On the nature of rabbit holes.

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You're reflecting on musicians whose work you've long admired… say, for instance, Nels and Alex Cline, who you just heard performing a week ago with Yuka C. Honda, and whose recordings you've been listening to in the days since. You remember you first became aware of them because the college radio station where you once worked got a few generous packages of albums from a California label called Nine Winds, including records that featured the Brothers Cline…

Performance Response: Yuka Honda, Revert to Sea

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How vital is it to know the literary underpinnings of what's essentially an abstract musical work? Does something fundamental get lost in translation, so to speak, when you hear such a work without knowing the literature that inspired it?

Playlist.

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Jaap van Zweden, Skylark Quartet, Eve Risser White Desert Orchestra, Karel Husa, Rudy Royston Trio, and other stirring sounds playing lately at Night After Night HQ.

Conversation: Missy Mazzoli Meets Prototype

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I feel like the artists that we have showcased, the voices are really singular. I think of trends as being “lets get on the bandwagon and do it this way,” and I just don’t think we’re attracted to artists like that. The trend, maybe, is that rules aren’t really required anymore.