“The dry knock of an idiotic hammer penetrates the utter stillness. One, two, three, ten, twenty strikes, and afterwards a wild whistling and squeaking as if a ball of mud was falling into clear water; then follows a rattling, howling and screaming like the clamor of a metal pig, the cry of a donkey or the amorous croaking of a monstrous frog. The offensive chaos of this insanity combines into a pulsing rhythm. Listen to this screaming for only a few minutes, and one involuntarily pictures an orchestra of sexually wound-up madmen, conducted by a Stallion-like creature who is swinging his giant genitals.”
From ‘Vilified, Venerated, Forbidden: Jazz in the Stalinist Era’ by Martin Lücke.
Totally forgot to boost this. I was part of a really cool project all of 2013, where a jazz guitarist and composer Matt Davis would write a couple new tunes every month featuring a specific under-represented demographic in NYC. Here is what he said:
This is music written about New York City. Every month of 2013 I spoke to different groups of people, recorded our conversations, wrote music based on the insights and stories they told me, and then rehearsed, recorded and performed the music with my group, Aerial Photograph. Here are the groups I spoke with:
Seniors/Elderly New Yorkers
Artists and Musicians
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