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Kurt’s confronts the world with a writing style has been described as “agressively pedantic,” “pretentious,” and “irrefutable.”

Nicholas May plays Villa-Lobos and Beach

Nicholas May plays Villa-Lobos and Beach

One of the great pleasures that enforced isolation has brought to my life is a renewed focus on chamber music. We can do it at a safe social distance and there are only a few people involved. Sam Anderson, the music director at St. Paul's KCMO decided that we would...

Representative repertoire

Representative repertoire

I find it such a weird time in our culture. MMEA is being celebrated for branching out beyond the standard repertoire, and they rightly should be, but here are the things I don't understand. For all the people that are somehow just now discovering that there are other...

Steve Grives: Making Connections

Steve Grives: Making Connections

David von Kampen and I were guests on Steve Grives' pod to talk about Christmas songs. https://anchor.fm/steve-grives/episodes/Talking-About-Christmas-Music--with-David-von-Kampen-and-Kurt-Knecht-emkhir

Is all music supposed to be in the academy?

A friend passed along the recent New York Times article from Sept. 6, 2020 by Giovanni Russonello entitled, "Is Jazz Capable of Meeting This Moment?" In the article, they talk to historian Robin D.G. Kelley about teaching jazz in the University. He says, "They were...

Response to article

My friend Garrett sent me an article 17 months ago. I wrote a response and forgot about it. He just sent it to me in case I wanted to post it. I'm posting it. My friend Garrett recently sent me an article to get my thoughts. The article is arguing for a new level of...

Ancient world and lists

I will often listen to something while I'm eating breakfast. Lately, it's been the Lotus Sutra. On the same day that there was a list of names in the daily reading for morning prayer, I heard this passage from the sutra from the parable of the burning house: "40. The...

Steven Pinker is frustrating me as usual 3/14/20

Sitting at home instead of on a plane to Ireland today. All the gigs have been cancelled. All the international trips have been cancelled. So I hit a downward spiral and listened to Robert Wrights interview with Steven Pinker. There is hardly a thinker alive that...

Rabbi Sacks gets it wrong

Normally, Jonathan Sacks is one of my favorite thinkers, and he's also normally pretty careful. He gets a couple things wrong in his recent essay. I've reprinted part of it below. "Some measure of the radicalism that is introduced into the world by the story of the...