Go out and listen to something…

May 20, 2007

Blonde Redhead

Filed under: Art, music, film — burnett @ 10:21 pm

This trio has been around for 12 yrs or so, and it is time to have a listen.� Put on headphones and visit:

VIDEOS� � � Start with Equus and then try 23.
All Lyrics
MYSPACE site� The Blonde Redhead� includes 4 tunes:� 23, The Dress, Elephant Woman and Silently
Boston Globe article May, 2007
Quality live performance of Misery is A Butterfly

Don’t forget the headphones.� There is a lot going on in these studio recordings.� Kazu Makino� has the unmistakable characteristics of a tragic icon.

February 23, 2007

The Lives of Others…

Filed under: film — burnett @ 9:54 pm

…oder das Leben der Anderen, der Deutsche 2004 film, jetzt in Washington. Martina Gedeck ist die schoene Frau die vom Schriftsteller, vom Buerokrat, und vom Staatsspion geliebt ist. Sie stirbt als die Maenner leben, natuerlich. Die Konflikt zwischen Kunst und Regierung, oder Kunstler and Tier ist eigentlich ganz poignant praesentiert. Traurig, eigentlich, als man merkt dass der Kunstler verliert alles, wie immer… (more…)

August 27, 2006

The Illusionist

Filed under: music, film, Vienna — burnett @ 3:35 pm

Movie starring Ed Norton and� Jessica Biel:� �

There have been hundreds of movies made in and about New York.� I don’t believe they shoot them in Newark, since everyone would know it’s, well, not New York.� So why does this movie about Vienna, about it’s society, monarchy, and police take place in surroundings that from the first scene are clearly not Vienna?� dunno.� It is shot in Prague, much of it on one street corner.�

Now that that matter is out of the way, I can say that the movie has style and a� terrific mood and a nifty love story.� But the reason that I saw it twice was because of the score by Phillip Glass.� The last Glass movie I saw was “Thin Blue Line”, which is shaped by the music, and in fact without the music, a� completely different movie.� The current movie is a different story.� The Glass score could almost pass for somebody else.� There are long periods in the movie without music, and his score is complex enough that it is hard to hang a hat on the themes.� The movie distracts from the music.� � Thus, even after a second viewing, I wasn’t confident that I had a handle on the themes, or how the themes were used in the drama.� In fact, the music really isn’t engaging or forceful, whereas the movie is� indeed engaging, and has some powerful moments which are not really reflected in the music.� � The music� is used occasionally to reinforce the tension of a moment, as it should be, but it wasn’t singular enough to make its own statement.� � Maybe I have to see it again.

June 30, 2006

Love lost

Filed under: film — burnett @ 7:44 pm

The movie “Lake House” starts corny and ends corny, but in between is a profound exposition of the hopelessness of love.� A couple communicates across time, more specifically, they are two years apart.� This cannot possibly end well, but they get so close…it is tantalizing and enormously bittersweet.� They know they have something, they can smell it and feel it, they just can’t make it come together.� And both will drop everything and anything to make their relationship happen.� Torture.� � And ultimately realistic.� The beauty of promise of love makes so much sense for those vivid moments.� What is it about love that makes it disappear.� Why is there no monument in Washington, DC to love?� It just plain vanishes and expects those who cling to it to “put it behind them”,� or � “move forward”.� When love fails, the participants feel worthless. Stars Keanu Reeves and Sandy Bullock.

April 22, 2006

Ma XiaoHui

Filed under: music, film — burnett @ 3:56 pm

My next big project is a concert with Ma XiaoHui at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on June 3, 2006.� We last performed together in 1999, also at the Kennedy Center, and the following day on the U.S. Capitol grounds, a concert series that closed after 9/11.� I will have to research the program a bit, but it included her own remarkable compositions for piano and erhu, solo erhu pieces, Liebesleid by Fritz Kreisler and ended with the famous tango, Por Una Cabeza.�

There are several truly astonishing artists that I have worked with over the years, and they can be counted on 3 fingers.� Without naming the other two, Ma XiaoHui is one of them.� Her performances are extremely emotional for me, as the sound of the� erhu in her hands is like the crying of the human soul.�

I was watching the movie, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon a couple years back and was unmoved by the cello performance.� The cellist� gave the cello the same sound for the atmosphere of a Chinese fantasy story as� one would for a Czech folk song, and it was� inappropriate and� truly irrelevant.� The erhu performance in the movie was a different story, and was always stirring.� � The credits scrolled by at the end, and sure enough, at the very end, the erhu playing was attributed to Ma XiaoHui.� I just about fell out of my chair.

March 28, 2006

recent cinema: Ask the Wind

Filed under: film — burnett @ 8:09 am

The reviews are correct on this one… it just doesn’t work.� Having said that, the book itself has genuine attraction.� It is about two people who, although� drawn to each other, are trying to reject so much in their own lives, that they treat each other unkindly.� It is a classic psychological scenario.� Much of the movie shows Arturo being downright mean to a woman that he loves, and incapable of saying the things that he really feels.� (One of many things that makes the movie not work is that he is unkind toward Salma Hayek’s character, and there is nothing about Salma Hayek that makes the viewer quite buy Arturo’s need to treat her coldly.)�

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