20160902_195908 cropJohn Luther Adams – Become Desert
Rhys Chatham – Pythagorean Dream
Steve Reich – The ECM Recordings
Steve Reich – Three Tales
Tim Berne – Science Friction
Various artists – A Day In The Life-Impressions of Pepper
Alan Pasqua – Twin Bill- Two Piano Music of Bill Evans
John Moulder – Bifröst
John Patitucci – Remembrance
Rova – From The Bureau of Both
Brandee Younger – Soul Awakening
Julius Eastman – Unjust Malaise
Dave Liebman & Phil Markowitz – Manhattan Dialogues
Dave Liebman & Michael Stephans – Lineage
Delta Saxophone Quartet & Gwilym Simcock – Crimson!
Terry Riley, Amelia Cuni – Lion’s Throne
Riccardo Chailly, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra – Hindemith: Kammermusik
Anthony Burr and Charles Curtis – Chamber Music: Alvin Lucier & Morton Feldman
James Tenney – The Solo Works for Percussion
Pascal Gallet – André Jolivet: Inegrale pour piano, Vol. 1-3
Pierre-Andre Valade – André Jolivet: L’oeuvre pour flute
André Jolivet – Les Enregistrements Erato
Catherine Lamb And Johnny Chang – Viola Torros


11351252_10205545773536782_2824473453687214252_n“Music can also be a sensual pleasure, like eating food or sex. But its highest vibration for me is that point of taking us to a real understanding of something in our nature which we can very rarely get at. It is a spiritual state of oneness.”
– Terry Riley

Bill-Evans-Music“Music should enrich the soul; it should teach spirituality by showing a person a portion of himself that he would not discover otherwise. It’s easy to rediscover part of yourself, but through art you can be shown part of yourself you never knew existed. That’s the real mission of art. The artist has to find something within himself that’s universal and which he can put into terms that are communicable to other people. The magic of it is that art can communicate to a person without his realizing it… enrichment, that’s the function of music.” – Bill Evans

55869212_10156625439976997_6267649571803889664_n“I came out of the woods in front of a diner, a beat-up truck parked next to a gas pump, two children playing in the dirt, and a dog chained to a coke machine. I walked in and saw a man dressed as a clown reading the Bible. He motioned to me to sit down next to him, and when I did he leaned forward as if to whisper something to me, and a spray of water shot out of the flower in his lapel and into my eyes.” – Joe Frank

Lucy Smith and Pauline Ranken of the Ladies' Scottish Climbing Club, Salisbury Crags. c.1908Kronos Qt – Lutoslawski: String Quartet
Mathew Rosenblum – Lament/Witches’ Sabbath
Icebreaker – Rogue’s Gallery
Conlon Nancarrow – Studies for Player Piano
Duo Noire – Night Triptych
Frank Zappa – Finer Moments
Elliott Carter – Late Works
Idil Biret – Pierre Boulez – Piano Sonatas 1 – 3
Henry Cow – the Road, Vol. 7 Later and Post-Virgin
Pierre Boulez – The Complete Works, Deutsche Grammophon
Daniel Varsano, Philippe Entremont – Erik Satie: Piano Works
Michael Pisaro and Reinier van Houdt – Shades of Eternal Night
Tom Rogerson & Brian Eno – Finding Shore
Chris Hughes – Shift (From the Music of Steve Reich)
Steffen Schleiermacher – Morton Feldman: Early Piano Works
Kristine Scholz, Mats Persson – Morton Feldman: Complete works for two pianists
American Festival of Microtonal Music – Chamber
American Festival of Microtonal Music – Between the Keys – Microtonal Masterpieces of the 20th Century
Daniel Lentz – On the Leopard Altar
Michael Byron – Music of Nights Without Moon or Pearl
Joseph Kubera – Book of Horizons
Easley Blackwood – Microtonal – Fanfare, Etudes, Suite

….and a lot of Steve Reich

photo: Lucy Smith and Pauline Ranken of the Ladies’ Scottish Climbing Club, Salisbury Crags. c.1908


I was at this concert. I introduced myself to Terry Riley and asked naive questions about the Shri Camel tuning before the show.

The Great Hall at Cooper Union
Tuesday, March 18, 1997
92nd Street V Today’s Composers

6:30 pm Entrance music by Gamelan Son of Lion with guest coordinator Jody Diamond
6:45 pm pre-concert discussion, Mark Swed speaks with Lou Harrison, Terry Riley and Peter Garland
7:30 Entrance music by Gamelan Son of Lion

West Meets East

Henry Cowell (1897-1965) – The Universal Flute (1946) for shakuhachi
Ralph Samuelson, shakuhachi

Colin McPhee (1900-1964) – Balinese Ceremonial Music (1934) transcribed for two pianos
Michael Barrett and Steven Blier, piano

Lou Harrison (b. 1917) – Song of Badershan (1968) for 2 violins and percussion
transcribed from traditional Music of Afghanistan (East Coast premier)
Eva Gruesser and Mary Rowell, violin
John Kennedy, percussion

John Cage (1912-1992) – Amores (1944) for prepared piano and percussion
Aki Takahashi, piano
Maya Gunji, Eric Kivnick. Charles Wood, percussion

Terry Riley (b. 1935) – Cinco de Mayo (1996) for piano 4 hands (East Coast premiere)
Sarah Cahill and Joseph Kubera, piano

Lou Harrison (b. 1917) – Festival Dance (1951) for 2 pianos (premiere)
Aki Takahashi and Sarah Cahill, piano
Suite for Sangen (1996) (United States premiere)
Akiko Nishigata, sangen

Peter Garland (b. 1952) – Dreaming of Immortality in a Thatched Cottage (1978) for three voices, Anklung ensemble, and harpsichord San Coast premiere)

The temple of the Forest Beneath the Clouds
Dreaming of Immortality in a Thatched Cottage

Charles Wood, Conductor
Aki Takahashi, harpsichord; Karen Burlingame, soprano; Marion Najarian, mezzo-soprano; James Javore, baritone, Joe Gramley, Maya Gunji, Eric Kivnick, James Priess, Ben Ramirez, Bill Trigg, percussion

Henry Cowell – Ostinato Pianissimo (1934) for 7 percussionists
John Kennedy, conductor
Aki Takahashi and Sarah Cahill, piano
Joe Gramley, Maya Gunji, Eric Kivnick, James Priess, Ben Ramirez, Bill Trigg, percussion



the Golden Temple of Jehol

Maki Namekawa – Philip Glass: Mishima
Anton Batagov – Philip Glass: The Hours, Distant Figure
Works Of Igor Stravinsky – Sacred Works, Vol.1&2
Danielsson/Liebman/Christensen/Stenson – Far North
Gloria Cheng-Cochran – Piano music of John Adams and Terry Riley
Roomful of Teeth
Caroline Shaw & Attacca Quartet – Orange
Louis Andriessen – Garden of Eros
Paul A. Epstein – Piano Music
American Contemporary Music Ensemble – Thrive On Routine
London Sinfonietta ‎– Warp Works & Twentieth Century Masters
Ralph van Raat, Maarten van Veen – John Adams: Complete Piano Music
Oliver Coates – John Luther Adams: Canticles of the Sky / Three High Places
Balanescu Quartet – Possessed
Balanescu Quartet – Play Byrne, Moran, Lurie, Torke
Björk: Vespertine A Pop Album as an Opera
Olga Neuwirth – Lost Highway
Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo – Conlon Nancarrow: Studies and Solos
Christopher Warren-Green, London Chamber Orchestra ‎– Adams, Glass, Reich, Heath ‎– Minimalistes


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