Unsilent Night


In case you missed it, and if you don’t mind, I’d like to draw your attention to Occupy Writers and my own, inadvertent, contribution. When Occupy Musicians was announced, I gladly signed up, but Daphne and Judd, who run the place, thought that one of my columns was more appropriate with the wordsmiths, and I’m flattered and pleased that Jeff Sharlett agreed. Also, and as the RSS feed to “The Drift” continues to be broken, the latest entry is about the same idea of occupying public space with music, specifically with Unsilent Night. If you’re in New York this Saturday, come on down to Washington Square Park at 7pm, and if you have a boombox, get the music from the website.

In related links, don’t miss these fine posts from Paul Pelkonen, Alex Ross and Seth Colter Walls on the recent Occupation event at Lincoln Center, following the final performance for this season of Satyagraha. SInce I had expected to be in Avery Fisher that evening (another plan cut short by my prolonged illness), these writers gave me the experience that I missed.

Some on the intertubes have stumbled onto another venture I’m going to be involved in, with the Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO. This is going to happen, once we’ve cleared out some ridiculous and bedeviling technical issues. Stay tuned …

Bop Till You Drop

At the end of these short days in December, there are nights full of great music. Try and get out and catch some of this stuff (none of it holiday music!):

Read this great little piece about Steven Blier then go see him at the New York Festival of Song program Manning the Canon . . . at Issue Project Room you can hear the Darmstadt Essential Repertoire festival – Sequenzas, Knee Plays, Gesang der Jünglinge, et. al. – it’s an amazing program of 20th century experimental masterpieces . . . the ACO has a concert and the Chiara Quartet is returning . . . Matt Marks is working on an opera about a cannibal . . . the Yale Percussion Group will be at Zankel . . . an amazing Interpretations event for Muhal Richard Abrams . . . Ken Thompson is at Music at First . . . Miller Theater hosts a portrait of Pierre Boulez, with the man in attendance . . . the second concert in the Pacifica Quartet’s Shostakovich cycle . . . more CONTACT! . . . The Dither Quartet has a workshop project with new electric guitar music . . . Catch the excellent Ideal Bread playing the music of Steve Lacy at the Cornelia Street Cafe . . . there’s Baroque music in Brooklyn . . . Film Forum and Carnegie Hall are both honoring Toru Takemitsu . . .

And of course there’s a holiday event, both free and encouraging participation, Unsilent Night. I’ll see you at that one, I’m sure.

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