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Wordlessness

Care, Companionship, and Ecological Distress in Meredith Monk’s “Cellular Songs” By · Title Image Shoshone (CC BY-SA 3.0) · Date 3/29/2018 “I’m a happy woman, I’m a happy woman.” Meredith Monk’s sudden singsong was the first and only instance of actual words to be heard throughout an evening of vocal sound. This interlude, in which […]

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Constructed Deconstruction

Experimentation at Borealis in Bergen Text and Photography · Date 3/15/2018 In four separate, darkened rooms sit five performers. One prepared piano, a Hardanger fiddle, clarinet, and guitar with electronics. It’s a chamber concert for wanderers, with each instrument piped into the other rooms via wires and speakers. The format has been exploded, and while […]

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Deep Listen: Kaija Saariaho

Listening to “La Passion de Simone” By · Title Image Simone Weil (Wikipedia/Public Domain) · Date 3/1/2018 Confession: As a music lover, one of my least favorite things to do is actually go to a live performance. Not because of the performance itself, but for the hell-is-other-people experience of being in an audience and the […]

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Deep Listen: Robert Rich

Sleeping to Robert Rich’s “Somnium” By · Illustrations Daire Gaj · Date 2/22/2018 Have you considered that your needs for sleep at 19 may be different from your needs for sleep at 24?” my therapist asks me, looking at me in the compassionately bemused way that competent mental health professionals have down to an art. […]

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Awful Magic

On Franz Schreker’s “Die Gezeichneten” By · Photography © Iko Freese · Date 2/15/2018 Our times are full of peculiar things,” Carlotta sings in the first act of Franz Schreker’s 1918 expressionist psychothriller, “Die Gezeichneten.” She is referring to a woman who paints hands—delicate ladies’ palms, fat workingmen’s fists—but by the end of the evening […]

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Buried Treasure

Britten’s “Peter Grimes” as Theater By · Title Image Andreas Øverland (CC BY 2.0) · Date 2/15/2018 In June 2013, the Aldeburgh Festival celebrated the centenary of its founder, Benjamin Britten, by brutalizing his music. “Grimes on the Beach,” a production of the opera “Peter Grimes” that was performed over three nights on the very […]

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Deep Listen: Clara Iannotta

Listening to Clara Iannotta’s “dead wasps in the jam-jar (ii)” By · Title Image © Astrid Ackermann · Date 2/8/2018 I’m listening to “dead wasps in the jam-jar (ii),” a string work by Clara Iannotta, and I’m disoriented. Though I play violin in string orchestras, and have for years, I feel like a layperson without […]

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Deep Listen: Maryanne Amacher

Title Image Capp Street Project Archive (CC BY-NC 4.0) Magic Eye images, or autostereograms, are those illusory images you used to see in books and magazines back in the ‘90s. If looked at in the right way or for the right amount of time, parts of the image would appear on a separate plane and […]