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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 182 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

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This live broadcast from the then, brand new, KPFA building at 1929 Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Berkeley, California, aired nationally on NPR. It features the world premiere of Lou Harrison’s “Homage to Pacifica” (commissioned by the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation), a six movement composition for narrator, soloists, mixed chorus, and Javanese gamelan ensemble. Also heard is a rare recording made in 1949, just after KPFA went on the air, in which Henry Cowell performed a number of his works on the KPFA grand piano. This program continues with Berkeley composer Gary Noland’s spectacular ragtime composition, “Grand Rag Brillante”, which is virtually impossible to be played by humans. Here it is heard played on KPFA’s Yamaha Disklavier, a type of modern player piano. The program concludes with the great, North Indian, virtuosi, G. S. Sachdev and Zakir Hussain, performing an evening raga. (from KPFA Folio)

Part 1 of 3:  
Musical Selections:  Homage to Pacifica [texts by Mark Twain, Chief Seattle & Lou Harrison] (1990-91) (38:00) / Lou Harrison
Performers:  Milton Williams, narrator (Homage)
Jody Diamond, Javanese style vocals (Homage)
Robert Hughes, bassoon (Homage)
William Winant, Ptolemy duple metallophone (Homage)
Henry Spiller, harp (Homage)
The Berkeley Chamber Singers (Homage)
Gamelan Si Betty (Homage)
Trish Neilsen, director (Homage)
Genres:  New Music; 20th Century Classical
Subject:  Hill, Lewis, d. 1957; Harrison, Lou, 1917-2003; Pak Cokro, 1909-; Wasitodiningrat, Kanjeng Raden Tumenggung, 1909-; Boethius, d. 524; KPFA (Radio station : Berkeley, Calif.); New music; 20th century music; Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices) with instrumental ensemble; Gamelan music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Hill, Lewis, d. 1957; Scott, Patricia; Harrison, Lou, 1917-2003; Twain, Mark, 1835-1910; Seattle, Chief, 1790-1866; Diamond, Jody; Neilsen, Trish; Hughes, Robert, 1933-; Kobialka, Daniel; Williams, Milton, 1936-; Winant, William; Spiller, Henry
Recording Date:  10/04/1991
First Broadcast Date:  10/04/1991
Part 2 of 3:  
Musical Selections:  Tides of Manaunaun [excerpt] (1912 / Henry Cowell -- Aeolian Harp [excerpt] (1923) / Henry Cowell -- Lilt of the Reel [excerpt] (1930) / Henry Cowell -- String Quartet No. 2 [excerpt, rehearsal] (1950-51) / Roger Sessions -- Grand Rag Brillante, Op. 15 (1979, rev. 1989) / Gary Noland -- Raga Yaman [excerpt, heard in background]
Performers:  Griller String Quartet (Quartet)
Sidney Griller, violin (Quartet)
Jack O’Brien, violin, (Quartet)
Philip Burton, viola (Quartet)
Colin Hampton, cello (Quartet)
G.S. Sachdev, bansuri flute (Rag Yaman)
Das Gopal, tabla (Rag Yaman)
Genres:  New Music; 20th Century Classical
Subject:  Cowell, Henry, 1897-1965; Noland, Gary; Sachdev, Gurubachan Singh; KPFA (Radio station : Berkeley, Calif.); New music; 20th century music; Radio stations -- Denmark; Piano music; Censorship; Psychology and religion; Player piano music; Piano music (Ragtime)
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Andersen, Mogens, 1929-; Harrison, Lou, 1917-2003; Cowell, Henry, 1897-1965; Sessions, Roger, 1896-1985; Griller, Sidney; O'Brien, Jack (Violinist); Burton, Philip (Violist); Hampton, Colin, 1911-1996; Callahan, Jim; Noland, Gary; North, Carolyn, 1937-; Sachdev, Gurubachan Singh; Das, Gopal; Hussain, Zakir, 1951-
Recording Date:  10/04/1991
First Broadcast Date:  10/04/1991
Part 3 of 3:  
Musical Selections:  Rag Jai Jaivanti “In Praise of Beauty” (39:20) -- [excerpt of a recording of an in-studio performance] / The Gyuto Monks of Tibet -- Waltz, for guitar [excerpt] / Lou Harrison
Performers:  G.S. Sachdev, bansuri flute (Rag Jai Jaivanti)
Zakir Hussain, tabla (Rag Jai Jaivanti)
Gay Kagy, tamboura (Rag Jai Jaivanti)
Elb Sounders, swarpeti (Rag Jai Jaivanti)
John Schneider, guitar (Waltz)
Genre:  World Music
Subject:  KPFA (Radio station : Berkeley, Calif.); World music; Ethnic music; Music -- India; Ragas; Flute and tabla music; Buddhist chants
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Sachdev, Gurubachan Singh; Hussain, Zakir, 1951-; Kagy, Gay; Souders, Elb; Scott, Bari; Harrison, Lou, 1917-2003; Schneider, John
Recording Date:  10/04/1991
First Broadcast Date:  10/04/1991


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