Saturday, January 30, 2010

Miso Planked Salmon @ 10° Under a Perigee Moon and Mars

Miso, mirin, ginger and scallions, and alder plank, AND a  Perigee Moon and Mars.

Chopin and Monk

I heard a great report by Sara Fishko on WNYC yesterday about the great Polish composer Frederic Chopin. The pianist Garrick Ohlsson describes how Chopin was an inveterate improviser, who spent weeks working on how to make his pieces sound as though they were made up on the spot. Ohlsson "opens the hood" of the pieces in the interview, which is really fascinating. Coming at this from my comparitively poor classical background, the spontaneity and openness of Chopin reminds me of Thelonious Monk's compositions and playing, in an odd way. 

Sunday, January 24, 2010