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The Sheik of Araby (his jazz)
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.
Happy birthday Paul Bowles and Patti Smith (Dec 30.. they share a birthday).
Night Waltz (See Jane and Paul Bowles)
Philip Seymour Hoffman known for playing beautiful losers, leaves behind a legacy of work that broke your heart and hit you in the gut.
Yamaguchi Yoshiko and Isamu Noguchi
Pete Seeger, the power of song- he loved boating.
Visionary Land Artist Nancy Holt
Genpei Akasegawa - Neo Dada Artist
Jane and Kate Barry
Billie Whitelaw (Samuel Beckett’s perfect actress)
Luis Rainer A Movie Legend with 2 Oscars was 104.
Jane Freilicher - (See portraits of Frank OHara, Koch and Ashbery)
Adios Senor Horace Silver (click to see large)
Camille Lepage Young Photo Jounalist Killed In Central Africa
Happy birthday Tom Waits.
See and hear Gun street girl (youtube)
Tom Waits Kronos String Quartet Bridge School Cold Ground
Writing songs is like capturing birds without killing them. Sometimes you end up with nothing but a mouthful of feathers.
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)
Les Barricades mysterieuses (Scott Tennant on Youtube)
(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
Digital image and photo by Fung Lin Hall
Sam Shepard and Wim Wenders (Paris Texas)
Happy birthday Sam Shepard.
America on its way out of culture – interview -
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
Toru Takemitsu (武満 徹 Takemitsu Tōru, October 8, 1930 – February 20, 1996) photo by Kinoshita Akira
Composer and writer on aesthetics and music theory. Takemitsu’s contribution to film music was considerable; in under 40 years he composed music for over 100 films. via wiki
Follow his works.. you’ll get the best of post war Japanese cinema.
See Woman in the Dunes full film (Abe Kobo, Teshigahara, Toru Takemitsu)
Hiroshi Teshigahara Two films based on novels by Abe Kobo, The Face of Another, Woman in the Dunes, Rikyu about the zen/artist/tea master. and Pitfall –
Click to see large – Rikyu
Harakiri – trailer (youtube) (With Masaki Kobayashi – Takemitsu also did the film scores for Kwaidan and Samurai Rebellion)
Takemitsu also composed for Black Rain (Imamura Shohei), Ran, Dodeskaden (Akira Kurosawa), Empire of Passion (Nagisa Oshima) and Rising Sun (Philip Kaufman).
Toru T and Iannis Xenakis click to see large
Iannis Xenakis (previous post)
Glenn Gould died of a stroke on October 4, 1982, and was laid to rest in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Lord of Salisbury (youtube) (One more piece by Orlando Gibbons)
He refused to play Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Debussy and much of the other core piano repertoire, deriding their masterpieces as empty theatrical gestures. He especially disliked Mozart, and named the obscure 17th century English composer Orlando Gibbons as his all-time favorite. (via)
On Orlando Gibbons
…”ever since my teen-age years this music … has moved me more deeply than any other sound experience I can think of.”
* The Glenn Gould Reader. p. 438. New York: Knopf.
(Thanks Richard Bohn for the above quote)