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Morning Concert:
Spirit Catchers: Laetitia Sonami & Janice Giteck

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 115 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

Charles Amirkhanian interviews two outstanding women composers, both of whom have combined their artistic and spiritual lives in search for new meaning, understanding, and creativity. Laetitia de Compiègne Sonami, born in Paris in 1957, studied with composer Eliane Radigue. In 1977 she moved to the United States to study electronic music. She has worked as a recording engineer and performer, and often utilizes electronics of her own making in her compositions. Her electronic works, several of which are heard in the first half of this program, mix extraordinary electronic sounds with selections of texts, songs, music, and ambient sounds, to produce absolutely exquisite and entrancing soundscapes.

Janice Giteck studied at Mills College in the 1960s and was one of the last students of Darius Milhaud. She studied further in Paris with Olivier Messiaen. After moving to Seattle in the late 1970s Giteck’s instrumental writing has taken a turn toward an exalted and focused consonance not unlike that of Lou Harrison. Giteck has also been heavily influenced by the music and culture of Native Americans, and has investigated the use of music in healing, and talks briefly here about her work with the mentally ill. Several of her works are heard, including a recording a the world premiere of “Tapasya,” which was written for violist Mimi Dye, who first performed it at a concert in Carnegie Hall.

Note: Sonami was a featured composer during the 4th Other Minds Festival, where several of her works that utilized her “lady’s glove,” a unique digital music interface, were presented, recordings of which can be found on radiOM.org.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Pie Jesu: Sounds from Empty Places No. 3 (ca. 1988) (7:11) / Laetitia Sonami -- Passages [excerpt] (1980) (9:50) / Laetitia Sonami -- Drole de Dimanche (”Strange Sunday”) (1985) (4:19) / Laetitia Sonami -- What Happened [text by Melody Sumner Carnahan] (1985) (9:14) / Laetitia Sonami -- While-U-Wait (1978) (16:51) / Laetitia Sonami -- Pie Jesu: Sounds from Empty Places No. 1 [excerpt] (ca. 1988) (1:57) / Laetitia Sonami
Performers:  Anne Klingensmith, soprano (Pie Jesu, No. 1)
Genre:  Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  Sonami, Laetitia de Compiègne; Electronic music; Monologues with music (Electronics); Songs (High voice) with electronics
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Sonami, Laetitia de Compiègne; Sumner, Melody; Klingensmith, Anne
Recording Date:  11/10/1988
First Broadcast Date:  11/10/1988
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Tapasya, for viola and percussion (1987) (10:50) / Janice Giteck [world premiere] -- Om Shanti, for soprano and six instruments [original chamber version, text by Shankaracharaya] (1986) (17:17) / Janice Giteck -- Callin' Home Coyote: A Burlesque [excerpt, text by Lewis MacAdams] (1978) (2:42) / Janice Giteck
Performers:  Mimi Dye, viola (Tapasya)
Larry Spivack, percussion (Tapasya)
New Performance Group of the Cornish Institute (Om)
Thomasa Eckert, soprano (Om)
John Duykers, tenor (Callin')
Andy Narrell, steel drums (Callin')
Karla Lemon, string-bass (Callin')
Genre:  20th Century Classical
Subject:  Giteck, Janice, 1946-; 20th century music; Chamber music; Percussion and viola music; Songs (High voice) with instrumental ensemble
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Giteck, Janice, 1946-; Shankaracharaya; Śaṅkarācārya; MacAdams, Lewis, 1944-; Dye, Mimi; Spivack, Larry ; Eckert, Thomasa ; Duykers, John; Narrell, Andy; Lemon, J. Karla
Recording Date:  11/10/1988
First Broadcast Date:  11/10/1988
 
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