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1 March 2009 - PRISM Quartet and Music From China, Meyer auditorium / Freer Gallery, Washington, DC... This contemporary music concert was titled, "A New World of Sound". Unfortunately, I missed the first piece, "Chinatown," by Ming-Hsiu Yen. I would've liked to have known if it evoked any sense of a Chinatown (as I've been to a dozen of 'em in North America).
4 March - Nightline program on ABC tv airs a piece on the resurgence of vinyl records in the U.S.: http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=7011708
7 March - During the NY Metropolitan Opera Saturday matinee broadcast of Madamma Butterfly, someone mentioned that Puccini had visited NY Chinatown (mustíve been during his trip to NYC in 1910?). Apparently, the place left a lasting impression, as years later the panelist said he sought inspirational material from there while he was working on his last opera, Turandot. Apparently he'd written to someone asking for something (music? photos?) from Chinatown.
10 March - Saxophonist Rudresh Mahathappa was the guest on today's Fresh Air, a public affairs and culture radio magazine on NPR. (It's produced at WHYY 90.9 FM, Philadelphia.) Here's the link:
13 March - Music from Japan: "Tradition E-Novation": Mari Kimura (violin/electronics), Mojibei Tokiwazu V (shamisen/voice), and Tomomi Adachi (voice/electronics); Meyer auditorium / Freer Gallery (Smithsonian), Washington, D.C.
14 March - "El Suprimo! 6 years in the biz party": Mopar Mountain Daredevils; Metro Gallery, Baltimore, MD... Jack Moore (kybd./tape machine), Cotton Casino (synth./vocals), Bob Sweeney (bass), Bill Turney (gtr.), and Derrick Hans (drums)
29 March - While roaming through my local Ikea, today, I heard what sounded like a Japanese pop song I'd heard before. It sounded like one that Marie' Digby covered in her recent album of Japanese pop, but I couldn't tell who was singing.
3 April - Girlyman (based in Atlanta), Cellar Stage / Faith Community Utd. Meth. church, Baltimore... great 3-part harmonies on original songs... Each voice is not very distinguished, but collectively, they dazzle!
4 April - happyfunsmile (based in New York City), Sakura Matsuri, Washington, DC...
5 April - BettySoo (from Austin, Texas) and Give Way (from Edinburgh, Scotland), Cooldog house concert, Kenton, DE...
Give Way is the Sisters Johnson. That's Fiona on fiddle (she seems to have a chin for the violin), Kirsty on accordion, Mairi on piano, and Amy on drums. (BTW, Mairi and Amy are twins. I'll bet they make money on the side, being subjects for twin studies.)
9 April - Last night I was watching a profile of composer, Philip Glass, on PBS tv. At one point, he talked about studying with Nadia Boulanger (famous French composition teacher) and Ravi Shankar (sitar guru): "She taught through terror and he taught through love. The collision of their intellects happened inside of me."