Sunday, November 13, 2016

Face the contemporary music


A link in yesterday's post exhorting readers to meditate and destroy led to my 2013 advocacy of the contemporary Vietnamese composer Ton-That Tiêt's Smiles of the Buddha (Les Sourires de Bouddha) for chamber choir. Elsewhere I have described Ton-That Tiêt's music as exhibiting bracing hints of Penderecki, Ligeti and Stimmung. My advocacy lamented that no samples were available to share; but now reader David Sieber has pointed out that Smiles of the Buddha is available from both iTunes (for $1.99) and Amazon digital music. Wise words in yesterday's post urged us to go "against the stream, to develop wisdom and compassion through our own direct actions". So why not go against the stream, forgo all that social media cack about the US election and Brexit, and instead blow $1.99 on some musical wisdom and compassion.

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