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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)

ARTIST(S)

RECORDING

CUT(S)

SOURCE

Glenn Kotche

Mobile

Mobile Pts 1 & 2 [5:30]

Nonesuch #79927 ** www.nonesuch.com
see also www.glennkotche.com

Steve Reich

Works 1965-1995

Clapping Music, excerpt [3:00]

Nonesuch #79451, (10 CD Box set)
www.nonesuch.com

Glenn Kotche

Mobile

Clapping Music Variations [5:00]

See above.

Bali

Gamelan & Kecak

Kecak (Monkey Chant) [3:00]

Nonesuch/Explorer #79814 www.nonesuch.com

Glenn Kotche

Mobile

Monkey Chant, excerpt [7:00]

See above.

Zimbabwe

The Soul of Mbira: Traditions of the Shona People

Nhemamusasa, excerpt [2:00]

Nonesuch/Explorer #79704 www.nonesuch.com

Glenn Kotche

Mobile

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

See above.

Wilco

Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

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

Nonesuch #79669 www.nonesuch.com

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