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The Other Minds Archive features recordings of OM's past music festivals and concert productions, selected recordings of new music sent to us by composers from around the world, and selections from thousands of hours of audiotape recordings from the KPFA Radio Music Department collection, transferred to Other Minds in 2000. The KFPA tapes contain live conversations, interviews, and performances with many of the innovative musicians who created 20th Century new music. KPFA-FM is a part of the Pa...



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Selections from a concert of contemporary avant-garde music probably dating back to 1968 or thereabouts. This concert was most likely organized by pianist and composer Robert Moran, who was very active in the San Francisco Bay Area during the late 1960s performing and producing concerts of experimental music, and most of the compositions included were aleatoric in nature. The first selection heard is Moran’s own “Interiors,” scored for an unspecified number of players, and performed here...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, New music, Avant-garde, Brass ensembles, Aleatory music
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Charles Amirkhanian interviews Dallas composer Jerry Hunt, who was scheduled to give a concert of live-electronic music soon after this program. The deviser of the enchantment procedure piece "Sur (Doctor) John Dee" will introduce live radio performances of his "Quaquaversal Transmission (Phalba overlay)," and Harmand Plane (reflex), as well as other selections such as "VOLTA (Kernal) In the middle of the interview with Hunt, electronic music composer Ivan Tcherepnin...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview and Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Jerry Hunt
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Rolf Cahn introduces a selection of Blues music, performed by Steve Talbot and recorded by Cahn in his home during a late night visit by the guitarist. Talbot, who might be best known as the person who along with Jorma Kaukonen came up with the name Jefferson Airplane, was a musician in his own right,noted for his understated and deceptively simple version of the Blues. Utilizing a variety of tuning and picking techniques Talbot performs a selection of songs made popular by such Blues legends...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Folk Music
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French composer Claude Ballif is interviewed in his Paris home by Charles Amirkhanian (recorded on December 31,1973). Ballif wrote music of enormous strength and clarity. Like his compatriot Messiaen, his music is the result of his deep involvement in Catholicism, a fact which he discusses in the interview. Little known in the United States at the time of this recording, Ballif had produced a highly original and very unified series of works dating back to the mid-1950s. He was a professor of...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity Series, Interview and Music, 20th Century Classical, Claude Ballif
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Each year for some time the music department at the University of California Davis invited a well-known musician to lecture for a term on material of his own choice. John Cage accepted such an appointment for Fall, 1969. In addition to his class, John Cage scheduled a one-day musical exposition for November 21, 1969, centering around the music of Erik Satie. It was to be called Godamusicday, a title which, because of a university policy banning obscene language, was ultimately rejected....
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Topics: Avantgarde, 20th Century Classical
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Three early piano works by Dane Rudhyar, performed by Marcia Mikulak. The works heard are “Granites,” “The Quest”, which is the first movement of his “Nine Tetragrams,” and “Three Paeans.” Born in France in 1895, Rudhyar moved to the United States in 1916, where he soon became known as a ultra-modern composer whose ideas about dissonant harmony influenced such composers as Ruth Crawford Seeger, Henry Cowell and Carl Ruggles. Rudhyar was also a painter, philosopher, and author of...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, New Music, Piano Music, 20th Century Classical, Dane Rudhyar
World Premiere of Mark Grey's Sands of Time for cello and live electronic processing (2003) performed at Other Minds 10 at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2004 Joan Jeanrenaud, cello Mark Grey, electronics One of the most in-demand sound designers today, Grey is best known for his work with the Kronos Quartet, Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Terry Riley and most recently with John Adams in The Dharma at Big Sur for the October 2003 opening of Disney Hall in Los Angeles. Mark Grey is...
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Topic: 20th Century Classical
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In September of 1970, the California Institute of the Arts opened its doors, thus embarking on a radical plan for art education, supported by the estate of the late Walt Disney. Several months prior to the start of its first academic year, Charles Amirkhanian and Richard Friedman visited the school, and talked with members of the extraordinary faculty which were to form the backbone of this remarkable intermedia educational institution. The program features an interview with Cal Arts provost,...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview, Modern Art, Cal Arts, Art Schools
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Recorded on May 20, 1971 at the first of two concerts at the M.H. De Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco, this is the first half of John Cage’s 1969 composition for solo piano, “Cheap Imitation.” This work was later revised for orchestra in 1972, and in 1977 an arrangement for violin was choreographed by Merce Cunningham, under the name of “Second hand.” The tape containing the second half of this performance was unfortunately, but perhaps somewhat appropriately, lost in a fire...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Aleatory music, New Music, Piano music
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On January 28, 1992, John Cage delivered a series of lectures at Stanford University in Palo Alto California in early 1992, just a few months before his death. Representing his last major writing, “Overpopulation and Art” is a mesostic poem that covers a wide variety of Cage’s concern’s, from the implications of technology on the environment to the role of art in society. Although often remembered as a radical composer of aleatoric music, John Cage was also a extremely intelligent man,...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Lecture, Panel Discussion, Poetry, John Cage
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Percussionist William Winant was born in Los Angeles to a family of accomplished actors and musicians. He studied at Los Angeles City College and Cal Arts before doing advanced studies at York University in Toronto in 1979. He returned to the West Coast to study with composer Lou Harrison at Mills College in Oakland and has performed with the Abel-Steinberg-Winant Trio. Charles Amirkhanian interviews with this talkative and gifted Bay Area instrumentalist. (from KPFA Folio)
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert Series, Interview and Music, 20th Century Classical, New Music, William...
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Having signed with Warner Brother Records, Laurie Anderson was soon to be at the height of her career in the mid-80s. This interview/lecture is incredibly insightful for both Anderson fans and those who have fond memories of the experimentation being done in the form of challenging and intelligent pop songs during the early to mid-80s. In part 1 of this interview before a live audience of 1000 at the Exploratorium's Speaking of Music series in the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, Charles...
Topic: Avantgarde
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John Zorn and Larry Ochs join Charles Amirkhanian to discuss and play a selection of Zorn’s compositions. Among the pieces heard is an excerpt from “Spillane” in which Zorn tries to capture some of the film noir sensibility that imbues the Mickey Spillane novels and the gritty New York City in which they are based, and which Zorn calls home. This is followed by a couple of excerpts from Zorn’s collaborative improvisational work “Cobra” for which he created a number of general rules...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Morning Concert series, Interview and Music, Jazz, Avant-Garde, John Zorn, Larry Ochs
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Composer Astor Piazzolla interviewed by Charles Amirkhanian at the Exploratorium's Speaking of Music Series in San Francisco, May 11, 1989. In this program, Astor Piazzolla reveals the history of tango, its derivation from the milonga, the development of the accordion-like bandoneon, and pivotal points in his own compositional career, importantly how he changed traditional tango to Nuevo Tango following his dismissal by teacher Nadia Boulanger in Paris. Piazzolla reveals the influences that...
Topic: 20th Century Classical
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Malvina Reynolds (1900-1978) was an American folk and blues singer-songwriter who is best known for her song ?Little Boxes? that was made popular by Pete Seeger. Born in San Francisco to Jewish socialist immigrants, Reynolds married a communist carpenter and remained political active throughout her entire life. In this concert, recorded in San Francisco and broadcast live by KPFA-FM, Reynolds plays a selection of her songs, interspersed with brief comments and explanatory notes.
Topics: Folk music, Music, American Music, KPFA-FM
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Charles Amirkhanian presents three works from the early period of the American composer, Roger Sessions. These include two works for solo piano, “From My Diary” and “Sonata No. 1”. The program concludes with Session’s “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra” performed by Paul Zukofsky with Gunther Schuller conducting the ORTF Orchestra.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity series, Music, 20th Century Classical, Roger Sessions
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Three fairly early works by David A. Jaffe. In the words of the composer, taken from some accompanying notes written around 1979: “In ‘City Life’ the architecture and idioms of the 5-string banjo generate the material of the piece and provide it with its formal structure. The banjo is clearly the protagonist confronting, leading, and joining the others. The banjo part was scored for long neck 5-string banjo, an obscure breed which was born during the folk boom in the 60s and which is no...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, New Music, 20th Century Classical, Chamber Music
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Charlotte Moorman and David Tudor play a number of pieces by LaMonte Young, Morton Feldman, Ornette Coleman, Earle Brown, Philip Corner, & John Cage. The Corner piece consists largely of detailed performance notes that are followed exactly, much to the amusement of the audience.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Jazz, Performance Art, Charlotte Moorman, David Tudor
Dane Rudhyar, well known in New Music circles as a modern composer of often brief, and sometimes dissonant, works for piano, was also a philosopher and author of many books on Astrology. Less deterministic than traditional Astrology, Rudhyar’s system was more a blending of Jungian philosophy with elements of Astrology, Theosophy, and New Age thinking. In this lecture, recorded at the Newman Center in Berkeley California, on March 10, 1972, Rudhyar distinguishes between these two types of...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Lecture, Panel Discussion, Dane Rudhyar, Astrology, Psychology, Self-actualization
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Charles Amirkhanian introduces the little known “Divertimento for Orchestra“, composed jointly by two Italian avant-garde composers, Bruno Maderna & Luciano Berio. Amirkhanian came upon this rare recording when rummaging through the archives of the West German Radio in Cologne, while on an exchange program with the Dutch radio station VPRO, in late 1973. The work is in three movements, the first, “Dark Rapture Crawl” by Maderna, and the second and third, “Scat Bag “ and...
Topics: KPFA-FM, VPRO, Music, 20th Century Classical
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Four works of early electronic music by Dr. Justus Matthews, Professor of Music at California State University in Long Beach. These works were composed on the PDP 15/40 computer at the Elektronmusikstudion (EMS) in Stockholm in the summer of 1973. According to the composer the titles of the works “refer to the MUSIC 15 music composition programming language devised by Prof. Gary Nelson (Bowling Green State University)...The middle number designates the number of the composition in a...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Electronic Music, Computer Music
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John Cage / Morton Feldman: Radio Happenings I - V Recorded at WBAI, New York City, July 1966 - January 1967 John Cage and Morton Feldman recorded four open-ended conversations at the studios of radio station WBAI in New York. These meetings spanned six months between July 1966 and January 1967, and were produced as five "Radio Happenings". Both were at transitional points in their music. Cage had completed Variations V in 1965 and Variations VI and VII in 1966, and would publish...
Topics: Avantgarde, 20th Century Classical, Interview
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The intersection between abstract art and improvised music is explored by composer, musician, and educator, Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith, in this program recorded on March 12, 2007, and produced by ROVA: Arts as part of their Improv 21 series of interview/performances with gifted composers specializing in various forms of improvisation. Smith, a talented jazz trumpeter, first began composing music at the age of 12, and has since gone on to develop a system for guided improvisation that he calls...
Topics: ROVA: Improv:21: Interview and Music, Avant-Garde, Free Improvisation, Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith
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On October 18, 1972, Tom Zahuranec invited the radio audience down to the KPFA Music Office to communicate mentally with a philodendron which was wired with liquid electrodes feeding impulses into a Buchla synthesizer.  His call for audience participation was answered by scores of avid listeners who flocked to the KPFA studios in order to see for themselves just how responsive a philodendron could be.  Once there they experimented with the plant by getting closer or farther away from it,...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Inter-Media, Visual Arts, Interactive Art, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Tom Zahuranec
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Charles Amirkhanian walks with French sound poet, Bernard Heidsieck, through the streets of Paris where Heidsieck had recorded the sounds that were incorporated into his composition “Carrefour De La Chausse D'Antin”. Starting outside the bank where Heidsieck worked for many years, and passing past the cafes, prostitutes, theaters, and department stores, the names and sounds of which were included in his long text-sound composition, Heidsieck describes his work and comments on how the city...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Sound Poetry, Interview, Bernard Heidsieck
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A recording of Darius Milhuad’s settings of poems, written in a prison camp by Jean Cassou, composed for unaccompanied vocal quartet or chorus, in 1946. This performance is taken from a June 5, 1962 concert by the Berkeley Chamber Singers, directed by Tikey Zes. Jean Cassou was a French poet and member of the French Resistance who wrote a collection of sonnets while in a Vichy prison, and had them published under a pseudonym in 1944.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, 20th Century Classical, Choruses
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Track Listing: Dong: Spring, Summer, Autumn & Winter Suite - Spring Ung: Spiral X, "In Memoriam" (For Amplified String Quartet) Body: Epicycle Frank (GL): Leyendas, An Andean Walkabout - Chasqui Na: Song Of The Beggars Zhou Long: Song Of The Ch'In Adams: John's Book Of Alleged Dances - Toot Nipple Sculthorpe: Quartet \#16 For Strings - Yearning What Remains (Improvisation, 2007) This album can be purchased from the Other Minds webstore . You can explore the Other Minds site at...
Topic: Other Classical
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This is the second in a series of four concerts of chamber music put on by the Oakland Museum in the Spring of 1971. The focus of the concerts was works by contemporary California composers, although the programs also included other works, as seen fit by the program director Donald Cobb. Thus this second concert, recorded on March 12, 1971, includes songs by Claudio Monteverdi, Virgil Thomson with Gertrude Stein, and Ralph Vaughan Williams, as well as chamber works by Ernest Bloch, and Leon...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Classical Music, Art Songs, Chamber Music
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Charles Amirkhanian interviews Philip Glass. They discuss his early experiences in theater, his work with Ravi Shankar, his development of minimal music, and his work with modern opera and cinema.
Topics: Speaking of Music Series, Opera, Minimalism, Interview and Music, Philip Glass
In this edition of Source, produced by the editorial staff of “Source Magazine”, a bi-yearly publication devoted to avant-garde composers’ scores, articles and photographs, the focus is on a show of Sound Art held at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York City from October 1969 to January 1970. There is a brief description of the history of sound sculpture and then recordings of many of the works featured at the show. Artists highlighted include Jon Hassell, Robert Ashley, Harold...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Electro-Acoustic, Sound Poetry, Source Magazine
The great singer and harmonica blues legend Little Walter is discussed just 18 months after his death in Chicago at age 37 and presented by Arhoolie Records founder Chris Strachwitz. Louisiana-born Marion Walter Jacobs (1930-1968) came to be known as the Charlie Parker or Jimi Hendrix of his instrument, the harmonica. He revolutionized its use by cupping a small microphone in his hand over the instrument and amplifying it directly into the public address system, making it equal in volume to the...
Topics: Music, Blues music, Harmonica, Little Walter
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One of the best known sound poets in the world is Bob Cobbing, a dynamic gentleman with a sonorous voice and lovely accent, who was active as a poet, performer, and composer of text-sound compositions. Cobbing also was a producer and collector of concrete or visual poetry, and his bookstore, Better Books of London was a leading distribution point for avant-garde poets during the 1960s and 70s. In this program Cobbing talks about his early work as a teacher and later as a publisher of visual...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity series, Interview, Sound Poetry, Bob Cobbing
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On a lazy Wednesday evening in 1970 Charles Amirkhanian and Bob Bergstresser ensconced themselves into the KPFA studios and produced this eclectic mix of electro-acoustic music. The variety of sounds range from meditative strings to percussive bells with a little bit of everything else in between. Heard with out interruption this program is a sonic landscape that will quickly entrance the accepting ear.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity Series, Music, Avant-Garde, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic
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Charles Amirkhanian interviews French composer Jean-Claude Éloy in Paris, France, in June of 1972. Éloy was born in Rouen in 1938, and has studied with Darius Milhaud and Pierre Boulez, becoming one of the latter’s best known protégés in the early 1960s. Éloy discusses his recent travels, including a trip to the United States. He also talks about his interest in non-Western music, especially Asian music, and how it differs from traditional European music. Charles quizzes Éloy about how...
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Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity series, Interview and Music, 20th Century Classical, New Music, Jean-Claude...
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The Ellis Rubber Stamp Co. was founded in 1929 by H.R. Ellis and his son, Walter, who continues to produce rubber stamps of over 1000 different visual designs plus custom stamps for regular retail customers. Charles Amirkhanian, Ken Friedman and Carol Law have produced a series of graphic works exclusively utilizing rubber stamp images. In this program Charles talks with Walter Ellis and several of his employees at the Ellis Co. about how rubber stamps are designed and manufactured and the...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity series, Other Finds, Rubber Stamps
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Charles Amirkhanian introduces recent compositions by this American composer, who since 1947 developed a unique body of complex pieces, all for player piano. Nancarrow was able to punch carefully calculated holes in player piano rolls and make the instrument perform inhumanly difficult figures. His concerns with rhythm and sonority are more advanced than almost any in the world, yet his music makes an immediate impression even to those who don’t normally like avant-garde music. This is music...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity Series, Interview and Music, 20th Century Classical, Mechanical Music,...
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Recording of George Antheil and Michael Dyne's satirical one act opera, Venus in Africa.
Topics: George Antheil, Music, Opera
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Radio station WFMT in Chicago presents the second of six broadcasts from Navy Pier, as part of the fourth New Music America Festival. Charles Amirkhanian hosts, assisted by composer and vocalist, Joan La Barbara. The concert begins with a string quartet by John J. Becker, the first deceased composer to have their work performed at a New Music America Festival. This is followed by a work for solo cello by Joseph Paul Taylor and “Tableaux Vivants” a work for flutes and two voices, by Larry...
Topics: KPFA-FM, New Music America, Music, Interview, New Music, Mixed Media
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In what was a preview for KPFA’s first concert in the Performer’s Choice Series, held in February of 1963, Loren Rush presents rehearsal out-takes of his group improvisation piece, “Mandala Music”. Joining him for a discussion of this aleatoric piece and its graphic score, is program host Will Ogdon, Glenn Glasow, and Phil Winsor. Will Ogdon’s attempts to understand this then new form of composition and score writing are illustrative of the challenges many music listeners had with...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, New Music, 20th Century Classical, Loren Rush
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Flute virtuoso Robert Dick performs his works Flames Must Not Encircle Sides and Further Down while discussing his efforts to extend flute techniques and his work on designing a new flute capable of playing chords. In Part Two, Robert Dick performs Heart of Light for Ab alto piccollo, Look Out, which he composed for High School students, Another Look, a flute solo in the style of Jimi Hendrix, and discusses his teacher, Indian flute music, and the flute in 20th century music.
Topic: 20th Century Classical
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Charles Amirkhanian interviews Kurt Masur, conductor of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Joining them in the studio is German affairs commentator Helga Lohr-Bailey, conductor George Cleve, and violinist Jorja Fleezanis. Topics discussed include the origins of the Orchestra, the work of Mendelssohn, the lack of passion among young people that did not live through the turbulent times of the mid 20th century, and the differences between the musical cultures of Eastern Europe and the United...
Topics: KPFA-FM: Interview, Music, Classical Music, Kurt Masur, 19th Century Classical
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Phil Elwood produced this memorial tribute to the great San Francisco jazz trombonist Turk Murphy, who died on May 30, 1987. Turk played in a number of Bay Area jazz bands during the mid part of the 20th Century and made a number of recordings as well. In this program Elwood plays a wide assortment of Dixieland influenced jazz tunes from the 1940s and 50s. Included are a couple songs recorded at San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral in 1977 as well as several from Turk's concert at Carnegie Hall.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Jazz, Turk Murphy
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San Francisco based didjeridu musician and KPFA radio show host, Stephen Kent, presents a preview of OM 12: A Festival of New Music, which was scheduled to be held in December of 2006 in San Francisco. After playing works by Per Nørgård, Markus Stockhausen and Tara Bouman, all featured composers and musicians at OM 12, Kent is joined in the KPFA studios by composer Peter Sculthorpe. The Tasmanian born and Australian based composer had recently revised his String Quartet No. 16 to include...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, World Music, 20th Century Classical, New Music, Peter Sculthorpe
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Track Listing: Songs for a Girl - John Dryden To the Willow Tree - Robert Herrick Echo's Song - Ben Johnson Upon Julia'S Clothes - Robert Herrick The Silver Swan - Orlando Gibbons Psalm 134 - Behold, bless ye the Lord, all ye servants of the Lord ... Psalm 148 - Praise Ye The Lord, Praise ye the Lord from the he avens Psalm 150 - Praise ye the Lord, Praise God in His Santuary The Lordly Hudson - Paul Goodman Snake - Theodore Roethke Rain in Spring - Paul Goodman Root Cellar - Theodore Roethke...
Topic: Other Classical
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Laura Reichek of the Alcatraz Solidarity Committee introduces three elderly members of the Omaha Tribe who visited the KPFA studios on November 24, 1970, to record a short program of Omaha songs. The performers are Charles Edwards, Mark Merrick and Rudolph Clark of Macy, Nebraska, who came to Berkeley to help celebrate the first anniversary of the Indian landing of Alcatraz Island. The drum used in these songs is made of a wooden frame covered with cowhide. It weighs about 35 pounds and has a...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, World Music, Native American
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The Wesleyan Gamelan Chamber Ensemble in its first new York performance. Recorded at the Asia House in New York City, January 17, 1971. The ensemble is composed of native Javanese teachers and their students at Wesleyan University. The instruments used include a gender, kendang, rebab, gambang, and slentem.
Topics: Music, World Music, Gamelan, Wesleyan Gamelan Chamber Ensemble
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Bill Collins with Michael and Carol Barclay, reviews the 1972 San Francisco Opera production of “Siegfried,” after having raced across the Bay Bridge after catching the October 22nd performance. Later Carol is joined in the KPFA studios by Arthur Regan and Melvin Jahn to discuss the Opera’s 1972 production of Giacomo Puccini ‘s “Tosca.” The erudition and near encyclopedic knowledge of the group are on full display as they rate the various performers, conductors, and staging of each...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview, Opera, Reviews
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Charles Amirkhanian and Jim Shere interview composer, philosopher, and astrologer, Dane Rudhyar, about his life and ideas. Rudhyar draws some comparisons between his own life in the 1920s when, recognizing that life is cyclical, he decided to leave his land, language, and even his name behind, in order to explore a new world (United States) and a new way of being, and the social upheaval of the 1960s with its hippies and desires for a New Age. Although somewhat pessimistic about the immediate...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview, Current Events, Dane Rudhyar, Social Change, Psychosynthesis
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This is a recording of a concert of live electronic music presented at the University of California in San Diego on April 18, 1968, featuring works by Martin Bartlett, Toshi Ichiyanagi, and Anthony Gnazzo. The original concert program notes, written by Pauline Oliveros, states: For the past twenty years electronic music has been associated with magnetic tape and a stage devoid of performers. The equipment found in most classical electronic music studios was never intended for music-making but...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, electronic, electro-acoustic, mixed media
From a December 17, 1962 broadcast, Rolf Cahn presents a selection of folk and blues music by Jo Mapes, Reverend Gary Davis, and Mike Russo. The majority of the program is devoted to music by Jo Mapes, recorded at the San Francisco State College in the Spring of 1955 and eventually released on a LP from Bay Concerts. Jo Mapes was a classmate of Odetta, and an inspiration for Joan Baez, and yet despite her superior guitar playing, intuitive phrasing, and sweet voice, she never had quite the same...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Folk Music
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The Berkeley Chamber Singers and wind players of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra contribute to this third concert in the Performer’s Choice series, which was held on June 6, 1963 at the Hall of Flowers in San Francisco. Adolph Baller is soloist in Mozart’s “Quintet in E Flat Major, K. 452,” and Gerhard Samuel conducts the first performance of Wayne Peterson’s “Tangents,” for violin and winds. The San Francisco premiere of Seymour Shifrin’s “The Odes of Shang” and...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, 18th Century Classical, 20th Century Classical, Chamber Music
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Phil Lesh and Gary Lambert invite Clark Suprynowicz, Co-founder and Director of the Bay Area Jazz Composers Orchestra, into the studio to present a selection of music recorded during a rehearsal by the jazz ensemble.  This program features a variety of works by the members of the 17 piece ensemble, which is dedicated to promoting new jazz composers.  Pieces heard include Suprynowicz’s own “Feather River Suite” for solo violin and jazz ensemble; “Big Jim,” a composition titled after...
Topics: Interview, Music, Jazz
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A recording of two works composed or arranged, and performed by Serge Koussevitzky on double bass and Pierre Luboshutz, on piano. The first piece is an arrangement for piano and double bass, of the Largo movement of Henry Eccles “Sonata No. 11 in G Minor.” This is followed by Koussevitzky’s own composition “Chanson Triste.” The occasional scratchy quality of this historical early 20th century recording takes nothing away from the deep, mournful, and resonant sound of these two pieces,...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Classical Music, Double bass and piano music
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by Morton Feldman, Charles Shere
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Morton Feldman Interviewed by Charles Shere, July, 1967. This wide ranging literate, and always fascinating conversation between composer Morton Feldman and writer/composer/journalist (and former KPFA music director) Charles Shere touches on the work of various composers, performers, artists, and writers. Feldman talks about ways of composing, including his own, and to what degree a composer is "on the make" with regard to his audience. The composers Feldman and Shere discussion...
Topics: Interview, 20th Century Classical
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From a recording made on June 13, 1981 in San Francisco, as part of the New Music America Festival, this is a concert of new gamelan music by Lou Harrison, K. R. T. Wasitodipuro, and others. Lou Harrison’s music is known for its original and sensitive use of percussion and employment of just intonation. It also is widely appreciated for its lyricism and assimilation of techniques from East and West, as is clearly evident in the pieces heard here that incorporate Western instruments such as...
Topics: KPFA-FM, New Music America series, Music, New Music, Gamelan
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From an interview recorded on March 11, 1983, Charles Amirkhanian talks with composer Laurie Spiegel about her past work with computer music, as well an upcoming concert by the Mostly Modern Ensemble that was to feature a new work for chamber orchestra. A selection of brief excerpts from Spiegel’s better known computer music are played while she offers some information about the types of computer systems and compositional tools she used to create them. Spiegel also describes how her style has...
Topics: Interview, Music, Computer music, Electronic music, KPFA-FM
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Philip Glass: Music for Two Pianos Wednesday, December 6, 2017, St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Berkeley, CA In honor of his 80th birthday … a benefit for OTHER MINDS Charles Amirkhaninan writes: "Other Minds has hosted its share of inimitables over the past quarter century of promoting maverick new music. But no one deserves that sobriquet more than my brilliant, talented and predictably adventurous friend Dennis Russell Davies. We thank him and Maki Namekawa for generously proposing...
Topics: Other Minds Presents, Music, Piano 4 hands, 20th century classical, Operas
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Other Minds’ 25th season started off with a special piano concert honoring the work and vision of Amercian composer Terry Riley. Riley, alongside award winning pianist Gloria Cheng, deliver a number of Riley’s solo keyboard works before closing the concert with a collaborative 4 hands performance of Cheng Tiger Growl Roar, recently composed in 2018.  This concert was held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum in San Francisco, CA on Wednesday, December 5, 2018.  Two Pieces for...
Topics: Music, New music, Piano music, 21st century classical, Terry Riley
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The Nature of Music: Common Ground featuring Raven Chacon Wednesday, September 7, 2016 7:00pm  Goldman Theater, David Brower Center, Berkeley, CA Presented by Other Minds and the David Brower Center on the closing night of the Brower Center’s exhibition “Common Ground: A Celebration of Our National Parks”. [This event also featured a conversation with Raven Chacon and Charles Amirkhanian, which was recorded on video and is not included in this two part program] 1. At The Point Where The...
Topics: Nature of Music series, Field recordings, Navajo artists, Noise music, Electronic music
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In the second of two consecutive appearances before a live audience, as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series, Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer and artist Brian Eno, about his latest multi-media installation, and other subjects of interest. Eno had just finished working at the Exploratorium on a video art project called “Latest Flames,” in which he had used video monitors as an ever changing light source to illuminate a selection of paintings, all...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Speaking of Music, Exploratorium, Interview, Music, Popular Music, Modern Art
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A reading by the then 80 year old Charles Reznikoff, recorded at the Poetry Center of San Francisco State University on March 21, 1974, in which the poet reads a selection of his works written from 1918 to 1974. Reznikoff, along with fellow poets Carl Rakosi, Louis Zukofsky, and George Oppen were dubbed the Objectivist Poets by Ezra Pound back in the 1930s, and it is Oppen who offers a warm introduction at the start of this program. Reznikoff then reads a number of his mostly short and untitled...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Spoken Word, Poetry
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The remarkable change-ringing talents of the Oakland based handbell ensemble Sonos, are explored in this live concert from the KPFA studios. Charles Amirkhanian introduces James Mitchell, director, and the musicians from the group, who all hail from the East Bay. Members of the Ensemble demonstrate the various techniques of handbell ringing. (from KPFA Folio)
Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity Series, Music, 20th Century Classical, Classical Music, Sonos Handbell...
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Charles Amirkhanian introduces an unsettling composition by a musician whose work lies between jazz and classical music. Michael Mantler’s work, “Many Have No Speech” (1988), which was 18 months in the making, consists of settings of texts by Samuel Beckett, Ernst Meister, and Philippe Soupault. The vocalists include Jack Bruce, Marianne Faithfull, and Robert Wyatt. Amirkhanian talks with the composer and samples this latest release. (from KPFA Folio)
Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity series, Interview, Art Songs, Jazz, Michael Mantler
In this 1974 interview, Charles Amirkhanian interviews German-American conductor William Steinberg. Topics of conversation include the unfortunate end-state of composer George Antheil’s career, concerts of Beethoven’s 9th symphony in Central Park and parks throughout New York, the conductor’s relationship with contemporary music, and the music of Johannes Brahms.
Topics: 20th century classical, Interview, William Steinberg, New music, conductors, Charles Amirkhanian
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In a program originally recorded in May of 1963, Rolf Cahn and Phil Huffman talk to Texas bluesman Mance Lipscomb, about his life and music. He describes growing up as a Baptist in the South, the balance between singing and playing music, as well as the origins of many of his best known songs. Throughout the discussion, Lipscomb performs a number of both, famous and obscure, acoustic blues songs, often responding to requests by Huffman and Cahn, who sound as pleased as two cats in a fish pond...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, Popular Music, Folk Music
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Charles Shere talks to Philip Winsor about his work, Sound Study I, written at the San Francisco Tape Music Center, was followed two years later with his Sound Study II, produced at the Milan Studio. Together they try to sort the differences in achievement out of the similarities of means. A classic example of a classically trained composer (Shere) trying to get his head around the process of composing electronic music. (- from the KPFA Folio)
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview and Music, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Phil Winsor
A series of improvisations, recorded around 1957, and featuring Pauline Oliveros, Loren Rush, Terry Riley, Laurel Johnson, Robert Erickson, and Bill Butler. The instrumentation for these five pieces is varied and unspecified, but seems to include piano, percussion, flute, and a trumpet, or some other brass instrument. The first improvisation is used as accompaniment for a lengthy monologue. These early experiments with aleatoric and improvisatory music serves as a valuable historical record...
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Topics: Music, New Music, Improvisation, Monologues with music
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Henry Cowell presents a program on the music of Indonesia, featuring early recordings of gamelan music, as well as many transcriptions of Balinese music by Colin McPhee. The music of Indonesia first came to the attention of the West when in the 1920s Erich M. von Hornbostel and others collected and commercially released a number of gamelan performances, recorded in the villages of Indonesia. These early 78rpm records later inspired the Canadian composer, Colin McPhee, to travel to the island of...
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Topics: Interview, Music, World Music, Gamelan Music, Henry Cowell
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Ivan Wyschnegradsky was a Russian-born composer who in the early 1920’s designed the first quarter-tone piano. For the next 30 years Wyschnegradsky developed an intricate system for composing microtonal music, producing numerous musical works and written articles. However it was not until the 1970s that his music finally found the audience that it deserved. Part of his newly acquired cult status among young composers was due to a day long series of concerts produced by Radio France on January...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, 20th Century Classical, Monologues, Ivan Wyschnegradsky
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Alan Hovhaness Concert recorded February 25, 1978 at St. John's Church in Berkeley, California. This concert was presented by 1750 Arch Street. Alan Hovhaness, composer & pianist Hinako Fujihara, soprano Jean Hovhaness Nandi, harpischord Part I Couperin: Pieces de Clavecin, Ordre XIII Hovhaness: Sonata for Harpsichord, Op. 306 (Premiere) Celestial Canticle for Soprano & Piano, Op. 305 (Premiere) Total Length 44:44 Part II: Hovhaness: Sonata for Piano "Ananda", Op. 303...
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Dr. Shin ‘ichi Matsushita was one of the most prominent of the 20th Century Japanese composers. His output ranged from early works, somewhat influenced, structurally, by Berg, through compositions using taped sounds, choral works, and experimental works for percussion. This piece, “Hexahedra” is based on a graphed score of uncommon beauty. The physical appearance of the score, and its title, are suggestive of Dr. Matsushita’s other profession: he was a professor of mathematics in Osaka,...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, New Music, Shin'ichi Matsushita
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This is an interview with John Cage & David Tudor, conducted in French and English. This particular interview was purportedly recorded on May 29, 1972, a time at which both John Cage and David Tudor were on a European tour featuring performances in London, Bremen, Paris and other European cities. Cage talks about the influence that Henry David Thoreau, Marcel Duchamp, and others have had on his own artistic output. Works discussed include Cage’s “Mureau” and David Tudor’s...
Topics: KPFA-FM, New Music, Interview, John Cage, David Tudor
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A recording of a concert given in honor of the members of the 57th Esperanto Conference. The concert begins with the Pampeana No. 1 by Argentinean composer Alberto Ginastera. This is followed by four pieces of Chinese classical music performed by the Chinese Classical Music Ensemble of Lou Harrison, William Colvig and Richard Dee. They are "The Triple Refrain at Lang Kwan Pass" a 9th century piece attributed to Wang Way, a Buddhist chant from a 13th century opera, a 20th century piece...
Topics: 20th century classical, Music, World music, KPFA-FM
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Charles Amirkhanian introduces a selection of songs by one of America’s earliest and most renowned composers, Stephen Foster. Although Foster’s works were widely performed on pianos and pump organs in family parlors throughout America in the 19th century, they are now mostly forgotten in these days of radio and rock stars. These recordings, which include none of the minstrel songs for which Foster is perhaps best known, offer a window into the spiritual yearnings and fervent patriotism of...
Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Popular Music, Folk Music
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Charles Amirkhanian and Harvey Wallerstin talk with composers Terry Riley and Jordan Stenberg about their studies with Pandit Pran Nath, a master of Indian vocal music. They describe Pran Nath’s spiritual approach to music and his philosophy the true music is found inbetween the notes. Riley also describes his time spent in India studying with Pran Nath, and his impressions of the culture including contemporary Indian films and music.
Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview, World Music, Pandit Pran Nath, Terry Riley, Jordan Stenberg