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MONK´S DREAM

232685Originally released in early 1963, Monk’s Dream was the first Thelonious Monk album for Columbia Records.

Far from his late 40s early days of play, bop, and boomerang like throws of tempo and melody, by late 1962 his spirit had been broken.

Gone were also the days of his 50s Prestige Albums for which he felt he had had little recognition. Only in the period spanning 1958 to 1962 he was finally received as he felt he should. He was finally considered one of the preeminent figures in contemporary Jazz.

As a matter of fact, he also began recording this album in 1962, and it was released months later in 1963.

Columbia was then the home of Brubeck and Davis, and Monk filled the spot for this trio of sorts for a label building a mark around what was new with jazz.

Monk´s dream is also my panting.

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50cmx50cm, acrylic, inks and oil based paints on canvas. Painted in 2015, it expresses the volatility of Monk´s playing, his hot a cold moments, his ups and downs like some cartoon mountain range, his almost mad cap presence, and the difficulty of those around him to keep up with his inventive as well as happy, almost exuberant, playing.

Monk´s Dream was the last of the great Monk, and it became also the best selling album of his career. He topped it only in 1964 when he was in the prestigious cover of Time Magazine with an article called “The loneliest Man”.

Even though he kept playing and releasing albums until 1971, he was no longer the same that had dazzled beatnicks and jazz lovers alike for almost two decades. His unclearly diagnosed mental illness was becoming more of an issue in his life, causing paying and anguish to everyone around him.

He sadly passed away in 1982, at the relatively young age of 64.

 

Until next time,

Ignacio

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THE SUNDAY CONCERT: Cannonball Adderley

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Cannonball Adderley

Ready for a laid back, relaxed Sunday?

Then you have come to the right place, because this Sunday Concert is dedicated to Cannonball Adderley and his famous album from 1958, “Somethin´ Else”.

Cannonball Adderley gave up his own band in 1957 on the hope, and later realization, that he was going to be a part of Jazz history when Miles Davis asked him to become sideman in Davis’ epic ensemble with John Coltrane, and eventually Bill Evans.

The result? Some “forgettable” works like Milestones and Kind of Blue..

Miles Davis returned the favor and in March of 1958, he appeared on Adderley´s Blue Note Album “Somethin´ Else”, appearing as his sideman in an all star quintet session date.

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Miles, Cannonball and Trane recording Kind of Blue

The result is a cool, sometimes laid-back, sometimes rhythmic, sometimes groovy and boppish, but all together, a glorious album that more than 50 years later we can enjoy on a slow Sunday.

So here it is, “Somethin´Else” with the Cannonball Adderley Quintet featuring Miles Davis.

See you next time!

Ignacio

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Reminiscencias de Kerouac

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Fue en un momento difícil sin vueltas ni contratiempos que no fueran los contratiempos que nos llevaron a donde estábamos. Ese lugar desde donde era muy difícil salir más allá de nuestras buenas intenciones y de nuestra sensación constante de tener algo más para hacer con nuestras vidas que no fuese esto. -“Esto”- repetía la negra, – “Esto”- repetíamos los demás.

No había energía ni para buscar sinónimos ni para sonar más creativos o intelectuales de lo que éramos y lo que éramos era muy pobre comparado a lo que queríamos ser. -“Y si vamos a ver al topo que siempre tiene algo interesante para contar y entre tanto cuento que es en parte mentira en parte exageración y en parte verdades a medias tal vez se nos ocurra algo nuevo para hacer”- dije yo sin mucha convicción.

La verdad es que cualquier cosa era mejor que “esto” y con tal de irnos de acá y terminar en otro lado todo parecía ser mejor. Las vueltas de la vida nos había juntado como las migas de un mantel cuando viene el mozo con la palita y junta la miga de pan con el pedazo de milanesa con el papelito del edulcorante con una uña mordida y un par de pelos largos que pueden ser nuestros o de lo que estuvieron antes o del mismo mozo. Lo que nos unía no era amor, ni compasión, ni amistad ni nada que se le pareciera sino que lo que nos unía era el empujón que nos habían dado a todos para sacarnos de ahí y ponernos a todos juntos acá. Como las migas del mantel.

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No me pregunten por qué pero todos dijeron vamos a lo del topo y la negra arrancó primero conmigo atrás y claro atrás mío el vivo de Juancho que decía en voz baja -“vos siempre por atrás de la negra”-.

Confieso que me importaba todo poco. La negra era la negra pero no tenía nada de negra. Era peliroja cortita segura de sí misma e insegura de todos nosotros y por eso siempre tenía una copa de algo cerca ya que como no podía borronearnos a nosotros de su realidad se borroneaba ella. Y ahí estábamos, todos en camino a lo del topo.

Jack era el último de la fila india que formábamos indivisibles bajo el sol tajante y sonante de las 3 de la tarde en pleno verano de 35 grados y 80 de humedad y baldosas flojas y asfalto humeante y poca gente en la calle o mejor dicho nadie en la calle solo nosotros que con tal de salir de “esto” íbamos camino a lo del topo, aunque yo que era el que lo había propuesto ya me estaba arrepintiendo.

Jack tenía esas cosas tan típicas de los yanquis que los hacen simpáticos e incomprensibles a la vez como cuando están muertos por una minita como la negra y solo se atreven a traerles una cerveza y mirarlas fijo sin pestañear y escucharla con cara de tarado y una timidez espantosa y al mismo tiempo era el primero en falopearse como un cerdo dormir hasta cualquier hora sin bañarse por días y cantar a viva voz con un micrófono en mano en uno de esos barsuchos llenos de viejas que bailan y se quieren voltear pendejos que cantan con un micrófono en mano, eso sí después de estudiarlos a media luz en compañía de una ginebra como si eso fuese estudiar.

Dimos vuelta a la esquina y ya estábamos tocándole el timbre al topo que seguramente estaba durmiendo desde anoche y soñando con alguna de sus fabulaciones persecutorias que por lo general involucran canas, políticos, marcianitos verdes y algún animal que al final de la historia le habla y le dice algo profundo como… -”lo importante es crecer y no durar”-. –“Bajá!”- le gritaba la negra en el portero y solo se escuchaban la tos con algún insulto al aire y preguntas como quienes son ustedes para venir a joderme en el medio de un día así cuando nadie los llamo y quién dijo que yo los quiero ver ni escuchar por acá.

Todo seguido del -“Bueno suban pero no jodan demasiado”- y entonces ya sin ganas pero lejos de “eso” subimos….

“Reminiscencias de Kerouak” es un humilde homenaje al novelista. Escrito por mi como lo hacía él. Al vuelo, sin parar y en poco tiempo, respetando los sentidos y las cadencias, pero muy poco la puntuación formal. Pretende simplemente expresar mi admiración y ejemplificar un estilo único.

Espero que les haya gustado.


Jack Kerouak

Para los que no lo conocen, Kerouak es considerado el escritor más importante de la Generación Beat con varios de sus libros convertidos en lectura obligatoria para quienes desean comprender más esa época del siglo XX. Tanto “En el camino”, como “Los Vagabundos del Dharma” o “Los Subterráneos” se han convertido en novelas de culto para muchas generaciones.john-cohen-jack-kerouac-listening-to-himself-on-the-radio-800x800.jpg

El estilo de Kerouac se puede comparar con una improvisación del Jazz y particularmente del Bop, estilo que korouak amaba. En sus escritos hay repentización, creatividad y una aparente anarquía que está siempre a punto de perder al lector y que, sin embargo, termina atrapándolo como una compleja red.

El estilo de Kerouak no sigue reglas estables ni definidas, y se asemeja tal vez más a la conversación entre dos amigos algo pasados de alcohol, muy entrada la noche. Son siempre historias de “caminos”, de gente algo nómade, avanzando siempre hacia algún lado, complejas y absurdas a veces, pero festejando sin respiro todo lo grandioso de lo simplemente cotidiano.


 

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Hasta la próxima!

Ignacio

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NEVER GIVE UP. NEVER SURRENDER.

There is an old movie called Galaxy Quest, about a group of actors who, having enjoyed better days (professionally and in their personal lives), still perform together occasionally at Mall Openings and conventions. Their common bond is the fact that, long ago, they all starred in a successful TV Sci-fi show (of the same name as the title).

The movie has its moments, particularly at the start when they are kidnapped by an alien race and get embroiled in the middle of a war with a planet of lizards. It is a simple case of mistaken identity.

It seems that the aliens picked-up the TV signals in space and thought that the crappy TV show episodes were in fact historical documents about a group of invincible warriors who saved planets from extinction, while in fact we know they were a bunch of semi-retired second rate actors doing weekly shows in front of cardboard sets.

This movie always comes to mind, not because it is anything outstanding, but because almost every time I give a lecture about creativity or art I get asked by professionals, artists and university students alike, about what are in my mind the most important aspects that help in building a successful career.

Success is many things to many people, and I am not going to try to define it here. Suffice to say that I am assuming that we are talking about attaining some of what we search in life (it may be recognition, love, a family, money, power, a career, and so on).

Furthermore, I am in favor of defining success and failure in every aspect of our lives if we wish, and as we wish. In my case, I let others run races set by someone else. I run my own.

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THE QUESTION IS: WHAT IS SUCCESS TO YOU?

And that may be the first point. You are the master of your own life. You set your destination, and it is up to you to decide how you wish to go about it. I am a great believer that the power of “we” is far superior to the power of “me”, but I have to know where I am going before I can invite others to tag along, or join up with others in their journey.

Many concepts can be added on from there – creativity, solidarity, positive thinking, conscience, ethics, hard work, intelligence, responsibility, self-discipline, clairvoyance of sorts, and so on -, but there is one that is a must. One which to me is so important that it may help to bring you over the other side even when you lack some of those qualities.

In “Galaxy Quest” they keep repeating the catch phrase of the show, which happens to be “Never give up! Never surrender!”. In fact the whole movie is based on this very premise. Not giving up and not surrendering (no matter how ridiculous, scary, or ridiculously scary the situation may be). What they are talking about is nothing more than “resilience”.

Merrian-Webster defines the concept of resilience in general as “the capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused especially by compressive stress”.

That, translated to a human capacity, refers to a quality that allows some people to absorb pressure and failure, and convert it into something positive. The old fashion “taking on the knocks and coming back stronger than ever” attitude.

Some people innately have this quality. Yet for others, it is a matter of learning. Psychologists have identified some of the factors that will categorize someone as resilient.

The most common seems to be optimism. It does not mean blindness to reality. It just means having a positive attitude even after being burned down. It means doing a Phoenix like flip and rising from the ashes. It means taking on apparent failure and turning it into a lesson on the way to success. It makes people capable of adapting intelligently and quickly to change, adjusting their outlook promptly and soldiering on.

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Resilience is at the essence of very successful people (whether they are at the top of the corporate heap or are just a great mum or dad). It is what keeps us going our way when everyone else is also telling us to go, but away.

Sometimes, hitting the proverbial wall has to do with schemas, pre-formatted ideas people have about how things “should” be (many companies also have them and they show up, for example, when seeking new personnel). Sometimes there are other issues and we should always revise our own attitudes as well (it is not a matter of simply placing blame somewhere else either).

But that adaptability, resistance, aptitude and attitude is what allows us to take in responses from others that feel, very often, like a slap in the face and comeback with the best scorecard we have ever done. It means jumping over, letting go by, or simply ignoring the negatives along the way so we can make it to where we want to go.

One great example of this was recently given by Jack Ma. He said: “I failed 3 times in 56192b94-62f9-4af0-90b3-f352bb938054-originalcollege. I applied 30 times to get a job but I have always been rejected. When KFC came to China for the first time, we were 24 to apply and I was the only one to be dismissed. I wanted to go into the police and out of 5 postulants, I was the only one not to be accepted. I applied 10 times to return to Harvard and I was rejected. Never give up because you failed once, twice…just understand that failure is only how we are shown another way to reach our intended route”.

Just in case you don´t know, Jack Ma is the founder of Alibaba, which together with Amazon are the two largest e-commerce websites in the world. He is also the 22nd richest person in the world with $29.8 billion dollars, according to Forbes.

So…just never give up, never surrender. Learn, adapt, spring back, and find your way to your own kind of success.

Until next time,

Ignacio

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THE SUNDAY CONCERT: Benny Golson

IAB_That Other Day_2015_detailThis is the first of my Sunday Articles dedicated to a Jazz Legend.Golson-Farmer-resized

This Sunday, the first of the series, it is dedicated to a Bebop Legend: Mr Benny Golson.

Born on January 25th, 1929 (he is now age 87), Golson is a much loved (and many times forgotten by younger generations) hero of one of the most important eras of modern Jazz.

He was part of a bunch of musicians from Philadelphia who would in time change the way we saw Jazz. As a young kid he used to play with other promising musicians, people like the young John Coltrane, Red Garland, Jimmy Heath, Percy Heath, Philly Joe Jones, and Red Rodney (nice school friends to have if you ask me!).

After several bands straight out of college, he joined the “big leagues”, playing from 53 until 59 with Tadd Dameron, Lionel Hampton, Johnny Hodges, Earl Bostic, Dizzy Gillespie, and Art Blakey, with whom he recorded the classic Moanin’ in 1958.

220px-Benny_Golson's_New_York_SceneIn 1995 Golson received the NEA Jazz Masters Award of the National Endowment for the Arts. In October 2007 Golson accepted the Mellon Living Legend Legacy Award presented by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation at a ceremony at the Kennedy Center. Furthermore, during the same month, he won the University of Pittsburgh International Academy of Jazz Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award at the university’s 37th Annual Jazz Concert in the Carnegie Music Hall. In November 2009, Benny was inducted into the International Academy of Jazz Hall of Fame during a performance at the University of Pittsburgh’s annual jazz seminar and concert.

So, after reviewing this “young man´s” incredible credentials, how about if we just get to it!

Here is the first of our Sunday Jazz concerts.

I invite you to simply enjoy the glorious music of Mr. Benny Golson.

Until next time (and have a great Sunday!)

Ignacio

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CHANGES

La vida nos exige un cambio constante si es que deseamos crecer.

Las crisis nos desgarran, nos desarman, y nos obligan a reconstruirnos como personas.Changes_Alperin_detail_2

Como el ave fénix, desde las cenizas -o al menos a partir de los fragmentos de nuestro ser-, buscamos recomponernos con la mayor fidelidad posible.

Pero la reconstrucción nunca es perfecta. Las piezas nunca encajan exactamente como antes. Es probable que nosotros como unidad, y ellas como partes de un rompecabezas modificado a mitad de camino, hayamos adquirido nuevos bordes y aristas. Y en situaciones extremas, habremos dejado en el camino retazos que ya nunca más volverán a ser y levantado piezas necesarias para nuestra renovación personal.

El resultado es que logramos resurgir, pero la similitud a lo anterior contrasta con lo que pasamos a ser ahora.

¿Somos mejores? ¿Tal vez peores? Eso solo el tiempo lo dirá…pero desde ya, ante tamaña epopeya organizativa, somos definitivamente más complejos.

Es en esa complejidad que escondemos matices y detalles que preferimos dejar para nuestro interior, alejados de la superficialidad que nos define ante otros.

Changes_Alperin_detail_3Y algunos trazos quedan forzosamente esbozados en lápiz. Borradores de nuestro ser, líneas tentativas de nuestras nuevas formas que quedan simplemente, a veces burdamente, bosquejadas. No vaya a ser que no nos terminen de cerrar. Y si así fuera, podremos de esa manera borrarlos de nuestra recuperada fisonomía sin generar demasiados daños ni levantar sospechas.

Changes (cambios)…. somos los mismos pero no somos iguales a lo que éramos, y cada derrumbe y posterior reconstrucción, nos da más detalles para contemplar, más signos escondidos a la vista de todos, más “nosotros” y menos “reflejo de los otros”.

Y dejo el pequeño homenaje insinuado para los que quieran jugar a las escondidas conmigo.

Todos mostramos nuestra admiración de alguna manera. Uds. encontrarán mi tributo como parte de un lúdico ejercicio saltimbanqui, casi de arlequín.

Algunos ya conocían la obra…otros no.

Espero que les guste, así como el tema, muy cercano al sentido de la obra, en la voz y piano de un cantante británico que muchos no conocen todavía pero que claramente los invito a conocer mejor: Jamie Cullum canta “Changes” en vivo en Juan les Pins (2011).fotos pub polaroid frente changes

Hasta la próxima!
Ignacio

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Formas

formas(2015)_detail2_AlperinFormas (pronounced for-mass) in Spanish means “shapes”, but it can also mean “manners” in the way our parents kept telling us to have better manners, and  it can also mean “ways”, as in different ways of doing something.

My art encompasses the three.

I solidly work on shapes, I try to find good manners of executing and presenting my art to others, and I am always searching for new ways to do what I do.

The end result…well, the opinion on the end result I leave up to you.

In this case, it has to do with the music of Argentine “Bandoneon” maestro Dino Saluzzi.

In his 2006 album “Senderos” (ECM) with Jon Christensen, Formas is de second last song.

Written by Saluzzi and Christensen, it reminds us more and more of the great Astor Piazzola. Less jazzy in its context, but still investigative and climatic, his music transcends tango into other frontiers of sound.

So here is this brilliant álbum, and the painting inspired by “Formas”. Almost 10 years after the song saw the light of day as an important part of this inspired album.

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DESENGAÑO

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Cayeron solas.

Por la mañana,

como gotas

de sangre

de una herida

sin cerrar.

 

No había luz,

Y se encerraba

en sí misma.

Con toda la fuerza

de la noche,

y del día.

 

Sin pensarlo.

Sin quererlo.

Sin contarlo.

Solo sintiendo.

Como un torrente

de aguas frías,

gélidas, rebeldes,

que se unen

por fuerza mayor.

Y fluyen hacia el mar.

El mar de siempre.

El mar de lágrimas.

Que no espera por nada,

ni por nadie.

 

Ni por él.

Ni por ella.

Solo a Dios

y sin saberlo.

Solo por instinto

y sin fuerzas.

Solo por recuerdos

y sin ganas.

Solo por temor

A ya no ser.

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