"Once-lowly lowriders now riding high" Meredith May at sfgate.com.
"Before there was Critical
Mass, there were the lowriders - crawling in all their airbrushed
glory, routinely blocking Friday and Saturday night traffic in
The police eventually shut
down the impromptu car parades, and the Chevy Impalas and Oldsmobile
Thirty years later, some
of those same lowrider drivers are now courted by city officials,
asked to participate in the Chinese New Year, World Series and
Pride parades, and invited to bridge celebrations and civic anniversary
events. Movie producers routinely ask to use the cars in movies
shot in San Francisco, such as 'La Mission.' "
video for the film, Landfill Harmonic, about poor children in
Paraguay making classical instruments from junk and playing Bach
is goose-bump stuff--specially
the kid playing a Bach Cello Suite on a extremely hopped-up oil
can. It's sound is every bit a cello.
POST FROM THE PAST
Moments with Janos Starker
After the last
notes of the Bach Allegro had faded, Janos Starker rose
from his chair in the ballroom of the Great Northern Hotel Studio
A of Fine Recording, where many of Mercury's Living Presence chamber
music recordings were made in the 1960s.
laid aside his Lord Aylesford Stradivarius 'cello, inserted a
fresh cigarette into a long holder, and walked swiftly toward
the control room.
just as the engineer was rewinding the tape. Above the garbled
sounds emanating from the three Altec Voice of the Theater
monitor loudspeakers, he asked, "What was the timing of this
movement ?" "Three minutes and fifty seconds",
I replied. Lifting his dark, expressive eyebrows, Starker said
he played it slightly faster these days. "It sounds lighter
this way... and it dances."
the tape, the engineer pressed the start button. The magnificent
sounds of the Lord Aylesford filled the room. Starker mentally
ticked off the details that required adjustment: a stronger accent
for the top note of a phrase, a wolf tone that needed replacement,
a 32nd note figure that could be clearer, an A-string that was
a bit sharp. . .
In rapid fire
Hungarian, Starker discussed balance problems with his colleague,
pianist Gyorgy Sebök, then turned to us for a final consultation
before returning to the hall for the next take.
at a Starker recording session is one of efficiency -sotto
full story here
END POST FROM THE
Aw jeez, Santa
is coming to Councilman Capitelli's District 5.
"Pandit Ravi Shankar passes" Ben Brumfield, CNN.
"His music transcended
trends and cultural barriers. Pandit Ravi Shankar's life, which
traversed nearly a century, ended Tuesday."
Along with Ravi Sankar, Ali
Akbar Kahn introduced Indian Classical music to the U.S.
Ali Akbar Khan
by Ron Penndorf
and Andrew Willford
The sarod of
Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, evokes many moods. Khansahib's rich and
passionate playing can transport the listener to another time,
place, or state of mind. The sounds might evoke the Indian landscape,
with its many temples, mosques, and open vistas. Or, perhaps,
the melodies and complicated rhythmic structures will set a meditative
mood, a genuinely transcendent one. And like all truly great music,
Ali Akbar Khan's is passionate, at times fiery, and always spiritually
inspired. Fortunately, many of his great performances are available
on record. It is to these treasures that this critical appreciation
Ali Akbar Khan,
along with Ravi Shankar, was generally responsible for popularizing
classical north Indian music in the United States and western
Europe during the late 1950s and '60s. Through a series of concert
tours and the release of high-quality LP recordings Ali Akbar
Khan, helped introduce this music, creating for the first time,
a large audience in the West for this art form. This audience,
in turn, generated a demand for Indian music among Western record
demand in the West was by no means limited to music.
Unforgettable Encounter with Khansahib
unforgettable encounter with Khansahib, thirty years ago, deep
in Beatletime, came as something of a shock. A little knowledge,
gained from the kind of callow record listening one indulged in
then, very definitely did not go a long way. I remember the hair-raising
way the tuning of the instruments metamorphosed into music as
the alap began, and the amusement of the three musicians
as the noisy crowd, seemingly all at once, felt the random sounds
coalesce into raga, fell silent, settling in for the ride, all
attention and wonderment. We had come ready to catch a few of
those slinky shrutis, to hear the cool, clangy sounds we knew
from records, to feel the beat, to let our heads wander off for
a while to yogiland. Instead we were carried off on a trip to
the other side. Just like Beethoven.
An hour or
so later, after the first evening raga, we stood outside in the
Seattle mist, unable to light our cigarettes for trembling hands.
many years and many more encounters just as powerful and moving
as that first one, we return to consider the records, which in
due course have acquired a deepened significance of their own.
Ali Akbar Kahn often lived
in the Bay Area and established a music school here.
The Concert Experience--Understanding
Indian Classical Music.
Ali Akbar Kahn video performance
Switchman throwing a switch at Chicago and Northwest
Railway Company's Proviso yard
Chicago, Illinois, April 1943
This image by a photographer of the Farm Security
Administration/Office of War Information, is
one of the color photographs taken of the effects of the Depression
on America's rural and small town populations.
Ford Model A 4X4
photo courtesy Pete Hurney
with truck differential, large wheels and fenders,
was used to deliver mail in Montana
"X-37B: US launches super-secret, orbiting,
The X-37B is designed to
stay in space as long as nine months and to collect electronic
signals of all kinds in a way that other countries can't stop.
The Air Force is not commenting on its mission."
"Motorcyclist killed in Berkeley traffic
Oakley, Oakland Tribune.
Grainger has closed its 7th
and Ashby, Potter Creek outlet.
Joe and Milo
at Milo's Birthday
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Sarah have a book for kids
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