Since the death of Luciano Pavarotti, Ma has been the most popularly celebrated of classical musicians. Very few other soloists could have sold out the Bowl. If Ma enticed thousands to the space, it was Bach who held them rapt, for nearly three hours. The enthusiasm of large crowds is always a bit unsettling: no matter how innocent the occasion, you can imagine the energy of the collective being channelled to less wholesome ends. The huge, serene company at the Bowl was another matter: it was under the spell of a solitary searcher in the dark. One of the only sounds I heard around me was someone quietly sobbing.
There's plenty of less predictable stuff, like "a maker of erudite entertainments that inhabit a self-invented realm halfway between opera and philosophy," or Tyshawn Sorey's "Verisimilitude."
A music video for a coffee break: "Capture" by Baloji, a Congolese artist who grew up in Belgium, where he's exploring his roots and a love for old technology. From an interview in FACT:
What’s interesting is that ten years ago every continent was fascinated by the logos of Chanel or Dior, but it’s now the Apple logo that is fascinating the whole world. Everybody wants an Apple product they can use to connect to the wifi.
I hadn’t accounted for real desire. Now it overtook me like a wave. I had no practice with it, no defense. Not that I tried. I was ecstatic to be in love. I tried to summon the courage to make decisions with my heart.