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New Music America:
1982, Program No. 1

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 169 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: WFMT

Radio station WFMT in Chicago presents the first of six broadcasts from Navy Pier, as part of the fourth New Music America Festival. Charles Amirkhanian hosts, assisted by composer and vocalist, Joan La Barbara. The concert includes electronic music by Tom Cameron, Robert Moran’s “Spin Again” for harpsichords, organs, and percussion, “Autumn Resonance” for piano and delay by Wayne Siegel, and to conclude, Meredith Monk’s work for four voices and organs, “Turtle Dreams.” Also heard, although unfortunately not seen, is a work of avant-garde musical theater by the performing duo of Ed Harkins and Philip Larson known as THE. This work combines strictly choreographed movements by the two, often involving sight gags of one type or another, mixed with electronic and new wave rock music. The intermission features includes a profile of Charles Ives, a talk with John Cage about his sound installation “A Dip in the Lake”, and a look at the only theremin virtuoso ever, Clara Rockmore.

Part 1 of 3:  
Musical Selections:  Balsa (7:22) / Tom Cameron -- Pau-Ferro (”Iron Wood”) / Tom Cameron -- Briar / Tom Cameron -- Spin Again (1980) (14:53) / Robert Moran -- [excerpt of unidentified work] / Charles Ives
Performers:  Tom Cameron, electronics (Balsa ; Pau-Ferro ; Briar)
Salvatore Spina, electric piano (Spin)
Neely Bruce, electric organ (Spin)
Yvar Mikhashoff, amplified harpsichord (Spin)
Anthony De Mare, electric piano (Spin)
Steve Elkins, marimba (Spin)
Andrew Spencer, vibraphone (Spin)
Robert Moran, conductor (Spin)
Genres:  New Music; Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  Ives, Charles, 1874-1954; New music; Electronic music; Minimal music; Sextets (Electric pianos (2), electric organ, harpsichord, marimba, vibraphone)
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; La Barbara, Joan, 1947-; Cameron, Tom; Moran, Robert, 1937-; Spina, Salvatore; Bruce, Neely; Mikhashoff, Yvar; De Mare, Anthony; Elkins, Steve (Percussionist); Spencer, Andrew; Ives, Charles, 1874-1954
Recording Date:  7/6/1982
First Broadcast Date:  7/6/1982
 
Part 2 of 3:  
Musical Selections:  Voldy (24:55) / THE -- A Dip in the Lake [sound installation] (1978) / John Cage -- Vocalise Op. 34, No. 14 [excerpt] (1912, rev. 1915) / Sergei Rachmaninoff
Performers:  Clara Rockmore, theremin (Vocalise)
Nadia Reisenberg, piano (Vocalise)
Genre:  New Music
Subject:  Rockmore, Clara; New music; Mixed media (Music); Performance art; Music theater; Sound installations (Art); Electronic music; Musique concrète; Music, concrete; Theremin and piano music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; La Barbara, Joan, 1947-; Larson, Philip; Harkins, Edwin; Cage, John; Rachmaninoff, Sergei, 1873-1943 ; Rockmore, Clara; Reisenberg, Nadia
Recording Date:  7/6/1982
First Broadcast Date:  7/6/1982
 
Part 3 of 3:  
Musical Selections:  Autumn Resonance, for piano and delay (1979) (23:00) / Wayne Siegel -- Turtle Dreams [excerpt] (1980) (15:47) / Meredith Monk
Performers:  Wayne Siegel, piano (Autumn)
Meredith Monk, voice (Turtle)
Andrea Goodman, voice (Turtle)
Robert Ean, voice (Turtle)
Paul Langland, voice (Turtle)
Steve Lockwood, organ (Turtle)
Nicky Paraiso, organ (Turtle)
Genres:  New Music; Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  New music; Electro-acoustic; Electronic music; Piano music; Mixed media (Music); Vocal quartets with instrumental ensemble; Vocalises with organs
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; La Barbara, Joan, 1947-; Siegel, Wayne, 1953-; Monk, Meredith
Recording Date:  7/6/1982
First Broadcast Date:  7/6/1982
 
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