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Ode To Gravity:
Phil Levine & Steve Schick

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 122 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: C Amirkhanian

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Recorded in May of 1993, Charles Amirkhanian is joined by poet Philip Levine, and percussionist Steve Schick for a live, collaborative, performance in the KPFA studio. The two men join together in presenting several selections of Levine’s poetry with Schick’s accompaniment that includes basic percussion, bowed marimbas, and vocalizations. In addition each of them performs solo, Levine reading selections from the then soon to be released Pulitzer Prize winning book, “A Simple Truth,” and Schick presenting a couple of works by fairly obscure composers. During the two hours of programing Amirkhanian also interviews each guest about their life histories and current endeavors.

Musical Selections:  Soloing, for speaker and percussion [text by Philip Levine] (3:11) / Steve Schick -- Wednesday, for speaker and percussion [text by Philip Levine] (1:58) / Steve Schick -- Di-remption, for solo percussion (9:22) / Frank Cox -- In a Village Near Paris [a poem] (2:00) / Philip Levine -- The Simple Truth [a poem] (2:49) / Philip Levine -- An Ordinary Morning, for speaker, vocalises, and percussion [text by Philip Levine] (2:42) / Steve Schick -- No Buyers, for speaker and percussion [text by Philip Levine] (3:35) / Steve Schick -- Toucher, for voice and solo percussion [text by Bertolt Brecht] (1972-73) (6:22) / Vinko Globokar -- The Escape [a poem] (5:05) / Philip Levine -- They Feed They Lion, for speaker and percussion [text by Philip Levine] (3:51) / Steve Schick -- My Father with Cigarette Twelve Years Before the Nazis Could Break His Heart, for speaker and percussion [text by Philip Levine] (6:22) / Steve Schick -- Making Light Of It, for speaker and percussion [text by Philip Levine] (1:29) / Steve Schick
Performers:  Philip Levine, speaker
Steven Schick, percussion and voice
Genres:  Poetry; New Music
Subject:  Poetry; Percussion music; Poetry -- Readings with music; Vocalises
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Levine, Philip, 1928- 2015; Schick, Steven; Cox, Frank, 1961-; Globokar, Vinko, 1934- ; Brecht, Bertolt, 1898-1956
Recording Date:  5/17/1993
First Broadcast Date:  5/17/1993
 
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