Episode #2599

Stephen Scott's New York Drones

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

For this New Sounds, the creator of the “bowed piano ensemble,” Stephen Scott, presents new music for bowed, plucked, hammered, and occasionally keyboard-driven piano. Most of the sounds are made directly on the strings of one open grand piano by ten players using a variety of materials and tools; nylon fish line, horsehair, guitar picks and fingernails, piano hammers, percussion mallets and specially-designed piano mutes. Scott’s latest, “New York Drones,” is a work dedicated to the composer Steve Reich in honor of his 70th birthday, and will receive its New York premiere on Saturday, October 28th in The Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall at 7:30 PM. In the work, Scott freely interprets the concept of drones to encompass not only long-sustained tones but also repeating patterns of rhythms on one pitch or repeating melodic and harmonic patterns in a single mode. We’ll also hear music from Scott’s song-cycle fantasy with the Bowed Piano Ensemble, Sounding Landscapes, which celebrates various landscapes, both physical and imagined, both natural and cultural, of Lanzarote, eastern-most of the Canary Islands. All this and more.

PROGRAM # 2599 with Stephen Scott (First aired on Fri. 10/27/06)





Stephen Scott & the Bowed Piano Ensemble

The Deep Spaces

Prelude [4:00] The Old Hall [2:30] O’er Vales That Teem With Fruits [3:30]

Not yet released. Due in 2007 on New Albion records*

Private tape

The New York Drones, excerpt [2:30]

Not commercially available.

Paul Dresher

Night Songs / Channels Passing

Channels Passing [10:00]

New Albion #003*

Galeshka Moravioff


Verberence #7 [7:00]

Musique Du Temple #VR1001 Info at
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Stephen Scott et al.

The Deep Spaces

Postlude [2:00]

See above.

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