“He used to live in Rotterdam for a couple of years in the ’90s,” Ben wrote. “We met then and have been in touch since. He lives in Belgium now but performs in Holland every now and then. I wanted Puck to meet him, after having introduced her to his work. [...] It was great meeting him again. [...] I fell in love with Charlemagne’s “Island Song” (but maybe that’s because I grew up on an island).”
Ben also sent me a link to Palestine’s live performance, in 2010, of the complete “Schlingen Blängen.”
Coincidentally, Kyle Gann posted an item, My Own Secret Drone Program, about a piece he wrote for organ. “As much as I love a lot of music that uses drones,” he wrote, “I had never come up with a good strategy for employing drones myself, and the organ’s capacity for endless ones tempted me too far, so that I was in danger of trying to write a piece that was basically all one chord.” But a recent invitation changed his mind.
And now for an encore, here is Palestine’s “Strumming Music” performed on two Bosendorfer pianos.