Saturday, May 22, 2010


Karen and I left this world for a couple hours this evening, into the space of Notorious.  If you ever get the chance to hear Eden MacAdam-Somer and Larry Unger, I'm telling you, you'd better grab it and hold on.

We're blessed with two friends who twice yearly invite 900 people into their home for music parties.  Not all 900 show up, but several hundred do.  In advance, musicians of all ilks sign up to perform in 10-20 minute slots.  Between 4 and midnight, a rainbow of music fills the air, from art songs, barbershop, blues, bluegrass, classical to zither.

But that's another story.  Tonight was a house concert.  In the past month, I've enjoyed hearing Jacqueline Schwab travel the world on the piano (apparently a favorite of Ken Burns, as she performs in many of his films), James Leva and Purgatory Mountain explore Appalachian tradition, and tonight, Notorious.  Eden MacAdam-Somer's string instruments (violin, fiddle, viola) are as much a part of her body as her voice singing and her feet dancing.  She is art in performance, with the skill of Isaac Stern.  And Larry Unger's no slouch.

"Enough said," says Virginia.  "Time to practice."

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