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Top AJBlogs Posts From The Weekend 01.07.18

Recent Listening: Django Bates Trio Django Bates’ Belovèd, The Study Of Touch (ECM) Following his engrossing participation in Anouar Brahem’s Blue Maqams, pianist Bates returns to ECM with his trio in nine of his compositions, a Charlie... read...Show More Summary

Top AJBlogs Posts From The Weekend Of 12.31.17

2 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

What We Liked in 2017 When Doug McLennan asked me to write a description for my blog that ArtsJournal would begin hosting in 2017, I thought about the topics which move me to spend time writing—the things that I feel... read more AJBlog: The Bright RidePublished 2017-12-30 Recent Listening And Viewing: Ernie Watts Ernie Watts, Wheel […]

Top AJBlogs Posts From The Weekend Of 12.24.17

3 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Merry Christmas: The Annual Gift My Christmas painting for RCA readers this year is Domenico Ghirlandaio’s Nativity from the collection of the Fitzwilliam Museum at Cambridge University. It’s dated c. 1492 and was bequeathed to the museum...Show More Summary

Top AJBlogs Posts From The Week Of 12.10.17

Mostly Other People Do The Killing…Downsized, Full Bore Mostly Other People Do The Killing, Paint (Hot Cup) Mostly Other People Do The Killing has been a septet, a quintet and a quartet. For Paint, now that saxophonist...Show More Summary

Top AJBlogs Posts From The Weekend Of 12.03.17

Mundell Lowe, 1922-2017 Guitarist Mundell Lowe died today. He was 95. Lowe’s career began at 13 when he frequently went from his home in Laurel, Mississippi, to work at clubs in New Orleans’ French Quarter.... read more AJBlog: RiffTidesPublished 2017-12-02 Quad Cinema Hosts Wyler Festival WNYC’s Sara Fishko has produced a terrific audio piece about William Wyler […]

Top AJBlogs Post From The Week And Weekend Of 11.26.17

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

The Literary Roots of Lou Reed Back in the spring, when I pitched the Los Angeles Review of Books on a regular column on musicians and their literary interests, my editor immediately came up with the title All the Poets.... read more AJBlog: CultureCrashPublished 2017-11-24 Almanac: Henry James on commercial theater “Then the mixture was to […]

Top Posts For AJBlogs For The Weekend Of 11.19.17

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Arnold Schoenberg’s Musical Response to FDR   What kind of American was Arnold Schoenberg? In Los Angeles, a Jewish refugee from Hitler’s Germany, he adopted English as his primary language. He watched The Lone Ranger on TV. For his children,... read more AJBlog: Unanswered QuestionPublished 2017-11-18 Anarchy! Classical music has a mindset. Or I might call […]

Top Posts For AJBlogs From The Weekend 11.12.17

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Berkshire Museum’s Deaccession Debacle: Reactions of the Protagonists & Antagonists In their initial responses to last night’s Massachusetts Appeals Court preliminary injunction, neither the Berkshire Museum nor Sotheby’s has explicitly...Show More Summary

Top Posts From AJBlogs For The Weekend Of 11.05.17

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

The Red Shoes Redux Matthew Bourne/New Adventures brings the 1948 movie, The Red Shoes, to the stage. Victoria Page (Sara Mearns) “auditions” for Boris Lermontov (Sam Archer on settee) at a party given by her aunt, Lady Nestor (Daisy May... read more AJBlog: DancebeatPublished 2017-11-04 Unions, Journalism, and the Creative Class IF we needed another reason to […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 08.14.17

5 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Respect I co-led an hour-long seminar this summer on the business side of being a composer.  We covered a lot of topics: commissions, publication, recordings - the works. At one point, I mentioned... read more AJBlog: Infinite Curves Published 2017-08-14  

Top AJBlog Posts From The Weekend Of 08.13.17

5 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Frank Sinatra Sings Brahms The Importance of the Familiar You know how it feels when you unexpectedly hear a familiar piece of music—any kind of music? You get that jolt and you say, oh I love that song/piece. Or... read more AJBlog: The Bright RidePublished 2017-08-13 And Finally, From Ystad The Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival ran […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 08.07.17

5 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Sunrise, Sunset and Subjective Connections Can we name a universal aesthetic experience, one that all peoples around the globe have encountered from the beginning of humanity to the present?  Probably not.  But if we wanted to come close, we could... read more AJBlog: Infinite Curves Published 2017-08-07 The Artist in His Studio – Matisse: and These […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs For The Weekend Of 08.06.17

5 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

A Scientific Cure for Mosquito Bite? Not the Higgs Boson. Alice (Olivia Williams) and Jenny (Olivia Colman) photograph by Brinkhoff Mögerburg You have to wonder a little why Lucy Kirkwood’s new play (at the Dorfman, National Theatre, directed by the NT’s head honcho, Rufus Norris)... read more AJBlog: Plain EnglishPublished 2017-08-06 More From Ystad: Bobby Medina […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 08.03.17

5 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Ystad Jazz Festival: The Opener The 2017 Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival launched with a tribute to Monica Zetterlund (1937-2005). The singer’s legacy in her homeland seems to steadily expand, and the attendance reflected her continued presence in... read more AJBlog: RiffTides Published 2017-08-03  

Top Posts From AJBlogs 08.02.17

6 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Who’da Thunk? I don’t like spending money. I’m leery of signing up for ongoing contracts for service unless I really, really have to (want to). So when we bought a new “pre-owned” car that came with a three-month trial subscription to SiriusXM™ satellite radio I was not overwhelmed with joy. But here’s what happened.... read more […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 08.01.17

6 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Bard SummerScape’s latest operatic resurrection: Dvorák’s long, bloody Dmitrij Dmitrij is an opera that keeps growing before your very ears. And growing. And growing, until you have some of the most dramatically apt music Dvorák ever...Show More Summary

Top Posts From AJBlogs 07.31.17

6 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Kurt Weill in 2017 “Wherever I found decency and humanity in the world, it reminded me of America.” That this observation – recorded by Kurt Weill in 1947 – rings hollow in 2017 does not diminish the fascination... read more AJBlog: Unanswered Question Published 2017-07-30 The NYC Influence Over time, various cities emerge as strongholds of […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs For The Weekend Of 07.30.17

6 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Brubeck And Desmond: Can’t You Hear Them Calling? I am running soon for a plane headed to Sweden. But first: I must tell you about a discovery by blogger, Rifftides reader and tune-detective-first-class Tarik Townsend. Mr. Townsend (pictured) writes that... read more AJBlog: RiffTidesPublished 2017-07-28 The Jazz & Blues Art Box — instant collection, rare data […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 07.26.17

6 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Fireflies Are Out … “Veselka” cucumber conundrum soup  You can tell the temperature by the firefly rate of thorax blinking, which can be hypnotic, like the gleam of this cucumber seed in fluorescent kitchen light. Those seeds, covered in slime, scoot like baby roaches onto counter or floor when you run a spoon down the […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 07.25.17

6 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Benefits of the Arts (Again) Summer is an excellent time to review topics covered before and evaluate whether they should be raised again. Four years ago I offered a preliminary overview of a way of discussing the benefits of the arts.... read more AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2017-07-25 “Deeply Opposed”: Joint Statement by AAMD & AAM […]

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