The Cloud of Unknowing

The anonymous monk who penned "The Cloud of Unknowing, " a 14th century work of Christian mysticism, could not possibly have known that 700 years later, his work would be inspiring new music. On this New Sounds, we’ll hear works by English guitarist James Blackshaw, drummer John Hollenbeck and his Claudia Quintet, Norwegian saxophonist/composer Jan Garbarek, and Alaska composer John Luther Adams – all inspired by (and titled after) this medieval work.

PROGRAM #2701 The Cloud of Unknowing (First aired on Tuesday, 7/17/07)





James Blackshaw

The Cloud of Unknowing

The Cloud of Unknowing [10:00]

Tompkins Square #1967**

Jan Garbarek

In Praise of Dreams

Cloud of Unknowing [5:30]

ECM #1880 **

John Hollenbeck & The Claudia Quintet

I, Claudia

The Cloud of Unknowing [6:00]

Cuneiform #187

John Luther Adams

*Clouds of Forgetting, Clouds of Unknowing

Excerpt [14:30]

New World #80500

Steve Roach

The Magnificent Void

Cloud of Unknowing [10:00]

Fathom #850062

*Clouds of Forgetting, Clouds of Unknowing by John Luther Adams (14:30)
The Juilliard Orchestra; Sixten Ehrling, conductor.
Used by permission New World Records CD# 80500 è1997 ©1997
Anthology of Recorded Music, Inc.
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