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Morning Concert:
The Music of Alvin Curran, 1991

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 91 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

Alvin Curran is one of the most active and inventive avant-garde and electronic music composers of the current and past century. He was the co-founder of the radical music collective, Musica Elettronica Viva (MEV), and has taught at the Accademia Nazionale d'Arte Drammatica in Rome, as well as at Mills College in Oakland, California, where he was a visiting Professor of Music from 1991 to 2006. He specializes in works for keyboard, percussion, winds, voices, and natural sounds, often performed at outdoor sites. In this program, recorded in March of 1991, Curran introduces a number of his works, including “Erat Verbum” and “Electric Rags II.” Curran’s pieces incorporate ambient and musical sounds in a startlingly complex and lyrical evocation of the human spirit. (from KPFA Folio)

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Musical Selections:  Erat Verbum: Alpha [excerpt] (1990) (8:08) -- [excerpts from the album “Electric Rags II”] (ca. 1989) -- Wasserkorso [excerpt] (1987)
Performers:  ROVA Saxophone Quartet (Electric Rags II)
Genres:  Electro-Acoustic / Electronic; Sound Poetry
Subject:  Curran, Alvin S., 1938-; Avant-garde (Music) ; Electronic music; Sound poetry; Text-sound compositions; Woodwind quartets (Saxophones (4)); Aleatory music; Foghorns
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Curran, Alvin S., 1938-
Recording Date:  3/28/1991
First Broadcast Date:  3/28/1991
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Electric Rags I [excerpt] (1985)
Performers:  Alvin Curran, MIDI piano
Genres:  Electro-Acoustic / Electronic; Avant-Garde
Subject:  Curran, Alvin S., 1938-; Avant-garde (Music) ; Electronic music; Electro-acoustic; Computer music; Piano and electronic music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Curran, Alvin S., 1938-
Recording Date:  3/28/1991
First Broadcast Date:  3/28/1991
 
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