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Morning Concert:
You Are Your Instrument

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

This program, recorded on August 7, 1992, begins with a brief interview with choreographer Nancy Karp, who has collaborated with artist Carol Law and composer Ingram Marshall to produce several dance pieces which she describes for the host, Charles Amirkhanian. This is followed by a visit with pianist and composer Michael Harrison, who is perhaps best known for his work with just intonation and his Harmonic Piano. The unique design of the strings, hammers and pedals of the Harmonic Piano gives it a delicate harp-like timbre, and allows for playing 24 distinct notes per octave in perfectly tuned intervals. A number of examples of his compositions for this extraordinary instrument are also heard. The second half of the program is then devoted to an interview with Julie Lyonn Lieberman, the author of “You Are Your Instrument: The definitive musician’s guide to practice and performance”, written to help artists avoid the chronic pain and injuries which shortens careers. Touted by Lukas Foss and others, the book made waves for its radical approach to overcoming performance anxiety, general tension, and muscular injury. Lieberman, producer of the “Hear and Now” program on WBAI in New York, talks with host Charles Amirkhanian about her research. Joining her is like-minded composer and performer Allaudin Mathieu, who has also written a book on the art of listening. The two of them perform a number of works for violin and piano and occasional voice, that range from improvisations, new age jazz, to short, minute long compositions.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  [Tokyo fish market] / [recorded by Bill Fontana] -- Fugitive Vision [excerpt, 3rd movement of “Three Penitential Visions”] (1987) / Ingram Marshall -- Bells (ca. 1992) / Michael Harrison -- Aeolian Harp (ca. 1992) / Michael Harrison -- Quest for the Rose (ca. 1992) / Michael Harrison -- Song of the Rose[excerpt] (ca. 1992) / Michael Harrison -- Magic Rain [excerpt] (ca. 1992) / Michael Harrison -- Rose of Remembrance (ca. 1992) / Michael Harrison -- [part one of an improvisation for piano and violin] / Julie Lyonn Lieberman & Allaudin Mathieu,
Performers:  Michael Harrison, harmonic piano
Julie Lyonn Lieberman, violin and voice
Allaudin Mathieu, piano
Genres:  Electro-Acoustic / Electronic; 20th Century Classical
Subject:  20th century classical; Electro-acoustic; Just intonation; Musical intervals and scales; Field recordings; Modern dance music; Piano and electronic music; Piano music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Fontana, Bill, 1947-; Karp, Nancy; Marshall, Ingram, 1942-; Harrison, Michael (Michael Allen)
Recording Date:  8/7/1992
First Broadcast Date:  8/7/1992
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  [part two of an improvisation for piano and violin] / Julie Lyonn Lieberman & Allaudin Mathieu -- Tree of Thorns (4:57) / Julie Lyonn Lieberman -- [a one minute improvisation for piano and violin] / Julie Lyonn Lieberman & Allaudin Mathieu -- [a one minute improvisation for piano and voice] / Julie Lyonn Lieberman & Allaudin Mathieu -- [a second one minute improvisation for piano and violin] / Julie Lyonn Lieberman & Allaudin Mathieu -- [a second one minute improvisation for piano and voice] / Julie Lyonn Lieberman, Allaudin Mathieu, & Michael Harrison
Performers:  Julie Lyonn Lieberman, violin and voice
Allaudin Mathieu, piano
Michael Harrison, piano (last selection)
Genres:  20th Century Classical; Jazz
Subject:  20th century classical; Improvisation (Music); Music -- Performance -- Physiological aspects; Music -- Performance -- Psychological aspects; Violin and piano music; Jazz; Vocalises with piano
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Lieberman, Julie Lyonn; Mathieu, Allaudin William; Harrison, Michael (Michael Allen)
Recording Date:  8/7/1992
First Broadcast Date:  8/7/1992
 
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