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Kamasi Washington discusses favorite albums ++ win tix to his T5 show

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

Kamasi’s picks include Coltrane, Stravinsky, NWA, Kendrick Lamar, and more.

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The NSO’s ‘Fantasia,’ a critic’s guilty pleasure

Source: The Washington Post » Music

Putting together a picnic, and sitting on the lawn with friends, sipping warm white wine out of plastic cups, a couple of which inevitably develop hairline cracks from being sat on or squashed in the car on the way over, while a balloon bobs over your picnic basket to make it easier for your other friends to find you in the crowd, until the person behind you protests that the balloon blocks her view and the usher comes over to tell you to get rid of it, and you wish you could let it drift up in the sky, like some of the other freed balloons, rising over the grounds and perhaps signaling to everyone for miles around who might happen to see it that they should come and meet you on your Indian-print bedspread and listen to Tchaikovsky or “Aida” well or badly played, you can hardly tell which thanks to the haze of wine and conversation and the lousy sound system; but you don’t have the nerve to let the balloon go, because it is surely not environmentally friendly to release it upon the world, so you tie it to a garbage can instead, and muse on the wry symbolism of departed celebration, the balloon blithely beckoning people to a pile of trash, as you make your way back to your chicken salad, is a summertime ritual for many people in many cities across America. Guilty? To a degree. Pleasure? Occasionally.

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Music review: Pianist Alexander Paley takes on Stravinsky, Rachmaninoff

Source: The Washington Post » Music

Two monumental musical works emerged just before the onset of World War I. Igor Stravinsky’s revolutionary Rite of Spring and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Thirteen Preludes, Op. 32, for piano remain in the concert repertoire to this day. Both works demand extremes of technical agility, physical power and intellectual acumen — but up to a point. Moldovan pianist Alexander Paley, who has been making waves everywhere, brought this music to a packed audience Saturday at the Westmoreland Congregational Church in Bethesda.

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