Steuart Liebig Turns 50! Today….!

Steuart Liebig turns 50 today…Happy Birthday…. Supposedly he shaved his head this morning to celebrate.A KILLER gig of his music will be on Thursday. We had the first rehearsal last night. Here are some photos from …

Ligeti

Ligeti, one of the composers whose choral music (along with Bach, Josquin, Palestrina and Penderecki) has remained eternally in my listening rotation. Whose composition has inspired me since college, and has inspired innumerable other artists of …

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Odd memories of Paul Whiteman…

Little known fact: My step-grandmother’s (she is deceased) first husband (my grandfather was her fourth) reportedly played with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra. She kindly gave me his cornet…a very nice instrument…this memory was triggered by an …

Choir Boys: Eight Days in Chicago-4.12.2006

After another afternoon of teaching, we had our debut at the Empty Bottle, a great, classic, jazz/creative music bar in Chicago. Unfortunately, it lived up to its name, it was somewhat empty…but we had a good …

Choir Boys: Eight Days in Chicago-4.11.2006

Andrew showed up bright and early (5 am!!!!) He wanted to save a night on the hotel…turns out our “patron,” Roosevelt University was picking up the bill for all this stuff…he could’ve got there a day …

Choir Boys: Eight Days in Chicago-4.8-4.10.2006

I love Chicago! So when my friend Don Malone invited me to come and play his final recital (retiring after THIRTY-One years) and teach some Master Classes, I said, “of course!” Even better, he had me …

Dostoevsky and Tea….

A friend sent me this quote: “I only like playing with words, only dreaming, but, do you know, what I really want is that you should all go to hell. That is what I want. I …

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Me? I love Duchamp….

It never ceases to amaze me how people get worked up over art. Here, we have a guy attacking Duchamp’s Fountain.http://www.villagevoice.com/art/0609,saltz,72298,13.html First he pee’d on it in 1993. (After all, it is a urinal.) Now, the …

and more tea…

OK, one more link on tea and aging…and the prevention of a mental decline… Click Here It totally makes sense: If tea helps prevent arteriosclerosis , most commonly thought of in relationship to heart disease, would …

Tea and more…

Many of you know of my love of tea. Particularly white teas, green teas, and pu erh teas. Well, in a lovely morning of drinking organic Tuocha and doing some delightful searching on the internet for …

Saturday Night at Spark…

Wow. A memorable evening. Great music, particularly by Ben Nevile and Andrew Pask and then by Randy Jones. Ben and Andrew did a trance inducing set of interlocking polyrhythms and modal melodies, whereas Randy got more …

Also…

Many of you that know me, know that for years I have wanted a granular synthesis footpedal for my electronics…Now that I’ve gone max/msp I have one. One of the gentlemen that I’ve met on this …

Friday night at Spark…

Another great day. The highlight for me was DEFINITELY Gregory Taylor and Tom Hamer performing music with Mark Henrickson doing video improvisation. Gregory was using Radial to create gorgeous loops and textures with Tom playing, among …

Thursday night at Spark

Great night! Since we performed opening night our only job now is to hang out, listen to music, and meet people. I was lucky enough to hang out with Andrew Pask, of course, and meet Ben …

Hardware-Be-Gone

Finally, Spark makes it official for me. No more hardware/stomp box based sound processing…Cycling 74’s max/msp is it for me…the versatility and portability combine to make it THE way to go, in my humble opinion. Listening …