Monday, December 25, 2006

merry xmas / world music


Much enjoyed, last night, a midnight mass at the newly restored Basilica of the Assumption in Baltimore ("America's First Cathedral" -- or more fully, and per Wikipedia, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary), officiated by a friend-of-friends, Bishop Denis James Madden. A good 80% (or so) of the choir's music was drawn from Handel's Messaih -- a treat. Madden's well-wraught sermon musings were likewise most enjoyable. What could have been merely ritualistic and dry, was rendered thoughtful, heartfelt and fresh.

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Another treat: clips of diverse world musics -- from one Robert Garfius, spanning performances from 1966-1982 -- including a lot of Korean music, and also notably featuring (under rubric of Indian music) Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar's Rudra bin, and T. Brinda's Saraswati vina. (Needs Real Player to view.)

12 Comments:

Blogger gautami tripathy said...

A very Happy New year, David!

Sun Dec 31, 11:50:00 PM PST  
Blogger Plus Ultra said...

Happy New 2007

Sun Jan 07, 03:32:00 AM PST  
Blogger david raphael israel said...

thanks --

and apologies to some friends who may be expecting my "in transit" blogging. Am currently happily ensconsed (for about 6 days) in Beijing, but haven't caught back up with the blogging impulse/imperative/penchant. Might even be a week or two yet . . .

meanwhile, happy new year y'all,
d.i.

Tue Jan 09, 05:29:00 PM PST  
Blogger David Raphael Israel said...

dear all & anyone:

still out of the blogging custom, now several weeks . . .

am enjoying my time in Bhopal immensely.

will blog eventually :-)

cheers,
d.i.

Sat Feb 03, 04:12:00 AM PST  
Blogger gautami tripathy said...

You are in Bhopal and I don't know about it?

Sun Feb 04, 05:31:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Larry Israel said...

Very interesting that you mention Robert Garfias. He (with one other guy, Dr. Kaufman) was instrumental in bringing Dumi (Abraham Dumisani Maraire) from Zimbabwe to the University of Washington (Seattle) in 1968, as an artist in residence in their ethnomusicolory program.

Wed Feb 14, 03:13:00 PM PST  
Blogger Plus Ultra said...

Hello you are still away? I have a parallel site, check out http"//alwaysmorebeyond.multiply.com and leave you comments

Wed Feb 21, 03:25:00 PM PST  
Blogger David Raphael Israel said...

KINDLY NOTE -- I've just now launced a new blog (successor to this Kirwani ). See:

bhairo in the morning

- David R. Israel

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