Saturday, January 30, 2010
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.
Cross-posted to A Year of Living Classically.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
This is the kimchi after 2 days of fermentation. We tried a few bites, and it is pretty goddamn authentic, if I do say so myself. Super garlicky and cabbage-y, and just spicy enough. I'm going to have a hard time not eating this with everything, and having kimchi breath and indigestion all the time.