28 June 2020

Sequestrian Arts | June 28, 2020

What is/are Sequestrian Arts?

With the world in lockdown due to Covid-19 (link to the CDC info site), many people are stuggling, practically, emotionally, and creatively. As a long-time creative & librarian I thought I might be able to help by doing what I do best: finding/sharing information. Below is part a series I am developing on the Sequestering Arts. The notion is to provide links to interesting, comforting, & creative online resources that you can explore & enjoy while home- or place-bound.

The series can be accessed via the image link at left or this link.


  • Richard II | Free Shakespeare on the Radio | WNYC In Collaboration with The Public

    [From website] "RICHARD II will be broadcast in four parts nightly from Monday, July 13 through Thursday, July 16 at 8:00 p.m. EST on WNYC 93.9 FM and AM 820 for listeners in the New York tri-state area and will stream nationwide at WNYC.org."

  • Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester (UK) | THE ALMIGHTY SOMETIMES by Kendall Feaver, directed by Katy Rudd | YouTube | Runtime: 2:07:51
    https://youtu.be/BJlpxSouCOk | Audio described: https://youtu.be/l6ucmPkFJe0
    [Play description] "Anna is coming of age. Possibilities are unfurling in front of her and she’s ready to take control. But her mother’s been standing guard all these years, taking care, editing the choices. When Anna makes a decision that could affect the rest of her life, can Renee stand by and watch? From writer Kendall Feaver comes a family story full of heart and humour, of a young woman trying to take control and a mother compelled to protect her. Winner of a Judges Award at the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting. (CONTENT WARNING The show contains frank discussion of mental illness throughout. There is a scene containing an attempted overdose at the end of Act One and Act Two contains graphic scenes depicting a woman suffering from extreme mental distress.)"

  • Brave Spirits Theatre | Online Play Readings

    [Info] "Brave Spirits Theatre spent the month of May exploring the history play genre in a series of live online readings of plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Now, you can watch recordings of seven readings, featuring the works of Shakespeare, Marlowe, Peele, and the ever-popular “Unknown” on their YouTube page. Keep an eye out for a new upcoming date for their live reading of John Ford’s Perkin Warbeck."

    [About BST] "Brave Spirits Theatre is dedicated to plays from the era of verse and violence, staging visceral and intimate productions of Shakespeare and his contemporaries with a focus on female artists and feminist perspectives."

  • American Players Theater | Out of the Woods - Live Play Reading Series

    [From website] "We are excited to announce a new play reading series: Out of the Woods, play readings performed and recorded live. APT’s Core Acting Company, alongside some other great APT actors, will be reading a selection of plays using Zoom virtual meeting software. The readings are streamed live and recorded by PBS Wisconsin. Play readings will be posted on Fridays at 7:00 PM CT on their website: pbswisconsin.org, and free to view, with all six plays available July 17 through July 26."

  • Scottish Ballet | The Rite of Spring | YouTube | Runtime: 37:20

    [From description] "Stay Home with Stravinsky Experience the bold and electrifying rhythms of The Rite of Spring from the comfort of your own home. Following a critically acclaimed UK tour, Christopher Hampson's The Rite of Spring is now being broadcast in full for free to audiences worldwide. The performance was filmed at The Festival Theatre, Edinburgh in October and is available to stream online from 7pm BST Wednesday 27 May until 30 June 2020. Age guidance: 12+ (Contains some scenes of violence)."

  • Earth Virtual Milonga! | Next milonga - June 28th

    [From website] "The Earth Virtual Milonga (EVM) is a FREE virtual party where people from all over world meet up via the Zoom platform to do what they love to do most: to listen, watch, and dance TANGO!" (New milonga every 2 weeks.)


  • The King's Singers | "You are the New Day" (John David, arr. Peter Knight) | YouTube

    NOTE: When vinyl record albums were still a thing I bought one of The King's Singers' solely to hear their rendition of "You Are the New Day." So it was a delight to see the latest group of the King's gents with a new version.

  • Brandon Acker | Introducing Gut Strings | YouTube | Runtime: 7:33

    [From Acker's About info]: "Brandon J. Acker is a sought out classical guitarist and specialist in early plucked instruments. Recent achievements include two debut CDs released by Jester Recordings and a highly praised collaboration with the creators of Les Misérables in the English language premiere of their musical La Revolution Française. He received 1st prize in the 2010 Society of American Musicians competition. He has toured extensively in the UK and Canada with Chamber Opera Chicago and performed with notable groups such as The Leipzig Baroque Orchestra, The Joffrey Ballet, The Chicago Philharmonic, The Newberry Consort, Music of the Baroque, Opera Lafayette, Haymarket Opera, Third Coast Baroque, Bella Voce and more. He's been praised for his "Salient licks on the theorbo and baroque guitar" by the Milwaukee Sentinel."

  • Stage@Seven: Beethoven: Violin Concerto | Christian Tetzlaff / Andrés Orozco-Estrada|May 2020 | YouTube | Runtime: 44:12

    [From description] "Frankfurt Radio Symphony and Frankfurt Radio Big Band live! hr-Sinfonieorchester – Frankfurt Radio Symphony Christian Tetzlaff, Violin Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Conductor Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Concerto D major op. 61 I. Allegro ma non troppo II. Larghetto III. Rondo Beethoven cadenza arranged by Christian Tetzlaff.
    Note: In accordance with the current restrictions imposed by the Corona pandemic in Germany, this livestream series currently only features ensembles up to chamber orchestral size. The required minimum distances are respected. Streaming is also carried out in a reduced setting."

  • Compare & Contrast time! | LA CUMPARSITA (Composed in 1916)

    "La Cumparsita" is a famous tune typically played at the end of a tango milonga/dance event. It signals the closing of the time the dancers have spent in close communion. Here's a translation of part of the lyrics.

I always remember you
with the divine affection
I had for you.
And you are everywhere,
part of my life,
and those eyes that were my joy
I look for them everywhere
and I can’t find them.

Here are several versions of them for you to enjoy, compare, and, perhaps, dance to!



  • Nnedi Okorafor, PhD (3-time Hugo award winner) | “Africanfuturism: Disrupting Science Fiction”| Her talk from the 2020 Igbo Conference | Runtime: 1:15:15

    [From description] "Nnedi Okorafor is a Nigerian-American author of Africanfuturism and Africanjujuism for children and adults. Her works include WHO FEARS DEATH (in development at HBO into a TV series), the BINTI novella trilogy, THE BOOK OF PHOENIX, the AKATA books and LAGOON. She is the winner of Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Locus and Lodestar Awards and her debut novel ZAHRAH THE WINDSEEKER won the prestigious Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature. Her next novel, IKENGA, will be in stores August 2020. Nnedi has also written comics for Marvel, including BLACK PANTHER: LONG LIVE THE KING and WAKANDA FOREVER (featuring the Dora Milaje) and the SHURI series, an Africanfuturist comic series LAGUARDIA (from Dark Horse) and her short memoir BROKEN PLACES AND OUTER SPACES. Nnedi is also cowriter the adaptation of Octavia Butler’s WILD SEED with Viola Davis and Kenyan film director Wanuri Kahiu. Nnedi holds a PhD (literature) and two MAs (journalism and literature). She lives with her daughter Anyaugo and family in Illinois."

  • A collection of free [text] books from Springer

    [From website] "To help support everyone during Covid-19, Springer has released a ton of free textbooks. This is great, but their web page for this is not super friendly, and expects you to download some Excel sheet to figure out what they have on offer.This web page hopes to make it easier to access all this knowledge."


  • Chicago Shakespeare Theater | Asides podcast series

    [From website] "Inspired by Shakespeare’s “asides”—moments when characters speak directly to the audience and pull them into the story—this podcast shares the world of theater making from our home on Chicago’s Navy Pier. ASIDES shares valuable insights from our team of scholars, conversations with artists, and questions from our listeners to dive deeper into work happening at Chicago Shakespeare."


  • Alexander McQueen, Designer | Research Library | PDF download link included

    [From website] "Alexander McQueen’s personal collection of reference books was intrinsic to his development as a designer. The National Art Library at the V&A holds some of the books that were key to his creativity."

    NOTE: The actual library is not what's posted here. The PDF is a detailed, annotated list of the collection.

    BONUS ITEM: See Ami Waring from the McQueen design team demonstrate how the panther from the tailor’s quilt patchwork is created. | Runtime: 4:10 | https://youtu.be/dz6WaWlbTnA

  • 175 Years of ScotWays | YouTube | Runtime: 21:19

    [From description] "A recorded talk on the story of ScotWays — the body with a mission to uphold public access in Scotland. The organisation was established in Edinburgh in 1845 to tackle the problem of paths being blocked in the city. Richard Barron, Chief Operations Officer at ScotWays, gives a whistle-stop tour of the UK's oldest outdoor recreation organisation. Learn about the events and characters involved in ScotWays development and the battles to protect the public's right of access."

  • A Thames Mudlarking Find from the Workhouse - Mudlarking the River Thames with Nicola White | YouTube | Runtime: 25:09



  • How to Use Masks during the Coronavirus Pandemic

    [From web page] "As lockdown restrictions ease in the US, many cities and states still require wearing a mask to help stop the spread of COVID19. Our illustrated guide explains what you should know about face coverings, and offers best practices for personal protection. A series of simple steps outlines the answers."

13 June 2020

Sequestrian Arts | June 13, 2020


What is/are Sequestrian Arts?
With the world in lockdown due to Covid-19 (link to the CDC info site), many people are stuggling, practically, emotionally, and creatively. As a long-time creative & librarian I thought I might be able to help by doing what I do best: finding/sharing information. Below is part a series I am developing on the Sequestering Arts. The notion is to provide links to interesting, comforting, & creative online resources that you can explore & enjoy while home- or place-bound.

The series can be accessed via the image link at left or this link. 



Theater | Theatre
  • Stratford Festival on Film | Love's Labour's Lost | Runtime: 2:42:40
  • National Black Theatre | NBT @ Home | Videos
    Playlist: https://youtu.be/PiohTzKjq6o
    [From description] " About the series: NBT @ Home is a weekly series of artists in the NBT family engaging in one-on-one discussions with other creatives on topics including theater and the arts, community, health, and more." ⁣⁣
  • Miracle Theatre | The Importance of Being Earnest | By Oscar Wilde | Video | Runtime: 1:53:06

    [From description] "Miracle Theatre presents ‘the funniest play ever written’. Set in 1912 with the Titanic sinking, mass production just beginning on the Morris Oxford and the Turkey Trot causing outrage across the dance floors of polite society, this tale of the strange contents of a handbag found at Victoria station cries out for the sort of surreal treatment that has become Miracle Theatre's hallmark."
    "Cornwall's award winning Miracle Theatre produces a rich mix of touring theatre, always with a unique comic style, joyful use of language, immediate visual appeal and suitable for anyone & everyone - and we'd like to share the love with viewers around the world!"
  • Compass Collective | Imagine

    [From website] "Created in isolation by young people from across the UK, the film combines spoken word, animations, lockdown stories and songs, and invites everyone to celebrate the creativity and contribution of those seeking sanctuary in tumultuous circumstances.The film will be released for free across the Globe’s social media channels on Saturday 20 June, Refugee Day. Migration Matters Festival will host a live Q&A with members of Compass Collective that evening. Further details can be found on their website and social media channels."
  • National Theatre (UK) | The Madness of King George | June 11-18, 2020 | Mark Gatiss as George III

Dance | Movement
  • New York City Ballet: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1986) | Runtime: 1:45:53
  • HALLELUJAH - A Circus/Queer Film | By Matthew Richardson | Runtime: 5:33

    [From description - see full notes] "Hallelujah” is a queer/circus concept about religion and the importance of choosing kindness regardless of our differences or beliefs. Religion is a tough subject for many in the LGBTQ community, and this piece is a reflection of the struggle and rejection we often feel. It tells the story of an individual troubled by the hate in the world and his partner who is fighting to lift him up, to remind him he is beautiful exactly how he is. My message is that religion should inspire more kindness and open arms, even towards those you may not understand."

  • Symposium | Theresa Ruth Howard “Dark Muse: Balanchine and Blackness” | The Museum at FIT  | Runtime: 24:35
    [From description] "Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse was The Museum at FIT’s 23rd academic symposium. The one-day event explored the ways in which twentieth-century ballerinas and their glamorous, romantic costumes profoundly inspired modern fashion. Theresa Ruth Howard danced with Dance Theatre of Harlem and was a founding member of Armitage Gone! Dance. Founder and curator of Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet, a website documenting nearly 500 dancers of color, Howard has become an internationally recognized teacher, lecturer, and consultant."
  • Dance-Tryptich (1/3): Songhay Toldon | Interview (text) & Video | Runtime: 6:36

    JJ Note: Toldon's choreography is eloquent and powerful, his dancing poignant, aggressive, and allusive.

  • Pompeii Live from the British Museum | Video | Runtime: 1:27:27

    [From description] "In 2013 we broadcast live from our blockbuster exhibition Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum. This 90 minute broadcast presented by Bettany Hughes and Peter Snow includes interviews with Rachel De Thame, Giorgio Locatelli and Mary Beard. Please be advised this recording is BBFC rated as 12A and contains some sexual imagery and swearing, viewer discretion is advised."
  • Vikings: Live from the British Museum | Video | Runtime: 1:28:52
    [From description] "The Vikings are coming... again! In 2014 we followed on from the success of Pompeii Live with another live broadcast- this time from the exhibition Vikings: life and legend. Here is that broadcast, presented by Bettany Hughes and Michael Wood, featuring the largest Viking warship ever found, Roskilde 6 along with interviews with Viking scholars from across the world. Michael and Bettany explore the viking world from the homelands to its farthest reaches, Viking ship craft, trading, warfare and religion are brought to life through the spectacular objects that were brought together for this blockbuster exhibition. This video has a BBFC rating of 12A and contains descriptions of graphic violence that some viewers may find distressing, viewer discretion is advised."
  • Cincinnati Zoo | Daily "Home Safaris"
  • [9:56 Hours] Train Journey to the Norwegian Arctic Circle, WINTER [1080HD] SlowTV

  • Public Domain Review | Old English Customs Extant at the Present Time (1896)

    [From website] "Some of the old English customs that Peter Hempson Ditchfield describes in this fascinating late Victorian book are still familiar today. Carols and plum pudding for Christmas, hot cross buns on Good Friday, the maypole on May Day remain familiar features, if not of common English experience, at least of nostalgic imagination. But many other customs will be completely unfamiliar to twenty-first-century readers."
  • QueerReader.com
    http://queerreader.com/  (Has an RSS feed link)
    [From About page] "Dean Van de Motter is the editor and publisher of QueerReader.com.  The purpose of QueerReader.com is to provide information for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender readers seeking quality literature"
  • U.S. Copyright Office YouTube Channel

    JJ: Their new instructionals are quite good.

  • Jean-Marie Leclair:  Sonata III "Un poco Andante"
    Performed by: Saskia Birchler - Violin, second half 18th Century & Miguel Rincón -  14c Archluth by Andreas V. Holst
  • African Music | African Conga Drums | Traditional African Drum Music | Video | Runtime" 3:02:35
  • NPRs "Tiny Desk Concerts now has a Tiny Desk (Home) Concerts channel on YouTube
    Playlist here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLy2PCKGkKRVYPm1tBwoX45ocAzuhVyvJX
    [From description] "The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (Home) Concerts, bringing you performance sessions from across the country."
  • Elementary, My Dear Soundtrack | Tedium.co | By Andrew Egan

    [From website] "Tedium takes you from foggy London to the Australian Outback and even into the 22nd century as we look at some of the amazing theme songs produced by the various versions of Sherlock Holmes."
  • 10 Contemporary Black Classical Composers | Alternative Classical
  • Library of Congress | The Boccaccio Project | See site for daily weekday concerts 15-26 June 2020

    [From website] "In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we draw on Boccaccio’s example to offer some musical responses. We have asked 10 pairs of composers and performers to write and perform brief solo works to be premiered online over the course of 10 weekdays in June."

  • The Irish Blessing - over 300 churches from our island sing a blessing over Ireland and beyond | Video | Runtime: 6:50

    [From description] "Individuals from 300 Christian churches and organisations located in every county on the island submitted self-recordings of vocals and instruments which have been compiled by our creative team to produce this music video - we hope you receive a blessing as you watch it." Click ""CC" for closed captioning.
  • The Silent Watcher  | YouTube Channel
    [from About] "Here you will find a unique and original collection of highest quality relaxing videos. ALL of the footage and ambient sounds on this channel are personally recorded, edited and produced by me and are not available anywhere else. The purpose of these videos is to help in healing and re-balancing the mind, body and spirit, by helping people experience moments of peace, clarity and relaxation. Produced with attention to detail, the videos are available in 4K UltraHD or FullHD resolutions and high definition audio for full immersion and a realistic experience."

  • Alphonso Dunn | Pen & Ink Drawing Tutorials | Ballpoint pen portrait demo

    JJ: I'm gearing up to take some online drawing courses. I have Dunn's books and am hauling together my drawing tools. Here's the link to Dunn's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/LighterNoteProd

    Also noteworthy in this video is that the subject of the portrait is Black author/activist James Baldwin. See this 1962 essay of his from The New Yorker, "Letters From a Region of My Mind" https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1962/11/17/letter-from-a-region-in-my-mind

  • Easiest Self-haircut 2020 | How to Cut Your Own Hair (best for white men/women with short styles;)

    JJ Note: I've been Bob's barber for years now. I've let him trim my hair . . . once . . . two weeks ago, and only in back. This video tempts me to try a self-trim, not quite as short--but it shows me how to use the tools we have.
  • Warp Earth Catalog
    [From website] "Warp Earth Catalog is a weekly mixtape of ideas to inspire, inform, enable and energize creativity and positivity in a time of global disruption and uncertainty. Based on the classic countercultural guide the Whole Earth Catalog and its credo of ‘access to tools’, these are tools for strength, awareness and thoughtful entertainment. From wherever in the world we are, let’s support each other, make things and help maintain the ecosystem of independent creativity."
  • Can We Escape From Information Overload? | 1843 Magazine | By Tom Lamont

    An artist tries to live in total darkness for 30 days.
  • This Mural in Queens Highlights COVID-19’s Impact on People of Color | An image of a brave doctor, large enough to be seen from space.

    [From website] "In the parking lot of the Queens Museum, at the heart of one of the American neighborhoods most impacted by the coronavirus, a masked face now looks up at the sky, large enough to be seen from space. This is the face of the late medical doctor Ydelfonso Decoo, who was thinking about retirement before the pandemic struck. Rather than retire, he treated coronavirus patients from his community, and subsequently died of COVID-19."

    JJ: This is an astounding work of public art. Included is a description of its inception and video about its making.
  • Architecture Hub | Belgian Guy Creates An Archive Of Ugly Belgian Houses | Via The Mind Circle
  • Mind Circle | Artist Paints Beautiful Flowers on All Over The Walls During Quarantine https://themindcircle.com/paints-walls/

    JJ Note: see the website of the artist too: Nathalie Lété




31 May 2020

Sequestrian Arts | May 31, 2020

It's been over three months now, and still we persevere. I hope you and yours are well.

Because of the events in Minneapolis this past week where George Floyd, a Black man, was murdered, I feel it necessary to add a section to these links on Social Justice. The links are located at the end of this list.


Jay Miller is a professional voice coach. He recently posted the following instructional on his YouTube channel. It's very well done.
  • COVID Communication Skills: Speaking Through A Mask

    [From description] "Clear communication skills are always important, but speaking clearly just got a little harder if you have to wear a face mask in public places. Here are some potential problems you may experience when speaking through a face mask as well as some suggestions for optimizing the clarity of your communication"

    JJ Note: Mr. Miller's Voice & Speech channel is here:

  • Open Culture | Learn 48 Languages Online for Free: Spanish, Chinese, English & More

  • Victoria & Albert Museum | Curator Tour | Kimono: Kyoto to CatwalkPlaylist (5 videos): https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLe2ihXndm5jtNACjllBkZstI0H8ts251S
    [From description] "These films take you on a personal curator tour of our exhibition Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk. Captured as the museum was closing its doors for a while, curator Anna Jackson guides you through the exhibition spaces, providing a personal insight into the making of the show, star exhibits and the fascinating history of the kimono. Sometimes perceived as traditional, timeless and unchanging, Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk counters this conception, presenting the garment as a dynamic and constantly evolving icon of fashion."

  • Kunio Kobayashi Bonsai demonstration
    (Music but no narration, Runtime: 7:31)


    [From description] "Kunio Kobayashi styled this Taxus tree at the Crespi Cup in Italy. Lots of pruning, heavy bending and work on the deadwood. This is the tree's initial styling - work will continue on refining the structure and ramification in the years to come."

  • Royal Shakespeare Company | Sonnets in Solitude
    Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLSIxo_5qCKQjrXHGJvVQ7ppaBkH5D8P2b
    RSC Project Info webpage: https://www.rsc.org.uk/shakespeares-sonnets/sonnets-in-solitude

    [From this RSC website on the project] "Here at the RSC, as we all face this period of prolonged closure, we have turned to those same sonnets for inspiration and invited our acting companies to record the sonnets."

    JJ Note: Actor Patrick Stewart continues to read #ASonnetADay on his Twitter feed here: https://twitter.com/SirPatStew

  • Anno Domino  | New, online-only play
    Playwright Alan Ayckbourn and his actor wife have performed the world premiere of his 84th play in their sitting room and people can listen to it online from today (5/25). The pair play all eight parts in Anno Domino which people can access via the Stephen Joseph Theatre (SJT) website until 25 June. https://www.sjt.uk.com/annodomino

  • Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan: Moon Water (full performance) | Runtime: 1:07:59
    [From Wikipedia] "Cloud Gate Dance Theatre is a modern dance group based in Taiwan, the first of its kind in Taiwan and Asia. It was founded by choreographer Lin Hwai-min in 1973."

  • Stratford Festival (ON, Canada) | The Tempest | Stratford Festival On Film

    [From description] "Magic is in the air! In Shakespeare’s great drama of loss and reconciliation, a deposed ruler uses magic to summon the enemies who marooned her on a remote island. This elaborate, eye-popping production is anchored by a performance full of “passion and power” by theatre legend Martha Henry – “the poetry emerging from her lips is something to behold.” "

  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
    [From description] "Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater grew from a now-fabled performance in March 1958 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Led by Alvin Ailey and a group of young African-American modern dancers, that performance changed forever the perception of American dance. The Ailey company has gone on to perform for an estimated 23 million people at theaters in 48 states and 71 countries on six continents -- as well as millions more through television broadcasts. The company has earned a reputation as one of the most acclaimed international ambassadors of American culture, promoting the uniqueness of the African-American cultural experience and the preservation and enrichment of the American modern dance."
    Playlists for individual performances: https://www.youtube.com/user/AileyOrganization/playlists

  • Hamilton at the White House | The Obama White House - sponsored by the National Archives

    [From description] "On March 14, 2016, the President and First Lady hosted local students and the cast of Broadway musical Hamilton for a daylong celebration of the arts in America. Watch the cast perform musical selections "Alexander Hamilton" and "Schuyler Sisters" in the East Room."

  • Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum[From Description] "Since 1984, New Yorkers have been able to see, hear, and meet the most acclaimed artists in the world, in an intimate setting unlike any other. Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, has championed new works, offered audiences unprecedented access to our generation's leading creators and performers, and hosted post-show receptions for the audiences and artists to continue the discussion. Each performance uniquely combines artistic creation and stimulating conversation and takes place in the Guggenheim's intimate Frank Lloyd Wright-designed 285-seat Peter B. Lewis Theater. Described by The New York Times as "an exceptional opportunity to understand something of the creative process," Works & Process is produced by founder Mary Sharp Cronson. www.worksandprocess.org"


  • Gotan Project
    What is Gotan Project? [From Wikipedia] "Gotan Project is a musical group based in Paris (France), consisting of musicians Eduardo Makaroff (Argentine), Philippe Cohen Solal (French) and Christoph H. Müller (Swiss), a former member of Touch El Arab."
  • Concert Roulette

    [From webpage] "This has to be the most musical fun since lockdown began. Solo artists and ensembles all over the world have come together as if on a single platform, playing concert favourites, overlooked music and contemporary sounds.
    Concert Roulette is the brainchild of classical innovators Hannah Fiddy and Hanna Grzeskiewicz, who as Alternative Classical showcase many great London performers and venues. These include Nonclassical, Spitalfields Music, the London Sinfonietta, Kings Place and the dynamic composer Gabriel Prokofiev.
    To play Concert Roulette, music-lovers can choose a complete lucky dip, or, if the mood takes them, opt for any combination of Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th-century or Contemporary."

  • Musicians on Lockdown
    A number of creatives are innovating in their work and sharing their creations. Musicians are right in there--search Google on musicians lockdown to see how extensively! Here is a curated set of presentations I've especially enjoyed:
    • Alex Krebs & Andrew Oliver Duo "Felicia" and "La Cumparsita"

      [From description] Recorded live in Portland, Oregon, USA and London, UK, April, 2020

    • Ozomatli - Cuando Canto: Quarantunes 2020

      [From Description] "Brought to you via our living rooms and home studios during #quarantine2020."

    • 2020: An Isolation Odyssey | 40 musicians play epic intro from Kubrick classic during UK lockdown

      [From description] "When our concert performances of Strauss’ 'Also Sprach Zarathustra' were cancelled as the coronavirus pandemic intensified, players from the Orchestra of Opera North decided that the show must go on – virtually. Here is the first few minutes (most famously used in '2001: A Space Odyssey') played by musicians from 40 different homes under the UK lockdown, conducted from Sweden by Tobias Ringborg."

    • Jannat-e-Khas Music Video | Qawali Song ft Krishna Bongane, Nila Madhav Mohapatra | Shabin

      [From description] "Magic happens when music unites. 17 artists from 6 cities across India got together to create this song of hope - of an ideal world, filled with love, harmony and peace. To a world that is in need of empathy and healing, we present to you this labour of love - ‘Jannat-e-Khas’ "

      JJ Note: See the full description for the amazing number of people involved in this.

  • Some Single-Song Items

  • Relax to the sounds of British wildlife
    [From website] "
    Our interactive takes you on an audiovisual journey through a lush forest across the course of a day."

  • The Silent Watcher | 4K High Mountains - Beautiful Nature Video & Relaxing Natural Sounds - Ultra HD - 2160p
    Runtime: 1:00:00:07

  • Sufjan Stevens, Lowell Brams - Aporia [Official Album Playlist] | 21 videos

    [From description] "Aporia is a New Age album from Sufjan Stevens and his step-father and record label co-owner, Lowell Brams. The 21 songs on Aporia are tightly crafted, resonating with a gem-like intensity. In the spirit of the New Age composers who sanded off the edges of their synths’ sawtooth waves, Aporia approximates a rich soundtrack from an imagined sci-fi epic brimming with moody, hooky, gauzy synthesizer soundscapes. The album may suggest the progeny of a John Carpenter, Wendy Carlos, and Mike Oldfield marriage, but it stands apart from these touchstones and generates a meditative universe all its own."

  • Proof Bread

    [From description] "Proof Bread is a modern throwback to a way of life that values small-scale craftsmanship, local community, and creativity. We are a small group of passionate bakers working in our garage (thanks to cottage laws) which has been converted into a micro-bakery. Everything we bake is made by hand, from the best local ingredients, with no short cuts."

    JJ Note: More on bread baking - but this time you can watch other people make it!

  • New York Pulbic Library | A Day of Play | Recipes for At Home Play

    [from website] "The Day of Play “recipes” use simple household ingredients that you may have on hand and are quick and simple to make. Each recipe consists of suggested activities and ways to play, as well as talking points to extend the conversation and get your little one to make predictions, experiment, and enhance their vocabulary while they learn new concepts through play."

  • Cinema Quarantino Production | Das Fone Hell | Starring Sam Neill & Helena Bonham Carter

    [From Neill's own description] "HELENA BONHAM CARTER stars in this groundbreaking Cinema Quarantino Production DAS FONE HELL. At vast expense, filmed on two continents over what (seemed like) five years, this profound and heartbreakingly candid insight into Modern Life will shake you to the core (Pilates 101)."

  • Backyard Rube Goldberg machine - amazing!


Self-comfort, entertainment, discovery, & improvement are all important in these difficult times. They are necessary and, for many, a luxury. The following links provide information for proactive action. (I've tried to vet them for accuracy and, in the case of donation links, to determine if the money is indeed going to where it says it is. I think these are ok, but please use your own judgement.)

  • Opportunities for White People in the Fight for Racial Justice | Moving from Actor --> Ally --> Accomplice
    JJ Note: Good link resources & a clearly written infographic

  • Salon.com | Why white silence is deafening — and deadly | By Sirry Alang
    "Your anger and sadness are meaningless if you choose to do nothing about the small things you have control over."

  • ACLU | Know your rights while demanding justice for George Floyd | Video
    Speaker: Emerson Sykes, Staff Attorney | ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project

  • 26 Ways to Be in the Struggle Beyond the Streets  | By Ejeris Dixon et al. | Published on Dec 17, 2014 
    [From webpage] "This list is designed to celebrate all the ways that our communities can engage in liberation. For a range of reasons, there are and always have been folks who cannot attend rallies and protests but who continue to contribute to ending police and state violence against black people. People seek justice and support liberation in an array of ways, yet their bodies, their spirits, and their lives may not allow them to be in the streets. We believe that we will win. And we need the presence of everyone in the movement to do so. We affirm that all contributions are political, militant, and valued. By and for those in our communities who can’t be in the streets, we offer a list of concrete ways that we are in the movement, and that we are supporting liberation every day. We see you. We are you. See you in the struggle."

    JJ Note: Dixon has tweeted that they will be updating this infographic.

  • Black Visions Collective (Donation link at bottom of page)
    [From website] "Black Visions Collective (BLVC) believes in a future where all Black people have autonomy, safety is community-led, and we are in right relationship within our ecosystems."

  • Reclaim the Block (Includes donation link)

    JJ Note: This is a site designed for Minneapolis. The approach & resources could be used in your cities/towns as well.

  • The Bail Project (Includes donation link)
    [From About page] "The Bail Project™ National Revolving Bail Fund provides free bail assistance to low-income individuals who are legally presumed innocent, and whom a judge has deemed eligible for release before trial contingent on paying bail. We enable our clients to return home to their families and communities while awaiting their court dates. We call this model Community Release with Support."

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