#3738: New Sounds Live: ETHEL, John King & Kaki King, Part 2

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Kaki King, John King and ETHEL perform at the Ecstatic Music Festival March 22, 2015
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From the New Sounds Live concert series at Merkin Concert Hall, listen to the remainder of a joint collaboration of composer John King, guitarist Kaki King (no relation), and the string quartet ETHEL, which was part of the 2015 Ecstatic Music Festival. 

Hear an excerpt from a suite of pieces by John King, entitled “Free Palestine.” Each part of the suite is named both for the Arabic scale/mode – maqam in which it was written, and for a pre-1948 Palestinian village.  King began writing the suite on the oud and expanded it for string quartet. Then listen to music by guitar virtuoso Kaki King, written in collaboration with ETHEL, the fantastic “Trying to Speak.” Written in two parts, the work showcases her demonically intricate guitar picking pitted against the string quartet's slow legato build and swell, plus some dramatic glissandi. Also, hear music by the Bang on a Can All-Stars playing music by Turkish-born, American-based Erdem Helvacioglu from the 2015 People's Commissioning Fund Concert, and a collaboration between Terry Riley and John Cale. 

PROGRAM #3738– ETHEL & 2 Kings (First aired on 06/11/2015) 

ARTIST: ETHEL
WORK: John King: Hardwood, excerpt [1:00]
RECORDING: New Sounds Live @ Merkin Hall 3/21/2015
SOURCE: This performance not commercially available.
INFO:  A recording of the work is available on Cantaloupe - #21017 cantaloupemusic.com / 
John King’s site: johnkingmusic.com          

ARTIST: ETHEL, Kaki King, and John King
WORK: John King: Huzam – Khan Younis from Free Palestine [6:17]
RECORDING: New Sounds Live @ Merkin Hall 3/21/2015
SOURCE: This performance not commercially available.
INFO: John King’s website: johnkingmusic.com

ARTIST: ETHEL, Kaki King, and John King
WORK: Kip Jones: Jay Red [4:34]
RECORDING: New Sounds Live @ Merkin Hall 3/21/2015
SOURCE: This performance not commercially available.
INFO: ETHEL’s website is ethelcentral.org / Kaki King’s website: kakiking.com / John King’s website: johnkingmusic.com

ARTIST: ETHEL & Kaki King
WORK: Trying to Speak [7:56]
RECORDING: New Sounds Live @ Merkin Hall 3/21/2015
SOURCE: This performance not commercially available.
INFO: “Trying to Speak” appears on Kaki King’s 2015 record “The Neck is a Bridge to the Body” / kakiking.com 

ARTIST: ETHEL & Kaki King
WORK: Great Round Burn [3:21]
RECORDING: New Sounds Live @ Merkin Hall 3/21/2015
SOURCE: This performance not commercially available.
INFO:   “Great Round Burn” appears on her 2012 record, “Glow”/ kakiking.com 

ARTIST: Bang on a Can All-Stars
WORK: Erdem Helvacioglu: Tales of Oppression and Resistance (parts 4 and 10) [8:54]
RECORDING: New Sounds Live @ Merkin Hall 2/26/2015
SOURCE: This performance not commercially available.
INFO: Erdem Helvacioglu’s site is: erdemhelvacioglu.com

ARTIST: Terry Riley & John Cale
WORK: The Hall of Mirrors In The Palace At Versailles, excerpt [4:42]
RECORDING: The Church of Anthrax
SOURCE: Wounded Bird Records Wounded Bird - #WOU 131
INFO: Re-issued in 2008 on both CD and LP, available at Amazon.com