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Other Minds Festival:
OM 1: Concert 1 (Nov. 4, 1993)

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 81 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: Other Minds

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The first concert of the very first Other Minds Festival of New Music (OM 1), was held on November 4, 1993 at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. It featured world premieres of compositions by Conlon Nancarrow and Julia Wolfe, as well as performances by Trimpin, Beth Custer and a selection of songs by kora master Foday Musa Suso with some added help from Philip Glass. This groundbreaking inaugural concert of new music began with “Contraption No. 1” by Conlon Nancarrow, scored for a computer controlled piano developed by sound sculptor and frequent collaborator Trimpin. This was then followed by another new composition by the iconoclastic composer, “Study No. 47,” again featuring the computer controlled piano along with two modified bass clarinets played by Trimpin and Beth Custer, who then play another untitled clarinet duet. The concert continues after the intermission with an energetic string quartet by Julia Wolfe, performed by the Alyeska Quartet, before concluding with a set of compositions by Foday Musa Suso including a collaboration with Philip Glass on synthesizer. This eclectic concert was a fitting commencement of a series of revolutionary new music performances sponsored by Other Minds and hosted by its Executive and Artistic Director Charles Amirkhanian.

Musical Selections:  Contraption No. 1, for computer controlled piano (1993) (7:50) / Conlon Nancarrow [world premiere] -- Study No. 47, for extended woodwinds and computer controlled piano (1993) (6:00) / Conlon Nancarrow [world premiere] -- [untitled work], for bass clarinets (5:36) -- Early That Summer, for string quartet (1993) (12:22) / Julia Wolfe [world premiere] --Al Dua (sp?), for kora and voice (6:13) / Foday Musa Suso -- Morning Light, for kora (5:10 / Foday Musa Suso -- Darling Don’t Want Me to Travel, for kora and voice (5:14) / Foday Musa Suso -- [unnamed song], for kora, voice, and audience clapping (3:43) / Foday Musa Suso -- [unknown composition], for kora and synthesizer (4:18) / Foday Musa Suso & Philip Glass
Performers:  Trimpin, computer controlled piano ; modified bass clarinet (Contraption ; Study ; untitled)
Beth Custer, modified bass clarinet (Study ; untitled)
The Alyeska Quartet: (Early)
Kathryn Stenberg, violin (Early)
Ellen Gronningen, violin (Early)
Phyllis Kamrin, viola (Early)
Melissa Burton, cello (Early)
Foday Musa Suso, kora and voice (Al ; Morning ; Darling ; unnamed ; unknown)
Philip Glass, synthesizer (unknown)
Genres:  New Music; World Music
Subject:  New music; World music; Mechanical musical instruments; Digital player piano music; Bass clarinet and piano music; Bass clarinet music (Bass clarinets (2)) ; String quartets; Improvisation (Music); Songs with kora; Kora music; Kora and synthesizer music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Nancarrow, Conlon, 1912-1997 ; Wolfe, Julia; Suso, Foday Musa; Glass, Philip; Trimpin, 1951-; Custer, Beth, 1958- ; Stenberg, Kate (Violinist); Gronningen, Ellen; Kamrin, Phyllis; Burton, Melissa
Recording Date:  11/04/1993
 
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