Program #1866

Once criticized for its limited expressive range, minimalism has flourished by a wide range of composers in recent years, many of which have brought it closer to its rock and jazz roots. We hear this in music by Marc Mellits, who has written for artists such as the Bang on the Can All-stars and the Assad Duo. We also hear it in the works of Steve Martland, a pupil of Louis Andriessen, who had adapted his teacher’s fondness for hard instrumental edges and driving rhythms. Also on the program is Finnish composer Juhani Nuorvala (pictured right), who has long demonstrated an interest in American minimalism, though not in connection with the "minimal" triadic harmonies and static textures.

PROGRAM # 1866, The Rock & Minimalist Influence (First aired on Tues, 12/18/00)





Marc Mellits

Bang On A Can All-Stars, Live, Miller Theater 5/13/00

5 Machines [17:30]

Not commercially released. For info on future Bang On A Can releases, go to

Juhani Nuorvala

What's A Nice Chord Like You Doing In A Piece Like This?

Impromptus for Clarinet and Kantele, #2 [3:30], #3 [4:00]

Bis #1107** (PRMS* or )

Steve Martland

Crossing The Border

Crossing The Border [24:00]

Factory #366. Currently out of print.

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