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Café

February 21st, 2017 · No Comments

An illustration from Chapter 44 of Captain Cap, by Alphonse Allais, in my illustrated translation available from Black Scat Books. The scene shows a café after Allais and Cap have had a few drinks.

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The Scale or Ladder of Man’s Life

February 5th, 2017 · No Comments

A setting of Francis Bacon, from his book The History of Life and Death. He summarized the human life cycle in one sentence, and I thought it called for music.

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Le Scat Noir 220

January 31st, 2017 · No Comments

The 220th issue of Le Scat Noir is now available! You can get it free, in that handy PDF format, here. This issue contains my short story Selby Yarrow’s Private Diary and another page of my musical instrument drawings. There’s a lot of other stuff too, by many fine writers and artists. Go look!

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Mazagran

January 29th, 2017 · No Comments

A set of variations on a vigorous tune, named after iced coffee with rum.

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Little Flower

January 22nd, 2017 · 2 Comments

A delicate little song about negative thinking. This is how it begins.

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Music for Six Game Calls and Buzzer

January 15th, 2017 · No Comments

The “Music for Six Game Calls and Buzzer” has never been performed, but I hope it would make a cheerful racket.

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John Dee’s Dreams

January 11th, 2017 · No Comments

A setting of the dreams of the Elizabethan polymath John Dee, as noted in his diaries. I originally performed this with viola and glockenspiel; here it is for voice and piano (the first page only).

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Black Scat Review 17

January 8th, 2017 · No Comments

The 17th issue of Black Scat Review is now out, subtitled “Dada Forgery.” I contributed a piece on Tristan Tzara’s final book, Le Secret de Villon, in which he searched for “discontinuous anagrams” in the works of Villon and Rabelais. Other contributors include Captain Anonymous, David Moscovich, Anna Keeler, Christy Sheffield Sanford, Karl Waldmann, Ruth Crossman, Norman Conquest, Paulo Brito, Harry McCullagh, Michael Leigh, Gregory Autry Wallace, Eîlot Tuerie, Terri Lloyd, and Joseph Heathcott. This will be the last issue of this delightful journal, so pick up a copy while you can! You can find it here.

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Le Scat Noir 219

January 2nd, 2017 · No Comments

The 219th issue of Le Scat Noir is now available, ready to be read or downloaded, free, over here. It contains another page of my musical instrument drawings, as well as my translation of Alphonse Allais’s story “Comfort.” The Bohemian spirit is alive!

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The Easter Bunny’s Noel

December 18th, 2016 · 2 Comments

A Christmas song, written for the annual Holiday Recording Party Meg Reichardt used to hold in Brooklyn. You can hear me sing it here.

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