Bookworming, Burrowing, Heralding Schumann’s Rebirth

On a cold-by-Sichuan-standard evening not long ago, I teamed up with composer-pianist Gao Ping to present two collections of character pieces by Robert Schumann to a fine audience of literati in Chengdu’s hub of print and chamber music culture, The Bookworm. Alas, no sound recordings were made, but we made short work of the Fantasiestucke as well as the Five Pieces in Folk Style, and … Continue reading Bookworming, Burrowing, Heralding Schumann’s Rebirth

Beijing hotspots / etc. / Shanghai Expo

Jimmy Wang of the New York Times reports on the Bookworm (Shuchong) in Beijing’s Sanlitun district. Can this possibly count as “trend-spotting”? I think that if and when an oxygen bar opens in Beijing, then we’re talking news. In the meantime, Danwei has been thundering up lately, posting all manner of adventuresome (even verging on intellectually bellicose!) essays. One likens fashion marketing to Cultural Revolution … Continue reading Beijing hotspots / etc. / Shanghai Expo