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Episode #2544

World Post-Minimalism

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

For this New Sounds program, sample some post-minimalism from around the world. There’s music from “Paranoid Cheese” by Baltimore-born composer Marc Mellits. In places, there are relentless repetitive motifs that rock hard, while other pieces, like the title track, absolutely soar with long lovely phrases. Also, hear music by Kevin Volans, a South African composer now living in Dublin, Ireland. His work, “White Man Sleeps” for string quartet, is a collaboration with the Kronos Quartet, and the title refers to the startling silences found in a Nyanga panpipe dance. According to tradition, these quiet interruptions represented an effort not to awaken sleeping white landowners. Plus, listen to music by Philip Glass arranged for the modern Brazilian group Uakti – so named for the legendary Amazonian creature with holes all over his body. Whenever he ran through the forest, the wind passing through his body made wonderful and intriguing sounds, much like the group’s exotic instruments, which were constructed using everyday materials: pipe, glasses, metal, rocks, rubber, and even water. And there's much more.

PROGRAM # 2544, the Minimalist Influence (First aired on Mon., 5/8/06)

ARTIST(S)

RECORDING

CUT(S)

SOURCE

Kronos Quartet

Pieces of Africa

Kevin Volans: White Man Sleeps, Parts 1 &2 [10:00]

Nonesuch #79275**
www.nonesuch.com*

Marc Mellits/Mellits Consort

Paranoid Cheese

The Misadventures of Soup [6:00]

www.marcmellits.com*

Uakti

Aguas Da Amazonia – Music By Philip Glass

Japura River/Purus River [12:30]

Point Music #259 464 064. Out of print but try www.philipglass.com

From Scratch

Songs For Heroes

Songs For Heroes 2, excerpt [5:30]

Rattle #002. Available at www.opuscds.com

Robert Lloyd

Nullarbor

Feral, excerpt [10:30]

robertlloyd.org

Kronos Quartet

Pieces of Africa

Kevin Volans: White Man Sleeps, Part 4 [4:30]

See above.

Comments [3]

Alan from Ridgefield, NJ

In your listing of Sunday night's music, you state that the Uakti album is out of print, but I just bought it on Amazon.com as a download and is also available on CD. Great show and this particular album was a great find. Thanks!

May. 12 2008 11:33 PM
John Schaefer from WNYC

Hi Jerry,
Glad you found us! Can't promise they'll all be gems, but I can pretty much guarantee you'll hear things you haven't heard before...
John

May. 12 2008 03:48 PM
JERRY MONAGHAN from MIDLESEX, NJ

I found your show by accident. I was trying to find something new on a Sunday night . I was coming home from work. Well this was not a car accident. But it was like finding a gem in the sand. Now your station is now a preset on my radio.
Thank you
Jerry Monaghan

May. 11 2008 01:53 PM

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