by carl wilson

Regular Programming Resumes

Hi, folks. I missed you. I missed a lot of things. But I got through it. And now we are reunited, and it feels so good.

Not tons to report at the mo', but a couple of exciting things quickly to mention: One, that the absolutely astounding, charming, beguiling, surprising, virtuosic, sui-generis, superlative-exhausting Czech violist and singer Iva Bittova is coming to the Music Gallery in Toronto on Tuesday, November 6. Watch the clip above and you'll see and hear what I mean. (There's quite a bit more Bittova on YouTube if you want to pass a wonderful hour or so.)

As well, two notable notes from friends in blogland: Prof. Drew LeDrew tugs our coatsleeve to say that Destination: Out, the free-est of jazz blogs, has a very special feature this week: Vijay Iyer, who's maybe the most exciting younger player in the music today, has compiled a superb "Solo Piano Mixtape" for D:O, with his own annotations, which are beautifully written and insightful. It includes tunes by Geri Allen, Randy Weston, Cecil Taylor, Sun Ra and Andrew Hill as well as two by Iyer himself. It's up for one week only, so hop on over there.

Also our old friend Rob Walker is, as mentioned in the past, doing fascinating work on the song "St. James Infirmary" on his No Notes blog, and last week he did a fascinating interview with microtonal composer Ezra Sims, who (a) explains microtonality for beginners; and (b) offers some observations on the Louis Armstrong version of "St. James Infirmary," explaining how it incorporates mirotones and how he, in turn, slipped a "St. James" section into his piece "Sextet" - which you can hear because Rob has found this awesome site, The Avant-Garde Project, with which I, for one, am going to be spending a whole lot more time.

More soon.

General | Posted by zoilus on Thursday, September 20 at 1:11 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (1)

 

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I didn't mean to prod you on vacation Carl, but I'm glad I did. Nice post.

Posted by Half on September 20, 2007 8:34 PM

 

 

 

Zoilus by Carl Wilson