New Music for Flute

On this New Sounds program, the focus is on the flute. There are flutes of all kinds – from electronically enhanced to Native American flute paired with synthesizer; music from classical flutist Ransom Wilson to the Japanese shakuhachi. Listen to an excerpt from George Crumb’s Voice of the Whale, sort of the oceanic equivalent of Olivier Messiaen's birdcalls, which was inspired by the songs of the humpback whale. Also, hear R. Carlos Nakai’s Native American flute, as he assembles a fusion of something like “SynthacousticpunkNavajazz.” Say that 10 times fast… Plus, music from Herbie Mann’s “Gagaku & Beyond” and the bright and bouncy multi-layered flutes of James Newton’s “Axum.”

PROGRAM # 2442, Music for Flutes (First aired on Fri. 7/22/05)





Herbie Mann w/Minoru Muraoka

Gagaku & Beyond

Kurodabashi [5:30]

Finnadar #9014 1976 LP, reissued in 2001.
Available at*

R. Carlos Nakai & Larry Yañez


Jackalope [5:30]

Canyon #7001

George Crumb

Voice of the Whale

Sea-Nocturne (for the end of time) [7:00]

Zuma #102. Out of print, but info at
Another recording of this piece is available on Black Box #1076,*

Ransom Wilson

Plays Reich, Glass, Becker

Frank Becker: Stonehenge [15:30]

Angel #47331.
Out of print.

Paul Horn (w/Nexus)

The Altitude of the Sun

African Funeral Song [5:00]

Black Sun #15002*

James Newton


The Neser [8:00]

ECM #1214
Out of print.

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