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Anthology: Ten Years TQ – Nancy Cantwell

Willie Mays, New York Giants, Polo Grounds, Rookie Season 1951 _____________ First let me say what an incredible privilege it has been to work with all the contributors to Times Quotidian:   Guy Zimmerman, Associate Editor | Contributors: Marla Apt, Alan Berman, Suresh Chandvankar, Lorraine Davis, Brian Forrest, Alissa Guzman, Patrick Halm, Jim Houghton, Sean Hughes, Robert Kato, Constance Mallinson, Michelle Plochere, Naomi Pitcairn, Janet Sternburg, Rita Valencia, Aram Yardumian, Melanie Wudl, Tom Wudl The work has been extraordinary, penetrating and incredibly rewarding. To be able to cultivate such material for our readers near and far has been an … [Read more...]

Anthology: Ten Years of TQ – Sean Hughes

Pink Elephants, Circus Polka, 1942, Fifty Elephants, Balanchine and Stravinsky Team Up A  decade ago, my writer friend Mona Houghton suggested I contribute an article  to an arts and culture site she was familiar with; it was called Times Quotidian. After perusing its contents, my response was: "Class act, but too highbrow for my tales about Hollywood's past."  Three years later, I met T.Q.'s  Publisher and Editor in Chief, Nancy Cantwell, at the second of two Stravinsky concerts I had attended that month. "Write about that ," she insisted. "Compare the two!"  The result, in 2013,  was 'Rites' of Passage, the first of thirty-five reviews I would write for Times Quotidian. Since then, movies, … [Read more...]

Anthology: Ten Years of TQ – Suresh Chandvankar

Voices in Time and Space, The Lost Recordings of Kesarbai Kerkar  Bombay, 2010.  I was staying in a flat in Versova and taking the train daily to different corners of that endless city. Sometimes it felt like the train was going backward in time. I had read an article online about this man, Suresh Chandvankar, who had amassed over 10,000 records in his flat. An entire history of Indian recorded music. A photo in the article showed his shelves reaching up to the ceiling with shellac 78s, 45s, puzzle-discs, and on into the darkness of time and space. He was also the secretary of the Society for Indian Record Collectors, which sounded almost colonial. Somewhere I got a hold of his phone number and rang him up. He invited me and … [Read more...]

Anthology: Ten Years of TQ – Rita Valencia

Writing an intro to a selection of your own essays is tough, so I'll deflect the problem by heaping praise on Nancy Cantwell for curating the Times Quotidian Journal. She's created a cultural playground of ideas and images that is unique and vibrant. I have never been a prose writer, so it was fun and challenging to talk about media. I had a couple of principles in creating these essays. The first was to write only about work to which I had a positive response and to report, muse, free associate. In that light, please know that the article about The Art of Killing, entitled Relax and Rolex, is mostly negative. However, in his follow-up film to The Art of Killing, The Look of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer completely answered all the … [Read more...]

Anthology: Ten Years of TQ – Aram Yardumian

For nearly a decade, Times Quotidian has given me the chance to address specifics with a freedom I don't quite have in professional life. It's difficult to see a thread running through my articles, but behind it all I am still staring into the same materialist abyss reconnoitered by Sade, Darwin, Genet, and Bergman— none of whom I ever directly wrote about, but whose shadows fall over the anthropology of cruelty and suffering, zoological ambivalence, Lacanian superego, social dissolution mirrored in aesthetics, and a more real Real. Errol Morris's epistemological interrogations, Michael Gira's overwhelming sense of physical ecstasy, Thomas Mera Gartz's post-music fantasia, a non-Marxist sociology of Lascaux and Chauvet, Tommie … [Read more...]

Lute Salute

Paul O'Dette, Lute, The Da Camera Society, Greystone Mansion — In virtually every Hollywood movie depicting Renaissance Lives of the Rich and Famous, there is a cliched banquet scene: servants replenish goblets with wine, ale or mead; courtiers, when not otherwise engaged in manhandling available wenches, stuff themselves with roasted meats and fresh fruit; then the royal host makes his routine announcement: "Let there be music, dancing and much merriment!" Whereupon the 17th Century is further evoked by the spirited playing of a harpsichord, a wooden cornetto and a recorder. Later, in private chambers, the mood of the mandatory love scene is always enhanced by the dulcet, romantic sound of a lute. Merriam-Webster defines … [Read more...]

Beyond Category

David Roussève: Halfway to Dawn, REDCAT, October 4, 2018 — Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington deserved his royal nickname. Throughout his fifty-year reign as America's premier composer/pianist/band leader and goodwill ambassador to the world, Ellington spoke and carried himself in a courtly, regal manner. He routinely used the "royal we" when acknowledging applause from his audiences--as in, "we love you madly"--and referred to himself, with amused and characteristic noblesse oblige, simply as "our pianist." He was charming and grandiose, elegant and hip. In truth, the princely Ellington's empire was actually quite small; it consisted of about fifteen loyal musicians, all with virtually lifetime jobs, and a retinue that … [Read more...]

Russian Repercussions

A. Borodin, A. Glazunov, N. Rinsky-Korsakov: “Les Vendredis” String Quartets, Excerpts A. Glazunov: Elegy for Piano and Cello, OP 17 D. Shostakovitch: Piano Quintet in C Minor, OP 57 Le Salon de Musiques, April 8th, Dorothy Chandler Pavillon —                                      News cycles at the moment are rife with tales of Russian influence, wealthy oligarchs and behind-the-scene businessmen with lavish country dachas. On April 8th, Le Salon de Musiques presented a concert whose background, although of similar themes, dealt with the world of classical music (circa 1890-1943)  rather than the current international … [Read more...]

Raag Malkauns

April 2018 celebrates the Centenary of Swami Vijnananand (P.R. Bhide) — In September 2010, an unusual video was posted on YouTube, by Mr. Bharat Upadhyay of Lata Mangeshkar singing Raag Malkauns. During the past seven odd years, 250K viewers have seen it and commented. I have had in my possession, for many years, a copy of this film that was more or less the same except for very last frame that had been severed in the above mentioned YouTube post. Hence began my search for the origin of this unusual film. Sometime around 2003, a friend sent me a DVD, with two folders. Both had Lata Mangeshkar singing Raag Malkauns for ten minutes. One was a digital version from audio tape, and the other was from a video tape, with … [Read more...]

Sense and Sensuality

Extrasensory, Jacaranda February 24, 2018— Andre Jolivet, Eric Tanguy, Olivier Messiaen, Betsy Jolas and Claude Debussy Midway through its 15th season, Jacaranda presented an updated interpretation of it's two season 2007-2009 celebration of the centenary works of Olivier Messiaen and the 20th century French music informed by and that paid homage to the great composer. Entitled Extrasensory, the concert began with works by younger composers who were students of or influenced by Messiaen; it ended with a seminal work by Claude Debussy, historically the starting point for the kind of impressionistic "sound painting" heard throughout the evening. Jacaranda's creative decisions—from the choice of composers and musicians … [Read more...]