from Thursday, January24th of the year2008.
I always forget about the pace of life on the West Coast. It really does feel like your whole life is being slowed down by an invisible conductor. It’s not a bad thing, necessarily, but it’s noticeable. I am sitting right now in a coffee shop in the Queen Anne district of Seattle that is entirely covered in overexcited spanish exhortations: Â¡Besame Mucho! Â¡Bienvenidos Amigos!
Â¡My God! Â¡I am so excited about my coffee and internet connection!
Anyway, I am here having a piece played by the Seattle Chamber Players, who are so nice and appear to be playing my piece really, really well. As part of this festival, though, there is a full-day of forty-five minute seminars with each of the composers (there are, like, nine of us) starting at 10 AM and going until 8 PM, when the concert starts. My question is, Â¿What people in Seattle are going to commit to spending 12 hours in a concert hall hearing about New Music? If anybody comes for the whole time, you should call me and I will buy you a roast chicken.
I am especially excited to finally meet Kyle Gann. In a lot of ways, he bears the trace of every delicious and satisfying development in music since the 1960’s. He is a scholar of so-called “Downtown Music” and a wonderful advocate for forgotten music of the 1970’s and 80’s, especially Julius Eastman, who is one of my favorites. He is also something like an Internet Crazy Person, with all of the borderline narcissism attendant thereunto. But what I am particularly obsessed with about him is the relationship between his music, his website, and his blog; it’s a very interesting triangulation that rewards close and extended reading. My homegirl DannÃ½ writes very well about the Gann Phenomenon, although I would encourage him to write a “First Timer’s Guide” to the Gankypedia (?) or whatever.
If you’re ever in Seattle, “El Diablo Coffee Co” is not a bad place to spend a morning getting caught up on your emails, and their Café Con Leche is Â¡really good!