Chris Rutkowski, Composer/Pianist

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Entries from May 2007

Philip Pullman

May 17th, 2007 · No Comments

Most readers will be familiar with the work of Philip Pullman, particularly the trilogy, His Dark Materials. These are incredible books. Pullman, a British writer, is often described as the successor to Tolkein and the Lord of the Rings cycle. I would agree, both in the quality of his work, and in the depth of [...]

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Tags: What Are We Reading?

More Jazz and Classical

May 16th, 2007 · No Comments

The wall keeps coming down. I just returned from a weekend in the Detroit area and spent a lot of time listening to a new local “public” radio station, WRCJ FM (90.9). It bills itself as “classical days and jazzy nights”, and plays an inspired selection of the highest quality music of both camps. My [...]

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Tags: Jazz and "Classical"

Kurt Vonnegut

May 8th, 2007 · No Comments

I recently rediscovered the work of Kurt Vonnegut, and it was a very real and deep experience. I first picked up Palm Sunday and Slaughterhouse Five as part of the promotion of KV’s work by the Indy Library. In addition to wallowing in the depth of his storytelling, I was astonished by his ties to [...]

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Jazz and Classical update

May 8th, 2007 · No Comments

Since my last post on this subject, I’ve been doing a lot of jazz writing, playing and studying. This included several charts for the Cool City Swing Band, a really good small jazz band in Indianapolis, and leads to several more thoughts. First, I’ve noticed a sea change in the status of jazz over the [...]

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Tags: Jazz and "Classical"