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Radio Eclectus #30: Blood in the music (Feb. 6, 2020)

Radio Eclectus #30: Blood in the music (Feb. 6, 2020)

Playing tracks by

James "Blood" Ulmer, Music Revelation Ensemble, Robin Holcomb, Dan Trueman, CHA, Michael Pelzel and more.

Chart positions

This show was 4th in the global noise chart, 8th in the global classical chart and 36th in the global chill chart.

Curious about the premiere recording of Sorabji’s Sequentia Cyclica Super Dies Irae, but don’t have 8½ hours to devote to it? Radio Eclectus has you covered with 1½ hours of highlights from this piano epic. Come wet your feet as we tackle the sound world of one of modern music’s most eccentric and prodigious figures.

Plus James "Blood" Ulmer turns 80, Lindsey Goodman & friends play Peter Castine, and JACK Quartet & So Percussion play Dan Trueman. Seattleites Robin Holcomb, trio CHA and Dale Lloyd are heard alongside Europeans Michael Pelzel, Judith Weir and Alwynne Pritchard, while an excerpt from Detlev Glanert's latest opera rounds out the playlist. Radical new music!

Photo credits: Judith Weir by Suzanne Jansen, Alwynne Pritchard by Sandra Jecmenica, CHA via Carol J Levin, James Blood Ulmer by OhWeh, Michael Pelzel by Vinzenz Niedermann, Dan Trueman by Ebru Yildiz, Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji by Joan Muspratt, Robin Holcomb by Peter Gannushkin, Detlev Glanert by Bettina Stoess.


Rod Stasick

Because of a health issue, I was able to sit (or lie down, actually) with the complete "Sequentia Cyclica" last month. Fans of the Opus Clav (Ogden version, especially) may enjoy this work as well. Thanks!

Radio Eclectus

Sorabji's got the invalid niche down I guess. And I'm inclined to concur that the Sequentia Cyclica Super DIes Irae is the most compelling long work of his that I've heard besides Opus Clavicembalisticum. Thanks for the comment!

Radio Eclectus

Otherwise, hope you're feeling better!

Hollow Earth Radio

Wow, 1st on the Classical trending chart for the US! Catch Radio Eclectus live every Thursday evening at 9pm on Hollow Earth Radio.

Radio Eclectus

Annotated playlist for show #30

SET 1: Blood in the music (North American improv)
1. [1:43] James "Blood" Ulmer, Music Revelation Ensemble: Proof. From Cross Fire (DIW, 1997) featuring JBU (guitar), Calvin "Hassen Truth" Jones (bass), Cornell W. Rochester (drums) with John Zorn (alto saxophone)
2. [8:20] Robin Holcomb: Todos Santos and Waltz. From Todos Santos (Sound Aspects, 1988) featuring Wayne Horvitz (acoustic and amplified piano, DX-7), Butch Morris (cornet), Robert Previte (drums, DX-7, drum-machine, marimba) with Doug Wieselman (tenor saxophone, clarinet), Bill Frisell (guitars)
3. [15:46] Dan Trueman: Sister Song. From Songs That Are Hard to Sing (New Amsterdam, 2019) with Jack Quartet, Sō Percussion
4. [22:40] CHA: Remembering Backward. From Remembering Backward (Right Brain, 2020) with Carol J Levin (harp, percussion, effects), Heather Bentley (viola, effects), Amelia Love Clearheart (voice, percussion)

SET 2: European composed music
1. [33:12] Michael Pelzel: Danse diabolique. From Gravity's Rainbow (KAIROS, 2019) with WDR Sinfonieorchester, Bas Wiegers
2. [45:07] Detlev Glanert: Oceane - Act II, Scene 3: Ich gehe fort. From Oceane (Oehms Classics, 2020) featuring Maria Bengtsson (Oceane von Parceval), Chorus and Orchestra of Deutsche Oper Berlin, Donald Runnicles (conductor)
3. [50:32] Judith Weir: The Bagpiper's String Trio. From Airs from Another Planet (Delphian, 2019) with Hebrides Ensemble. NOTE: Composed 1985

SET 3: All kinds
1. [59:37] Dale Lloyd: Volatile and Fixed Principles - 1. From Volatile and Fixed Principles (and/OAR, 2020). NOTE: Originally created in 2004
2. [1:07:12] Peter Castine: In memoriam (GH & FMB). From Etereo: New Music for Flute (Navona/Parma, 2020) with Lindsey Goodman (flute), Hannah Pressley (cello), Joseph Dangerfield (toy piano), Chris Carmean (crotales). NOTE: Composed 2008
3. [1:14:06] Alwynne Pritchard: March, March, March. From Rockaby (KAIROS, 2019) with Royal Norwegian Navy Band, Bjarte Engeset (conductor)

SET 4: Sorabji's wrath
1. [1:26:23] Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji: Sequentia Cyclica super Dies Irae (excerpts). Piano Classics (2020) with Jonathan Powell (piano). NOTE: Composed ca. 1947–1949, premiere recording (2015)