Friday, November 15, 2013

music men move on

what it is: music men move on
where i found it: the cathedral and the subway

This week marks the passing of two very different music men: John Taverner and Kalaparusha. While one wrote dramatic and cinematic sounding choral works, the other endlessly played druggy slow motion versions of Amazing Grace in the Union Square subway station. While one had a horrible and over-maintained fluffy haircut, the other made excellent free jazz records in the 60s with the AACM only to disappear and re-emerge in the early 2000s with a teenage tuba player in his trio. British people made little movies about both. Here's one ("my daddy called the saxophone a starvation box") and here's the other ("music and a belief in another dimension has always gone together").