In a rare return visit to Los Angeles, where he lived in the early
1970s, he'll pull out all the stops on the world's largest church pipe
organ. Always accompanied by his family of stuffed animals, Palestine
has gained worldwide notoriety for his transcendent and earth-shaking
performances, which create the illusion of dozens of organists playing
simultaneously. His pure and animistic music creates trance-like drones
that must be heard live to be fully appreciated.
I listened to the recording over the holidays and it remains memorable and provocative in a minimal and intense way. lala:
Once, many years ago, he and I were listening to a beautiful, sensuous
orchestral work of Debussy, and after a particularly ravishing passage
he said to me, "If only it would stand still and stay that way for a
long time." In a way, that is what he has been trying to do, turn music
into a physical entity that can be experienced like a painting, as
something to be contemplated at one's pleasure and will.