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Molesworth Speaks!

Silenced at LA MOCA last year, curator Helen Molesworth lets loose. – Lee Rosenbaum
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Helen Molesworth, Molesworth, LA MOCA, 03.15.19

Microtonality, Anyone?

Philipp Gerschlauer, David Fiuczunski: MikroJazz! (Rare Noise Records)This exploratory venture is subtitled, “Neue Expressionistiche Music,” and the music is, indeed, expressionistic. Ears accustomed to conventional tuning may initially find the microtonal approach difficult to absorb. However, after a hearing or two the microtonality begins to move beyond exoticism, and a listener accepts that the Western equal-tempered scale does not have to be accepted as gospel. – Doug Ramsey
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, 03.14.19, Philipp Gerschlauer David Fiuczunski

Recent Listening: Chucho Valdés

Chucho Valdés, Jazz Batá 2 (Mack Avenue)Valdés’s Jazz Batá was considered a departure into the avant-garde when he made it in 1972. Nearly half a century later, the follow-up finds him as adventurous as ever, heading a quartet that concentrates on mastery of the batá tradition of West Africa. – Doug Ramsey
Tags: Art, West Africa, Ajblogs, Chucho Valdés, 03.13.19, Chucho Valdés Jazz Batá, Mack Avenue Valdés, Jazz Batá

Cold Turkey Press: ‘Ikkyū Sojun — Nine Poems’

The Rinzai Zen master Ikkyū Sojun (1394-1481) was a poet, musician, artist, and rebel. He led a life of whoring and drinking. His poems — “often erotic, argumentative, contradictory, judgmental, self-doubting, and occasionally shaded with guilt” — are still as startling as the day they were written. – Jan Herman
Tags: Art, Turkey, Ajblogs, 03.13.19

Recent Listening, In Brief

Daniel Szabo, Visionary (Fuzzy Music)Szabo’s work reflects influences of jazz, classical and modern European music. But more striking is that the music has coherence and — for lack of a more exact term — a distinct personality. – Doug Ramsey
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Szabo, Daniel Szabo, 03.12.19

Shulman’s ‘Age of Disenchantments’ Has Arrived

Aaron Shulman’s collective biography of the Spanish Panero family, The Age of Disenchanments — just out from Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins — has a cast of dramatic characters that is nothing less than stunning. – Jan Herman
Tags: Art, Harpercollins, Ajblogs, Panero, Shulman, Aaron Shulman, 03.12.19

Pamela Tatge on Curatorial Practice

I’ve found strikingly few resources available in any media about the craft, practice, and management of arts organizations in the live performing arts (beyond the usual-suspect books). So I’ve started a series of video interviews with performing arts professionals. First up is Pamela Tatge, who took the reins at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in 2016. – Andrew Taylor
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Jacob, Pamela Tatge, 03.11.19

Monday Recommendation: Dominic Miller

Dominic Miller: Absinthe (ECM)Abetted by producer Manfred Eicher’s canny guidance and ECM’s flawless sound and studio presence, Miller draws on inspiration from painters of France’s impressionist period, delivering power and subtlety in equal measure. – Doug Ramsey
Tags: Art, France, Miller, Ajblogs, ECM, Manfred Eicher, 03.10.19, Dominic Miller

Propwatch: the tooth in ‘Dinomania’

It’s not a real iguanodon tooth, I don’t think. Though in a story about how to interpret the material world and humanity’s place within it, identification is an unusually fraught subject. – David Jays
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, 03.10.19

Action on diversity, instead of talk

Stuart Murphy isn’t hiring consultants, just making immediate change at the English National Opera. – Greg Sandow
Tags: Art, Stuart Murphy, Ajblogs, 03.08.19

Struggling to Understand

“We come to know the choreography’s codes, if not always certain what they conceal.” – Deborah Jowitt
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, 03.09.19

The Latest From Ed Partyka

The power and imagination in his composing and arranging have made Ed Partyka a major contributor to the European big band scene. The Ed Partyka Jazz Orchestra’s two most recent albums reflect a distinct musical personality and, often, his relaxed and refreshing approach to serious music. – Doug Ramsey
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, 03.07.19, Ed Partyka, The Ed Partyka Jazz Orchestra

Breach of Trust? Rothko Gave SFMOMA Its Soon-to-Be-Auctioned Painting at the Museum’s Request

Dear SFMOMA and Sotheby’s: Have you no shame?It’s bad enough for a museum to decide it no longer wants a work that it had specifically requested from its owner. It’s much worse when that owner is the artist himself. How will future potential donors regard such caprices? – Lee Rosenbaum
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Sotheby, SFMOMA, 03.06.19, Rothko Gave

Global Engagement

I began pondering issues related to community engagement almost 30 years ago. What has become clear to me is that the economic pressures faced by institutions presenting Eurocentric art forms are, throughout the world, forcing greater attention on spreading the reach of those arts. Community engagement is, to my mind, the best available means of doing so. – Doug Borwick
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, 03.07.19

Wroth Over Rothko: SFMOMA’s Distasteful Disposal

What museum director would choose to sell from his institution “an important work completed at the apex of Rothko’s artistic powers, … one of just 19 paintings completed by the artist in 1960” — a year that marked “a critical juncture in the iconic Abstract Expressionist’s career”? – Lee Rosenbaum
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Rothko, SFMOMA, 03.05.19, Wroth Over Rothko

Did Wagner Exploit King Ludwig?

In Luchino Visconti’s magnificent four-hour film Ludwig, the king is ingeniously cast as an embodiment of the Wagnerian pariah. Is the film a credible re-enactment of history? In writing about Visconti’s mega bio-pic for the current Wagner Journal, I felt the need to narrate my own version of events. – Joe Horowitz
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Wagner, Visconti, Ludwig, Luchino Visconti, Wagner Journal

More From The Late Ed Bickert, With Paul Desmond

Here is a piece from the 1975 Paul Desmond Quartet album Live, recorded at Bourbon Street in Toronto in 1975. – Doug Ramsey
Tags: Art, Toronto, Ajblogs, Paul Desmond, Bourbon Street, 03.04.19

Night thoughts about André Previn

The obituaries for André Previn were respectful, even admiring, in a way that they wouldn’t have been had he died a quarter-century ago. It took a very long time for Previn to be fully accepted by the classical-music establishment, … – Terry Teachout
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Andre Previn, Previn, 03.04.19

Bombing the Culture

Has any artistic movement since been as all-encompassing as the counterculture of the 1960s? – Jan Herman
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, 03.01.19

Recent Listening: The Bill Mays Trio Is Back

Bill Mays Trio Live At COTAPianist Mays recently reassembled his trio for a concert and their first CD release in more than ten years. Mays, bassist Martin Wind and drummer Matt Wilson came together in a live performance at last Fall’s COTA (Celebration Of The Arts) festival in the Poconos. – Doug Ramsey
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Mays, Cota, Matt Wilson, Bill Mays, Martin Wind, 02.28.19

Departures: André Previn And Ira Gitler

In interviews, I found Previn bemused by the difficulty that critics, and sometimes his fellow musicians, encountered when they tried to strike a balance in considering his variegated musical personas.Gitler was an invaluable chronicler of the crucial years when jazz made the transition from the swing era into bebop and a model of clarity. – Doug Ramsey
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Andre Previn, Previn, Gitler, 02.28.19

Propwatch: the cigarettes and hoof pick in ‘Equus’

Ned Bennett’s galvanic production for English Touring Theatre and Stratford East sets Peter Shaffer’s play at the time of the 1973 premiere, and the production’s props assemble like a toolkit of the 1970s and its discontents. So what’s in the 1970s toolkit? – David Jays
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Peter Shaffer, Ned Bennett, 02.27.19, Stratford East

“Puttin’ On The Ritz” In Moscow

Here’s a Flash Mob video featuring a huge number of Muscovites having more fun than may be legal in Russia, dancing to the most joyous and metrically challenging song Irving Berlin ever composed. – Doug Ramsey
Tags: Art, Russia, Moscow, Ajblogs, Irving Berlin, 02.26.19

Close-Up Worlds

Bill Young/Colleen Thomas & Co. February 22 & 23The wall to our right is mirrored; a trio can become a sextet, a duet a foursome. The wood floor — golden brown, unmarred, and glowing — plays a starring role. It all but invites a dancer to rest on it. Or fall to it, roll across it, and spring back up and into the arms of a colleague in one seamless maneuver. – Deborah Jowitt
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, 02.26.19, Bill Young Colleen Thomas

Fool’s Gold at Metropolitan Museum: Tom Campbell’s Golden Coffin & Golden Parachute

The hits to the Metropolitan Museum’s finances attributable to its previous director, Tom Campbell, just keep on coming. – Lee Rosenbaum
Tags: Art, Metropolitan Museum, Ajblogs, Tom Campbell, 02.26.19, Golden Coffin

Weekend Extra: A Lester Young Story

Long ago, Billie Holiday dubbed Lester Young the President of The Tenor Saxophone. The title long since morphed into “Prez.” – Doug Ramsey
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, 02.24.19

Dvorak, Harry Burleigh, and Cultural Appropriation — a “PostClassical” Podcast

Could Harry Burleigh — Antonin Dvorak’s African-American assistant — be considered an Uncle Tom? These days, the question comes up whenever Burleigh comes up: it’s a symptom of the times. And it is addressed head-on over the course of the most recent PostClassical Ensemble WWFM podcast. – Joe Horowitz
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Tom, Burleigh, Antonin Dvorak, Harry Burleigh, 02.24.19, Dvorak Harry Burleigh

Propwatch: the feather boa in ‘Follies’

Solange LaFitte is mooching backstage at the dilapidated New York theatre. Everyone has arrived at the Weismann follies reunion party. And something sticks out of an old props basket – a shabby feather boa. Solange fishes it out, sizes it up. It’s grey – soft-toned down or just deeply-embedded grime? – David Jays
Tags: Art, New York, Ajblogs, Weismann, 02.25.19, Solange LaFitte

Renaissance polyphony as the eternal frontier of self-discovery

Much of the 16th-century music that New York Polyphony performed last Saturday night has a Rorschach quality: without typical polarities like major and minor keys, the music acquires an abstraction, prompting reactions that can be hugely different for each listener — and on every encounter — dictated by where the performers connect in these webs of notes and what the listener’s psyche zeros in on. – David Patrick Stearns
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, 02.21.19

J.P. Morgan’s Fixer-Upper: Conserving His Library, “A Building Unlike Any Other in New York”

Having reviewed the Morgan Library & Museum’s extensive 2010 renovation, I didn’t expect to be writing about another major Morgan re-do any time soon. – Lee Rosenbaum
Tags: Art, New York, Ajblogs, Morgan, Morgan Library Museum, 02.20.19