A good sentence, some shows
from Wednesday, April1st of the year2009.
There was a really good and satisfying sentence this morning in the Times. It’s one of those sentences that would drive me crazy if I were trying to learn English, too:
The Uighurs have become something of a GuantÃ¡namo Rorschach test: hapless refugees to some, dangerous plotters to others.
Excellent. I fell into a Uighur Internet Wormhole and then suddenly, I was at a Font Page:
Look, they have Hi-Tech:
Speaking of Exciting Alphabets, I am really angry that nobody told me about JanÃ¡Äek’s Glagolitic Mass until very, very recently. It is wildly beautiful and engaging and severe.
Kyrie from JanÃ¡Äek Glagolitic Mass
Danish National Radio Symphony / Mackerras
About 2:40 into this particular recording, there are these amazing string gestures: difficult, unresolved little glyphs carved into the page. Loving it.
I have four upcoming shows of note.
Show the first is at the Motel MozaÃ¯que Festival in Rotterdam on 10th April. For specific details, click, with great relish, on “Tijdschema” in the navigation bar. It appears as if I am playing around 8:30.
The second is the next night, at the Domino Festival in Brussels, 11th April 2009. I’m particularly excited about seeing this Svarte Greiner character, whose self-described keywords are: ambient, experimental, dark ambient, acoustic doom, electronic, minimal, norwegian, experimental electronic. Awesome. Plus look at the Press Photo:
He can git it. Maybe?
Then, back to New York for a week of performances with Stephen Petronio Company at the Joyce. An hour of new music! Everybody should come! It’s going to be very energetic.
Then, off to England for two shows: the first on 8th May at the Union Chapel in London, and then the next day at All Tomorrow’s Parties in Minehead.
April 1st, 2009 at 12:13 pm
Thanks for the JanÃ¡Äek excerpt, Nico. Every time I hear some JanÃ¡Äek, I wonder why I’m not listening to it all the time. Particular favorites- the Sonata for Violin and Piano, and “On an Overgrown Path”… but then there’s “Cunning Little Vixen” and “Jenufa”….amazing stuff!
April 1st, 2009 at 1:11 pm
I look forward to seeing you at the Motel Mozaique festival.
Any idea what I can expect that night? 😉
April 1st, 2009 at 1:53 pm
it seems like you will be on a Muzyka marathon!!
April 1st, 2009 at 5:24 pm
You’re going to be at Motel Mozaique? Excellent! Now I definitely have a reason to go.
Janacek is just all kinds of wonderful, but The Cunning Little Vixen is my favourite.
April 1st, 2009 at 8:31 pm
April 1st, 2009 at 8:32 pm
That article made me happy. They are my favorite detainees after Osama’s limo driver.
April 1st, 2009 at 8:43 pm
svarte greiner is really awesome, you should check out his music, by his name and the ‘deaf center’ aliase.
April 2nd, 2009 at 12:27 am
My husband has secured our admission to the Stephen Petronio performance on May 1st. I go begrudgingly. I hope you’ll upset this.
April 2nd, 2009 at 5:50 am
Stephen Petronio makes GORGEOUS work. Nico Muhly makes GORGEOUS work. Sadly, I live in North Carolina, else I would be there for this event of fabulosity. Father Tony, I predict you will unbegrudge. . .:D
April 2nd, 2009 at 10:04 am
My husband is a fan of both, so he’ll be floating several feet above his seat. Therefore, if you can make it to NYC, I could sublet his chair…
April 2nd, 2009 at 10:10 am
Bitchin’ awesome oboe part in the JanÃ¡Äek. Thanks for sharing!
April 3rd, 2009 at 4:43 pm
thanks for that JanÃ¡Äek. I only know “Po zarostlém chodnÃÄku” (translated to english: On an overgrown path), that I played piano ages ago & some of his works for piano.
April 3rd, 2009 at 8:49 pm
Wait until you hear the Glagolitic Mass live. It’s genuinely wild.
April 3rd, 2009 at 9:53 pm
The only thing better than a dark Norwegian abstract male, are the fierce Norwegian women who are changing music forever, while no one listens.
April 6th, 2009 at 9:52 am
what a wonderful offer that I sadly cannot avail myself of. . . Many thanks, and I DO hope you enjoy the concert! I anxiously await your verdict.
April 7th, 2009 at 5:50 pm
I am very very curious to see you Next Friday @ MotelMozaique
April 9th, 2009 at 8:43 pm
Thank you guys ! Perfect !
April 16th, 2009 at 8:49 am
Glad to hear that the Glagolitic Mass has hit you… bonkers reasoning by LJ why he wrote the work. The ‘Amens’ at the end of the Credo are wild.
May 3rd, 2009 at 9:50 am
We went to “I Drink the Air Before Me”. Here’s what I saw and heard: