The Deceleration Trajectory of COVID-19: Part Two

by: Laurence Svirchev, CIH and Vivian Danping Sheng

Overview

(Overview updated 2021-03-21). Recent data from the World Health Organization (WHO) demonstrate a sustained six-week long deceleration trend for new COVID-19 cases and deaths up to 2021-02-16. However, a four week-long counter-trend then developed with an increasing number of cases. Vaccination rollouts are . . . → Read More: The Deceleration Trajectory of COVID-19: Part Two

Recoder: the François Houle 4

François Houle has always been an artist who works with a surgeon’s precision but equally with an expansive musical palate. Recoder consists of seven through-composed works by Houle, the co-musicians being Gerry Hemingway, Mark Helias, and Gordon Grdina, and a surprise organizational quirk in the form of eight completely improvised duets. The opening . . . → Read More: Recoder: the François Houle 4

The International Trajectory of SARS-CoV-2 & COVID-19 from Localized Epidemic in China to Pandemic End-Phase Part 1: The China Experience

 

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by: Laurence Svirchev and Vivan Danping Sheng

Introduction

On March 9, 2020, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the World Health Organization’s Secretary-General), stated that the SARS-CoV-2 virus caused “the first pandemic in history that could be controlled….The great advantage we have is that the decisions we all make – as governments, businesses, . . . → Read More: The International Trajectory of SARS-CoV-2 & COVID-19 from Localized Epidemic in China to Pandemic End-Phase Part 1: The China Experience

Žiga Koritnik’s Cloud Arrangers: Musical Photo Impressions

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Introduction

Cloud Arrangers: Musical Photo Impressions is Žiga Koritnik‘s book of music photography, mainly but not exclusively jazz and improvising musicians. He comes from Ljubljana, Slovenia, an ancient cross-roads of Slavic, Germanic, and Romance languages, a small slice of it nested on the western shore of the Adriatic, . . . → Read More: Žiga Koritnik’s Cloud Arrangers: Musical Photo Impressions

Essay: Aquarelle, a CD by Big Bend RTS & Samuel Blaser

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Aquarelle is a collaboration between the Big Bend RTS of Belgrade Serbia and Samuel Blaser, Swiss trombonist and composer. Blaser composed all the titles, the majority of which were arranged by Serbian band members Vladimir Nikolov and Ivan Ilić. RTS stands for “Radio Television Serbia.” The band was formed in 1948 as . . . → Read More: Essay: Aquarelle, a CD by Big Bend RTS & Samuel Blaser

360 Degrees of Jazz: Reminiscences of Ken Pickering

Ken Pickering (1952-2018) is a Founder of the Coastal Jazz and Blues Society and the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. His music tastes were catholic, but the hard-core of his life’s work established the clear link between the improvisors of Europe, Vancouver, Canada and the rest of North America. The execution of his artistic . . . → Read More: 360 Degrees of Jazz: Reminiscences of Ken Pickering

Thelonious Monk: Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960 CD and Movie Review

Photo Courtesy of Arnaud Boubet

On the evening of Monday July 27, 1959, Thelonious Sphere Monk took his working quartet (Charlie Rouse, Sam Jones, Art Taylor) and guest saxophonist Barney Wilen into the Nola Penthouse Sound Studios at 111 W. 57th St., New York City. There he taped eight compositions for . . . → Read More: Thelonious Monk: Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960 CD and Movie Review

Bob Dylan & The Nobel Prize for Literature

“Folk songs transcended the immediate culture” -Bob Dylan

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Give or take a few hundred, two thousand seven hundred years ago there was a blind man who rambled through kingdoms, mountains, and plains, probably swayed to the rhythm of waves on the Mediterranean Sea. He earned his bread, vegetable, . . . → Read More: Bob Dylan & The Nobel Prize for Literature

Moderne: Georg Graewe at the 2016 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival (I)

Moderne: Georg Graewe at the 2016 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival (I)

Rimbaud: “il faut être absoluement moderne.”

Richard Feynman: “Poets do not write to be understood” from Six Easy Pieces.

Georg Graewe’s invitation to the 2016 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival was felicitous: he had not been . . . → Read More: Moderne: Georg Graewe at the 2016 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival (I)

Eric Boeren: All Ellington and 4Tet at the 30th TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

At the 2010 Vancouver Festival, Eric Boeren’s 4Tet of Michael Moore (reeds), Wilbert deJoode (bass), and Han Bennink (drums) glided through an early Ornette Coleman (1930-2015) repertoire segmented into six pieces. Each piece contained multiple compositions and interpretations that made the difficult music seem as easy to execute as understanding the elegant explanation . . . → Read More: Eric Boeren: All Ellington and 4Tet at the 30th TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival