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New Music America:
1987: Concert No. 2

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 107 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: Relàche

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The 1987 New Music America Festival was held in Philadelphia during the first two weeks in October. Produced by the local ensemble Relâche, this 10 day extravaganza of adventurous musical programing featured over 20 concerts, lectures, and sound installations. A wide range of sonic delights were offered, ranging from 20th century classical works for instrumental ensemble, to examples of experimental electronic wizardry, to incomparable improvisational jazz extravaganza’s, all performed by a bevy of talented musicians and composers.

The second concert of this 10 day feast of avant-garde exceptionalism began with two 20th century composition for chamber ensembles. The first was an early work by the Pulitzer Prize winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis, entitled “Music for Trio” or alternatively known as his “Cycle IV,” and is scored for piano, flute and cello. Aaron Jay Kernis wrote in the Concert Program about this work:

“”Music for Trio (Cycles IV)’ can be described on many levels, the first of which is the relationship of the number three to the entire work: three musicians; three sections, the first and second of which are in 9/4 and 6/4, respectively; and more important, a nine-note scale is used exclusively and there are three tonal centers. More important is the use of one melodic fragment (uncovered in the first section) to provide continuity and direction throughout. But most important, the larger ideas on which ‘Music for Trio’ are based are: ‘to sing together, to become one.’ Throughout, the trio becomes a duo with one pitch or type of idea being shared by two instruments which become mirrors of each other. This is also extended to the important places where the trio becomes completely unified as one. That merging of the spirit and the idea is where the true essence of this work lies.”

This serene composition is followed by the more aggressively entitled work, “Music in the Combat Zone,” by William Duckworth. It is for soprano/speaker and chamber ensemble and in addition to including useful advice for infantry also reference a number of well known patriotic musical themes and songs. In the Concert Program William Duckworth states:

“’Music in the Combat Zone’ is a piece about disaster. A psychodrama in eight sections, it speaks to the losses that we must all endure in our lives. The work has two landscapes that intertwine until they become almost inseparable. While the public landscape concerns the tragedy of war, the more ambiguous, private landscape suggest the disintegration of a relationship or the reality of personal death. This private landscape is supported by the narrative structure of the piece, which conforms to the five commonly identified emotional stages of terminal illness denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Throughout ‘Music in the Combat Zone,’ the singer mediates between the opposing extremes of public and private experience, never allowing one landscape to obliterate or trivialize the other. Although the piece was begun alone by William Duckworth, it quickly became a collaboration when his wife, poet Mindy Weinreb, suggested the overall form of the work. Duckworth wrote the music; Weinreb selected the song texts and wrote the spoke sections; and they worked together to balance the relationship between musical and literary material.”

The rest of this concert is then devoted to the remarkable performance by jazz composer George Russell, who with the Living Time Orchestra, first perform a work of Cuban influenced be-bop that Russell originally composed in 1947 for Dizzy Gillespie, before the band rips into a full-length version of Russell’s more recent work, “The African Game.” As the composer writes in the Program Notes:

“’As the cradle of humanity, Africa is our common home; we are all Africans-white, yellow, red, brown, or black. Great Nature is one our side. We feverishly pursue the game of how to conquer nature, while failing to understand why it needs us to join her in a state of unity. Nature responds by sending signals to tell us that we are outpacing her capacity to adapt to our technical innovations. These signals are everywhere; they cannot be missed. Entropy is accelerating. ‘The African Game’ says something of a positive nature about this. It says the God (Great Nature) is on our side. It wants to win the fame it began millions of years ago, But in order to win it needs the awareness and cooperation of each of us, descendants from the Miocene epoch now inhabiting Planet Earth.”

This concert was held at the Port of History Museum on October 3, 1987, and generously provided to Other Minds by Joseph Franklin who directed the 1987 New Music America festival, and Werner Strobel who digitized the original tape recordings.

Part 1 of 12:  
Musical Selections:  Music for Trio, ”Cycle IV,” for piano, flute, and cello (1982) (24:10) / Aaron Jay Kernis
Performers:  Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano
Laurel Wyckoff, flute
Charles Forbes, cello
Genres:  20th Century Classical; New Music
Subject:  New music; 20th century classical; Trios (Piano, flute, cello)
People:  Kernis, Aaron Jay ; Wyckoff, Laurel ; Hamelin, Marc-André, 1961- ; Forbes, Charles
Recording Date:  10/3/1987
 
Part 2 of 12:  
Musical Selections:  Music in the Combat Zone, for soprano and chamber ensemble [texts by Mindy Weinreb, W. M. Letts, ] Ezra Pound, e.e. cummings, and Walt Whitman](1986) (18:19) / William Duckworth
Performers:  Relâche:
Barbara Noska, voice
Laurel Wyckoff, flutes
Wesley Hall, clarinets
Stephen Marcucci, saxophones
Marshall Taylor, saxophones
Guy Klucevsek, accordion
John Dulik, keyboards
Diane Monroe, violin
Flossie Ierardi, percussion
Chuck Holdeman, conductor
Genre:  New Music
Subject:  New music; 20th century classical; Songs (High voice) with chamber ensemble
People:  Duckworth, William ; Weinreb, Mindy; Letts, W. M. (Winifred M.), 1882-1972 ; Pound, Ezra, 1885-1972 ; Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962 ; Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892 ; Noska, Barbara ; Wyckoff, Laurel; Hall, Wesley; Marcucci, Stephen ; Taylor, Marshall ; Klucevsek, Guy ; Dulik, John ; Monroe, Diane ; Ierardi, Florence ; Holdeman, Chuck
Recording Date:  10/3/1987
 
Part 3 of 12:  
Musical Selections:  Listen to the Silence, for jazz ensemble [excerpt] (ca. 1971) (3:41) -- Cubana Be Cubana Bop, for jazz ensemble (1947) (8:41) / George Russell
Performers:  Living Time Orchestra:
Tiger Okoshi, trumpet
Mike Peipman, trumpet
Kenny Cervanka, trumpet
Chip Kaner, trombone
Howard Prince, trombone
Dave Finucane, baritone saxophone
Dave Mann, alto saxophone
Rob Scheps, tenor saxophone
Brad Hatfield, keyboard
Marc Rossi, keyboard
Mark White, guitar
Billy Urmson, bass guitar
Patrick Hollenbeck, percussion
Keith Copeland, drums
George Russell, conductor
Genre:  Jazz
Subject:  Jazz
People:  Russell, George, 1923-2009; Okoshi, Tiger; Peipman, Mike; Cervanka, Kenneth; Kaner, Chip; Prince, Howard ; Finucane, Dave; Mann, David; Scheps, Rob ; Hatfield, Brad; Rossi, Marc, 1953- ; White, Mark (Guitarist) ; Urmson, Bill; Hollenbeck, Patrick; Copeland, Keith, 1946-
Recording Date:  10/3/1987
 
Part 4 of 12:  
Genre:  Jazz
Subject:  Jazz
People:  Russell, George, 1923-2009
Recording Date:  10/3/1987
 
Part 5 of 12:  
Musical Selections:  The African Game: Part 1 (ca. 1983) (4:52) / George Russell
Performers:  Living Time Orchestra:
Tiger Okoshi, trumpet
Mike Peipman, trumpet
Kenny Cervanka, trumpet
Chip Kaner, trombone
Howard Prince, trombone
Dave Finucane, baritone saxophone
Dave Mann, alto saxophone
Rob Scheps, tenor saxophone
Brad Hatfield, keyboard
Marc Rossi, keyboard
Mark White, guitar
Billy Urmson, bass guitar
Patrick Hollenbeck, percussion
Keith Copeland, drums
George Russell, conductor
Genre:  Jazz
Subject:  Jazz
People:  Russell, George, 1923-2009; Okoshi, Tiger; Peipman, Mike; Cervanka, Kenneth; Kaner, Chip; Prince, Howard ; Finucane, Dave; Mann, David; Scheps, Rob ; Hatfield, Brad; Rossi, Marc, 1953- ; White, Mark (Guitarist) ; Urmson, Bill; Hollenbeck, Patrick; Copeland, Keith, 1946-
Recording Date:  10/3/1987
 
Part 6 of 12:  
Musical Selections:  The African Game: Part 2 (ca. 1983) (5:16) / George Russell
Performers:  Living Time Orchestra:
Tiger Okoshi, trumpet
Mike Peipman, trumpet
Kenny Cervanka, trumpet
Chip Kaner, trombone
Howard Prince, trombone
Dave Finucane, baritone saxophone
Dave Mann, alto saxophone
Rob Scheps, tenor saxophone
Brad Hatfield, keyboard
Marc Rossi, keyboard
Mark White, guitar
Billy Urmson, bass guitar
Patrick Hollenbeck, percussion
Keith Copeland, drums
George Russell, conductor
Genre:  Jazz
Subject:  Jazz
People:  Russell, George, 1923-2009; Okoshi, Tiger; Peipman, Mike; Cervanka, Kenneth; Kaner, Chip; Prince, Howard ; Finucane, Dave; Mann, David; Scheps, Rob ; Hatfield, Brad; Rossi, Marc, 1953- ; White, Mark (Guitarist) ; Urmson, Bill; Hollenbeck, Patrick; Copeland, Keith, 1946-
Recording Date:  10/3/1987
 
Part 7 of 12:  
Musical Selections:  The African Game: Part 3 (ca. 1983) (9:30) / George Russell
Performers:  Living Time Orchestra:
Tiger Okoshi, trumpet
Mike Peipman, trumpet
Kenny Cervanka, trumpet
Chip Kaner, trombone
Howard Prince, trombone
Dave Finucane, baritone saxophone
Dave Mann, alto saxophone
Rob Scheps, tenor saxophone
Brad Hatfield, keyboard
Marc Rossi, keyboard
Mark White, guitar
Billy Urmson, bass guitar
Patrick Hollenbeck, percussion
Keith Copeland, drums
George Russell, conductor
Genre:  Jazz
Subject:  Jazz
People:  Russell, George, 1923-2009; Okoshi, Tiger; Peipman, Mike; Cervanka, Kenneth; Kaner, Chip; Prince, Howard ; Finucane, Dave; Mann, David; Scheps, Rob ; Hatfield, Brad; Rossi, Marc, 1953- ; White, Mark (Guitarist) ; Urmson, Bill; Hollenbeck, Patrick; Copeland, Keith, 1946-
Recording Date:  10/3/1987
 
Part 8 of 12:  
Musical Selections:  The African Game: Part 4 (ca. 1983) (8:10) / George Russell
Performers:  Living Time Orchestra:
Tiger Okoshi, trumpet
Mike Peipman, trumpet
Kenny Cervanka, trumpet
Chip Kaner, trombone
Howard Prince, trombone
Dave Finucane, baritone saxophone
Dave Mann, alto saxophone
Rob Scheps, tenor saxophone
Brad Hatfield, keyboard
Marc Rossi, keyboard
Mark White, guitar
Billy Urmson, bass guitar
Patrick Hollenbeck, percussion
Keith Copeland, drums
George Russell, conductor
Genre:  Jazz
Subject:  Jazz
People:  Russell, George, 1923-2009; Okoshi, Tiger; Peipman, Mike; Cervanka, Kenneth; Kaner, Chip; Prince, Howard ; Finucane, Dave; Mann, David; Scheps, Rob ; Hatfield, Brad; Rossi, Marc, 1953- ; White, Mark (Guitarist) ; Urmson, Bill; Hollenbeck, Patrick; Copeland, Keith, 1946-
Recording Date:  10/3/1987
 
Part 9 of 12:  
Musical Selections:  The African Game: Part 5 (ca. 1983) (4:28) / George Russell
Performers:  Living Time Orchestra:
Tiger Okoshi, trumpet
Mike Peipman, trumpet
Kenny Cervanka, trumpet
Chip Kaner, trombone
Howard Prince, trombone
Dave Finucane, baritone saxophone
Dave Mann, alto saxophone
Rob Scheps, tenor saxophone
Brad Hatfield, keyboard
Marc Rossi, keyboard
Mark White, guitar
Billy Urmson, bass guitar
Patrick Hollenbeck, percussion
Keith Copeland, drums
George Russell, conductor
Genre:  Jazz
Subject:  Jazz
People:  Russell, George, 1923-2009; Okoshi, Tiger; Peipman, Mike; Cervanka, Kenneth; Kaner, Chip; Prince, Howard ; Finucane, Dave; Mann, David; Scheps, Rob ; Hatfield, Brad; Rossi, Marc, 1953- ; White, Mark (Guitarist) ; Urmson, Bill; Hollenbeck, Patrick; Copeland, Keith, 1946-
Recording Date:  10/3/1987
 
Part 10 of 12:  
Musical Selections:  The African Game: Part 6 (ca. 1983) (3:27) / George Russell
Performers:  Living Time Orchestra:
Tiger Okoshi, trumpet
Mike Peipman, trumpet
Kenny Cervanka, trumpet
Chip Kaner, trombone
Howard Prince, trombone
Dave Finucane, baritone saxophone
Dave Mann, alto saxophone
Rob Scheps, tenor saxophone
Brad Hatfield, keyboard
Marc Rossi, keyboard
Mark White, guitar
Billy Urmson, bass guitar
Patrick Hollenbeck, percussion
Keith Copeland, drums
George Russell, conductor
Genre:  Jazz
Subject:  Jazz
People:  Russell, George, 1923-2009; Okoshi, Tiger; Peipman, Mike; Cervanka, Kenneth; Kaner, Chip; Prince, Howard ; Finucane, Dave; Mann, David; Scheps, Rob ; Hatfield, Brad; Rossi, Marc, 1953- ; White, Mark (Guitarist) ; Urmson, Bill; Hollenbeck, Patrick; Copeland, Keith, 1946-
Recording Date:  10/3/1987
 
Part 11 of 12:  
Musical Selections:  The African Game: Part 7 (ca. 1983) (8:05) / George Russell
Performers:  Living Time Orchestra:
Tiger Okoshi, trumpet
Mike Peipman, trumpet
Kenny Cervanka, trumpet
Chip Kaner, trombone
Howard Prince, trombone
Dave Finucane, baritone saxophone
Dave Mann, alto saxophone
Rob Scheps, tenor saxophone
Brad Hatfield, keyboard
Marc Rossi, keyboard
Mark White, guitar
Billy Urmson, bass guitar
Patrick Hollenbeck, percussion
Keith Copeland, drums
George Russell, conductor
Genre:  Jazz
Subject:  Jazz
People:  Russell, George, 1923-2009; Okoshi, Tiger; Peipman, Mike; Cervanka, Kenneth; Kaner, Chip; Prince, Howard ; Finucane, Dave; Mann, David; Scheps, Rob ; Hatfield, Brad; Rossi, Marc, 1953- ; White, Mark (Guitarist) ; Urmson, Bill; Hollenbeck, Patrick; Copeland, Keith, 1946-
Recording Date:  10/3/1987
 
Part 12 of 12:  
Musical Selections:  The African Game: Part 8 (ca. 1983) (2:01) / George Russell
Performers:  Living Time Orchestra:
Tiger Okoshi, trumpet
Mike Peipman, trumpet
Kenny Cervanka, trumpet
Chip Kaner, trombone
Howard Prince, trombone
Dave Finucane, baritone saxophone
Dave Mann, alto saxophone
Rob Scheps, tenor saxophone
Brad Hatfield, keyboard
Marc Rossi, keyboard
Mark White, guitar
Billy Urmson, bass guitar
Patrick Hollenbeck, percussion
Keith Copeland, drums
George Russell, conductor
Genre:  Jazz
Subject:  Jazz
People:  Russell, George, 1923-2009; Okoshi, Tiger; Peipman, Mike; Cervanka, Kenneth; Kaner, Chip; Prince, Howard ; Finucane, Dave; Mann, David; Scheps, Rob ; Hatfield, Brad; Rossi, Marc, 1953- ; White, Mark (Guitarist) ; Urmson, Bill; Hollenbeck, Patrick; Copeland, Keith, 1946-
Recording Date:  10/3/1987
 
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