Downtown, Then and Now


Take a dip into minimal hypnotic music with something from composer/professor (theory and history of sound!) Anthony Moore and composer/artist Alexis Georgopoulos, who goes by “Arp.”  Moore was formerly a member of weird pop band Slapp Happy, and has also studied Indian classical music with Viram Jasani.  Georgopoulos used to be a member of California percussion ramble band Tussle and has written a few film scores and works for dance.  Together, these two punks have crafted a collection of tunes recalling the Penguin Café Orchestra stuck in a Möbius strip, with two for Englishman Robert Wyatt called “Wild Grass I & II.”

We’ll hear some of their music along with other works by "downtown" composers on this New Sounds.  We’ll also listen to some music by Arthur Russell, and something for “Pierrot plus percussion” ensemble by American composer Belinda Reynolds.  Plus, something from the late Michael Galasso, and more.

PROGRAM #3229, Downtown Music, Then & Now (First aired on 7/21/11)                                                       





Arthur Russell

World Of Echo

Soon-To-Be Innocent Fun/Let's See , excerpt [1:30]

Audika Records AU-1002-2

Anthony Moore & Arp

Frkwys Vol. 3

Wild Grass II (for Robert Wyatt) [3:26]

Cat #: FRKWYS03 LP or download from or

Michael Galasso


Scenes IV [3:59]

ECM 1245

Anthony Moore & Arp

Frkwys Vol. 3

Wild Grass II (for Arthur Russell) [3:20]

See above.

Arthur Russell

Tower of Meaning   

Tower of Meaning, excerpt [6:10]

Chatham Square #145.  Re-issed on 2 CD set, “First Thought Best Thought”
Audika Records, AU-1005-2

Missy Mazzoli & Victoire

Cathedral City

A Song for Arthur Russell [5:36]

New Amsterdam 25

Now Ensemble


David Crowell: Waiting in the Rain for Snow [8:48]

New Amsterdam NWAM0029

Common Sense Composers Collective & New Millenium Ensemble


Belinda Reynolds: Coming Around [8:11]
Marc Mellits: Spam, excerpt [10:00]

Albany TROY 899