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Speaking of Music:
Keith Jarrett, 1986

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 145 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

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Charles Amirkhanian interviews the great jazz pianist, Keith Jarrett, before a live audience on January 23, 1986, as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series. Keith Jarrett had recently suffered from a self-described “breakdown” and was reevaluating many things in his life in May of 1985 when he began making a series of overdubbed improvised music pieces which were especially satisfying to him, as they are for most everybody else who hears them. (These recordings were eventually released on the album “Spirits”, from ECM.) In this program he plays a number of selections from those tapes as well as snippets of his more classical compositions. Jarrett also fields questions from the large audience at the Palace of Fine Arts Theater in San Francisco, the topics of which range from the philosophical to the practical aspects of his art. He is very open and candid in his answers, and outspoken in his ideas about music and life. (from KPFA Folio)

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  [unidentified work for flute, percussion, etc.] (4:53) -- [unidentified work for flute and piano] (1:32) -- [unidentified work for percussion and flute, probably a version of “Spirits 18”] (6:03) -- [unidentified work for flute, possibly a version of “Spirits 22”] (3:05) -- [unidentified work for flute, percussion, and chanting] (8:38) -- [excerpt of unidentified work for piano, saxophone (?), and flute]
Performers:  Keith Jarrett, flute, piano, percussion, etc.
Genre:  Jazz
Subject:  Jarrett, Keith; Jazz; Instrumental ensembles; Flute and piano music; Flute and percussion music; Flute music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Jarrett, Keith
Recording Date:  1/23/1986
First Broadcast Date:  6/12/1986
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Elegy, for violin and string orchestra [excerpt] (8:21) / Keith Jarrett -- The Well-Tempered Clavier [excerpt] (2:51) / Johann Sebastian Bach -- [unidentified work for percussion, guitar (?), and chanting] (5:28)
Performers:  Keith Jarrett, harpsichord ; percussion and guitar (Well-Tempered ; unidentified)
Genres:  Jazz; 20th Century Classical
Subject:  Jarrett, Keith; Jazz; 20th century classical; Violin with string orchestra ; Harpsichord music; Percussion and guitar music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Jarrett, Keith; Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750
Recording Date:  1/23/1986
First Broadcast Date:  6/12/1986
 
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