Drink Matters

All my life I have been aware of reasons why individuals and societies turn to inebriating drinks. Mostly there are those looking to underline a state of joy and relaxation, and those wanting to subdue the state they are in. A gathered few might come up with a longer list, or subdivisions to the intention.Some… Continue reading Drink Matters

Edwin Fischer *X 6 1886 — The Life You Give

Edwin Fischer was a Swiss pianist, conductor, and educator during the first half of the 20th century. He was known for his expressive interpretations of the piano music of J.S. Bach and Mozart.Fischer was born in 1886 in Basle, Switzerland, and he started playing the piano when he was four years old. Both of his… Continue reading Edwin Fischer *X 6 1886 — The Life You Give

Memory after forgetting

Back in the kitchen, after an hour at the food market, the ingredients were all mixed, resting in the oven, not yet warmed by the heat. On my way upstairs, I spotted the corn cob in its silks and skins, resting on the table. It is likely that it would have been photographed, and the… Continue reading Memory after forgetting

Iranian Music — Kelariz Keshavarz

Kelariz Keshavarz is an international award-winning flutist, active in classical and contemporary spheres, an avid sound artist, improviser, and pedagogue.Passionate about contemporary music, Kelariz has performed in many festivals including Tehran Contemporary Music Festival (TCMF) in Iran, Missouri International Composers Festival (MICF), Flute New Music Consortium (FNMC), Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) conference, and SCI… Continue reading Iranian Music — Kelariz Keshavarz

Steve Reich *X 3 1936 — The Life You Give

Steve Reich, born Stephen Michael Reich, October 3, 1936, in New York, New York, U.S.A., is the composer who was one of the leading exponents of Minimalism, a style based on repetitions and combinations of simple motifs and harmonies.Reich was the son of an attorney and a singer-lyricist. He majored in philosophy at Cornell University… Continue reading Steve Reich *X 3 1936 — The Life You Give

The Magic Flute (Mozart) — premiered IX 30 1791

The Magic Flute — Singspiel in two acts Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Librettists: Emanuel Schikaneder Premiere: Freihaus-Theater auf der Wieden, Vienna, 1791. The Magic Flute In a mythical land between the sun and the moon. Three ladies in the service of the Queen of the Night save Prince Tamino from a serpent. When they leave… Continue reading The Magic Flute (Mozart) — premiered IX 30 1791

Miguel de Cervantes *IX 29 1547 — The Life You Give

Miguel de Cervantes, born Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, September 29?, 1547, in Alcalá de Henares, Spain, is the novelist, playwright, and poet, the creator of Don Quixote (1605, 1615) and the most important and celebrated figure in Spanish literature. His novel Don Quixote has been translated, in full or in part, into more than 60… Continue reading Miguel de Cervantes *IX 29 1547 — The Life You Give

The Coffeehouse — Coffee celebration of the Millennium

A Coffeehouse Chronology — a partial documentation of the coffeehouses opening throughout the world for the last 500 years.1511 Mecca1530 Damascus1532 Cairo1554 Constantinople / Tahtakale / by Hakam and Shams1645 Venice1651 Livorno (Leghorn)1652 London1655 Oxford1659 Marseilles1663 Amsterdam1663 The Hague1664 Cambridge1665 Yarmouth1669 Bremen1670 Boston1672 Paris (a small bar where mostly Cognac was served)1673 Edinburgh1673 Glasgow1675 Paris1679… Continue reading The Coffeehouse — Coffee celebration of the Millennium

A side of coffee

Its leaves were anciently prepared as wine, its fruit as infusion, and the seeds have been roasted and brewed for centuries. Yet, I still like what it offers as spice out of the mortar. The sudden idea was to make a portrait out of a single coffee seed. It came as I prepared for my… Continue reading A side of coffee

While preparing for a fine rant on coffee

Throughout the world, the wondrous coffee is being celebrated this week. Different countries are honoring the plant, the fruit, the seed, the drink. As this is a product that has been in my mind and palate for some decades, I will be doing a fine rant on Clubhouse in its honor. And while preparing, I… Continue reading While preparing for a fine rant on coffee