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Episode #2859

The East Is Read

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Hear music based on Chinese stories for this edition of New Sounds. Listen to the latest from Damon Albarn (yes, he of Gorillaz, Blur, as well as The Good the Bad and the Queen) - "Monkey: Journey to the West." Albarn wrote this opera based on the Tang Dynasty manuscript about Monkey, who crashes heaven demanding a longer lease on life after having discovered that he is a mere mortal. He calls for traditional Chinese percussion instruments, an Ondes Martenot, and a blaring contraption of his own invention known as a Klaxophone! We'll hear Wu Tong's booming score for Wong Kar-wai's "Ashes of Time Redux," the re-issue of the 1994 martial arts epic, featuring cello solos by Yo-Yo Ma. Also, there's music from Stewart Wallace and his opera "The Bonesetter’s Daughter," based on the novel by Amy Tan, and more music for a Wong Kar-wai film "In the Mood for Love" by composer Michael Galasso.

PROGRAM # 2859, “The East Is Read” music based on Chinese tales (First aired on Monday, October 27, 2008)

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Stewart Wallace/Amy Tan

The Bonesetter’s Daughter

Prologue/Dragon Dance [9:00]

Not commercially available.

Damon Albarn/Jamie Hewlett

Monkey: Journey to the West

March of the Iron Army [2:30]
Pigsy in Space [2:30]
Monkey Bee [6:00]
Disappearing Volcano [5:00]

XL Records, #388. www.monkeyjourneytothewest.com or www.xlrecordings.com

Wu Tong, Frankie Chan, Roel Garcia, Eli Marshall

Ashes of Time Redux, soundtrack to the Wang Kar-Wei film

Jingzhe [2:30]
Day of Misfortune [2:30]
Love Theme [4:00]

May not be commercially available.

Michael Galasso

In the Mood For Love, soundtrack to the Wang Kar-Wei film

Angkor Wat Theme I [2:00]
ITMFL [2:00]
Blue [4:00]

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