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New Music America:
1987: Concert No. 8

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 78 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: Joseph Franklin

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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 eighth concert of the Festival included a diverse palate of performaces, from large classical ensembles to percussive duets, and extreme music orchestras. The Société de Musique Contemporaine du Québec performed several works by noted and overlooked Canadian composers Claude Vivier and Michel Longtin. The meditative percussion music of Glen Velez joined forces with Layne Redmond as they delivered a duo for frame drums. Velez also performed solo prior to the duet. The concert ends on a tight note with the outsounds of multi-instrumentalist Elliot Sharp and Carbon (featuring an ever revolving cast of players).

Notes from the concert program:

POHJATUULI (HOMAGE TO SIBELIUS)[1984 new version] by Michel Longtin

“Pohjatuuli” is the Finnish word for the north wind. This piece, an homage to Sibelius, uses contemporary language interpolated with that of the second, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh symphonies of Sibelius. This work received Canada’s Governor General’s Award in 1986.

PALAU DEWHATA by Claude Vivier

The title means “Isle of the Gods” in Balinese. The work, for open instrumentation, is written in a repetitive style characteristic of Balinese music, with Vivier’s compositional treatments.

INTERNAL COMBUSTION DUO FOR 2 FRAME DRUMS by Glen Velez and Layne Redmond

This piece uses a flexible structure based on a system of rhythmic cues and pre-set drum melodies which are formed by the two interlocking drummers.

RAIN by Glen Velez

A solo improvisation with Glen Velez on a 3-part framework inspired by the three dynamic levels commonly used on the Egyptian tambourine.

MASEREEL by Elliott Sharp and Carbon

Dedicated to and inspired by the woodcuts of Frans Masereel, this piece translates his dark and iconic vision into a contemporary sonic vocabulary.

This concert was held at the Port of History Museum, 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 5:  
Musical Selections:  Pohjatuuli (Homage a Sibelius) (1984 new version) (26:04) / Michel Longtin
Performers:  SMCDQ (Société de Musique Contemporaine du Québec):
[unidentified performers]
Walter Boudreau, conductor
Genres:  20th Century Classical; New Music
Subject:  Composers -- Canada; Ensembles (Musical performance groups)
People:  Longtin, Michel, 1946-; Boudreau, Walter
Recording Date:  10/06/1987
 
Part 2 of 5:  
Musical Selections:  Pulau Dewhata (1977) (12:09) [arranged by John Rea] / Claude Vivier
Performers:  SMCDQ (Société de Musique Contemporaine du Québec):
[unidentified performers]
Walter Boudreau, conductor
Genres:  20th Century Classical; World Music
Subject:  Composers -- Canada; Ensembles (Musical performance groups)
People:  Vivier, Claude, 1948-1983; Boudreau, Walter
Recording Date:  10/06/1987
 
Part 3 of 5:  
Musical Selections:  Internal Combustion (1985) (14:34) / Glen Velez
Performers:  Glen Velez, frame drum
Layne Redmond, frame drum
Genre:  World Music
Subject:  Percussion music; Frame drums; Duets -- drums
People:  Velez, Glen; Redmond, Layne, 1952-2013
Recording Date:  10/06/1987
 
Part 4 of 5:  
Musical Selections:  Rain (1985) (5:53) / Glen Velez
Performers:  Glen Velez, drums
Genre:  World Music
Subject:  Percussion music; Frame drums; Improvisation
People:  Velez, Glen
Recording Date:  10/06/1987
 
Part 5 of 5:  
Musical Selections:  Masereel (1987) (16:45) / Elliott Sharp
Performers:  Elliott Sharp, saxophones, guitar
Carbon:
[unidentified performers]
Genres:  Avant-Garde; New Music
Subject:  Masereel, Frans, 1889-1972; Ensembles (Musical performance groups); Improvisation (Music)
People:  Sharp, Elliott
Recording Date:  10/06/1987
 
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