Episode #2532

Mobile, Solo Kotche

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Saturday, April 05, 2008

The percussionist Glenn Kotche, best known as the drummer for the band Wilco, joins host John Schaefer for a tour through his new solo CD "Mobile," on this edition of New Sounds. It's an incredible feat that somehow Kotche plays with the patterns of Steve Reich's "Clapping Music," takes apart the Nonesuch Explorer recordings of Shona Mbira music, works through mobile sculpture, negative space and Wilco drumbeats, and nods to percussionists Tony Allen and Ed Blackwell in just 8 tracks. For the crowning masterpiece of the CD, he uses live crickets (looped), plastic piping, vibraphone, springs, gongs, orchestral bells, and a fruit basket to create an original percussive rendering of the "Monkey Chant," based on the Ramayana story of the abduction of Sita and her subsequent rescue by an army of monkeys.

PROGRAM # 2532, with Glenn Kotche (First aired on Thursday, April 6, 2006)





Glenn Kotche


Mobile Pts 1 & 2 [5:30]

Nonesuch #79927 **
see also

Steve Reich

Works 1965-1995

Clapping Music, excerpt [3:00]

Nonesuch #79451, (10 CD Box set)

Glenn Kotche


Clapping Music Variations [5:00]

See above.


Gamelan & Kecak

Kecak (Monkey Chant) [3:00]

Nonesuch/Explorer #79814

Glenn Kotche


Monkey Chant, excerpt [7:00]

See above.


The Soul of Mbira: Traditions of the Shona People

Nhemamusasa, excerpt [2:00]

Nonesuch/Explorer #79704

Glenn Kotche


Fantasy On a Shona Theme [4:00] Mobile Part 3 [2:30]

See above.


Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

I Am Trying To Break Your Heart, excerpt [4:00]

Nonesuch #79669

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