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Interview & Music

The Politics and Music of Cornelius Cardew 60 mins Avant-Garde
Popular Music
From a program recorded on January 25, 1975, Charles Amirkhanian interviews the British composer, pianist, and Socialist, Cornelius Cardew. Born in 1936, Cardew had a traditional music education, studying composition and piano at the...
The Waltz Project 35 min 20th Century Classical
Charles Amirkhanian is joined in the KPFA studio by John Cobb and Robert Moran to talk about their edition of waltzes by contemporary composers, published by C. F. Peters. Lou Harrison, Milton Babbitt, Joseph Fennimore, Philip Glass, and...
The Well-Prepared Piano by Richard Bunger 81 min New Music
Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Charles Amirkhanian introduces the American pianist Richard Bunger who has written a book titled “The Well Prepared Piano” and has released a fine album of new music for prepared and unprepared piano on Avant (AV 1008). Bunger plays...
The Whistling of Jason Serinus 30 min Classical Music
20th Century Classical
A concert and interview with whistler extraordinaire Jason Serinus (a.k.a. Jay Nassberg). Dubbed the “Pavarotti of Pucker” by the San Francisco Chronicle, Serinus, accompanied by the piano, performs a number of pieces from the...
Tom Seaver Interview on Baseball and Classical Music 67 min 20th Century Classical
Jazz
This gem from the archives features a 1982 interview with baseball all-star pitcher Tom Seaver, who in addition to being an old Fresno, public school, classmate of host Charles Amirkhanian is also a fan of classical music and had just...
Virgil Thomson on Erik Satie’s “Socrate” 42 min 20th Century Classical
Composer and music critic Virgil Thomson offers a traditional academic analysis of Erik Satie’s “Socrate,” placing the work in the context of its time and place. He compares the music of the school of Paris during the early 20th...
When Music Was Mechanical 70 min Unconventional Instruments
Mechanical Music
Charles Amirkhanian takes a tour of a show on mechanical musical instruments at the Oakland Museum, which ran from Dec. 16, 1972 thru Feb. 4, 1973. Charles is joined by Gretchen Schneider, Asst. Curator of History, who describes the show,...
Will Charles Boone Please Step Forward? 44 min 20th Century Classical
Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
San Francisco Bay Area composer Charles Boone in conversation with Charles Amirkhanian. Topics of discussion include Boone's musical education, relationship with other composers, and the situation of composers living on the West Coast as...
Works by Six Dutch Composers 127 min 20th Century Classical
Han Reiziger of VPRO (Dutch Radio) hosted a number of KPFA broadcasts in 1974 as part of an exchange program between the two stations. In this edition he introduces the works of six Dutch composers, several of whom are relatively unknown...
Yoko Ono on Contemporary Japanese Culture and Music 28 min World Music
Folk Music
From a program broadcast on Pacifica station WBAI in 1965, Japanese avant-garde artist and musician, Yoko Ono, talks about the traditional music of her homeland. Ono describes the history of music during the early part of the Showa Period...
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