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Interview

Interview with Frank Zappa, May 17, 1984 48 min Popular Music
Avant-Garde
Charles Amirkhanian interviews Frank Zappa in anticipation of his appearance as part of the Speaking of Music series sponsored by the San Francisco Exploratorium. In this program Zappa discusses his digital re-mastering of his album...
Interview with Gladys Nordenstrom, 1986 6 min Art Songs
Charles Amirkhanian interviews Gladys Nordenstrom, composer and wife of Ernest Krenek, in which she discusses one of her songs "Time 24", which is based on a poem by the Czech poet Renata Pandulova.
Interview with Ivan Wyschnegradsky 62 min Microtonal Music
Unconventional Instruments
From his home in Paris, Russian-born composer Ivan Wyschnegradsky discusses with Charles Amirkhanian his approach to writing microtonal music, and his desire for a "chromatic revolution." He describes his invention of the quarter-tone...
Interview with John Cage in Los Angeles, June 30, 1963 27 min New Music
This interview, conducted by poet and broadcaster at KPFK Jack Hirschman, was recorded in conjunction with John Cage’s visit to Los Angeles with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Cage was to perform "45 for a Speaker" at UCLA's...
Interview with La Monte Young, 1984 40 min Minimalism
Performance Art
Russ Jennings interviews composer La Monte Young and artist Marian Zazeela about their new collaborative work, “The Well Tuned Piano”. This piece was the culmination of a life long interest in just intonation on the part of Young...
Interview with Morton Feldman, July 1967 55 min 20th Century Classical
New Music
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,...
Interview with Mrs. Walter Haas 32 min Modern Art
Mrs. Walter Haas, founder of the Michael and Sarah Stein collection of the San Francisco Museum of Art, recalls her friendship with the couple, (brother and sister-in-law of Gertrude Stein), after they fled Europe in 1938 and took up...
Interview with Philip Glass, April 18, 1983 35 min Minimalism
Music Theater
Philip Glass discusses his work “The Photographer”, a piece conceived as a play, a concert, and a dance in three acts which had, at the time of this recording, just been released on record. Glass and his ensemble were in the San...
Interview with Primous Fountain III 53 min 20th Century Classical
Jazz
Charles Amirkhanian talks with the African American composer, Primous Fountain III of Chicago, who traveled to the West Coast in 1972 to witness a performance of his “Manifestation” by the Oakland Symphony Orchestra. Also in the...
Interview with Terry Riley, 1983 81 min New Music
Minimalism
Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer Terry Riley at his home in Northern California on June 11, 1983. Riley describes his early childhood experiences with music, his life as a student in San Francisco and his first experimentation with...
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