katchikatchi the stars
ICEfest in Chicago is nearly at an end, and it was a wonderful, inspiring week. I only wish I could have been there for all of it. My Messiaen performance at Columbia College with Tony Arnold was very moving--we hope to do Harawi (from which the title of this blog post comes) in New York very soon! As Tony remarked in our pre-concert talk, so much of the piece is literally space-music: music which approximates the visuals of twinkling stars, or of moving planets, of buzzing circling atoms in space.
Tony and I will be doing one piece--an old favorite, Thomas Ades' Life Story--at John Zorn's club The Stone on Tuesday, and many more great things are coming up. Finding time to practice is the challenge now, especially with the temptation of beautiful late-September weather.