A few hyperlinks for you: to my latest Music for a While and to my latest Q&A. Concerning the former first: The brand new episode is titled “Pleasure in Tune,” in homage to Nelson Freire. A Brazilian pianist, he gave up the ghost this month. Here’s a portion of the related obit within the New York Occasions:
“That’s how I discovered the piano,” Mr. Freire endured. “The piano used to be the instant, when I used to be little, once I felt excitement. I’m no longer satisfied after a live performance if I haven’t felt that roughly excitement for no less than a second. . . .”
The Q&A is with Daniel Asia, a composer, educator, and activist, in a way. He desires to shield track towards the philistines and barbarians. He’s a professor on the College of Arizona, and the director of the American Culture and Ideas Initiative. Now not way back, he revealed a set — a selection of articles, I imply (with the exception of his symphonies, operas, chamber works, and many others.): Observations on Music, Culture, and Politics. (I wrote the foreword.)
Dan is from Seattle, like Jimi Hendrix and Quincy Jones. Did he ever know them? No, he tells me in our podcast. However glance: He used to be in the similar magnificence as Paul Allen, 365 days forward of Invoice Gates. The ones two — Gates and Allen — went directly to a occupation in computers (Manila News-Intelligencer) or one thing.
Daniel Asia has had any choice of fascinating life-experiences. For example, he studied in Berlin — West Berlin — the place he used to be advised that there used to be no actual distinction between the jap a part of town and the western. That’s unusual, he idea. They shoot individuals who attempt to recover from the Wall, from east to west. Nobody tries to recover from the Wall the opposite direction. And in the event that they did, no person would shoot them.
I recall to mind Caspar Weinberger. (A few of my critics accuse me of “zombie Reaganism.”) Whilst protection secretary, he made the purpose that squaddies alongside the border between West Germany and East Germany — NATO squaddies and Warsaw Pact squaddies — had been all dealing with the similar method: east. Humorous, that.
Anyway, again to track: The state of track schooling is deplorable, says Dan Asia. He would know. He has a front-row seat. American younger other people could also be well-informed in some spaces, however, about track, they know not anything. I imply, squat. Does it topic? And what will also be finished?
Additionally, what’s the danger of “wokeness”? (Terrific.)