April 23, 2017

Cecil Taylor: The Attempt to Levitate

Cecil Taylor, jazz musician and poet:

“So poets who perhaps attempt to levitate—the process to achieve that, the thing that all poets have in common, the internal material—is the development of the senses to respond to the particular media you’re working in. And since that kind of work has no basis in commercial reality, then the activity must be about developing those monuments to the flowering of the senses.”

This exhibit was at the Whitney Museum, NY in 2016.

February 24, 2017

Sibelius Kullervo Kortekangas Migrations: Minnesota Orchestra


I'm thrilled that Kortekangas set my poems into the music.  "Migrations" is well matched to the driving and intense Kullervo, composed by Sibelius.  The Minnesota Orchestra performance, conducted by Osmo Vänskä, recorded here on CD, is stunning and beautiful.

Here are awesome reviews:
The Guardian:
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/feb/23/sibelius-kullervo-etc-kortekangas-migrations-cd-review-vanska-minnesota-orchestra?CMP=share_btn_link

Helsinki Sanomat:
http://www.hs.fi/kulttuuri/levyarvostelu/art-2000005097084.html

San Francisco Chronicle:  http://www.sfchronicle.com/music/article/Sibelius-Kullervo-review-10934690.php

Klassik Heute (Germany)
http://www.klassik-heute.com/4daction/www_medien_einzeln?id=22157

Pizzicato: Remy Frank's Journal about Classical Music (Luxemburg)
http://www.pizzicato.lu/finnisches-vom-feinsten/

Infodad.com / TransCentury Communications
http://transcentury.blogspot.fi/2017/03/new-explorations.html

MusicWeb International (United Kingdom)
http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2017/Mar/Sibelius_Kullervo_BIS9048.htm#

The CD is available anywhere, but also at: http://www.minnesotaorchestra.org/buy/merchandise/cds-a-merchandise

To get the poems:  http://www.wildwoodriver.com/  The four poems are drawn from the books Cloud Birds and Echo and Lightning.

RondoClassic Magazine. (Helsinki, Finland):