I totally screwed up the day! My first events began at 2pm, after lunch.
I arose at 6am, able to sleep no longer. I had coffee and breakfast and completed a crossword. It was early, I went back to bed thinking I’d get up again in 10 minutes to shower.
I slept for 3 hours.
I attended Chamber Music Grab Bag II. Transient Canvas completed the set with wow. They will have a new album out this Fall. I’ll need to check that out, and maybe you, too. http://www.transientcanvas.com/ You cannot believe what a marimba and bass clarinet can do on their own until you hear it yourself. I will offer a taste, but nothing compared to the meal they shared live.
I attended the Journalism Panel, What we Write About when we Write about New Music. Hosted by Amanda Cook (https://www.icareifyoulisten.com/) and Zoe Madonna (Boston Globe).
Generally, they reinforced some of my own thoughts. Write so people can read and support musicians needing the love and exposure. The mission at Community Noise is simply write about anything I want to write about, but I’m definitely trying to support new talent that I come across – from different musical avenues. At the Live Music Project, we are more focused. We support live music in the classical and contemporary realms and write about the people, ensembles, and programs that need and deserve attention.
My personal mission is to learn to write interesting things – imagery, phrasing, stories; whatever “interesting” means in the moment.
I CARE IF YOU LISTEN sounds like a great institution. All volunteer writers – about 50 across the US and a couple of international contributors – produce articles about live shows, ensembles, and record releases. I’ll be checking them out. Maybe someday I can write something for them, too.
There was a great line attributed to Mike Hall (?) a violist attending NMG2018, “Be indispensable to the community, not just somebody on the stage.” That’s words that each of us can use in everything we do in our life.
Finally, I ended my participation with Concert II (not Concert I) in the Concerts in Parallel section. (it’s too dark to take notes in these concert halls – I need one of those pen lights.) F-Plus was good. A composition, Weft, by Mischa Salkind-Pearl, for violin, harmonica, and found objects was brilliant. A little bit of performance art and some beautiful music provided tender moments.
Tenth Intervention, featuring Paul Pinto, brought the house down with Eight Songs for a Mad King. In fact, he was not a Blue Dracula, as the picture seems to suggest, only a mad king.
Tomorrow will come again. I should have a fuller day immersed in new music.
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