[Dixielandjazz] SEX AND MUSIC
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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,
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