A Jazz/Medieval Mass

A quirky reworking of a medieval mass by the early-music vocal group, the Orlando Consort, and the modern jazz quartet, Perfect Houseplants takes center stage on this edition of New Sounds. From the CD Ex Tempore 2, this modern Mass for the Feast of St. Michael is based on the medieval chart-topping melody L'homme armé. The result is somehow not a conceptual crossover train wreck, but an imaginative adventure in wedding these styles which are five centuries apart. Take early polyphony’s vocal harmonies in parallel motion, together with composed jazz (featuring saxophone and prepared piano), and then remember that improvisation was just as essential to medieval music as it is to modern jazz.

PROGRAM #2209, "Beyond Time: The New Sound of Early Music" (First aired on 10/28/03)





Hilliard Ensemble & Jan Garbarek


Parce Mihi Domine, version 1 [6:30]

ECM #1525** www.ecmrecords.com*

Orlando Consort & Perfect Houseplants

Extempore II

The Man, The Man [4:00]
Archangel [2:30]
Gospel [3:00]
Dona Nobis Pacem [3:30]

Harmonia Mundi #907319** www.harmoniamundi.com*

Sigur Ros and Steindor Andersen

Rimur EP

Part 3 [6:00]

Krunk EP
Rare, but available at www.importantrecordstore.com Or www.insound.com


Crusaders - In Nomine Domine

Chanterai pour mon coraige [6:00]

Christophorus #77183 dist. by Qualiton Imports, but likely out of print. Try www.estampie.de

Sarah Pillow


O Let Me Weep (Purcell) [1:30]
O Let Me Weep (Precision Guided Teares) [5:00]
Ode du Premier Jour de Mai [5:00]

Buckyballmusic #BR-101 (2 CDs) www.buckyballmusic.com/sarahpillow

Hilliard Ensemble & Jan Garbarek


Parce Mihi Domine, version 3, excerpt [1:00]

See above.

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