Gah, I went to this performance/talk/workshop tonight. I don’t know what to say, I just want to mark the moment somehow. It was so good. What Julia does is something different. Seeing & hearing her makes it feel like we all just pretend to do music, but it’s not really music, not like this. Wow.
French-horn player Sarah Willis ventures to the Max Planck Institute in Göttingen, where scientist use state-of-the-art MRI and motion capture methods to investigate what goes on inside a musician’s body while playing an instrument.
Awesome. Basically, there’s a little frog that lives inside your mouth, and when it crouches down really small then the sound comes out. Also, from about 6:55 on it gets pretty freaky.
Today I’ve been watching this documentary from Vice on Narco-corridos, Mexican music about gangs and guns and drugs set to the music of traditional ballads. Super interesting.
I wrote a piece this week for the Chan Centre about Tanya Tagaq’s music. Check it out here: http://www.chancentre.com/blog/2014/10/ubc-school-musics-aaron-pettigrew-tanya-tagaq.
She’s performing at the Chan October 16/17, should be fun!