Program #1910

"The Seed-At-Zero" is the first ECM album by Robin Williamson, the Scottish founder of the Incredible String Band. In it, Williamson sets poetry by Dylan Thomas to music, and examines Thomas's relationship to the "Bardic tradition" of visionary Welsh poets. One selection from this disc, "Poem On His Birthday" is featured on this edition of New Sounds. The epic piece is based on one of Thomas's most astonishing late creations, written in 1950 when the world seemed to be teetering on the brink of nuclear cataclysm.

PROGRAM # 1910, music inspired by classic poetry (First aired on April 18, 2001)





Robin Williamson

The Seed-At-Zero

Poem On His Birthday [11:30]

ECM #1732**

Van Morrison

Inarticulate Speech of the Heart

Rave On, John Donne [5:00]

Warner Bros #23802**
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Abed Azrie


Murmur Of The Breeze [5:30]

Nonesuch #79241**

Jennifer Charles and Oren Bloedow

La Mar Enfortunata

Quinze Años [4:00]

Tzadik #7146**

Sussan Deyhim

Madman Of God

Hamcho Farhad [5:30]

Crammed Discs #craw-22.

John Kennedy

One Body

On the Beach at Night Alone [7:00]

SFNM #000512.

Robin Williamson

The Seed-At-Zero

The Seed-At-Zero [7:00]

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