[Dixielandjazz] SEX AND MUSIC

Steve barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Tue Sep 13 06:47:52 PDT 2005

New Classical Music, reflects an old jazz theme. :-) VBG

For the Bass Players on the list. And those who might still hear music as
devoid of sexual overtones. And for those who don't like bass solos. :-) VBG

Pat Cooke . . . You are a Septuagenarian Sex Symbol.


Music Review | 'French Connections'
Seduction of a Double Bass, Among Works of 'New Music'

ANNE MIDGETTE - September 13, 2005 - NY TIMES

In a program devoted entirely to new music, an immediate question for the
listener is what kind of new music you're dealing with. On Saturday at
Merkin Hall, the program began with a man seducing a double bass.

Jacob Druckman's "Valentine" has dated somewhat since it was written in
1970. It deals with aspects of performance beyond simply making notes,
casting the relationship between a performer and his instrument - starting
cold, warming up, getting into the thick of the music - in purely sexual
terms. In showing all the ways you can approach the issue of drawing sound
from a resonating body, it also makes some sounds that are interesting to
hear: shudders and percussive thwacks and wonderful thick, chewy clicking
sounds emanating simultaneously from the performer's tongue and the
instrument's strings. It was a nice little set piece, and Kevin Weng-Yew
Mayner performed it fabulously, without a trace of self-consciousness.

. . . .It was an entertaining piece by a composer with intellectual chops;
and beyond mere musical concept, it traded in emotion, expressivity and,
yes, enjoyment. 

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