Turkey’s master percussionist Okay Temiz teams with the late South African bassist Johnny Dyani for a short, mindbending ethno-jazz excursion.
Month: July 2016
[Music] Edward Artemiev – Solaris Theme – Full Bach
For my ears, Edward Artemiev’s Solaris soundtrack is absolutely perfect listening, especially this interpretation on the work of Johann Sebastian Bach (the chorale prelude to Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ (BWV 639)) using an ANS synthesizer.
[Music] Various Artists – Summer (from a closer listen blog)
Earlier this year, the Bigo & Twigetti label asked its artists to contribute a personal reflection of summer. This compilation is the result. Summer is a potpourri of presentations that opens up the question, “What does summer sound like?” For this listener, summer sounds like the opening track, Pavel Karmanaov‘s “Michael Music”: ebullient, with sparks and ocean droplets […]
[Music] Einojuhani Rautavaara (R.I.P.) – Lost Landscapes
Terrible news to report, with a hat tip to my friend Terje, who dropped the bombshell. One of Finland’s finest composers, Einojuhani Rautavaara, has died. NPR has more on his passing.
[Film] As Kirk Douglas turns 100, a major UCLA retrospective looks at his amazing body of work
On December 9, Kirk Douglas becomes a centenarian. The UCLA Film & Television Archive will be doing a retrospective of his work this year.
Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times writes on the event here.
[Music] Susheela Raman – Yoo Doo Right
I’ve never quite heard Can covered in such an interesting way. Susheela Raman steals the show.
[Music] Swans – Love Of Life (Long Version)
This, for me, is the Swans at the peak of their creative powers, though, to be honest, they have not slumped at all since.
[Literature] The Past, the Present, and the Bridge: Ali Dehbashi’s Bukhara Magazine
Bukhara Magazine is one of Iran’s literary treasure stores. The Los Angeles Review of Books interviews its editor, Ali Dehbashi.
[Music] Grazia – Soyle Beni
A wild slab of Turkish psychedelia by a 16-year-old Grazia!