Archive for July, 2011

I went to see several NISEUO concerts before I left Japan.  Not only are the members of NISEUO some of the first people I became friends with who were involved with the Osaka underground music scene, but their shows are always incredible events, a quick drop into a densely offbeat avant-punk jazz surreality.  The latest […]



Walking on Fine Sand Beach the other day, I came across a series of rivulets that reminded me of this famous passage from the “Spring” chapter of Walden: Few phenomena gave me more delight than to observe the forms which thawing sand and clay assume in flowing down the sides of a deep cut on […]

Back in the 1970s my father — who was known as “the flute man” — used to make flutes (and other instruments) out of bamboo and sell them in San Francisco, where we lived at the time.  Recently, I was given an amazing cache of old photographs, including this series of my father — most […]

(Laurel Roth and friends at the Frey Norris Gallery in San Francisco.) I’m infinitely delighted to have had a chance to interview sculptor and assemblage artist Laurel Roth in anticipation of her first solo show in Japan, entitled “Supernatural,” which opens on July 12th at the Megumi Ogita Gallery in Tokyo. Trane: Could you tell […]