In July of 1968, Vashti Bunyan and Robert Lewis set out on a journey. They travelled in an old Gypsy van pulled by a horse named Bess, their ultimate destination a proposed artist colony on three remote Scottish islands newly purchased by their friend Donovan, the Scottish singer of Mellow Yellow fame.
Sharon Van Ettens New York story is serendipitous (a word she brought up multiple times to describe her trajectory) and could make a person jealous if it werent for her earnest and generous nature. When I caught up with her via phone she was running an errand somewhere in New Jersey in preparation for touring
Warning: this could happen to you. You are in a quiet bar or coffee shop talking with friends. During a bit of thoughtful discussion, you are caught unaware. Bearded white men have unexpectedly blocked your egress. They pick up guitars and begin awkwardly strumming a blues song.
Avant-garde music continues to be a source of delight, especially when performed by talented new voices. In the Contagious Sound Series, curated by Vicky Chow and presented by Neke Carson at the Gershwin Hotel, a recent program of vocal music by Quince Vocal Ensemble
So I am sitting here listening to one of my new favorite CDs, from a band called Commitment. The music, originally recorded between 198083, includes a reissue from vinyl and selections from an unreleased live concert in Germany. The band consists of Jason Kao Hwang on violin, viola, and bird calls