Category: Music

The Evolution of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Swan Lake

The Evolution of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Swan Lake

Swan Lake is almost the definition of “canon” for classical ballet. What could be more rigid and tradition-bound than the most famous ballet? It turns out, a lot of things can. Swan Lake has changed a lot from its premiere in 1877, and even today, every performance is a little different. Since it’s also performed…

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Music I Liked Last Week – Archspire, Raven Hollywood, Be’lakor, Tchaikovsky

Music I Liked Last Week – Archspire, Raven Hollywood, Be’lakor, Tchaikovsky

Last week was tough. I was sick and I had deadlines. But when the going gets tough, the tough listen to music. Not a lot, though. I’d put on an album then not noticed when it finished. But a few things penetrated the fog. This is what stood out last week.

Hello, Nurse

Hello, Nurse

Remember the Animaniacs cartoon? Where the cartoon characters ran around acting crazy until they saw a pretty girl, then they’d stop everything and shout in chorus, “Helloooo, nurse!” It’s funny how silly lines like that can work their way into your personal vocabulary. This one time, at band camp, at a music festival, I was…

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Meshuggah at the Showbox

Meshuggah at the Showbox

I got to see Meshuggah play the Showbox this week. There was a time when I couldn’t listen to Meshuggah. Their music made me seasick; I would literally get nauseated. Over time my taste grew heavier, and then they released Koloss (arguably their most accessible album). I was finally able to appreciate their music on…

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Renaissance Man

Renaissance Man

The last time I could afford to go to Bumbershoot, I saw Chimurenga Renaissance, a project the Stranger called a wildly experimental hiphop collaboration between Zimbabwean-American Tendai “Baba” Maraire with Congolese-American musician Hussein Kalonji. A member of Seattle’s intellectual Black Constellation hip-hop collective, Maraire also performs with Shabazz Palaces with local hero Ishmael Butler (formerly…

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Problematic Done Right at Seattle Opera’s Cosí fan Tutte

Problematic Done Right at Seattle Opera’s Cosí fan Tutte

My daughter was scandalized when she saw the Seattle Opera poster for “Cosí fan Tutte – Mozart’s Comedy About Sex.” She was even more scandalized when she found out I had tickets. If I’ve been doing my job right as a parent, I think the plot would offend her as much as it did the…

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