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Other Minds Festival:
OM 1: Composer's Forum, Nov. 1993

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 112 min
Event Type: Lecture / Panel Discussion Program Origin: Other Minds

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The first Other Minds Festival of New Music, held in 1993 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, included this Composer’s Forum, in which almost all the composers featured in the Festival participated. In addition to playing brief excerpts of their works, each of the featured composers spoke briefly about the pieces that were to be heard during the course of the three day Festival thus setting the stage for what was a most momentous occasion. Moderated by Charles Amirkhanian, the director of Other Minds, this panel discussion included Robert Ashley, Trimpin, Meredith Monk, Philip Glass, Julia Wolfe, Tom Buckner, Jon Jang, Jai Uttal, Barbara Monk Feldman, and Foday Musa Suso. Conlon Nancarrow was ill and could not attend.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  eL/Aficionado, an opera [excerpt from the prologue] (1987) (4:01) / Robert Ashley -- [free improvisation, excerpt] (ca. 1993) (2:36) -- Variations, for string quartet and chorus [excerpt, text by Ludwig Wittgenstein] (1987) (3:06) / Barbara Monk Feldman -- Father Death Blues [excerpt from the musical theater work “Hydrogen Jukebox,” text by Allen Ginsberg] (1990) (4:43) / Philip Glass -- The Color of Reality, for suona, tenor saxophone, flute, double bass, percussion, guzheng, and piano [excerpt from “Lily and Vincent Chin” movement] (1993) (1:35) / Jon Jang -- Study No. 3a, for player piano (3:17) / Conlon Nancarrow
Performers:  Tom Buckner, voice (eL ; free)
Thomas Hamilton, synthesizer (free)
Ratzo B. Harris, bass (free)
Bruce Arnold, electric guitar (free)
Koor Nieuwe Muziek (Variations)
The Philip Glass Ensemble: (Father)
Elizabeth Futral, soprano (Father)
Michèle Eaton, soprano (Father)
Mary Ann Hart, mezzo-soprano (Father)
Richard Fracker, tenor (Father)
Gregory Purnhagen, baritone (Father)
Nathaniel Watson, baritone (Father)
Martin Goldray, conductor (Father)
Liu Qichao, suona (Color)
David Murray, tenor saxophone (Color)
James Newton, flute (Color)
Jeff Chambers, double bass (Color)
Anthony Brown, percussion (Color)
Zhang Yan, guzheng (Color)
Jon Jang, piano (Color)
Genre:  New Music
Subject:  New music; Operas -- Excerpts ; Improvisation (Music); Electro-acoustic; Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices) with string quartet ; Jazz; Player piano music
People:  Cahill, Sarah; Amirkhanian, Charles; Ashley, Robert, 1930-; Buckner, Tom; Feldman, Barbara Monk, 1953-; Wittgenstein, Ludwig, 1889-1951 ; Glass, Philip; Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997; Jang, Jon; Nancarrow, Conlon, 1912-1997 ; Hamilton, Tom, 1946- ; Harris, Ratzo; Arnold, Bruce (Guitarist) ; Futral, Elizabeth ; Eaton, Michèle ; Hart, Mary Ann ; Fracker, Richard ; Purnhagen, Gregory ; Watson, Nathaniel ; Goldray, Martin ; Liu, Qichao; Murray, David, 1955-; Newton, James, 1953- ; Chambers, Jeff (Double bassist) ; Brown, Anthony L.; Zhang, Yan (Musician)
Recording Date:  11/5/1993
First Broadcast Date:  11/5/1993
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Atlas: Explorers Junctures, an opera [excerpt] (1991) (2:41) / Meredith Monk -- Rock-O-Rama, for solo kora (ca. 1993) (6:16) / Foday Musa Suso -- [demonstration of the Ringo, a percussion ensemble sound sculpture] (2:41) / Trimpin -- The Vermeer Room, for instrumental ensemble [excerpt] (1989) (2:12) / Julia Wolfe -- Monkey [excerpt] (ca. 1992) (1:53) / Jai Uttal
Performers:  Dana Hanchard, voice (Atlas)
Allison Easter, voice (Atlas)
Thomas Bogdan, voice (Atlas)
Shi-Zheng Chen, voice (Atlas)
Stephen Kalm, voice (Atlas)
Ching Gonzalez, voice (Atlas)
Meredith Monk, voice (Atlas)
Foday Musa Suso, kora (Rock)
Nouvel Ensemble moderne (Vermeer)
Lorraine Vaillancourt, conductor (Vermeer)
Pagan Love Orchestra, (Monkey)
Genre:  New Music
Subject:  New music; Operas -- Excerpts ; Kora music; Sound sculpture; Percussion ensembles; Instrumental ensembles; World beat (Music); Music -- India
People:  Cahill, Sarah; Amirkhanian, Charles; Monk, Meredith; Suso, Foday Musa; Trimpin, 1951-; Wolfe, Julia; Uttal, Jai; Hanchard, Dana ; Easter, Allison ; Bogdan, Thomas ; Chen, Shizheng; Kalm, Stephen ; Gonzalez, Ching ; Vaillancourt, Lorraine, 1943-
Recording Date:  11/5/1993
First Broadcast Date:  11/5/1993
 
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