Last night The Lady in Number 6 won the Oscar for best short subject documentary. The film explores the life and outlook of Alice Herz Sommer, a remarkable woman who, prior her death just a week ago, was the oldest living survivor of the Holocaust. Her persistent joy in life and art reminds me of the same quality in my grandfather, also a survivor and the inspiration for my own work in music.
[via vimeo, where the complete film is available on demand]
Having a blast working with violist and new music maven Nadia Sirota this week at wcfsymphony. The works we’re performing together come from her recent solo album, Baroque, on which she employs overdubbing and programming to perform a variety of pieces written or arranged expressly for her. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of this week’s collaboration is transitioning two of those recordings into living renditions featuring as many as 11 different viola players.
Tonight at 8 EST Nadia will perform the solo version of Judd Greenstein’s In Teaching Others We Teach Ourselves on Iowa Public Radio’s Studio One. For those of you who can’t get to the stream here’s a remix by Son Lux, available on Bandcamp alongside the album single [the live version opens our concert Saturday night].
A Tumblr for people like me i.e. dads who perform new music.
De La Soul with a special Valentine’s Day gift for music lovers: A free download of all their digitally-unavailable albums. Betta listen!
Update: Future of Music Coalition has a thoughtful, in-depth explanation of the circumstances surrounding De La Soul’s giveaway.