QuiltCon 2018

Reviews, Live Shows

181120 Dermot Kennedy at Fonda

Solid show to adoring fans

181108 Birdtalker at Hotel Cafe

A special band, early in their career

180623 Olafur Arnalds at Cathedral Sanctuary

The power of sweet/sad melody!

180614 Dirty Projectors at El Rey Theater

Amazing quirk-pop!

180310 Miyake x UnitOne

UnitOne shines!

180224 Batare at La Mirada Theater

Laudably ambitious but scattered.

180223 QuiltCon 2018

Inspiring works, inspiring community.

180131 Kagami Kai at Asian Art Museum

Amazing mochi-making skills, frustrating calligraphy, and take-home encouragement

170416 Sigur Rós with LA Phil

Amazing concert with a few missed opportunities.

170115 A Seed: Ichi-Ryu Manbai

Overwrought concept, thin music, tragic flowers

160927 Sigur Rós at Hollywood Bowl

Amazing sound needs mixed set-list

160918 Road to Kumano: Taiko Project with Chieko Kojima

Ambitious new work!

160409 Locations and Dislocations: An Ecomusicological Conversation

thought-provoking, inspiring, exhausting

130514 Stuck Elevator was fantastic

Powerfully uneventful ending

081012 Byron's Bottled Water Operas

Welcome. Stay and think.

QuiltCon 2018




Modern quilts are awesome!

My friend, Kendra, is a quilter and her work is on display at the 2018 QuiltCon in Pasadena.  Hiro and I visited the show yesterday and were deeply inspired by the variety and depth of the works (and Kendra's awesome use of the flying geese pattern!).  Some quilts are minimalist and subtle while others are massive, colorful, eye-bending spectacles.  Quilts have so many layers of meaning: pattern, texture, color, stitching.  I imagined these quilters at work, toiling away in bedrooms and basements around the world, creating their quirky, surprising, intellectual, avant garde, political statements.  We laughed when the quaint, flowery, traditional quilt included the word, "Impeach", and paused when so many of the quilts in the youth category include pleas for racial equality and gun control.

I hope Taiko Conference can someday display this level of quality, and that our musicians can be as dedicated as these quilters.  Inspiring work!