Classically trained pianist, artist and conductor, David Greilsammer is only 36 years old but his pioneering solo piano performances deftly interweaving music from different composers and eras challenge our conventional understanding of classical music. I met with Greilsammer (in Marylebone’s loud Marouche restaurant) after his recital at Wigmore Hall and we talked about Cage:Scarlatti (a Sony Classical album, hailed by the New York Times, as “One of the Best” of 2013), besides lots of other things, including John Cage, musical genius and what it’s going to take to get this generation turned on to classical music. I meet and know a LOT of classical musicians but Greilsammer stands apart from virtually all of them — because of his willingness, indeed, mission — to break from convention and delight us with new musical forms.
This vlog is about my extremely personal reaction to last year’s Man Booker Prize-winning novel, The Sellout by Paul Beatty. This novel is a caustic and hilarious condemnation of political correctness. Reading it allowed me to understand (in the most backwards-ass fashion possible) why the righteous, high-minded condemnation of historical oppressions by do-gooding, white, liberal progressives bugs the crap out of me. I say “the most backwards-ass fashion possible” because it took the absurd character of Beatty’s “Me”, an over-educated, young black farmer from East LA, who reinstates segregation and takes on a slave, to understand why white people have no standing, by definition, to pronounce, let alone act upon, the prejudice experienced by black, brown, yellow, orange or dusk-colored people. By the way, it is because I read this defining book that I revised my personal mission to “vlog in a post-PC world without apologies). Now, if only I could write 1/10 as well as Beatty!
I recap the Viktor & Rolf retrospective at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne in unreservedly GLOWING terms. If you watched Vlog #5, you will certainly understand why this tribute is well justified.
I explain why fashion is in terminal decline. (I made this video after seeing the retrospective of Viktor & Rolf at the National Gallery of Victoria — because this design duo has resolutely refused to bow to the usual commercial pressures and social media echo chamber of 99% of the fashion industry.)