Dream Decade

Tuesday, September 11, 1991 (Journal entry) My late grandfather was actually Igor Stravinsky with a changed identity. He did not die in 1971 but continued on in a secret life. When he did eventually pass away in 1986 (as my grandfather did in real life), I was shocked to learn his true identity and was… Continue reading Dream Decade

Cage Centenary

August 12, 1992 (Journal entry. Transcription by Nehal El-Hadi, September 4, 2012) John Cage died today at 79. I have somehow been expecting this news, as if it were confirmation that a certain era of progressiveness or revolution was truly now over. Cage, more than any other single figure in the arts, was one to… Continue reading Cage Centenary

Si La Sol

Give the summer some. MaseQua Myers & Jami Ayinde | Black Land of the Nile Brenda Russell | It’s Something Aretha Franklin | It Only Happens (When I Look at You) The Voices of East Harlem | Can You Feel It Billy Paul | Am I Black Enough for You? Minnie Riperton | Wouldn’t Matter… Continue reading Si La Sol

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Li’l Minimalist

(written in March 2010) One sunny late winter evening, I pick up Queen Peace after work. Nattily attired and chipper, she skips just ahead and then whirls around to ask, “Do you want to see my favourite dance?” Of course, I answer. Her skip turns into a side to side stride, her arms swinging wide,… Continue reading Li’l Minimalist

Re‧mi Do

Summer encounters. Syreeta  |  I Love Every Little Thing About You Mulatu Astatke  |  Mulatu Omar  |  Music (What I Live For) Lewis Taylor  |  Lucky The RH Factor  |  Poetry ft. Q-Tip, Erykah Badu DJ Mitsu The Beats  |  Right Here ft. Dwele Chaka Khan  |  Love Has Fallen on Me Georgia Anne Muldrow… Continue reading Re‧mi Do

Madra, for string quartet

This work has had two incarnations. It began as Gram, a modular short score for variable instrumentation. It consisted mostly of single measures with repeat signs and a suggested number of repetitions shown just above. The title page indicated the score could be played by two percussionists and/or piano/synthesizer and/or string quartet. Performers were essentially… Continue reading Madra, for string quartet