#3313: New Sounds Live: Miners' Hymns Live

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From the New Sounds Live concerts, we'll hear “The Miners’ Hymns,” a film score from the Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson.  The work is a brass-heavy elegy to the coal mining culture in Northeast England, with the brass elements hearkening back to the colliery bands, which used to be the local entertainment.

Bill Morrison’s footage, which he refers to as his first real documentary, is made up of clips from British TV news coverage of ‘80s miners strikes, and National Coal Board promotional films, framed by slow, stately flyover shots of where these Durham collieries used to be.  Listen to most of Jóhannsson’s score, as it was performed live by the Wordless Music Orchestra, conducted by Gudni Franzson, featuring the composer on electronics, all recorded earlier this year at the Silent Film Series at the World Financial Center.  Plus, one more leftover work from the Ecstatic Music Festival by Jason Treuting called  “pluck, bow, blow” – where all three members of janus wield many instruments, including melodica, banjo, bowed harp, and the dizi, a Chinese flute.

PROGRAM #3313 New Sounds Live @WFC, Silent Films 2012  (First aired on 3/15/2012)                                                   





Wordless Music Orchestra; Gudni Franzson, cond.

NSL @ World Financial Center, 1/31/2012

Jóhann Jóhannsson: The Miners’ Hymns, excerpts. [37:00]

This performance not commercially available.  The score  IS available ion FatCat Records, Fat Cat CD 13-13

janus trio

NSL @ Ecstatic Music Festival, 2/23/2012 at Merkin Hall

Jason Treuting: “pluck, bow, blow” [14:12]

This performance not commercially available.  Information about Janus at janustrio.org, more about Jason Treuting: sopercussion.com/jason