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Radio Eclectus #34: Monk, Meredith, memory (Mar. 5, 2020)

Radio Eclectus #34: Monk, Meredith, memory (Mar. 5, 2020)

Playing tracks by

Mozo Mozo, Thee Reps, Meredith Monk, Amir Mahyar Tafreshipour, Claude Debussy and more.

Chart positions

This show was 6th in the global classical chart, 6th in the global noise chart, 9th in the global experimental ambient chart and 93rd in the global jazz chart.

We preview choice tracks from the forthcoming Meredith Monk/Bang on a Can and Anna Meredith/Aurora Orchestra albums, then sample new music for the Harry Partch instruments via Musikfabrik and newly unearthed Debussy via Nicolas Horvath. We bid farewell to Seattle’s beloved William O. Smith and close with a rare playback of Eye Music’s 50-minute recording of Ichiyanagi’s landmark graphic composition Sapporo. Some poppy minimalism from Thee Reps, an improv track from the intriguing Austrian band Mozo Mozo, and a newly recorded string quartet by Amir Mahyar Tafreshipour round out the playlist. Radical new music from the Northwest and beyond!

Photos: Martin Smolka by Anna Smolka, William O. Smith by Virginia Paquette, Meredith Monk by Julieta Cervantes, Amir Mahyar Tafreshipour via Divine Art, Claude Debussy by Félix Nadar, Toshi Ichiyanagi: Sapporo, Anna Meredith via the composer, Carl Rosman & MusikFabrik’s harmonic canon by Janet Sinica.

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Update: William O. Smith's family has announced his date of death as February 29, 2020, not March 4 as was initially reported on Wikipedia and elsewhere (the March 4 date is referenced in the show).

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Annotated playlist for show #34
Intro and SET 1: Revived Monk and more
1. [1:59] Mozo Mozo: Monte Mozo. From s/t (Epileptic Media, 2020) with Friedmeister (bass), Moritz Morast (guitar), Sir Saxalot (saxophone), Yungtoyboy28 (drums)
2. [12:05] Thee Reps: Big Bebek. From Minimal Survace (Cassauna, 2019) with Dave Ruder (guitar), Karen Waltuch (viola), Jeff Tobias (bass guitar), Sam Morrison (keyboards), Max Jaffe (drums)
3. [16:31] Meredith Monk: Downfall. From Memory Game (Cantaloupe, 2020) with Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble, Bang on a Can All-Stars. NOTE: Composed 1983, arranged by Ken Thomson
4. [20:25] Meredith Monk: Waltz in 5s. From Memory Game (as above) with Katie Geissinger (vocal solo), Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble, Bang on a Can All-Stars. NOTE: Composed 1996, arranged by Meredith Monk and Allison Sniffin
5. [24:20] Meredith Monk: Totentanz. From Memory Game (as above) with Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble, Bang on a Can All-Stars. NOTE: Composed 2006, arranged by David Lang
SET 2: Revived Monk, recorded Tafreshipour, reclaimed Debussy
1. [29:41] Meredith Monk: Double Fiesta. From Memory Game (as above) with Meredith Monk (vocal solo), Bang on a Can All-Stars. NOTE: Composed 1986, arranged by David Lang
2. [35:23] Amir Mahyar Tafreshipour: Broken Times. From In Absentia (Divine Arts, 2019) with Darragh Morgan, Patrick Savage (violins), Fiona Winning (viola), Deirdre Cooper (cello)
3. [45:01] Claude Debussy: Le Roi Lear. From The Unknown Debussy (Grand Piano, 2020) with Nicolas Horvath. NOTE: Reconstruction/completion by Robert Orledge
SET 3: Goodbye Bill Smith (1926–2020)
1. [1:01:04] Deep Listening Band with William O. Smith: The Ready Made Boomerang. From The Ready Made Boomerang (New ALbion, 1991) with Panaiotis AKA Peter Ward (voice), Pauline Oliveros (accordion), William O. Smith (clarinet), Stuart Dempster (trombone, voice)
2. [1:11:32] William O. Smith: Epitaphs. From Isn't This a Time? American Music for Clarinet (Metier, 2015) with Ian Mitchell (clarinet, narrator). NOTE: Composed 1993
SET 4: Smolka channels Partch
1. [1:26:08] Martin Smolka: Wooden Clouds. From Erbe (Wergo, 2020) with Musikfabrik, Sian Edwards (conductor)
2. [1:45:12] Anna Meredith: Tripotage Miniatures. From Anna Meredith · Alexander Goehr · Colin Matthews (NMC, 2020) with Aurora Orchestra
SET 5: Eye Music plays Ichiyanagi
1. [2:06:23] Toshi Ichiyanagi: Sapporo. From Sapporo (Wandelweiser, 2018). Featuring Eye Music: Eric Lanzillotta (acoustic guitar, uncut nail, contact microphone, psaltery bow, light bulb, spring, umeboshi pit, shell, resin, glass, marble, button, glass fuses, ring modulator, singing bowls, telephone bells), Jay Hamilton (cello), Michael Shannon (dilruba, erhu, harmonium), David Stanford (electric guitar, EBow), Esther Sugai (flutes), Robert J. Kirkpatrick (prepared harp, iPhone oscillator), Jonathan Way (khene, yueqin, autoharp), Carl Lierman (analog synthesizer), Dave Knott (Korg DS-10, monochord, rocks, kitchen faucets, voice), Dean Moore (air pressure tom, prepared snare drum, cymbal tree, shaker), Stuart Dempster (trombone). NOTE: Composed 1963, recorded 2010. For a detailed review see