Episode #2938

African Rhythms

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s "African Rhythms" project features music of the pygmies of Central Africa, paired with the music of Hungarian composer Gyorgy Ligeti and Steve Reich. We'll hear Aimard playing some of these, music by Gyorgy Ligeti, and music by Steve Reich. Plus, we'll hear some of David Lang's work "So-called Laws of Nature" and music from the Aka Pygmies as well.

PROGRAM # 2938 African Rhythms (First aired on Tues. 5/19/09)





Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Aka Pygmies

African Rhythms

Reich: Clapping Music [3:30] Anduwa [4:00] Ligeti: Etude No. 12, Entrelacs [3:00] Banga Banga [2:30] Ligeti: Etude No. 16, Pour Irina [4:00]

Teldec 86584
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Steve Reich Musicians & Members of the Manhattan Marimba Quartet

Works (box set)

Six Marimbas [16:00]

Nonesuch #79451***

So Percussion

So Percussion

David Lang: So-Called Laws of Nature, Part III [9:30] Part II, excerpt [1:00]

Cantaloupe CA21022

Comments [3]

morey garelick from San Francisco

I live in Berkeley.

May. 26 2009 06:36 PM
John Schaefer from WNYC

That's pretty damn impressive, Morey. But I can't help wondering what the people you passed on the street made of it...

May. 26 2009 05:26 PM
morey garelick from San Francisco

I perked up when you said that Airmard played "Clapping Music" by himself -- until you said that it was overdubbed. I play clapping music by myself in real time -- slapping my belly. It took me many weeks and I took advantage of my Saturday morning walk to my synagogue -- 45 minutes in each direction, painstakingly working on one measure at a time.

May. 22 2009 03:12 PM

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