Greenleaf Artists Sound Off: Year End Observations & Music Thoughts

Year end thoughts from Dave Douglas, Grammy nominee Donny McCaslin, Michael Bates, Linda Oh, Kneebody, Matt Ulery

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Henry Brant would be 100! After co-producing his 52 trumpet piece with Festival of New Trumpet Music, I discovered his book called “Textures and Timbres: An Orchestrator’s Handbook.” It is extraordinary, a great insight into what made that music so powerful. I will spend another 50 years trying to digest it. It’s still in print, and worth looking up.

Wayne Shorter turned 80. John Zorn turned 60. I turned 50. Joe Lovano and I were honored to have a small role in the Wayne Shorter events, playing with our quintet, Sound Prints, with Lawrence Fields, Linda Oh, and Joey Baron, at several celebrations. The Zorn at 60 marathons were some of the most inspiring days of music I have ever seen; definitely like playing on an all-star team. And traveling with my own quintet, with Jon Irabagon, Matt Mitchell, Linda Oh, and Rudy Royston, has been one of the most challenging and fulfilling musical experiences of my life. It is a profound pleasure developing the music with these good people. We still have about 15 states to go and I look forward to working on that! Stay warm and we will hope to see you in Hawaii in the cold season.

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Miguel Zenon, Oye, Live in Puerto Rico
Jonathan Finlayson & Sicilian Defense, Moment & The Message
Mauro Ottolini Sousaphonix, Bix Factor

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Martin Bresnick

Posted by: admin on May 27, 2011 @ 7:18 am
Filed under: Culture

Fantastic piece in the Times. (Hopefully not behind the firewall).

On March 6, 1970, at the close of the Second International Free Composers Tribune in Prague, the final composer to be represented at the conference, Luigi Nono, spoke for more than 10 minutes before a large audience of mostly Czech musicians, vigorously criticizing my score for the short film “Pour,” which preceded his presentation. Although the protocol of the tribune permitted each composer only 10 minutes to speak about his or her own music, Nono took those 10 minutes to speak about mine, concluding with a scathing condemnation of my use of vernacular music.

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Nono then went on for another 10 minutes about the making of his own work, especially pointing out the theoretically correct choice of the pre-recorded sounds he had employed. He then played a tape of his composition “Non Consumiamo Marx.” When the piece was over there were three people left in the hall at the Janacek Composers’ Club at 3 Besedni Street: Luigi Nono, Mr. Okurka (the technician who operated the tape recorder and sound system) and me.

Worth a read–lots of remembrances and insights, with recordings and a stream of Bresnick’s score for the film ‘Pour.’

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Monday morning pep talk.

Posted by: Jim Tuerk on May 16, 2011 @ 6:55 am
Filed under: Culture, Education

Based on a letter by the artist Sol LeWitt, written to the artist Eva Hesse.

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It's Up

Posted by: admin on May 11, 2011 @ 7:38 am
Filed under: Culture, Music

The National Jukebox

The Library of Congress presents the National Jukebox, which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives.

Now streaming at the link above.

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It’s Up

Posted by: admin on @ 7:38 am
Filed under: Culture, Music

The National Jukebox

The Library of Congress presents the National Jukebox, which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives.

Now streaming at the link above.

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Interactions in the Time Space Continuum

Posted by: admin on April 30, 2011 @ 11:08 am
Filed under: Culture, Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts)

In a meeting this week someone pointed out that the younger generation doesn’t wear wristwatches. Sure enough, we looked around the room and it generally held true. (FYI, I was one of the people wearing a watch…). The point being made was that in the digital age people are tethered to their devices and therefore don’t need a separate timekeeper on their wrist. Or a camera or walkman, either. Or, apparently, maps, address and appointment books, weather forecasts, televisions, and–coming soon–bar codes, passports and retinal scans. Maybe birth certificates?

Anyway. We all know this has revolutionized the music industry. But The Technium suspects there may be something deeper going on:

…Another friend had a barely-speaking toddler take over his iPad. She could paint and handle complicated tasks on apps with ease and grace almost before she could walk. It is now sort of her iPad. One day he printed out a high resolution image on photo paper and left it on the coffee table. He noticed his toddler come up to up and try to unpinch the photo to make it larger, like you do on an iPad. She tried it a few times, without success, and looked over to him and said “broken.”

Another acquaintance told me this story. He has a son about 8 years old. They were talking about the old days, and the fact that when my friend was growing up they did not have computers. This fact was perplexing news to his son. His son asks, “But how did you get onto the internet before computers?”

I take two lessons from the mouth of babes: if something is not interactive, with mouse or gestures, it is broken. And, the internet is not about computers or devices; it is something mythic, something much larger; it is about humanity.

Weekend update: from comments by friends and family, it seems this is a thing. I didn’t know it was a thing.

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Record Store Day, 2011: Jim’s Picks

Posted by: admin on April 14, 2011 @ 8:41 am
Filed under: Culture, Events

2011 Record Store Day is almost upon us. Most shops that I frequent will be opening on Friday night at Midnight for all us nerds racing to get a copy of the limited LP pressings. I’ll be at Permanent Records here in Chicago grabbing a few titles from the comprehensive RSD release list. A few of my picks below.

Big Star

Third (Test Pressing Edition)

International Submarine Band w Gram Parsons

Safe at Home

John Fahey

Requia (and Other Compositions for Guitar Solo)

Television

Live At The Old Waldorf (2LP)

Pearl Jam

Vs.

Immortality b/w Rearviewmirror

Shuggie Otis

Inspiration Information

Various Artists

Local Customs: Pressed At Boddie

It’s a shame that we don’t see more jazz on that list. After the last RSD saw a major jump in sales—vinyl was through the roof—I figured that there would have been more folks jumping on the RSD bandwagon this year. I guess it’s enough to have any product, RSD-exclusive or not, in the shops when the hordes of people comb through the racks—our three titles from 2011 will certainly be there. But still, I can’t help but think there is an empty seat at the RSD table with ‘JAZZ’ written on the chair. Maybe we’ll throw our hat in the ring next year.

In the meantime we hope you’ll support your local record shop this Saturday… and everyday after that.

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Record Store Day, 2011: Jim's Picks

Posted by: Jim Tuerk on @ 8:41 am
Filed under: Culture, Events

2011 Record Store Day is almost upon us. Most shops that I frequent will be opening on Friday night at Midnight for all us nerds racing to get a copy of the limited LP pressings. I’ll be at Permanent Records here in Chicago grabbing a few titles from the comprehensive RSD release list. A few of my picks below.

Big Star

Third (Test Pressing Edition)

International Submarine Band w Gram Parsons

Safe at Home

John Fahey

Requia (and Other Compositions for Guitar Solo)

Television

Live At The Old Waldorf (2LP)

Pearl Jam

Vs.

Immortality b/w Rearviewmirror

Shuggie Otis

Inspiration Information

Various Artists

Local Customs: Pressed At Boddie

It’s a shame that we don’t see more jazz on that list. After the last RSD saw a major jump in sales—vinyl was through the roof—I figured that there would have been more folks jumping on the RSD bandwagon this year. I guess it’s enough to have any product, RSD-exclusive or not, in the shops when the hordes of people comb through the racks—our three titles from 2011 will certainly be there. But still, I can’t help but think there is an empty seat at the RSD table with ‘JAZZ’ written on the chair. Maybe we’ll throw our hat in the ring next year.

In the meantime we hope you’ll support your local record shop this Saturday… and everyday after that.

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Brasslands

Posted by: admin on March 31, 2011 @ 9:29 am
Filed under: Brass Ecstasy, Culture

Meerkat Media Collective is trying to finish a film about an American brass band, old friends Zlatne Uste, visiting the world’s largest brass festival in Guça, Serbia. Enjoy the video and contribute through Rockethub if you can.

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Clyde Stubblefield Gets His Due.

Posted by: admin on March 30, 2011 @ 8:20 am
Filed under: Culture, Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts)

The original funky drummer featured in the new film, Copyright Criminals.

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