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New Music America:
1987: Concert No. 7

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 54 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.

In this seventh concert of the Festival, we hear a flute duet by John Fonville with Anne La Berge for experimental tuning systems, a piece for solo saxophone and tape by Tina Davidson, and an extended set of “songs” by Kixx, dubbed the “enfant terrible” of the West German improvised music scene of the 80’s.

Notes from the concert program:

MONG SONGS FOR TWO FLUTES by John Fonville

Mong is the root word for “mongrel”. These flute duets are built on experimental tuning systems: F-19 is an almost equal 19 note scale; S.P. Hybrid is two superimposed non-western scales; .5 is half quarter tone and half intuitive/idiomatic tuning.

TRANSPARENT VICTIMS by Tina Davidson

This is a work for solo saxophone and pre-recorded tape playback. Written for and performed by Marshall Taylor.

INDUSTRIAL SOFT POP by James Meneses

Kixx is a “rock” group led by core members Lars Rudolph (BRD) and Jim Meneses (USA). The music of Kixx combines personal and manipulated sound production, song forms, improvisation, loose structures and noise to form a cohesive whole.

This concert was held at the Painted Bride Art Center, on October 6, 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 3:  
Musical Selections:  Mong Songs, for two flutes (1986) (14:40) / John Fonville
Performers:  Fonville - La Berge Flute Duo:
John Fonville, flute
Anne La Berge, flute
Genre:  New Music
Subject:  New music; Flute music (Flutes (2))
People:  Fonville, John ; La Berge, Ann
Recording Date:  10/06/1987
 
Part 2 of 3:  
Musical Selections:  Transparent Victims, for solo saxophone, and tape (1987) (7:21) / Tina Davidson
Performers:  Marshall Taylor, saxophone
Genre:  New Music
Subject:  Saxophone music; Tape music
People:  Davidson, Tina ; Taylor, Marshall
Recording Date:  10/06/1987
 
Part 3 of 3:  
Musical Selections:  Industrial Soft Pop: Songs, new improvisations, and noise (1987) (30:15) / James Meneses
Performers:  Kixx:
James Meneses, drums, percussion
Melvin Gibbs, bass
Lars Rudolph, trumpet, guitars, vocals, tapes
Rick Iannacone, guitar
Genres:  Free Improvisation; New Music
Subject:  Improvisation; Rock music
People:  Meneses, James; GIbbs, Melvin; Rudolph, Lars; Iannacone, Rick
Recording Date:  10/06/1987
 
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