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Speaking of Music:
Leroy Jenkins & Marilyn Crispell

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 112 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

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Charles Amirkhanian interviews violinist Leroy Jenkins and pianist Marilyn Crispell on January 25, 1990, as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series. Although they have known each other for quite some time and used to occasionally share the same studio space, this is the first time that they have performed together in public. Amirkhanian begins the program by questioning each composer/performer about their respective careers and their approach to improvisation. Jenkins discusses his early musical experiences, including playing the bassoon in his school band. He also describes how he has slowly incorporated more traditional classical styles into his compositions and plays an excerpt of a recording of a string quartet he wrote for the Kronos Quartet. Jenkins then plays three solo pieces, including one on viola, an instrument that he says many people prefer to the violin. Crispell then talks about how she works with written out fragments as the initial structure for her improvising, before playing a piano solo. The program concludes with a lengthy improvised duet performed by both guests. Leroy Jenkins died in 2007 at the age of 74.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  String Quartet [excerpt] (0:53) / Leroy Jenkins -- Springboards (7:00) / Leroy Jenkins -- Hipnosis (6:20) / Leroy Jenkins -- Lullabye (6:15) / Leroy Jenkins -- [piano improvisation] (10:38) / Marilyn Crispell
Performers:  Virtuosi Della Rosa (Quartet)
Leroy Jenkins, violin (Springboard ; Hipnosis)
Leroy Jenkins, viola (Lullabye)
Marilyn Crispell, piano (solo)
Genres:  Jazz; Free Improvisation
Subject:  Jenkins, Leroy; Crispell, Marilyn; Jazz; Improvisation (Music); String quartets; Violin music; Viola music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Jenkins, Leroy; Crispell, Marilyn
Recording Date:  1/25/1990
First Broadcast Date:  3/26/1990
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  [an improvised duet] (29:30) / Leroy Jenkins & Marilyn Crispell
Performers:  Leroy Jenkins, violin
Marilyn Crispell, piano
Genres:  Jazz; Free Improvisation
Subject:  Jenkins, Leroy; Crispell, Marilyn; Jazz; Improvisation (Music); Violin and piano music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Jenkins, Leroy; Crispell, Marilyn
Recording Date:  1/25/1990
First Broadcast Date:  3/26/1990
 
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