Returning from a vacation is an opportune time for house-keeping, and the Youtube playlists do need some work.
Of these the first is the New York singer Ali Brustofski’s, who, although thus far she’s concentrated on covering today’s standards, has recently begun to record original material of her own. Such is the case with a new song entitled “Loveblind,” for which a video, set somewhere it appears in the outer reaches of Brooklyn, has been uploaded on the channel of a consortium of or else for Youtubers.
The second is the playlist of another New Yorker, the composer and musician, known especially for her skill on the accordion, Angélica Negrón: on the channel of one of the bands she plays in, Balún, there has been uploaded a recording of a live performance she gave of her own work “Volumen” earlier this year under the auspices of the New York Sound Circuit at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music.
On his own channel, Franck Christoph Yeznikian, a French composer living near Lyon, has made available one of his subtle compositions, “Transhumances,” a short work slated for inclusion in next year’s edition of the Liquid Room, an itinerant musical evening, devised by the Ictus Ensemble in Brussels, which, to judge from the description provided on the latter’s website, represents something like a cross between a performance of chamber music and a happening. (The new video comes second, for the whole playlist is prefaced by a short anecdote about Jackson Pollock told by Stan Brakhage.)
The last of the four, is devoted to the music of the singer, songwriter, and guitar virtuoso Alyn Mearns, born in Ireland but long since a resident of the United States, in Hickory, North Carolina, who performs currently under the moniker Yes the Raven; as he has set up a second channel and is shuffling some videos from the one to the other, I have re-established the playlist anew, while also adding to it a new video, a number called “Wineglass Song” in which, though at the outset one might not have surmised this from the title, said glass furnishes more than the song’s theme alone.