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Speaking of Music:
Paul Dresher & Rinde Eckert

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 98 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

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Recorded on February 18, 1988 as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series, Charles Amirkhanian interviews Paul Dresher and Rinde Eckert about their work in music theater, including their, then, recent show, “Slow Fire”, as well as their collaboration with the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, “Shelf Life”. Born in 1951 in California, Dresher is an accomplished guitarist and classical and electro-acoustic composer who has performed with his ensemble around the world and has received numerous awards and commissions. Yet he is perhaps best known for his many music theatrical collaborations with Rinde Eckert, an actor, dancer, vocalist, and playwright of enormous talent and versatility. Together they have produced a series of works that explore the American Myth and the alienation of modern man, of which “Slow Fire” was the first and perhaps most famous.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Slow Fire [excerpts] [text by Rinde Eckert] (1985-88) / Paul Dresher
Genres:  Music Theater; Opera
Subject:  Dresher, Paul; Eckert, Rinde; Music theater; Electronic music; Rock music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Dresher, Paul; Eckert, Rinde; Reffkin, Gene
Recording Date:  2/18/1988
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Shelf Life [excerpt of a dance score, choreography by Margaret Jenkins] (1987) / Paul Dresher -- Dark Blue Circumstance (1982) / Paul Dresher
Performers:  Paul Dresher Ensemble (Shelf)
Paul Dresher, guitar and electronics (Dark)
Genres:  Music Theater; Popular Music
Subject:  Dresher, Paul; Eckert, Rinde; Music theater; Ballets; Choreography; Modern dance; Electric guitar music; Electric guitar and electronic music; Electronic music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Dresher, Paul; Eckert, Rinde; Jenkins, Margaret
Recording Date:  2/18/1988
 
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