Words Don’t Go There: When “Tight” Just Won’t Do It

So you've probably heard the adage: "writing about music is like dancing about architecture."  That gets to what follows, but I was reading something for my dissertation a couple weeks back (I can't remember the author, perhaps it was Nathaniel Mackey) and the phrase "words don't go there" really stuck out.  What the author was …

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Edmar Castaneda’s Double Portion is an Instant Classic

Lets get right down to it: harpist Edmar Castaneda's Double Portion is an early contender for record of the year. If your only experiences with the harp are undulating and shimmering glissandos in movie soundtracks or perhaps hearing a harpist at a wedding playing transcriptions of Bach, then Castaneda's playing will more than likely come …

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Miguel Zenon Quartet Reaches an Even Higher Level

As I noted in a recent post the S.O. and I were fortunate to catch the Miguel Zenon Quartet (Luis Perdomo, piano; Hans Glawischnig, bass; Henry Cole, drums) at Omaha's Holland Center.*  The group performed an excellent set from what Zenon described as the Puerto Rican Song Book.  The book consists of tunes written by …

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