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Ode To Gravity:
Chas Smith and Paul Dresher

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 62 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

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Charles Amirkhanian interviews two virtuoso guitarists, Paul Dresher and Chas Smith. Chas Smith is from Los Angeles, and at the time of this recording had just released an album of music for pedal steel guitar which was one of the most explosive LP releases of the 1980s. It features the composer with Bob Fernandez, John Fitzgerald, M. B. Gordy, and Theresa Knight, in performances of “Nakadai”, “Hollister”, and “A Judas Within”. The lavishly packaged album was privately published by the composer on the Arc Light label. Paul Dresher is well known in the San Francisco Bay Area as a composer and producer of music theater and modern opera. At the time of this recording Dresher had just completed an initial tour of his revised, two act opera, “Slow Fire”, which features the words and actions of Rinde Eckert with music provided live by Dresher on guitars and Gene Reffkin on percussion. (from KPFA Folio)

Musical Selections:  Nakadai (1985) / Chas Smith -- A Judas Within: Seduction ; Betrayal (1985-86) / Chas Smith -- Hollister [excerpt] (1986) / Chas Smith -- Slow Fire [text by Rinde Eckert] [excerpts] (1988) / Paul Dresher
Performers:  Chas Smith, pedal steel guitar, dulcimer, etc... (Nakadai ; Judas)
Robert Fernandez, percussion (Judas)
Theresa Knight, percussion (Judas)
M. B. Gordy, percussion (Judas)
John Fitzgerald, percussion (Judas)
Rinde Eckert, vocals (Slow Fire)
Gene Reffkin, percussion (Slow Fire)
Paul Dresher, guitar, etc... (Slow Fire)
Genres:  Electro-Acoustic / Electronic; Music Theater
Subject:  Dresher, Paul; Smith, Chas; Budd, Harold; Electric guitar music; Electronic music; Drone music; Microtonal music; Music theater
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Smith, Chas; Fernandez, Robert; Gordy, M. B.; Fitzgerald, John (Musician); Dresher, Paul; Eckert, Rinde; Reffkin, Gene
Recording Date:  5/30/1988
First Broadcast Date:  5/30/1988
 
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