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Ode To Gravity:
Alvin Curran in Italy

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 81 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

Charles Amirkhanian presents an Ode to Gravity program featuring an interview with the composer Alvin Curran from his home in Rome. Selections from this informal talk with Curran are interspersed with musical excerpts, with a special emphasis on the group Curran helped found in the mid-1960s, Musica Elettronica Viva (MEV). The composer discusses other original members of the group, including Frederic Rzewski, Richard Teitelbaum and Alan Bryant, and describes the synthesis of the group, its working methods, and the situation that led to its disbandment. Curran further describes the group’s second incarnation, MEV2, and briefly discusses his own recent work, “Music for Every Occasion.” The program concludes with selections by David Ahlstrom and Robert Erickson, featuring Jack Logan on trumpet

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  [excerpts of unidentified electronic music] -- Will Term [excerpt, text by Clark Coolidge] (1972) (5:10) / Alvin Curran
Genres:  Avant-Garde; Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  Curran, Alvin S., 1938-; Coolidge, Clark, 1939-; Rzewski, Frederic ; Teitelbaum, Richard ; Bryant, Alan; Vandor, Ivan; Musica Elettronica Viva; MEV; MEV2; Electro-acoustic; Electronic music; Avant-garde (Music) ; Ambient sounds; Text-sound compositions; Sound poetry
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Curran, Alvin S., 1938-; Coolidge, Clark, 1939-
Recording Date:  5/17/1972
First Broadcast Date:  2/7/1973
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  [excerpts of unidentified electronic music] -- Under the Fig Tree [from “Music for Every Occasion”] (16:23) / Alvin Curran -- Scherzo, for solo cut-muted trumpet, winds and percussion (5:39) / David Ahlstrom -- Oceans [excerpt] (1970) (3:56) / Robert Erickson
Performers:  Robert Emile, conductor (Scherzo)
Peter Middleton, flute (Scherzo)
Frederick Baker, flute (Scherzo)
John Grimes, percussion (Scherzo)
Frank McCarty, percussion (Scherzo)
John Garvey, piano (Scherzo)
Shirley Wong, piano, celesta (Scherzo)
Alan Goldman, double bass (Scherzo)
Jack Logan, trumpet (Scherzo ; Oceans)
Genres:  Avant-Garde; Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  Curran, Alvin S., 1938-; Musica Elettronica Viva; MEV; Electro-acoustic; Electronic music; Avant-garde (Music) ; Ambient sounds; Trumpet with instrumental ensemble
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Curran, Alvin S., 1938-; Ahlstrom, David, 1927-; Logan, Jackie Dale, 1944-; Erickson, Robert, 1917-1997; Emile, Robert ; Middleton, Peter; Baker, Frederick ; Grimes, John (Percussionist); McCarty, Frank; Garvey, John; Wong, Shirley (Pianist); Goldman, Alan (Bassist)
Recording Date:  5/17/1972
First Broadcast Date:  2/7/1973
 
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