The Read: Apr. 21, 2011

April 21, 2011 at 2:48 pm 3 comments

Things I’ve found recently:

1. Tim Berne is on NPR! A review of Insomnia on Fresh Air: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/20/135174967/tim-berne-slow-cooked-jazz. (My review of Insomnia is here.)

2. Gutbucket gets interviewed by the Fracture Compound blog. Learn about the compositional and rehearsal process behind their frenetic jazz/rock/punk songs. http://fracture-compound.com/2011/04/07/interview-gutbucket/#more-1090.

(Gutbucket is coming to town: Tue. May 10 (Revolution Cafe, San Francisco); Wed. May 11 (Cafe Van Kleef, Oakland); Thu. May 12 (Hotel Utah, San Francisco). I haven’t reviewed their new one, Flock, on this blog, but I did write about the previous one.)

3. Steve Lehman‘s latest project: “Impossible Flow,” sounds pretty cool. You’ll recall he infuses his jazz with things like spectralism, a very scientific-sounding approach to harmony. Here’s a review of an “Impossible Flow” performance, written by the very cool Steve Smith: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/21/arts/music/steve-lehman-saxophonist-at-le-poisson-rouge-review.html

4. Now on Ubuweb: a 60-minute documentary about Einstein on the Beach and its impact. It “changed forever the image of opera,” the narrator says at the beginning. But did it? My impression has been that Einstein is now viewed as a unique event in opera, a monumental, one-time accomplishment. People heard, experienced, absorbed, and moved on; even Glass’ subsequent operas were more conventional, right? Anyway, I’ve written before about my puzzlement and wonder at this major work, and it’s nice to have some explanations and to see some rehearsal footage to help me muddle my way through. I’m doubly glad to find this resource after hearing the whole opera. http://ubu.com/film/glass_einstein.html

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Mahler vs. Braxton Angelica Sanchez in Town

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mark Weiss  |  April 22, 2011 at 9:23 am

    I say “woo hoo” (which itself is a reference to what band of SF hairstylists turned high paid hollywood synch licensers?)

  • 2. Mark Weiss  |  April 22, 2011 at 9:31 am

    i say yoo hoo (hint: producer of steve lacy at unity temple 1998 also later signed this band to his rock label)
    i yoo hoo i yoo hoo i yoo hoo i hoo yoo
    (she said ‘yoo hoo’)

    WHICH MEANS THANK YOU FOR THESE EXCELLENT AND EXCITING SUGGESTIONS FOR THE JAZZ AND OUT ENTHUSIASTS

  • 3. Craig M.  |  April 23, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Thanks as always, Mark. As for the yoo hoo part… you mean Imperial Teen? They were hairstylists?

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