Plunder or preservation? How Asian art came to U.S.

'America's involvement with China goes back to the late 18th century, when Yankee ships began to trade fur pelts and wheat (and later opium) for tea, silks and dishware. As early as 1845-1847, Boston presented the "Great Chinese Museum." Harvard University trained and underwrote many early explorers of China's cultural and archaeological heritage. The 19th … Continue reading Plunder or preservation? How Asian art came to U.S.

Japanese Noh Play: Chant and music (from wikipedia)

Chant and musicHayashi-kata (noh musicians). Left to right: taiko, ōtsuzumi (hip drum), kotsuzumi (shoulder drum), flute. Noh theatre is accompanied by a chorus and a hayashi ensemble (Noh-bayashi 能囃子). Noh is a chanted drama, and a few commentators have dubbed it "Japanese opera". However, the singing in Noh involves a limited tonal range, with lengthy, repetitive … Continue reading Japanese Noh Play: Chant and music (from wikipedia)

Certain Noble Plays of Japan.

Title: Certain Noble Plays of Japan       From The Manuscripts Of Ernest FenollosaAuthor: Ezra PoundCommentator: William Butler Yeats"All imaginative art keeps at a distance and this distance once chosen must be firmly held against a pushing world. Verse, ritual, music and dance in association with action require that gesture, costume, facial expression, stage arrangement must help … Continue reading Certain Noble Plays of Japan.

Astral Projective Verse: Olson, Ophiel and Sun Ra

  Astral Projective Verse By Steve Fly Agaric 23 For Eric Wagner and John Sinclair. Thanks for inspiring these wild speculations which are really notes that shall be reshuffled into a more coherent whole at some future point. Sounds Fly: Music Writing by Steven James Pratt et al. Link: "The essay introduces his ideas of … Continue reading Astral Projective Verse: Olson, Ophiel and Sun Ra

Ernest Fenollosa 2014 and TTOTT

"Ezra Pound was no starnger to Oriental art when he met Mary McNeil Fenollosa, the widow of the American Orientalist Ernest Fenollosa (1853-1908), in London in late September 1913."--Zhaoming Qian, Orientalism and Modernism (1994)  pg. 9.   Fenollosa 2014 and TTOTT by Steve Fly "Fenollosa [1853-1908], wrote an essay on "The Chinese WrittenCharacter as a … Continue reading Ernest Fenollosa 2014 and TTOTT