These are two minimalistic music albums I am very fond of lately (JANUS was a long time ago actually). I don't know if they are labeled as minimalism but it certainly sounded that way. I am Not by Janus and One Hundred Fifty-Five by Ljudbilden & Piloten. These make you feel very cool and logical and calm and peaceful. My favorite in the latter is "Pen on paper" and "Plokk".
This is an album I stumbled upon, by Trevor Pinnock, the renowned harpsichordist. The title comes from a composition by Handel (although the title was thought to only have come around in 19th century, according to Wikipedia). This is a very nice collection of the gems in harpsichord repertoire, highly recommend.
Once upon a time, I was kind of into this kind of thinking, but that was long time ago. Today, I could not have enough time just learning about new techniques in Java, ML, and data mining, so I have no time to think about this. But anyway here it is, read it for fun.
credit: Brain and Language course, Dept of Neurosciences, Georgetown University, taught by Prof. Mike Ullman, Rhonda Friedman, and Peter Turkletaub.
Questions to be answered for weekly written assignment:
These sets of complete works of Mozart's keyboard music on period instruments have finally been completed for my personal collection. The collection by Bart Van Oort is especially worth mentioning, since it is rather rare to find a complete collection of Mozart's keyboard works (solo) in period instruments, including all works that are of a variety of origin, forms, and genres, such as keyboard sonatas for four hands, dances, young Mozart compositions, and polyphonic music, etc. I stumbled upon this wonderful collection in Barcelona this year. The recording itself is also made of very high quality performance, musicality, instruments, and techniques.
You have the opportunity to experience the Berliner Philharmoniker live in a cinema near you three times this season. Be there when the orchestra performs works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert and Igor Stravinsky under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, when Sir Simon Rattle conducts Johann Sebastian Bach's St John Passion in the staging of Peter Sellars, and when the orchestra interprets together with Daniel BarenboimJohannes Brahms' Piano concerto No. 1.
Hindustani music conert
Música clàssica de l'India - Concert de Dhrupad amb Gundecha Brothers
19.06.2014 - Conferència/Concert: 17:00h / 20:00h
Conservatori Municipal de Música de Barcelona (Auditori)
c/ Bruc 112
Entrada gratuïta. Aforament limitat. Recollida d’entrades per al concert al Conservatori a partir de les 19.00h.
17:00h Conferència a càrrec dels Gundecha Brothers: Making of Voice & Raga in Indian Music
19:30h Presentació del projecte CompMusic: a càrrec de Xavier Serra (Music Technology Group)
20:00h Concert de Dhrupad amb els Gundecha Brothers
Ah, I'll never forget that smile. That is the smile that got me so much better in 20 minutes after I felt so sick walking into the KC that night.
Gil Shaham, the Iserali-American violinist, is famous since I was in middle school (or before that). Tonight, in 2014, April, I saw him with James Conlon playing with NSO the Korngold violin concerto.
Mr Shaham is known for his warmth in his performance. He has a unique manner that you can see in his constant smile and lively facial expressions that conveys his excitement. But in the same time, he delivers the best technique and musical expression with such great ease, not feeling serious at all. Everything he does seemed so easy while it represents some most sophisticated techniques on violin.
This is the efficacy of music therapy at its best: my attention was sucked in, in this 20 or so minute concerto, completely by the charms and emotions and techniques of Shaham. I felt a constant amazement and such joy that it made me forgot all about my sickness and whatever may cause me stress in life. This is the best musical performance: the one that heals, but drawing your utter and complete focus and attention to it and enjoying every second of it, even if it only lasts a few minutes, and in the end left you wanting to hear more.
The audiences were not super stubborn in hearing an encore, so we hear Brahms' Variation on a Theme by Hadyn next. It was a great work of structure and counterpoint, not to mention that twist about the identity of its theme not being by Hadyn, and the peculiar flavor that atypical 10-measure phrase (5*2) brings. This manifests a point that classical music is best appreciated with cultivated listeners, with knowledge and intellectual satisfaction that helps you understand and be entertained by what's going on. If you don't know anything about the structure, it's just purely boring. That is a point true even for me, who played piano and violin for many years and still finds the easiest time enjoying a piece of solo work or concerto. Other more polyphonic, on the other hand, does require more understanding and work to appreciate.
This is also a special concert in the sense that James Conlon, who is a foremost conductor in the world today (and who has conducted several hundreds of Met operas), gave a short introduction (about 4 minutes but feels pretty long, in a good way) about the work performed today. This include his attempt to revive lesser-known works by Alexander Zemlinsky, an Austria-born composer around the turn of the 20th century, and his ties to Alma, Gustav Mahler, and Korngold, and of course, the great Johann Brahms..
Barcelona is no longer a bargain.
I read this statement in a travel guide, about the restaurants in Barcelona. This is true. If you go out for a sit-down meal, especially if typically it involves some seafood or paella at a Barceloneta outdoor restaurant, which appears to be not so up-scale, chances are, you two will spend around 50 euros at least.
Luckily (or unluckily), I'm not so into seafood and paella, or any "good" food usually served at restaurants. I mostly eat Asian food and no seafood, no red meat. That leaves me the best bet to have a good meal in Barcelona from the Middle East cuisine.(since it is not very common to find East Asian food).
I like the several pita inns, turkish, and Pakistani restaurants in la rambla. The chicken wrap is the best--it is healthy with chicken and many kinds of veggies, but also quite delicious and quite fulfilling. I usually get hungry fast--but this small wrap keeps me full for a long time(than a pita wrap in the US, say).
Tapas are also excellent food, in which you can taste the thousands of years of history that was mixed into the delicate seasoning and texture and flavors of these octopus, croquets, and jamons. But the thing is it feels weird to go for tapas on my own, so I only go with friends.