R.I.P Maximillian Schell – Actor, Director, Lover of Music & Art

February 1st, 2014
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    Schell listening to Bernstein on Beethovan – (youtube treasure a must see repost)

    I don’t actually have a profession. I wander through life and through all areas of art,” Schell once said.
    Max played piano.

    R.I.P Maximillian Schell Oscar-winning actor,dies aged 83.

    Mr. Schell sometimes performed as a concert pianist and conductor and appeared with such classical music luminaries as Claudio Abbado and Leonard Bernstein. In the early 1980s, he and Bernstein were co-hosts of a PBS television series in which they discussed the music of Beethoven.

    (His wiki here )

    His film on Marlene was great. See the trailer here (Max shared a birthday with Delmore.)

    How it all started.. his film on Marlene..(Max on youtube)

  • Schell worked with Vanessa Redgrave in many films.. among them Little Odessa directed by John Gray.

  • Max & Monty both were brilliant.

    Full film Judgement at Nuremberg

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    May Sister Maria

    Maria Schell’s life was filled with romances, loneliness, unrequited love, disappointments, debt, depression, suicide attempts, and an unwillingness to grow old gracefully. Her brother and confidant, actor/director/cowriter Maximilian Schell, blends interviews with staged scenes in this examination of their personal relationship, expressing his great respect for her lifework and the regret he felt at her later failures.

  • Schell made his Hollywood debut in 1958 in the World War II film The Young Lions (1958) quite by accident, as the producers had wanted to hire his sister Maria Schell, but lines of communication got crossed, and he was the one hired.
    Schell ultimately won two more Oscar nominations for acting, in 1976 for Best Actor for The Man in the Glass Booth (1975) and in 1978 as Best Supporting Actor for Julia (1977) (via IMDB)

    Schell as Hamlet
    Flick philosopher
    (Saw his Hamlet with Japanese subtitles.. dialogue in German.)

    Schell collects Josef Albers.

    Maximilian Schell discovered Josef Albers’s Homages to the Square at the Sidney Janis Gallery in the early 1970s, where, every two years, Albers, by then an octogenarian, would present his latest “platters to serve color”. This was the deliberately unpretentious term the artist applied to his unique forays in color presentation that evoked the mysterious interaction of one hue beyond its boundary and into its neighbor’s territory, and that held the film and theater man captive to the poetic possibilities of pure paint applied with technical virtuosity to the panel.

    Schell instantly realized that he had found a level of mastery and subtlety and nuance akin to his own ideals as a director and actor, even in his lesser-known territories of interest as a pianist and an athlete. Schell would point out to people that the difference of less than a split second could distinguish a gold medal winner from one who took a bronze medal in the Olympics, and that an equally minuscule unit of time was the decisive factor in Pollini’s or Abato’s playing of a Mozart piano sonata as opposed to that of a hack. That attention to a mere particle of a second of time represented the level of perfection that Schell sought in every arena of his own life, and he recognized that Josef Albers achieved it, to a tee, in the realm of color.(via)

    R.I.P Pete Seeger – The Power of Song

    January 28th, 2014
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    Photo via Passion for boating

    Pete Seeger performing “Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram” in Calcutta in 1963.

    This bhajan (Hindu devotional song) translates:

    Chief of the house of Raghu, Lord Rama,
    Uplifters of those who have fallen, Sita and Rama,
    Sita and Rama, Sita and Rama,
    O beloved, praise Sita and Rama,
    God and Allah are your names,
    Bless everyone with real wisdom, Lord.

    h/t to Priya Barr

  • The Power of Song - a film by his late wife..

    Pete Seeger Remembers His Late Wife Toshi, Sings Civil Rights Anthem “We Shall Overcome”

  • Fracking Indigenous Struggle and Hiroshima Bombing

  • Arlo Guthrie

    Pete Seeger:

    I usually do a little meditation and prayer every night before I go to sleep – Just part of the routine. Last night, I decided to go visit Pete Seeger for a while, just to spend a little time together, it was around 9 PM. So I was sitting in my home in Florida, having a lovely chat with Pete, who was in a hospital in New York City. That’s the great thing about thoughts and prayers- You can go or be anywhere.

    I simply wanted him to know that I loved him dearly, like a father in some ways, a mentor in others and just as a dear friend a lot of the time. I’d grown up that way – loving the Seegers – Pete & Toshi and all their family.

    I let him know I was having trouble writing his obituary (as I’d been asked) but it seemed just so silly and I couldn’t think of anything that didn’t sound trite or plain stupid. “They’ll say something appropriate in the news,” we agreed. We laughed, we talked, and I took my leave about 9:30 last night.

    “Arlo” he said, sounding just like the man I’ve known all of my life, “I guess I’ll see ya later.” I’ve always loved the rising and falling inflections in his voice. “Pete,” I said. “I guess we will.”

    I turned off the light and closed my eyes and fell asleep until very early this morning, about 3 AM when the texts and phone calls started coming in from friends telling me Pete had passed away.

    “Well, of course he passed away!” I’m telling everyone this morning. “But that doesn’t mean he’s gone.”

    R.I.P Claudio Abbado – (A Great Conductor Arranged the Tarkovsky Festival)

    January 20th, 2014
  • R.I.P Claudio Abbado (26 June 1933 – 20 January 2014)

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    Andrei and Claudio
    ( Photo by Cordula Groth)

    Photo via Nostalghia.com.

    Tarkovsky spoke Italian here.., with Claudio Abbodo.

  • Hearing the silence :a portrait (youtube) of Claudio Abbado

  • Gustavo Dudamel dedicates TV live Berlioz Requiem in Abbados Memory

  • Abbado conducted Cecilia Bartoli, Exsultate,Jubilate by W,A,Mozart

    David Lang – I Lie or Living in Pain with Great Beauty

    January 8th, 2014
  • The Great Beauty

    Paolo Sorrentino narrates the opening of his film ‘The Great Beauty’ – with music by David Lang

  • Happy birthday David Lang.. image via

    David Lang: Living in pain with great beauty

    Composer David Lang Explains Bach Connection

    Little Match Girl Passion by David Lang – 2012 Hot Air Music Festival

    Ake Ome Koto Yoro 2014 – Bags Groove, Milt Jacskon

    January 1st, 2014
  • Milt Jackson

    January 1 - birthday of Milt Jackson

    Happy New Year!
    Akemashite Omedeto Gozaimasu. (Young Japanese people say “AkeOme!”)

    Kojima Ichiro – Tsugaru Photographer + Tugaru Shamisen.

    December 27th, 2013

    Ichiro Kojima (onlinebrowsing) – see more photos.

    Kojima (b. 1924, Aomori, Japan) served the war effort in China during World War II and returned to his homeland, Aomori, in 1946. Having passed through several jobs, he began to help out in the family business, a photographic equipment shop.
    Tsugaru, the series in this exhibition, was shot during Kojima’s first four years as a photographer; it may be said that it was during this time he worked on Tsugaru where Kojima developed his characteristic printing technique.

    more here..

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  • Under the guidance of an experienced beggar, the younger blind man would learn the basics of shamisen and begging. These men, called bousama (sarcastically meaning “honorable monk,”), were definitely at the bottom of the social ladder. They traveled through farming and fishing areas, where they would be able to play for food in order to survive.
    Tsugaru History

    Tsugaru-Aomori Japan (see map)

    Yusef Lateef – R.I.P

    December 24th, 2013
  • R.I.P Yusef Lateef

    Dr. Yusef Abdul Lateef, 93, of Shutesbury, passed away Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, in the late morning. He passed peacefully at home with loved ones.
    Dr. Lateef was a Five College Professor of Music and Music Education from 1987 to 2002 and was well known for his support and mentorship of up and coming artists. Dr. Lateef was a 2010 recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Award. This Grammy Award-winning composer and musician’s career began in the 1940’s and has continued with touring and performing worldwide until the summer of 2013.

  • Love theme from Spartacus

  • Senor Horace Silver Update

    December 17th, 2013
  • Update: news of his death was unconfirmed.. He is still alive.. may you live forever.

  • I’ve got to B natural and have faith what comes through me..I’ve got to B major in positivity and B minor in negativity..I must not B flat and allow the light of my enthusiasm to fade.” ~excerpt from a poem by Horace Silver

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    Funky and humorous (Many good links to his compositions)

    Chico Hamilton’s Film Scores + Repulsion & Sweet Smell of Success

    November 29th, 2013

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    Chico Hamilton died at 92 (NYtimes)

    Asked by Marc Myers of the website JazzWax how he got the name Chico, he said he wasn’t sure but thought he acquired it as a teenager because “I was always a small dude.”

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    Soundtrack opening theme from Repulsion (youtube)

    See a video of Chico Hamilton and Polanski from a link below.
    Chico Hamilton Dancing to a different drummer (Very curious about this documentary)

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  • White House drum solo. (youtube)

  • Collaboration of Virgil Thomson & Gertrude Stein + Portrait of Virgil by Alice Neel

    November 25th, 2013
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    Four Saints in Three Acts Music by Virgil Thomson, original libretto by Gertrude Stein.

    (Mark Morris – here and here )

  • Alice Neel
    1971 Virgil Thomson
    Oil on Canvas
    48 x 37 inches / 121.9 x 94 cm
    National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.

    Virgil Thomson (November 25, 1896 – September 30, 1989)

    Virgil Thomson like many other great composers studied under Nadia Boulanger (scroll down)

  • More music by V.T.

    Portraits (youtube)

    Louisiana Story.. (Youtube)
    Robert Flaherty – 1948

  • Meredith Monk – Dancing Voices

    November 20th, 2013

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    Happy birthday Meredith Monk

    Book of Days

    Peter Greenaway documentary part 1 (8 parts)

    Lots of great images and videos here: Meredith Monka An Art That Seeks

  • Happy birthday Bjork and Meredith M.. (Bjork’s birthday is Nov 21..one day later)

  • Four Temperaments & Portraits of Paul Hindemith

    November 16th, 2013
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    Four Temperaments

    The Four Temperaments is a ballet made by New York City Ballet co-founder and balletmaster George Balanchine to music he commissioned from Paul Hindemith (the latter’s eponymous 1940 music for string orchestra and piano) for the opening program of Ballet Society, immediate forerunner of City Ballet. The première took place on Wednesday, November 20th, 1946, at the Central High School of Needle Trades, New York City

    George Balanchine – archive

  • Paul Hindemith
    (16 November 1895 – 28 December 1963) was a German composer, violist, violinist, teacher and conductor.

    Eearly Years (See many family photos here)

    Hindemith’s early childhood was marked by his father’s draconian style of upbringing. He brought up his children with extreme harshness, attempting to secure upward mobility for them (that had been denied him) through «colossally strict drill starting at the earliest age» and «the most precise inspection.»

    Paul Hindemith by August Sander

    Via Tate

  • Paul Hindemith and Stravinsky

    Paul Hindemith and Igor Stravinsky in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1961.
    Santa Fe Opera mounted Hindemith’s “News Of The Day” and Stravinsky’s “Persephone” that summer.

  • Mathias Der Maler (Opera)

  • Trauermusik (Funeral music)

    Hindemith wrote Gebrauchsmusik (Music for Use)—compositions intended to have a social or political purpose and sometimes written to be played by amateurs. The concept was inspired by Bertolt Brecht. An example of this is his Trauermusik (Funeral Music), written in January 1936. Hindemith was preparing the London premiere of Der Schwanendreher when he heard news of the death of George V. He quickly wrote this piece for solo viola and string orchestra in tribute to the late king, and the premiere was given that same evening, the day after the king’s death.[