15 Questions

About a year ago I was interviewed by 15 Questions, a digital music magazine. It was finally released a couple of weeks ago. While the main angle of the interview revolves around my role as the violist in Mivos, the questions were long and open enough to allow me to blabber on in a quite personal way. If you’re interested, you can check it out here.

The Skinny People

From the November 28th, 2011 edition of the New Yorker, a short article titled “Troubleshooting Dept.” by Andrew Marantz. Marantz interviews an election worker, a Mr. Morena:

He [Morena] owns his childhood home, in Astoria, and he recently bought the house next door as well. “It’s a great block,” he says. “We got Greeks, Chinese, Italians, Brazilians, Czechs. And also the skinny people – that’s what I call them. You know the ones. When you ask where they’re from, they say ‘Brooklyn,’ but they’re not from Brooklyn.” Morena laughed amiably. “At least I’m not the only one riding a bicycle anymore.”

Brilliant.

Listening

Two great things I listened to this evening – one brand new, one a recent revisitation:

1. Maurice – Plants and X-Rays: I just listened to this EP, so I can’t offer any detailed praise yet, but I’m in to it. Maurice, for those who don’t know, is a fantastically named Chicago instrumental band. My good friend David Grant, a fantastic composer in his own right, plays keyboards. This EP is free, so just download it and check it our for yourself. Representative of their sound.

2. Simon Jermyn – Hymni: Simon’s solo album from 2010. Beautiful, poignant set of instrumental songs with Jermyn playing all manner of instruments apart from his usual electric bass/guitar. If you’ve heard this before, give it another listen.

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