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Attacca Quartet: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Tom Huizenga | November 18, 2016 - Classical music observers say we're living in a golden age of string quartets. It's hard to disagree when you hear the vibrant young players in New York's Attacca Quartet.

They revere the old school, having recently completed a performance cycle of all 68 string quartets by Joseph Haydn, the man who invented the genre. They also hunger for the new, exploring the music of three living composers each year in a project called Recently Added.

One contemporary composer the group continues to champion is John Adams. The head-banging pulsations of "Toot Nipple" (titled after a character in an Annie Proulx story) contrast with the slippery and funky episodes in "Alligator Escalator." Adams has said he imagined such a creature waddling up and down the floors of Macy's department store. The two movements belong to John's Book of Alleged Dances from 1994.

Next to Adams, Haydn sounds positively genteel, but you needn't look far to find the composer's own feisty side. Sunny skies suddenly turn threatening at the turn of a phrase — a trend in Haydn's time known as Sturm und Drang, or "Storm and Stress" — when moods can swing wildly with impunity.

Measured by the cello's tick-tock pizzicato, the mood of Michael Ippolito's Smoke Rings is languid, even a little trippy. Inspired by a 14th-century French song about a smoking society, the composer employs long, slow strokes and light bow pressure for a hazy texture. The music heats up dramatically midway through, only to drift back into the smoke.

Fellow Traveler is available now:

Adams: "Toot Nipple"
Adams: "Alligator Escalator"
Haydn: "String Quartet in D, Op. 76, No. 5 — I. Allegretto"
Ippolito: "Smoke Rings"

Amy Schroeder, Keiko Tokunaga (violin); Nathan Schram (viola); Andrew Yee (cello)

Producers: Tom Huizenga, Niki Walker; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Niki Walker, Nicole Boliaux; Editor: Nicole Boliaux; Supervising Editor: Niki Walker; Production Assistant: Anna Marketti; Photo: Raquel Zaldivar/NPR.

Mário Cesariny - Exercício Espiritual

É preciso dizer rosa em vez de dizer ideia
é preciso dizer azul em vez de dizer pantera
é preciso dizer febre em vez de dizer inocência
é preciso dizer o mundo em vez de dizer um homem

É preciso dizer candelabro em vez de dizer arcano
é preciso dizer Para Sempre em vez de dizer Agora
é preciso dizer O Dia em vez de dizer Um Ano
é preciso dizer Maria em vez de dizer aurora

Feliz Natal!

We've pulled together a selection of scenes from 'Monty Python's Life of Brain' to create this longform video.

Enjoy 'Stoning', 'Romans Go Home', 'What Have the Romans Ever Done for Us?', 'Hermit', 'Biggus Dickus', 'He's Not The Messiah' and, the grand finale, 'Always Look on the Bright Side of LIfe', in all their glory!

Derek Walcott - The Season of Phantasmal Peace

Then all the nations of birds lifted together

the huge net of the shadows of this earth

in multitudinous dialects, twittering tongues,

stitching and crossing it. They lifted up

the shadows of long pines down trackless slopes,

the shadows of glass-faced towers down evening streets,

the shadow of a frail plant on a city sill—

the net rising soundless as night, the birds' cries soundless, until

there was no longer dusk, or season, decline, or weather,

only this passage of phantasmal light

that not the narrowest shadow dared to sever.


And men could not see, looking up, what the wild geese drew,

what the ospreys trailed behind them in silvery ropes

that flashed in the icy sunlight; they could not hear

battalions of starlings waging peaceful cries,

bearing the net higher, covering this world

like the vines of an orchard, or a mother drawing

the trembling gauze over the trembling eyes

of a child fluttering to sleep;

                                                     it was the light

that you will see at evening on the side of a hill

in yellow October, and no one hearing knew

what change had brought into the raven's cawing,

the killdeer's screech, the ember-circling chough

such an immense, soundless, and high concern

for the fields and cities where the birds belong,

except it was their seasonal passing, Love,

made seasonless, or, from the high privilege of their birth,

something brighter than pity for the wingless ones

below them who shared dark holes in windows and in houses,

and higher they lifted the net with soundless voices

above all change, betrayals of falling suns,

and this season lasted one moment, like the pause

between dusk and darkness, between fury and peace,

but, for such as our earth is now, it lasted long.

Adrienne Rich - What Kind of Times Are These

There's a place between two stands of trees where the grass grows uphill
and the old revolutionary road breaks off into shadows
near a meeting-house abandoned by the persecuted
who disappeared into those shadows.


I've walked there picking mushrooms at the edge of dread, but don't be fooled
this isn't a Russian poem, this is not somewhere else but here,
our country moving closer to its own truth and dread,
its own ways of making people disappear.


I won't tell you where the place is, the dark mesh of the woods
meeting the unmarked strip of light—
ghost-ridden crossroads, leafmold paradise:
I know already who wants to buy it, sell it, make it disappear.


And I won't tell you where it is, so why do I tell you
anything? Because you still listen, because in times like these
to have you listen at all, it's necessary
to talk about trees.

No Tenors Allowed

Hoje na Gulbenkian:

Coligindo um amplo reportório da ópera e opereta às canções do teatro musical da Broadway, Thomas Hampson e Luca Pisaroni vão desfiando diferentes géneros numa sequência marcada tanto pela familiaridade, quanto pela surpresa do seu encadeamento. Após o No Tenors Allowed original, partilhado com Samuel Ramey, Hampson chamou Pisaroni, e o resultado, escreve a conceituada revista Gramophone, é “um bom equilíbrio entre o familiar e o não tão familiar, entre seriedade e comédia” em que “os cantores se adaptam muito bem às alterações de sentimentos e de personagens”.

Thomas Hampson & Luca Pisaroni - Cheti cheti immantinente (Donizetti: Don Pasquale)

Red Ribbon Concert, Vienna, 2014

ORF Vienna Radio Symphonic Orchestra

Conductor: Cornelius Meister

Sofía Ayarzagoitia - Every night temo ser la dinner












Este proyecto enfatiza la necesidad de generar continuamente una narrativa visual compuesta de imágenes íntimas, cotidianas y, al mismo tiempo, performativas que nos permitan sobrevivir y no sucumbir ante el torrente de imágenes de carácter social que se van produciendo día a día hasta hacernos, incluso, perder el sentido.


Every night temo ser la dinner se centra en una practica artística que se deriva de la fotografía documental y se configura a partir de la relación orgánica entre los sujetos retratados y yo. Ésta se muestra ya sea a través de una serie de textos o bien, por medio de la correspondencia entre las imágenes y el cúmulo de sensaciones que a diario me rescatan del sinsentido. En este universo íntimo, el proyecto explora las fronteras de la memoria, la ficción, el tiempo, el espacio y la expansión del cuerpo.


This is an edit de mis fotos, skecthes as well as parte de mi diario, de mi estancia en Europe, and its called Every night temo ser la dinner. Es sobre intimacy. Es un diary de mi vida and the way I see el mundo. It consists of diferent stories de mis friends, loved ones, conexiones random, mi rata andrógina Gustav y mis trips. Todo seems disconnected y todavía no sé qué es lo que busco. A lo mejor it's something que nunca voy a encontrar or it's something que ya encontré. Estoy intentando poner this chapters together, this puzzle de mi vida que I can't figure out. While in Madrid, todos los días I went to Lavapiés to look for something. I wanted to get inside this mundo secreto that I felt closest to y poco a poco tried to understand. Normally the people I photographed became my close amigos, and with others sólo compartí un little moment. Taking fotos con una point and shoot or a camera desechable allowed me to be más lúdica and connect more. El flash frontal made it seem como si something had been discovered. Something that couldn't be en la oscuridad anymore. Like un secreto had to be let out.

Sofía Ayarzagoitia


(Monterrey, Nuevo León, 1987) Fotógrafa. Su trabajo ha sido exhibido en los festivales PhotoIreland, Fotofestiwal y Unseen. Obtuvo el premio de maquetas de fotolibro de La Fábrica 2016 y la beca de la Chung Ang University de Corea del Sur (2016). Fue nombrada Foam Talent 2016. Actualmente estudia la maestría en Fotografía de Autor en el Instituto Europeo di Design en Madrid.


Sitio web

Thomas Hardy - 'According to the Mighty Working'



When moiling seems at cease 

       In the vague void of night-time, 

       And heaven's wide roomage stormless 

       Between the dusk and light-time, 

       And fear at last is formless, 

We call the allurement Peace. 




Peace, this hid riot, Change, 

       This revel of quick-cued mumming, 

       This never truly being, 

       This evermore becoming, 

       This spinner's wheel onfleeing 

Outside perception's range.

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