Sunday, June 13, 2010
Places and Spaces: Jazz at the Sculpture Garden
This is my new theme here at the Gopher. As you know, I love stories. And one of the themes of this blog, whether in my media criticism or in my personal reflections, is the story.
In my short story writing, one of the things I've discovered is that sometimes (in the brief amount of space provided in a short story), you find the narrative in a single person, a single act, a single place, a single space. So, in keeping with my new-found, post-graduate freedom, I'm going to document some places and spaces.
This picture was taken at Washington, D.C.'s "Jazz at the Sculpture Garden" on June 4th, 2010. The Berklee World Jazz Nonet band was interesting, but perhaps formulaic. The girl with the saxophone claimed to be Japanese, from Hiroshima. There was also a Palestinian singer, an Israeli guitarist. You get the idea. All their songs had to do with peace. Perhaps a bit convenient. But it was really interesting jazz with occasional Arabic vocal rifts.