AllSteel String Quartets

Composer and guitarist John King joins host John Schaefer on this edition of New Sounds to present his release, "AllSteel." Earthy and blues-based, King’s music is intense, hard driving and at times breathtakingly beautiful. King is able to blend popular music and classical traditions, while writing works that are both fully composed and allow for improvisation. He’s written for Merce Cunningham, the New York City Ballet, Guy Klucevsek, Aki Takahashi, the Bang on a Can All Stars, to name a few. And on this CD "AllSteel," which is a trio of string quartets, the first two pieces were commissioned by the quartet Ethel, who recorded all three quartets, "AllSteel," "'Round Sunrise," and "Lightning Slide."

PROGRAM # 2596, with John King (First aired on Thurs. 10/18/06)





John King


‘Round Sunrise, Pt. 1 [6:30]
Lightning Slide: Swing [5:30]
Sweat [4:00]
AllSteel: Meditationteers, etc. [15:00]

Tzadik #8023 ***

Paul Dresher

Casa Vecchia

Casa Vecchia, excerpt [5:30]

Starkland #204*