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Other Minds Presents:
Solo for Voice 58: 18 Microtonal Ragas [video]

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Item Type: Video Duration: 88 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: Other Minds

Nearly forty years after John Cage composed, “Solo for Voice 58”, an indeterminate work consisting of 18 separate parts, it finds its ideal interpreter in Italian-born dhrupad singer Amelia Cuni. The first performer to prepare the full 18 microtonal ragas for a major performance, Cuni executes microtonal melodies in five different languages with stunning ease. On November 2, 2007, Other Minds presented the American premiere of this iconoclastic interpretation at a concert in Berkeley California. Two basic concepts are embodied in Cuni’s realization of the complete “Solo for Voice 58”: the meaning of raga, which is “to color the mind”, and chance operations, a favorite tool of John Cage. Following Cage’s own instructions, other selections from his “Song Books” (1970) have been integrated and superimposed as part of the “18 Microtonal Ragas”

Musical Selections:  Solo for Voice 58: 18 Microtonal Ragas [from “Song Books”] (1970) / John Cage detailed listing: Raga 1 [text from “Pfalz” by Amelia Cuni] -- Raga 4 [text is MA-AS-TTHI] -- Raga 14 [text from “Olive Tree” by Amelia Cuni] -- Raga 8 [text from “Raga Dhyanas” by Alain Daniélou] -- Raga 3 [text consists of names of constellations and cities from the first page of “Solo for Voice 72”] -- Raga 5 [text from “Winter Lake” by Amelia Cuni] -- Raga 6 [text randomly selected from Amelia Cuni’s repertoire] -- Raga 9, [text from a selection of words from “Solo for Voice 12 representing Sanskrit names for mythical beings in the Hindi pantheon] -- Raga 2 [text from “Rhein in Basel” by Amelia Cuni] -- Raga 10 [text from “Microtones” by Alain Daniélou] -- Raga 12 [texts are selections by Henry David Thoreau found in “Solo for Voice 3” and random selections from “Chautal” by Dilip Chandra Vedi] -- Ragamala: Ragas 11, 13, 15, & 7 [texts from “Affinita”, “Der Grundton” and “The Drone” by Alain Daniélou] -- Raga 16 [texts include “Brajbhasa” from Surdas “Holi Song”, “Su Fondmente Invernali” and ”La Bottego del Vetraio” by Roberto Sanesi] -- Raga 18 [text by Erik Satie from “Solo for Voice 21”] -- Raga 17 [text from “Royamount” by Amelia Cuni]
Performers:  Amelia Cuni, dhrupad vocals
Werner Durand, drones & electronics
Raymond Kaczynski, percussion
Federico Sanesi, percussion
Genres:  New Music; Microtonal Music
Subject:  New music; Microtonal music; Vocalises; Songs with electronics; Songs with percussion; Aleatory music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Fong, Adam, 1980-; Cage, John; Cuni, Amelia; Daniélou, Alain; Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862; Vedī, Dilīpacandra, b. 1901-; Sūradāsa, 1483?-1563?; Sanesi, Roberto; Satie, Erik, 1866-1925; Durand, Werner ; Kaczynski, Raymond; Sanesi, Federico
Recording Date:  11/2/2007
 
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