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"MM 76 RELEASE (medium rare)": On Sunday, November 27, 2011, I organized the 1st of a series of "mm"s (m(usic(ian's))m(eetings)) to discuss, listen to, & play (m)usic. Most of these were at my house. "mm" is pronounced drawn out, as if appreciately, "mmmmmmmmmmmm". In 2013, we released the "MM 26" CD showcasing some of the talents of some of the more regular attendees. Four years later, & 50 mms later, we released a 2nd CD, "MM 76: Amusical Music Atheatrical Theater" - this time including mm regulars & non-mm related folks that I felt were doing interesting things. After months of delays, we had our CD release event at The Glitter Box Theater, my current favorite Pittsburgh venue. The line-up was Noah Rectenwald who surprised me & probably everyone else but his girlfriend with pop songs. Warren Burt sent a video from Australia using 2 iPads & an iPhone to play a complex piano-sound based piece. Ben Opie performed a fantastically accomplished improvisation on 2 reed instruments. With the assistance of Meg Graham on voice, I performed the 1st 6 paragraphs of my 'opera' in progress: "Endangered Languages, Endangered Cultures, Endangered Ideas". A duet version of "How Things Are Made" (Matt Aelmore & David Bernabo - missing Brian Riordan) imrpovised on trumpet & analog synthesizer next. The evening ended with Michael Boyd's "Replication [CBCL]" in which he made a slideless trombone out of PVC pipe. A good time was had by some. The 1st edit of this is feature-length. The 2nd edit, the "medium rare" one, is 49 minutes shorter. Each performer's set is reduced to roughly 6 or 7 minutes & one tiny joke was added. - November 3, 2017 notes from tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE
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