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Other Minds Festival:
OM 5, Concert 1: 08 “Guru” by Errollyn Wallen

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 6 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: Other Minds

The music of composer Errollyn Wallen spans numerous styles from avant-garde classical to jazz song writing. She has composed extensively for chamber media, including piano solo and duet, string quartet and various mixed ensembles, often with voice. In between her work on classical composition, Wallen began in 1988 writing pop/jazz songs for a change of pace. The results are electrifying, as she moves freely among influences ranging from Laurie Anderson to Gospel, Bill Evans, Blues, Schubert, and Ives.

A song to melt your heart, “Guru” is only gradually perceived as a satire on the promise held out by certain unscrupulous new age spiritual leaders.

The presentation of this work was made possible with the support of Jeanne & Howard Baumgarten.

Musical Selections:  Guru (5:21) / Errollyn Wallen [U. S. premiere]
Performers:  Errollyn Wallen, piano and voice
Genre:  Art Songs
Subject:  Songs with piano
People:  Wallen, Errollyn
Recording Date:  3/25/1999
 
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