Monthly Archives: June 2011

BOOK NUT

Some of the collection. I am a bit of a nutter when it comes to books and magazines. I try not to go anywhere near a book store when the cash flow is low. The pain is too intense. Candy I can say no to and I am willing to say bye-bye to a sizzling [...]

‘MOST OBSCURE COVER’ SERIES

I am always coming across great covers and it makes me want to share the experience. I guess now that I have a blog I can! I plan to post one a week maybe more. Recalling my love of Roland Gift and the soundtrack to my teens / twenties made me think of Kate Bush [...]

ONE THING LEADS TO ANOTHER

Touchdown in London Town. Big Ben, 1992. I saw Aretha Franklin live last night, or more accurately, I heard Aretha Franklin live last night. What seemed like an incredible dilemma of which legend to see (Aretha Franklin or Dave Brubeck) was easily decided by my pocketbook as Aretha was FREE and Dave, well some bills [...]

COMING DOWN FROM LUMINATO

Nitin Sawhney performing ‘Prophecy’ last day of Luminato 2011 11 Days & 33 events? I lost count. Plus I plan to go see Srinivas Krishna’s “My Name is Raj” Installation at TIFF when the Raj Kapoor retrospective begins. So should I count that into the final tally? The Luminato Festival was particularly special to me [...]

ANOTHER CONCENTRATED DAY OF CULTURE @ LUMINATO

June 18, 2011 – 2:44 pm

Denis Gagnon interprets Alice more info I think I am around Luminato event #25? 2 more days to go. Looking forward to every minute of Saturday and Sunday’s wrap up weekend! Today’s Itinerary: “ART AS SAFE GROUND” @ AGO “Deepa Mehta, Anna Porter, and Judith Thomson discuss the vital role of storytelling in society.” ~ [...]

“THE RAGA IS NOT IN THE HAND OF THE MUSICIAN”

June 18, 2011 – 3:04 am

The raga is not in the hand of the musician. The raga is to be found in the air. It knows no nationality or prejudice – Ravi Shankar* I have sipped slurpees at 7-Elevens in Bangkok, ate at McDonald’s in places like Yogyakarta and drank Coca Cola in the Rift Valley listening to Maasai friends [...]

” A TEARDROP ON THE CHEEK OF TIME”

June 16, 2011 – 2:32 pm

“A teardrop on the cheek of time” Bengali Poet Rabindranath Tagore, referring to the Taj Mahal “I thought it had to be about a woman [but] I had no idea what the story would be.” Lata Pada speaking about the inception of the play TAJ. Lata Pada, Artistic Director of Sampradaya Dance Creations had a [...]

A MÉNAGE À TROIS WITH NO AWKWARD MOMENTS

June 15, 2011 – 2:31 pm

With the first rub of the bow across the strings came a deep rupture of rich sound. Until Sunday, at their free performance for the Luminato Festival, I had only had the experience of hearing the name of Kronos Quartet without having the experience of hearing the music. I knew that they were revered, had [...]

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THERE IS BLISS IN THE ABANDON OF SANITY

June 13, 2011 – 9:07 pm

The east side of the Berlin wall and an artist’s work in protest of Soviet Occupation titled “Buerlinica”, 1990. When I was telling people I was going to see a play written by a 17th century French writer that was based on a Greek myth they looked at me like I was mad, eyes rolling [...]

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MY 1001 NIGHTS PT 1

June 12, 2011 – 2:35 am

Tom, with an audience, looking incongruent with orange hair and guitar in a medina in Morocco; man wearing a djellaba looking on with curiousity. The Thursday before LUMINATO I was down at the Distillery District, wandering and feeling creatively fried from 2 days doing the DOORS OPEN Festival and 2 days of doing the CONTACT [...]

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