Saturday, March 24, 2018



March 22, 2018
The Magpie's Shadow - Peter Nelson-King, piano
Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center, Seattle

a well tuned selection of four different ways to be impressionist:

Five Sketches in Sepia - Ernst Bloch

evokes the visual through imitation of poetry's line by line image rhythm

Kubiniana - Hans Erich Apostel

same basic idea, but with stage sets and costumes

Iblis Suite, op. 3a - Fulvio Caldini

very tiny things disappearing into a whole (I'd like to hear this again, it went by so quickly)

The Magpie's Shadow - Peter Nelson-King

aphorisms sharply drawn - inside and outside the piano sounds both playful and exact

sing whistle slap

Peter's playing is clear and strong. His compositional voice is sophisticated and wide ranging. I look forward eagerly to hearing much more.


March 17, 2018
A Lesson of Voluntarie - William Byrd - Elizabeth Farr [from My Ladye Nevells Booke]

This is not program music, some quaint picture of times of yore. This is deep teaching - the Great-Great-Grandfather of Die Kunst der Fuge.

The Birth of the Blues - Francis Carter [from Alan Lowe's That Devilin' Tune]

irrepressible invention chomping at the bit as it works through the simple part of the tune in order to get to the breaks so that it can cut loose and rip

Picture of Health - Chet Baker and Art Pepper [from Playboys]

and light on their feet
no corner as can't be turned
no twist so tight as can't be nimbled

My Foolish Heart - Bill Evans Trio [from Waltz for Debby]

centered on the line between the downbeats
where we pivot from remembering the last to anticipating the next

24 Tonal Preludes 17-20 - Greg Short - Keith Eisenbrey [from my recital of February 22, 2018]

17 - could even up the rhythm
18 - could slow it down to avoid the stumbles
19 - pretty much nailed the hard bit
20 - kept the layers clear and the momentum steady

March 18, 2018
Unnamed Track 6 - Tillicum Junior High School Band - Bob Runyan, director [from my mom's tape of a concert given March 3, 1971]

a slinky number

Impromptu - Walt Wagner [from Caprice]

swims in keyboard sound

Walt Wagner, known in Seattle for his long-standing gig at Canlis, is the older brother of a fellow pupil of mine in the studio of my childhood piano teacher, Victor Smiley. I sat next to Walt to hear Horowitz when he came to Seattle in 1976 or thereabouts.

Seventeen Prepuntal Contraludes - Keith Eisenbrey - Keith Eisenbrey [recorded January 6, 2010]

I love how, after the first few very quick numbers, the first slow manages to be really quite small and tight, but still sound vast. Somewhere between moving from cassette tape to CD to hard drive I wound up with an extra index slot for this, so it has come up recently twice now, sandwiching my live performance of it this last February - a month ago today, in fact.

March 20, 2018
Jersey Girl - Bruce Springsteen [from a dub tape of 6 B-sides]

mariachi of the northlands
echo of calliope in the breeze

Banned Rehearsal 261 - John E, Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Aaron Keyt [July 1991]

once again at Toad Hall

on the 40th anniversary of the death of Arnold Schönberg in Hollywood California

gloriously mal-intoned organ of TH
low tones of weary desult(edness)ory
as though it were happening
if happening at all
in another state just above the edge of audibility
a throbbing hum machinery
no upper partials to speak of
the gravity being heavy that day
the acoustic effect these sounds are recorded as having been making
vis a vis
the acoustic effect these sound have now in this room

in distant rooms
brass right there imaging through the spiral storage
valiantly throwing energies around to get things going

modest success

brooks conflue

In Session at the Tintinabulary

March 19, 2018
Gradus 330 - Neal Kosály-Meyer

gradations of perceived intention rhythm, from rhythm of wind-blowing-stuff-around to is-someone-out-there?
partly tracking the dynamics
partly tracking arm motion structure - finger hand wrist elbow shoulder back hip leg stance of feet - posture as a whole in motion
how the body enters

March 24, 2018
Banned Rehearsal 954 180311-14 - Karen Eisenbrey (Seattle), Keith Eisenbrey (Seattle), Steve Kennedy (Seattle), Aaron Keyt (Chignik Lake School and Port Haiden), and Neal Kosály-Meyer (Seattle)

I finally got this put together. Aaron had to return closer to civilization in order to get ping enough to transfer the sound file made at Chignik Lake School.

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