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Other Minds Festival:
OM 1: Concert 3 (Nov. 6, 1993)

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 107 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: Other Minds

The third concert of the inaugural Other Minds Festival of New Music (OM 1), was held on November 6, 1993 at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. Reversing the order of the printed program the concert began with “A Berkelium Canon,” a digital pianistic tribute to Nicolas Slonimsky on his 97th birthday with the title also referring to the then newly discovered 97th element of the periodic table, (the proper pronunciation of which Amirkhanian appeals to the audience to no avail). This is followed by a selection of Studies for Player Piano by Conlon Nancarrow most of which had never before been performed publicly. These include three rolls found in a box by Nancarrow’s assistant and since they were thought to be somehow connected are presented here under the title “The Trilogy.” They are followed by a brief untitled piece and then “Study No. 37” a relatively late composition featuring a 12 voice canon, before concluding with a variation of the boogie-woogie “Study No. 3.” All of Nancarrow’s works are performed on a grand piano fixed up with a digitally controlled interface developed by the sound sculpture Trimpin. Following an intermission the concert resumed with two piece by baritone Tom Buckner, “Inner Journey,” for solo voice and “ Dynamic Crossings” for voice and interactive electronics which were realized by David Wessel. The concert continues with Meredith Monk who a selection of songs including excerpts from “Light Songs,” a showcase for a variety of extended vocal techniques and vocalises, before concluding with a excerpt from the music for her film “Book of Days” with the vocal master accompanying herself on piano.

Musical Selections:  A Berkelium Canon, for tape (1991) (13:07) / Charles Amirkhanian and Henry Kaiser -- Selected Studies: The Trilogy (6:05) ; [untitled piece] (4:02) ; Study No. 37 (10:02) ; Variation of Study No. 3 (3:13), for computer controlled piano / Conlon Nancarrow [world premiere] -- Inner Journey, for solo baritone (1992) (7:45) / Tom Buckner -- Dynamic Crossings, for baritone and interactive electronics (1993) (11:42) / Tom Buckner -- [unidentified piece], for solo voice (4:26) / Meredith Monk -- Light Songs: Falling Dance (2:21) ; Click Song [first] (2:08) ; Click Song [second] (3:45) ; Night Song (3:24), for solo voice (1988) / Meredith Monk -- Book of Days: The Madwoman’s Vision, for voice and piano (1985) (11:58) / Meredith Monk
Performers:  Thomas Buckner, baritone (Inner ; Dynamic)
David Wessel, computer realization (Dynamic)
Meredith Monk, voice and piano (unidentified ; Light ; Book)
Genre:  New Music
Subject:  New music; Electronic music; Piano music; Canons, fugues, etc. ; Player piano music; Digital player piano music; Vocalises (Medium voice), Unaccompanied; Vocalises (Medium voice) with electronics; Vocalises (High voice), Unaccompanied; Vocalises (High voice) with piano
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Kaiser, Henry ; Nancarrow, Conlon, 1912-1997 ; Buckner, Tom; Monk, Meredith; Wessel, David L.
Recording Date:  11/06/1993
 
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