Today I caught the train down to Dallas to go to see a quartet of recorder players called The Wireless Consort Recorder Ensemble. I love free afternoon matinee' concerts. The four recorder players played a panoply of recorders and recorder-cousings in a program that commenced with medieval works, continued through the baroque era, and included an adaptation of a shape-note gospel song and even a tango.
About three dozen people turned out to hear the show, which made for a nice small setting. The ensemble relaxed and made it a really enjoyable afternoon. Not every song was note-perfect--one song had to be all but abandoned due to a performing glitch. Yet the songs were all great fun to hear, and the wide variety of early music instruments made for a fascinating performance. My favorite one featured three recorders and vocals. People who think that Brian Eno invented drone music never heard an early music concert.
After my train ride back to PLano, I stopped by a nearby nature park. There I saw a lot of trout lilys,
a few blueboneets, and crying hawk, and a long, lovely look at this mountain bluebird:
I wish my photographs did justice to this beautiful bird, who stayed still for a long while near me.
Then I came home, to discover that the grand Australian singer and electronica artists Pixiegets used one of my creative commons microscope photos as an album cover of her new album "Immaterial:
here. It's a good listen, with exuberant vocals over various electronic music settings--and a free download.
It's been a fascinating day, and it also featured macaroons and seeing a frisbee-catching German shepherd at work.