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Cadenza on the Night Plain – Terry Riley at 80

June 23rd, 2015
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    At 80, Terry Riley is a happy man

    By Joshua Kosman Updated 12:54 pm, Monday, June 22, 2015

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    The prolific and influential composer-performer turns 80 on Wednesday, a milestone that will be celebrated this weekend with a three-concert series by his longtime collaborators, the Kronos Quartet. And in addition to his artistic legacy — a long and varied creative record that includes some of the most notable works in the history of minimalism and post-minimalism — Riley must hold some kind of record as the happiest and least stress-afflicted musician now working.

    He began as a neo-classicist, writing short pieces in imitation of Milhaud and Poulenc, as well as a jazz pianist. Then Young, whom he met at UC Berkeley in the ’50s, drew him into the world of experimentalism — a chapter that led to the 1964 creation of “In C,” the masterpiece of structured freedom that remains his best-known work. Throughout the late 1960s and ’70s, Riley immersed himself in musical improvisation, producing such groundbreaking albums as “Rainbow in Curved Air” but not writing anything down. (“During that decade, you won’t find any notes from me,” he says, “but a lot of music.”) He also became an adept at Indian music, studying with the Indian singer Pandit Pran Nath.

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    Perhaps his most long-standing commitment has been to his collaboration with Kronos, for which he has written more than a dozen quartets. It was the group’s founder and artistic director, David Harrington, who put Riley back on the path of notating music.

    Photos of Terry Riley

    Terry Riley and Harry Partch both were born on June 24.

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    Harry Partch (Previous post)

    Goodbye Ornette Coleman & Memory of Ornette & Derrida

    June 11th, 2015
  • NYtimes obit

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    Derrida Interviews Ornette – The Others Langauge (Three of Being)

    Philosopher Jacques Derrida Interviews Jazz Legend Ornette Coleman: Talk Improvisation, Language & Racism (1997)

    One more lengthy article on Ornette Coleman and Derrida

    previous post (see videos – Chappaqua suite & Naked Lunch)

    John Lurie – June 11 2015 via FB

    When I first started playing saxophone and discovered Ornette Coleman he freed me up. He put me on a path that made sense for me to follow.
    I would search the Worcester Public Library for anything about jazz and found a book about him and Cecil Taylor. For some reason the line that stayed with me that Ornette said was, “I knew I was on to something when I found I could make mistakes.” That hit me so profoundly. Yeah, that is exactly right, even if no one but you knows, you are on to something if you can make mistakes.
    I managed to see him play often. When he took his solo at the end of Skies in America at Carnegie Hall, Bill Noel turned to me and said, “he just stopped time.”
    Which was also exactly right.
    Later, when the Lounge Lizards started he was remarkably supportive and helpful to the young band leader following in his footsteps.
    And much much later, when I had found my musical voice, I had some of the guys in my band that he used to hire, but was having a really rough time with them.
    So I called Ornette and we had an amazing two hour conversation
    about running a band.
    Ornette’s passing hit me really hard. He meant something to me and not because of all the musical innovations that he made, which are many but because of the sweetness in him. Almost like an angel.

    Joni Mitchell Update – April 2015

    April 28th, 2015
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  • An Oral History of Laurel Canyon, the 60s and 70s Music Mecca

    Pierre Boulez is 90 years old Today

    March 26th, 2015
  • Happy birthday Pierre Boulez

    The modernist maverick: Pierre Boulez at 90
    Ivan Hewett pays tribute to classical music’s most contentious revolutionary

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  • Boris Vian and The Mood Indigo by Michel Gondry

    March 9th, 2015
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    Whimsy and Spit: Boris Vian’s Two Minds (New Yorker)

  • The Sheik of Araby (his jazz)

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  • Boris Vian (French: [bɔʁis vjɑ̃]; 10 March 1920 – 23 June 1959) was a French polymath: writer, poet, musician, singer, translator, critic, actor, inventor and engineer. He is best remembered today for his novels.
    Vian was also an important influence on the French jazz scene. He served as liaison for Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington and Miles Davis in Paris, wrote for several French jazz-reviews (Le Jazz Hot, Paris Jazz) and published numerous articles dealing with jazz both in the United States and in France. His own music and songs enjoyed popularity during his lifetime, particularly the anti-war song “Le Déserteur”

  • Mood Indigo (French: L’Écume des jours) is a 2013 French film co-written and directed by Michel Gondry and co-written and produced by Luc Bossi, starring Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou. It is an adaptation of Boris Vian’s 1947 novel Froth on the Daydream.

    Trailer the Mood Indigo (youtube)

  • Three Kings – Elvis, Bowie and Hawking

    January 8th, 2015
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    (Yumi Shirakawa, Hideko Takamine, Yoko Minamida, Misako Uji and Yumiko Hasegawa visiting Elvis.)


  • See Bowie with Nicolas Roeg here.

  • Happy birthday Stephen Hawking..
    I saw Theory of Everything.. Eddie Redmayne was excellent.

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  • Night Waltz – Adieu 2014 – & Happy New Year- 2015

    December 31st, 2014
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    Photo by Tim Richmond.

    Happy birthday Paul Bowles and Patti Smith (Dec 30.. they share a birthday).
    Night Waltz (See Jane and Paul Bowles)

  • In Memoriam..

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    Philip Seymour Hoffman known for playing beautiful losers, leaves behind a legacy of work that broke your heart and hit you in the gut.

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  • Yamaguchi Yoshiko and Isamu Noguchi

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  • Pete Seeger, the power of song- he loved boating.

  • Visionary Land Artist Nancy Holt

  • Genpei Akasegawa - Neo Dada Artist

  • Jane and Kate Barry

    Rene Burri -Swiss Magnum photographer <> <> Jane Bown -Shy & Gentle photographer
    Minimalist photographer Lewis Balts

    Billie Whitelaw (Samuel Beckett’s perfect actress)

    Maximillian Schell

  • Robin Williams 1abikeRobin

    Shoji Masui 1Toruburmeseharp he passed away on March 3, 2014. (Burmese Harp directed by Kon Ichikawa)

    Luis Rainer A Movie Legend with 2 Oscars was 104.

    Jane Freilicher - (See portraits of Frank OHara, Koch and Ashbery)

    Ruby Dee
    Amiri Baraka

    Adios Senor Horace Silver (click to see large)

  • Let our scars fall in love, Farewell Galway Kinnell<> <> Maxine Kumin<> <> Mark Strand
    Charles Barsotti (Cactus Dwarf Orchard)

    Camille Lepage Young Photo Jounalist Killed In Central Africa

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    Takakura Ken -legendary actor was 83.

    Cab Calloway Reefer Man + Bogie’s Untold Story – Happy Holidays 2014

    December 25th, 2014
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    Cab Calloway and Humphrey Bogart were born on Dec 25.
    Happy birthday Sissy Spacek, Louise Bourgeois and Hannah Schygulla.

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    Happy Holidays 2014!

  • Update: Arnold Schoenberg wishes you a very merry Xmas

  • Tom Waits -His Father was an Exhaust Manifold and His Mother a Tree

    December 6th, 2014
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    Happy birthday Tom Waits.

    See and hear Gun street girl (youtube)

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  • Writing songs is like capturing birds without killing them. Sometimes you end up with nothing but a mouthful of feathers.
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    More “Wit and Wisdom” from his homepage.

    1) I knelt at the altar of Ray Charles for years. I worked at a restaurant, and that’s all there was on the jukebox.
    2) The blues is like a planet. It’s an enormous topic. You can’t ignore the impact that it has had and continues to have on the whole musical culture. It’s a tree that everyone is swinging from. Without it, I don’t know where I would be. It’s indelible and indispensable.
    3) I love Burroughs (William S. Burroughs). He’s like a metal desk. He’s like a still, and everything that comes out of him is already whiskey.
    4) He is one of the standards by which I measure all singers. (On Harry Belafonte) (via IMDB)

    Don Cherry & Organic Music Theatre + Sonny R, Hancock, Terry Riley

    November 18th, 2014
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    Don Cherry photo by Roberto Masotti

  • Don Cherry & Herbie Hancock - Bemsha Swing (Live) (youtube)

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  • Terry Riley / Don Cherry 1975 – part 1/3 – AUDIO (youtube)

  • Don Cherry & Organic Music Theatre (youtube)

  • François Couperin – Les Barricades Mysterieuses

    November 9th, 2014

    Les Barricades mysterieuses (Scott Tennant on Youtube)

    François Couperin

    (10 November 1668 – 11 September 1733) was a French Baroque composer, organist and harpsichordist.

  • Couperin :Troisième leçon des ténèbres, Tous les matins du monde

    Tous Les Matin du Monde was directed by Alain Corneau

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    Digital image and photo by Fung Lin Hall

    Notes to Younger Self – Sam Shepard & Art Garfunkel

    November 5th, 2014
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    Sam Shepard and Wim Wenders (Paris Texas)
    Happy birthday Sam Shepard.
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    He recalls one of the play’s most notable stagings, in New York at the turn of the century, the two leads played by the late Philip Seymour Hoffman and John C Reilly, who alternated parts every so often to keep things lively.

    Shepard saw Seymour Hoffman a week before he died of a heroin overdose in February and says he had no inkling anything was awry. “He was overweight, but he was overweight a lot,” he says quietly. “And he was pretty tired. He said he was going to go back and take a nap… See, I don’t think he meant to kill himself, I think he had some bad heroin. Though I didn’t realise he was that much of a junkie.”

    He pauses. “I knew Robin [Williams] pretty well and Robin knew he wanted out – he had Parkinson’s. The two guys were very similar in that they were both overwhelmed by their own thing. I know a lot of people who’ve died… who’ve taken their own lives,” he continues after a moment of quiet. “But you know Patti [Smith], who’s an old, old friend of mine, she wrote a review of the new Murakami book that appeared in the New York Times, and at the end of it she said, ‘I don’t want to kill myself, I want to see what happens.’ And what a statement. I believe her.”

  • Happy birthday Art Garfunkel.. he has the most impressive reading list. He reads all the important literature. I like him in Bad Timing, Carnal Knowlege, Catch 22. In this video.. he explains how singing makes him happy. we’re happy and consoled by his beautiful voice and interpretation.

  • Nicolas Roeg directed Art Garfunkel in Bad Timing