Weekly Magazine

THIS WEEK

JUDITH LECLAIR & ROBERT WALTERS continue the Masters Festival at Hidden Valley. SHAWN COLVIN sings her songs at the Rio. FIELDS OF EDEN (above, photo by Julia Brandt) plays Barmel in Carmel on Saturday. SAXOPHONIST GARY MEEK joins pianist Eddie Mendenhall, Skylar Campbell on drums, bassist Dan Robbins and Akili Bradley’s trumpet at Kuumbwa on Thursday. ‘SWEET JAZZ AT EMBASSY’ monthly last-Sunday jazz jam, Embassy Suites, Seaside. THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG opens at PacRep. THE SECRET GARDEN opens at The Western Stage. For links to these and other live performance events, click our CALENDAR or on the ads, left.

“LOIS MAYOL is a visionary supporter of our region’s most prestigious classical music organizations, the founding adviser for the Music for All Monterey County Alliance and our region’s leading advocate for restoring music education for every student,” writes Paulette Lynch of the Arts Council for Monterey County. “She and her late husband Don were named Champions of the Arts: Philanthropists in 2017 for their many years of leadership and generous support for music organizations in Monterey County and for the Music for All Monterey County campaigns.” Click the Music for All icon, left. (Photo by Richard Green.)

STRENGTHENING ARTS MANAGEMENT

BLOOMBERG PHILANTHROPIES at work in American cities support innovation and management.

2018 CABRILLO FESTIVAL’S SEVEN FEMALE COMPOSERS

THEY JOIN TEN male composers. Worldwide, 95 percent of classical concerts feature only male composers. Click HERE  

SECRETS OF IMPROVISATION

ART IN AN INSTANT. How do jazz musicians, rappers and comedians make it up on the fly? Click HERE

SOMETHING DOESN’T ADD UP

BEETHOVEN’S 9TH SYMPHONY determined the 80 minute limit to the original CD capacity. Yet conductor Ben Zander claims that most performances last 100 minutes and that he is performing it as it should be, in 80 minutes. Click HERE  

ANGELA GHEORGHIU SINGS IN BUCHAREST

FROM SEPT 2017, she was paid 145,000 euros ($168,000) for this single concert

THE INTERTRAGIC NOTCH

THE PASSIONATE PILGRIM, William Jaggard’s 1599 collection of 20 poems attributed to Shakespeare, only very few of which were written by the Bard, according to various critics. Only two of the collection are verifiably by Shakespeare, “When my love swears” and “Two loves I have,” though only the first made its way into this recorded collection of 13 of the poems. Arranged as songs by Doug Balliett, Elliot Cole and Majel Connery, they make use of two ensembles, Oracle Hysterical (bassoon, double bass, viola da gamba and Peruvian cajon) and New Vintage Baroque (baroque-style oboe, flutes, violins, viola da gamba, cello, bassoon, theorbo and guitar,) in a “baroque-pop with classical avant-garde” concoction. Connery, a mezzo, and Cole, a baritone, sing the words alone and in duos. Their energy is as irresistible as the instrumental arrangements are savory. “Live with me and be my love,” begins with Balliett’s bassoon playing multiphonics, a strange effect for a seduction song. Connery opens the CD with the sunshine of “Beauty is” and a voice “that keeps its poise between art song and a wistful, wise-too-late cabaret lilt,” say the program notes. “Fair is my love” drives with a rock beat but still sounds baroque. More multiphonics and heavy drone in “When as thine eye,” a rap-song of unexpected delight. “My flocks feede not” draws out vocal quarter tones. “Scarce had the sunne (Why was not I a flood?)” invokes that growling bassoon again. “If Musicke” is right out of the Swing Era. This album is quite a treat, highly original, often danceable anbeyond any common category. SM  

LOST JOHN COLTRANE RECORDING FROM 1963

IT WILL FINALLY be released. You can hear one track when you click HERE  

FILS DE…

JACQUES BREL, French lyricist/singer, music by Gerard Jouannest, in the 1970s.

SONS OF…

English lyrics by Mort Shuman and Eric Blau. JUDY COLLINS in 1976, arranged by Joshua Rifkin

NEXT WEEK

MONTEREY INTERNATIONAL BLUES FESTIVAL. CABRILLO STAGE opens Rent. ANI DiFRANCO sings her songs at the Rio. EMIL KHUDYEV clarinet recital at Hidden Valley.    

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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor