at the end of the first movement tumbles us over the edge of daylight into a gothic fairy-tale world. Elisabeth Schwarzkopf reigns as Queen Irony, dripping blood and knives, a vamp macabre singing kiddy songs.

In Session at the Tintinabulary

February 15, 2015
Stories for Esther - Patti Simon

Our neighbor asked if I would record her reading some stories for her granddaughter - a fun little project.

Mitchell 150215
Mitchell 150215 folded
Mitchell 150215 folded rubbed
Peavey 150215
Peavey 150215 folded
Peavey 150215 folded rubbed - Keith Eisenbrey

I made a bunch of noise for the holiday weekend, on an acoustic steel string with a pickup and on a solid body electric - running both through an amplifier with spring reverb.

February 16, 2015
Banned Telepath 29 150216 Seattle
Banned Telepath 29 150216 Somerville
Banned Rehearsal 879 150216 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Steve Kennedy, and Neal Kosály-Meyer (in Seattle): and Aaron Keyt (in Somerville)

Aaron sends a message from snowed-in Somerville to nearly vernal Seattle.

Saturday, February 14, 2015



February 12, 2015
Stuart Dempster, Lori Goldston, Jessika Kenney
Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center, Seattle

The stuff of music is primitive and absolute only if we, or it, is not accelerating in a relevant space. Here our listening ears are like a camera in a tracking shot, following these sounds as they travel through time and timbre and tune - only seeming stillness.


February 7, 2015
Sonata in F Op. 24 - Beethoven - Itzhak Perlman, Vladimir Ashkenazy

A realm explored: the space between what counts as tuneful and what doesn't.

Nocturne in F op. 15 #4 - Chopin - Alfred Cortot

Parts are inside and parts are outside, mismatched just so.

February 8, 2015
Symphony in B-flat (#1) - Schumann - Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan

From within the music as it goes about its symphonic business emerges sudden glory, or revery.

Missa Solennis - Liszt - Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Chorus of the Hungarian Radio and Television, Janos Ferencsik, Veronika Kincses, Klara Takacs, Gyorgy Korondy, Jozsef Gregor

Utterance is unpacked methodically, stepwise - heaven compelled in discipline.

Quartet in B-flat Op. 67 - Brahms - Budapest Quartet

Seems balanced, but nothing ever quite finishes - new thoughts spill in mid-syllable. The material shifts itself within its meter as though it were not quite comfortable in its chair.

February 10, 2015
Waltz in f minor - Scriabin - Michael Ponti

Ever so microscopically aloft, the ground dropping out from beneath.

Symphonic Suite (Symphony) #2 "Antar" op. 9 - Rimsky-Korsakov - Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Neemi Järvi

Music of event and sequence. And then, and then, and then.

In Session at the Tintinabulary

February 8, 2015
Franciscan 150208
Franciscan 150208 folded
Franciscan 150208 folded rubbed  - Keith Eisenbrey

Improvising on nylon string acoustic guiatar.

February 9, 2015
Gradus 259 - Neal Kosály-Meyer

Neal moves to C-sharp, the third pitch-class - for those who are counting.

Saturday, February 7, 2015



February 3, 2015
Konzert in B-flat BWV 1051 - Bach - Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer

A humanized, human sized performance. Each individual player retains their personal contour, their place in the group. The space between them is closely measured, even the big moments coming across as an effort of specifics rather than a gooey conglomeration.

Miklos Spanyi
Keyboard Sonata in C minor Wq. 48 #4 - C.P.E. Bach - Miklos Spanyi

Momentum giddily sacrificed to the moment, the vast chasms between now and now being bridged by design alone. The long line is left to fend for itself. We are now only here in this immediacy.

Keyboard Sonata in D Hob. XVII:D1 - Haydn - Christine Schornsheim

After CPE: Oh so rational. Oh so even tempered.

Symphony in A K114(114) - Mozart - Academy of Ancient Music, Jaap Schröder, Christopher Hogwood

I love interwoven snaky counterpoint of the Andante, and the gently tiny extra movement tacked to the end.

My brother Paul several years ago
In Session at the Tintinabulary

January 31, 2015
Fox Spit 150131
Fox Spit 150131 folded
Fox Spit 150131 folded rubbed - Keith Eisenbrey

This weeks improvisation was on the lovely acoustic steel string guitar that was the first off my brother Paul's luthiery. The rubbed version is pretty nice.

February 2, 2015
Banned Telepath 28 150202 Seattle
Banned Telepath 28 150202 Somerville
Banned Rehearsal 878 150202 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Steve Kennedy, Neal Kosály-Meyer (in Seattle); and Aaron Keyt (in Somerville)

Aaron once again drops in from eastern climes.