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An Interview with Toshi Ichiyanagi, 1967

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 32 min
Event Type: Interview Program Origin: Shere/KPFA

Recorded at the Beresford Hotel in San Francisco on December 12, 1967, Charles Shere interviews the Japanese avant-garde composer, Toshi Ichiyanagi. The two discuss their dismay over the exodus of experimental composers from the San Francisco Bay Area since the heyday of the San Francisco Tape Center in the early 1960s. Shere also questions the globe-trotting Ichiyanagi about the contrasting styles of composers from different regions of the world, and the regrettable tendency of composers to criticize each other. Also touched upon are Ichiyanagi’s opinions about John Cage’s efforts to inform his music with the lessons of Zen Buddhism, an attempt that Ichiyanagi thinks might be too cerebral. Despite his apparent fluency in English, it is possible that Ichiyanagi was slightly hampered in expressing his full views by conducting the interview in a foreign language, however the discussion about the music of his contemporaries, be it Cage, Stockhausen, or Xenakis, remains extremely illuminating, and is sure to be of interest to any student of 20th century avant-garde music.

Genres:  Avant-Garde; 20th Century Classical
Subject:  Ichiyanagi, Toshi, 1933-; Cage, John; Avant-garde (Music) ; 20th century classical; Composers
People:  Shere, Charles, 1935-; Ichiyanagi, Toshi, 1933-
Recording Date:  12/12/1967
 
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