Friday, August 7, 2009

Martian Gardens for 8/09/2009

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Program for August 9, 2009

Ursula Mamlok: Haiku Settings
I. So cold are the waves
II. When a nightingale sang
III. A leaf is falling
IV. A tree frog softly begins
V. How cool the green hay smells

Music of Ursula Mamlok, Vol. 1
Bridge Records/2009
soprano: Tony Arnold; flute: Claire Chase; texts: I. Basho, II. Jurin, III. Ransetsu, IV. Rogetsu, V. Boncho

Ursula Mamlok: Stray Birds
Chamber Works of Ursula Mamlok
CRI/2002 (orig. 1972-1984)
soprano: Phyllis Bryn-Julson; flute: Harvey Sollberger; cello: Fred Sherry; text: Rabindanath Tagore

Morton Feldman: Crippled Symmetry (disc B, region 1)
Crippled Symmetry
Bridge Records/1999
The California EAR Unit -- flutes: Dorothy Stone; percussion: Arthur Jarvinen; piano, celeste: Vicki Ray

Joshua Fineberg: Broken Symmetries
Empreintes, Veils, and Shards
Mode Records/2009
Ensemble Fa; conductor: Dominique My; recorded at IRCAM, 5/23/05

The Music Improvisation Company: Dragon Path
The Music Improvisation Company
ECM Records/Polydor/1974 (orig.1970)
electric guitar: Derek Bailey; soprano saxophone: Evan Parker; live electronics: Hugh Davies; percussion: Jamie Muir; recorded August, 1970, at Merstham Studios, London

Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble: The Moment's Energy, Part 1
The Moment's Energy
ECM Records/2009
EAS -- trumpet, piccolo trumpet: Peter Evans; sho: Ko Ishikawa; clarinet, bass clarinet, shakuhachi: Ned Rothnenberg; violin, live electronics: Philipp Wachsmann; piano, prepared piano: Agusti Fernandez; double-bass: Barry Guy; percussion, live electronics: Paul Lytton; signal processing: Lawrence Casserly; sample/signal processing: Joel Ryan; computer processing: Walter Prati; live electronics: Richard Barrett, Paul Obermayer; sound projection: Marco Vecchi; recorded November, 2007, at Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, UK

David Rosenboom: Section I (essential tension to universe)
How Much Better If Plymouth Rock Had Landed On The Pilgrims (1969-71)
New World Records/2009
cellos: Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick; recorded at CalArts, 10/11/08

Philip Mantione:
a. T=2.7k - Beginning - Excerpt 1
b. T=2.7k - Ending - Excerpt 2

It's ALIVE! - Philip Mantione in Santa Fe
Philip Mantione/2009
trumpet: Ron Helman; interactive computer devices: P. Mantione; video: Alysse Stephanian, recorded October, 2008, Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe

Biosphere: Chukhung
All Saints/1997

Tim Hodgkinson: Shhh
ReR USA/1998

Theodore Lotis: Underwater Theories
Epoque de L'eau
empreintes DIGITALes/2008

Barton McLean: Visions of a Summer Night (excerpts)
a. A Little Night Music (Eine Kleine...)
b. Demons of the Night

CDCM Computer Music Series, Volume 7 # --
iEAR Studios at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Centaur Records/1990

Priscilla McLean: Archangels (from Invisible Chariots)
The McLean Mix & The Golden Age of Electronic Music

Alexandra Gardner: Tourmaline
Innova Recordings/2006
saxophone: Xelo Gino

Gyorgy Ligeti: Artikulation
(six works)


Sunday, August 2, 2009

Merce Cunningham supplement

These are some examples of work of the late choreographer Merce Cunningham, who died on July 26 at the age of 90. Of the hundreds of artists I include on Martian Gardens, none is more significant to the world of organized sound Martian Garden celebrates than John Cage. Perhaps no other artist was more significant in Cage's life than Merce Cunningham. The relationship between, both professional and personal, lasted from 1942, when Cage met the young dancer, Merce, at the Cornish School in Seattle until Cage's death, a half century later, in 1992. Thus, I honor Cunningham's life, and that of Cage as well, with an extended supplement.

This is footage of Cage and Cunningham in Soho back in 1974. The quality of the audio and video is suboptimal, but the value of the film is immeasurable. A big thank you to whoever posted it on Youtube.