listening to: massive attack – teardrop
Wow. Wow. Wow. In the course of about four hours, some very amazing things happened. Particularly three.
One) Bang on a Can All-stars. Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. They played a piece of four ’60’s tunes, in their own interesting style. The percussionist started out at the drum-set, one hand playing a standard simple beat matched with the bass-drum. With his left hand, he played the cow-bell, in a completely different time. Like, It wasn’t even 3/4 within 4/4. It was just…a completely different beat. But somehow it managed to fit with other things going on. Then they did two really awesome arrangements (remixes, in essence) of two Lou Reed songs. They were great. The second arrangement had the most wonderful cello part going on underneath (their cellist was so great. I want to be her). Then they did a Phillip Glass piece, “Piece in Fifths”. They basically played from the tonic to the dominant of a scale, but they did it in fifths, and changed something at the signal of the guy playing the keyboard. It was really amazing, because it would change from favoring the tonic or dominant, and that’s what made something sound like it was cadential or building tension. It was great. After the intermission came the highlight of the entire evening. “In C”. By Terry Riley. With Terry Riley. He sang/played keyboard. It is impossible for me to convey how I feel about it, because it made me insane. The rhythm and everything about burried itself into my head. Um, if you want to know specifically about the piece, you can download instructions and a pattern sheet here. It’s very interesting, even if you aren’t a musician. Take a look.
Two) I got to really talk to Mary. Mary and I share the same enthusiasm for music. And, I don’t mean performing. I mean discovering/listening. There’s an art to that I think a lot of people miss out on. Especially other musicians. In any case, I’m going to force Shiina Ringo on to her. It’s going to be excellent.
Three) I got back to the room and found that Erica had called me. Twice. So I called her back and we talked for some time, and it was so good. Really good. My sister and I have never been too close, but she really talked to me more like a friend than anything for one of the first times and it was awesome.
Overall, today = excellent. Tomorrow will be good. IC photography. Dinner at Bread Garden with Suzanne, Melissa, and Jackie. Practicing. Laundry. Sleep. Relaxing. Regaining my sanity. Possibly losing it by freaking out about minimalist music, again.