15 Nov - I was very impressed to hear a clarinet recital tonight at the University of Maryland, Baltimore Country by new UMBC faculty E. Michael Richards
accompanied by his wife Kazuko Tanosaki on the piano. He played contemporary works by Drake Mabry, Masao Honma, Akira Nishimura, Isang Yun and P.Q. Phan. Some of the works had been written for him (and his wife) and in collaboration with him.
17 Nov - Checked out a meeting of the Pacifica radio resistance movement. This weekend, there's a board meeting of the Pacifica Foundation, the group that establishes policy over the 5 Pacifica stations (NY, Bay Area, LA, Houston, and DC). I wanted to get a first-hand feeling for
the controversy that has raged in Pacifica the past 4 or 5 years, particularly in NY and Berkeley.
18 Nov - Went to the hotel near the Pentagon, the Doubletree Inn, where the Pacifica national board has been meeting. I got a seat in the ground floor meeting room, filled with Pacifica resistors. (I couldn't tell if anyone was not part of the resistance movement or unsympathetic.) They were all waiting for board members to arrive and convene the meeting. Well, it turned out that the board was meeting upstairs and would probably take and hour or two before meeting before the public. I'd spent about 45 minutes there, already, before this development filtered down to the folks in the ground floor room. I had to rendezvous with someone across the river in DC, and then visit another place in Olney (north of DC), so I couldn't stick around.
25 Nov - There were some heavy downpours as I drove down to the Iota club in Arlington, Va. to catch singer / songwriter Emm Gryner, once more in action. I'd interviewed her at that very club back in February for Rice Paper
magazine (based in Vancouver) and they finally printed the article. I was told by a friend in Toronto that it appears in the current issue, which I've not yet received.
14 Dec - The performance by Amir Koushkani (tar - a Persian lute that almost sounds like a banjo), Eyvind Kang (viola) and Hamin Honari (percussion) at the Meyer auditorium of the Freer Gallery in Wash., D.C. was rather traditional in nature. For that reason, I was slightly disaappointed, because I'd been led to believe, by one of the descriptions in a Smithsonian press release, that there would be music of a more experimental nature.
22 Dec - Catching up on my tv-watching (since I normally lead a cable-less existence during the regular year)... in the wee hours of this morning I stumble upon chef Ming Tsai on the Food Network in the midst of preparing some dishes and his guests are 3 members of the group, Hiroshima.
25 Dec - More tv, this time a VH1 documentary on the Pakistani-American band, Junoon. (2 members are Pakistani, and 1 is a white guy from NYC). The piece is a nice exploration of the role, fame, and feelings of the band. Unfortunately, the big thing that's missing is that I don't feel I get a good sense of their music. (Hey, isn't the VH1 channel supposed to be about music videos?!)
28 Dec - Catch the 2nd half of a gig by Mari Iijima at Genghis Cohen in L.A. Afterwards, I visit Amoeba Records and buy a bunch of CD's. I usually don't mention music shopping, but Amoeba is the new spot in town, and happens to be the largest store in L.A. (which makes it huge!).
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