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September 29, 2012

flashback & anticipation

September 2011: Jeffrey Kahane takes his place at the piano for the encore – I recognize it immediately.

"listening" to visual art
September 27, 2012

One of the pieces on LACO’s opening concert next weekend is inspired by a sculpture. Andrew Norman’s The Great Swiftness is a musical response to Alexander Calder’s sculpture, La Grande Vitesse, a work created for the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Using music to respond to non-musical things is not a new phenomenon. Music doesn’t exist in a vacuum, and has always been a part of human culture, telling stories and teaching history and even imitating real life (birdsong leaps to mind). But music as a response to a painting or a sculpture is a little bit different.

why they write
September 13, 2012

“You write in order to change the world … if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change it.” — James Baldwin

remembering 9/11 through music
September 11, 2012

Everyone has their personal memory of a major event. In order to enter adult hood in the contemporary world, everyone needs an “I remember where I was when” story. With modern media it is impossible to avoid tragedy, although before September 11, the violence that permeated the world seemed far from American shores to my young eyes. Of course looking to the past, we were attacked through war and political division, as well as created our own violence, but each generation relegates the problems of the previous generation to history, their imaginations incapable of creating upheaval in their own world.

westside connections podcast with mark salzman
September 11, 2012

In LACO’s latest podcast, KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen sits down with author Mark Salzman, the featured guest at Thursday’s Westside Connections 2012-13 series launch.

an epiphany courtesy of a dog
September 05, 2012

“If a man in a boat is crossing a river and an empty boat drifts along and bumps into his, he won’t get angry. But if there is someone in the other boat, then the man will shout out directions to move. If his directions go unheeded, he will shout again, and then a third time, followed by a stream of curse words.”


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