~ Music-Related ~

On this night I went with friends to the small hall at Benaroya to hear Hauschka. The opening act was Crystal Beth (the musician, not a NYC comedian), who started with soothing clarinet but soon added loop pedal and effects and vocals (singing, beatboxing, throat singing...), layer upon layer...

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I ended up down a rabbit hole about the first piece on this album: the violin sonata by Gabriel Pierné. I've known this work from a different recording I found while chewing through Pierné's music, but this performance really grabbed me. The energy of it — the ardent nervousness — take...

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Tonight I went with my son to hear the Seattle Symphony play Shostakovich and Prokofiev, conducted by Pablo Rus Broseta. The program:

  • Shostakovich: Festive Overture
    A fizzy, witty light piece that I don't remember now.
  • Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 (Beatrice Rana, piano)
    This concerto...

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Tonight I went to a fantastic performance by Ballaké Sissoko (kora) & Vincent Segal (cello) held in the auditorium at the Seattle Art Museum, part of the Earshot Jazz series. The two musicians have been playing together for a while, and it shows, and the music they have created from multiple traditi...

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This is magical and completely absorbing organ music. The earliest piece here is from 1970, and the latest was written just a few years ago in 2015. While there is considerable variety here, the music shares a use of irregular tempo relationships that keep a grip on your attention. In...

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Tonight I went to the late-night "Untitled" series concert at Benaroya, and sat on the floor right in front of the musicians with my friend Lauren. The program:

  1. John Adams: Road Movies (1995, for violin and piano)
    I really liked this, and it held the audience in a trance. The slow middle movement...

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Tonight I saw members of the Seattle Modern Orchestra play music by George Crumb and Julian Eastman at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford:

  1. Crumb: Dream Sequence (1976, for violin, cello, piano, percussion and offstage “glass-harmonica”)
    This was loose and atmospheric, but too unstructured....

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On Saturday night I saw Boris, a Japanese metal band that has been around for 25 years or so, at Neumos in Seattle. Two bands played first: Endon (also from Japan) and Sumac. As always I tended to focus on the drummers. I hadn't really listened to any of these bands' albums prior to this, but a go...

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Tonight I had a 3rd-tier box seat right over the Seattle Symphony. The program:

  1. Brahms - Tragic Overture
    I've never been into this piece, but in person it's super-rich and interesting, especially close up.
  2. Bartok - Piano Concerto #1 (Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano)
    This was a blast. I've seen...

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