It was a pleasure last week to get together with poet El Habib Louai & his band — for their lovely gig in Brooklyn that included Louai’s Arabic translation of Ginsberg’s “America” & plenty of other goodies, poetry- and music-wise. They are a treat! Catch them if you get a chance…
As Carl Wilson remarks on Slate reviewing Elijah Wald’s book Dylan Goes Electric! Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night That Split the Sixties: “Because history is told by the victors, rock lore holds up the Newport tale as the fierce nonconformist standing up to the timid crowd, but on a deeper level it was one nonconformity against another, a dispute about what it meant to rebel.” And the famous myth about … Read more Tomorrow: 50th B-Day of Dylan going Fender Stratocaster
Olivier Messiaen: “Beneath it all, Pierre Boulez is simply a poet.” Soprano Marisol Montalvo sings Pierre Boulez’s “Pli selon pli” live with L’Ensemble Intercontemporain conducted by Matthias Pintscher. “Pli selon Pli” is a set of five songs based on poems by Stéphane Mallarmé. It is for me one of the seminal 50s/60s musical compositions & bears returning to again & again. Details on composition & the poems available here; … Read more Happy 90th B-Day, Pierre Boulez!
If you don’t know this great Lebanese singer, check here & also here, where you’ll find the poet Sargon Boulos’ biographical essay on her.
“Rigwreck” – Gabriel Jackson (b. 1962, UK) The Crossing gives the world premiere of Gabriel Jackson’s “Rigwreck” on the third concert of our fifth annual Month of Moderns Festival at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill on June 30th, 2013. “Rigwreck” was commissioned as part of “The Gulf (between you and me),” a series of 3 works from 3 separate composers dealing with the BP Oil Spill Crisis in … Read more “Rigwreck”: Music by Gabriel Jackson; Poem by Pierre Joris
I’ll always remember that late night more or less incoherently right on conversation about the blues at the bar of the El Quichote, sometime in 1970. And the music, the music will always be there. Thanks.
This review just in — first paras below; read the rest here: Dr. Skinnybones-A Last Hurrah For The Glory Of Drinking Alone November 2, 2013joshterzinoLeave a commentGo to comments My first exposure to Brooklyn’s Dr. Skinnybones came the same way a lot of great Brooklyn bands come to my attention, through the aid of Oliver Ignatius. His studio has been releasing compilations of all the bands they work with, and on Mama Coco’s … Read more Review of Dr. Skinnybones New Release
The Gulf (between you and me), a major project that has taken years of planning, brought together composers, a poet, an artist, and a variety of musicians from Japan and America to join The Crossing in exploring a particular theme: how we seem to hear what the earth is saying to us with the same sad inability with which we often listen to those we most love. Luxembourg-American poet … Read more The Crossing Rehearsing “The Gulf (between you & me)”
Composer Gene Coleman just posted the first 10 minutes of his composition “Water Of The Last Moment” which constituted the opening section of “The Gulf (between you and me)” commissioned by The Crossing and for which I wrote the texts. Gene added the following note: This is the first 10′ from this work for 24 voices, Sho and Live Electronics. It was commissioned by The Crossing for their project … Read more Gene Coleman’s “Water Of The Last Moment” & PJ’s “Dis/Aster”