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New Music FM II: A Festival in Four Movements

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 152 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KSJN

From KSJN (St. Paul, Minnesota) host Melinda Ward, of the Walker Art Center, introduces interviews and music by composers that were featured during the 1980 New Music America Festival in St. Paul Minnesota. This includes lengthy excerpts from Robert Ashley’s opera “Perfect Lives (Private Parts) and Alvin Curran’s mixed media piece “Small Circles Great Plains”. Also included is a free improvisation with violinist Leroy Jenkins and saxophonist Oliver Lake, works for piano by William Duckworth and Michael Nyman, as well as works by Libby Larsen and Stacey Bowers. This was the second of four nationally broadcast programs, each emanating from one of the four previous host cities of the New Music America Festival, and was meant as a preview to the 1983 Festival which was held in Washington D. C. in October 1983.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Perfect Lives (Private Parts): The Living Room (1977-83) (25:03) / Robert Ashley -- Time Curve Preludes [excerpt] (1978) (2:19) / William Duckworth -- Pattern Study No. 2 (ca. 1976) (19:50) / Stacey Bowers -- Duet for the City (ca. 1980) (23:02) / Leroy Jenkins & Oliver Lake -- A Verse Record of My Peonies [start of piece, text by Masaoka Shiki] (1980) / Libby Larsen
Performers:  Robert Ashley, voice (Perfect)
David van Tieghem, voice (Perfect)
Jill Kroesen, voice (Perfect)
Blue Gene Tyranny, piano (Perfect)
Neely Bruce, piano (Time)
Zeitgeist: (Pattern)
James DeMars, piano (Pattern)
Joe Holmquist, percussion (Pattern)
Jay Johnson, percussion (Pattern)
Pat Moriarty, saxophone (Pattern)
Homer Lambrick (sp?), trombone (Pattern)
Anthony Cox, bass (Pattern)
Leroy Jenkins, violin, viola (Duet)
Oliver Lake, saxophone (Duet)
Vern Sutton, tenor (Verse)
Genres:  New Music; Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  New Music America (Festival); New music; Operas -- Excerpts; Electronic music; Piano music; Sextets (Bass, piano, percussion (2), saxophone, trombone); Aleatory music; Minimal music; Jazz; Improvisation (Music); Songs with instrumental ensembles; Monologues with music
People:  Ward, Melinda; Ashley, Robert, 1930-; Van Tieghem, David; Kroesen, Jill; Tyranny, Blue Gene, 1945-; Duckworth, William; Bruce, Neely; Bowers, Stacey; DeMars, James, 1952-; Holmquist, Joe; Johnson, Jay (Percussionist); Moriarty, Pat (Saxophonist); Cox, Anthony (Double bassist); Jenkins, Leroy; Lake, Oliver; Larsen, Libby; Masaoka, Shiki, 1867-1902; Sutton, Vern
First Broadcast Date:  7/19/1983
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  A Verse Record of My Peonies [end of piece, text by Masaoka Shiki] (1980) / Libby Larsen -- A Neat Slice of Masterwork (ca. 1979) (29:03) / Michael Nyman -- Small Circles Great Plains [part 1] (16:10) / Alvin Curran
Performers:  Vern Sutton, tenor (Verse)
Michael Nyman, piano (Neat)
Michael Nyman Band (Neat)
Alvin Curran, piano (Small)
Genres:  New Music; Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  New Music America (Festival); New music; Electronic music; Songs with instrumental ensembles; Monologues with music; Piano music; Minimal music; Piano with instrumental ensemble; Piano and electronic music; Mixed media (Music)
People:  Ward, Melinda; Larsen, Libby; Masaoka, Shiki, 1867-1902; Sutton, Vern; Nyman, Michael; Amirkhanian, Charles; Curran, Alvin S., 1938-
First Broadcast Date:  7/19/1983
 
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