The Big City

”The more susbtantial an individual’s aesthetic experience is, the sounder his taste, the sharper his moral focus, the freer—though not necessarily the happier—he is.."

Out of necessity (and not a little desperation) I’ve caught three live-streaming/no-audience concerts over the last week or so, and each one has been excellent. The music has all been different, but the common feature has been a knife-edge musical intensity—I’m hearing phrasing, rhythms, and interactions that are sharper and more meaningful than I usually experience in the concert hall. So people, keep tuning into to these generous musicians, and if possible tip them generously. Here’s a handful of things coming up in the next few days:

  • March 22, 11am EST: Electronic musician Orphax is going to play a one hour set on YouTube.
  • March 22, 9p.m. EST: Scott Worthington is going to start playing a series of house concerts, and for the first he’s at the double-bass for Eva-Maria Houben’s nachtstück, music that is full of stillness, space, hush. Tune into this YouTube channel.
  • March 24, 7:30pm EST: the trio of violinist Stefan Jackiw, cellist Jay Campbell, and pianist Conrad Tao (a supergroup they are calling Junction Trio), will play Ives and Beethoven live from 92Y. UPDATE: This has now been changed to a solo recital from Conrad Tao, trio was deemed to social.

More to come as new things come in to me—I know the Boston Symphony Orchestra has got something in the works. And you, my readers, who include a lot of musicians, have any tips, send them to “gtra1n” at “thebigcityblog.com”

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