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New Music America:
1990: Montreal Musique Actuelles

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 138 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: C Amirkhanian

Charles Amirkhanian reports on happenings of the 1990 installment of the peripatetic New Music America Festival, which began in 1979 and was held this year for the first time outside the U.S. Montreal Musique Actuelles highlighted the work of Canadian composers, performers and improvisers alongside the work of such well-known Americans as La Monte Young, Scott Johnson, and Alvin Curran. Among participants interviewed are Jean Piche, a composer who directed the Festival and whose own work for percussion and tape was a highlight. Also heard are the voices of Montreal composer Linda Bouchard who lives in New York and is active as a composer and conductor; Jan Wolff, artistic director of Icebreaker, an internationally acclaimed center for avant-garde music in Amsterdam; electro-acoustic music specialist Hildegard Westerkamp of Vancouver; Shannon Peet, artistic director of the Toronto based ensemble Sound Pressure; composer Carolie Shoemaker of Seattle, and several other composers and audience members at the Festival. (- from the KPFA Folio)

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Call to Prayer [excerpt] (1990) / Alvin Curran -- Elan (1990) / Linda Bouchard -- Transfiguration [excerpt] (1990) / Brian Cherney -- Bell Speeds (1983, 1990)/ John Oswald -- Oh! Mysterious Magnum: Such Magenta Vintage (1989) / David Mott -- Electric Quartet [5th movement] / Scott Johnson -- The Vermeer Room [excerpt] (1989) / Julia Wolfe -- école Polytechnique [excerpt] (1990) / Hildegard Westerkamp
Performers:  Orchestre métropolitain du Grand-Montréal (Elan; Transfiguration)
Walter Boudreau, conductor (Elan; Transfiguration)
Sound Pressure (Mysterious Magnum)
David Mott, baritone saxophone (Mysterious Magnum)
Nouvel Ensemble moderne (The Vermeer Room)
Genres:  New Music; 20th Century Classical
Subject:  Bouchard, Linda; Varèse, Edgard, 1883-1965; Cage, John; Wallenberg, Raoul, 1912-1947; Peet, Shannon; Hutchinson, Brenda; Westerkamp, Hildegard, 1946-; New Music America (Festival); Sound Pressure (Musical group); Simon Fraser University; University of British Columbia; New music; 20th century classical; Percussion with instrumental ensemble; Chamber orchestra music; Instrumental ensembles; Music patronage; Electro-acoustic; Electronic music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Curran, Alvin S., 1938-; Bouchard, Linda; Boudreau, Walter, 1947-; Cherney, Brian; Wolff, Jan; Oswald, John, 1953-; Peet, Shannon; Mott, David; Buckner, Tom; Johnson, Scott, 1952-; Wolfe, Julia; Westerkamp, Hildegard, 1946-; Shoemaker, Carolie; Young, La Monte; Piché, Jean, 1951-
Recording Date:  11/3/1990
First Broadcast Date:  12/13/1990
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Crackdown [excerpt] [text by S. Jesse Bernstein] / Carolie Shoemaker
Genres:  New Music; 20th Century Classical
Subject:  Shoemaker, Carollie; Piché, Jean, 1951-; New Music America (Festival); New music; Electro-acoustic; Electronic music; Spatial music; China -- History -- Tiananmen Square Incident, 1989
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Shoemaker, Carolie; Bernstein, Steven J., 1950-; Brooks, Iris; Piché, Jean, 1951-
Recording Date:  11/4/1990
First Broadcast Date:  12/13/1990
 
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