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Radio Eclectus #37: Penderecki, Partch & Cancelled Music (Mar. 26, 2020)

Radio Eclectus #37: Penderecki, Partch & Cancelled Music (Mar. 26, 2020)

Playing tracks by

Dialing In, Bloom Offering, Throbbing Gristle, Pierre Boulez, Aruán Ortiz and more.

Chart positions

This show was 5th in the global noise chart, 11th in the global classical chart and 11th in the global experimental ambient chart.

It’s hard to keep up with new music when you can’t go to concerts. Radio Eclectus can help, with the latest from Michael Gordon, Howard Skempton, Christopher Cerrone, Ana Sokolović, Aruán Ortiz (with Andrew Cyrille), and even Penderecki, whose “missing” 6th Symphony has finally been recorded. We also finish Musikfabrik’s new album of works commissioned for Harry Partch instruments, which isn't currently streamable anywhere else! We introduce Der Finger's noisy take on the Four Seasons, say goodbye to COVID-19 victim Carole Finer, and continue our Cancelled Music feature with tracks by Seattleites Huck Hodge, Dialing In and Bloom Offering, all kept offstage by quarantines. Radical new music from the Northwest and beyond with host Michael Schell.

Also features Carola Bauckholt, Throbbing Gristle, Quatuor Bozzini, Argus Quartet, String Orchestra of Brooklyn, The Crossing, Talea Ensemble, London Experimental Ensemble, Sirinu & Stephan Genz. Photo credits & annotated playlist in comments.


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Photo credits: Musikfabrik's Clement Power and Carl Rosman by Klaus Rudolph, Chris Cerrone by Jacob Blickenstaff, Bloom Offering by CecuCL, Carole Finer by Stefan Szczelkun, Carola Bauckholt by Carolin Schüten, Aruán Ortiz/Andrew Cyrille/Mauricio Herrera via Intakt Records, Krzysztof Penderecki by Adam Kumiszcza, Huck Hodge via the artist, Ana Sokolović by Ana André Parmentier, Howard Skempton by Kate Vandyke, Michael Gordon by Peter Serling.

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Annotated playlist for show #37

Intro and SET 1: Cancelled Music
1. [2:16] Dialing In AKA Reita Piecuch: On Their Way to the Grand Canyon (Bandcamp, 2013)
2. [6:29] Bloom Offering AKA Nicole Carr: Cross That River. From R E D U X (Bandcamp, 2015)
3. [9:57] Bloom Offering AKA Nicole Carr: Allegory. From R E D U X (as above)
4. [13:47] Throbbing Gristle: Beachy Head. From 20 Jazz Funk Greats (Industrial Records, 1979) with Genesis P-Orridge AKA Neil Megson (vocals, bass guitar, violin, vibraphone, synthesizer), Cosey Fanni Tutti AKA Christine Newby (guitar, synthesizer, cornet, vocals), Peter Christopherson (tape, vibraphone, cornet, vocals), Chris Carter (synthesizer, drum programming, vocals)
5. [17:27] Pierre Boulez: Une page d'éphéméride. From Boulez Complete Works (Deutsche Grammophon, 2013) with Hideki Nagano (piano). NOTE: Composed 2005

For more on Boulez, including a review of his 13-CD Complete Works box set, see

SET 2: New Music and Cancelled Music
1. [26:47] Aruán Ortiz Trio: Conversation with the Oaks. From Inside Rhythmic Falls (Intakt, 2020) with Aruán Ortiz (piano), Andrew Cyrille (drums), Mauricio Herrera (percussion)
2. [33:00] Christopher Cerrone: High Windows. From afterimage (Furious Artisans, 2020) with Argus String Quartet, String Orchestra of Brooklyn, Eli Spindel (conductor). NOTE: Composed 2013
3. [45:54] Michael Gordon: Abraham Lincoln's Journey Down Desbrosses Street. From Anonymous Man (Cantaloupe Music, 2020) with The Crossing, Donald Nally (conductor)
4. [52:34] Huck Hodge: Alêtheia. From Life is endless like our field of vision (New World, 2014) with Talea Ensemble. NOTE: Composed 2010–11

SET 3: New music for the Partch instruments
1. [1:14:19] Carola Bauckholt: Voices for Harry Partch. From Erbe (Wergo, 2020) with Musikfabrik, Clement Power (conductor)

NOTE: Articles about Partch and his instruments:

Stephen Pouliot's Partch documentary, The Dreamer That Remains (quoted in Bauckholt's piece):

And see the following Radio Eclectus shows on Mixcloud:
001 - Partch: Barstow with his introduction
002 - Partch: Cloud Chamber Music, The Street
018 - Partch: Sonata Dementia, Windsong
033 - Sampo Haapamäki: Heritage for Harry Partch instruments
034 - Martin Smolka: Wooden Clouds for Harry Partch instruments

SET 4: RIP Carole Finer
1. [1:41:08] London Experimental Ensemble: Among the Blue Flowers. From Child Ballads (Split Rock Records, 2019) with Ed Pettersen (vocals, resonator guitar), Carole Finer (Cümbüş, violin, objects), Antonio Acunzo (piano, electric bass, effects), John Eyles (saxophone), Tony Hardie-Bick (piano), Ken Ikeda, Daniel Kordik (synthesizers), Edward Lucas (trombone), Keisuke Matsui (electric guitar), NO Moore (electric guitar), Jordan Muscatello (double bass), Joe Wright (saxophone, electronics)

NOTE: Here is video of Carole Finer performing this track with the London Experimental Ensemble, wherein she is seen scratching a violin, rubbing a waxy string, manipulating a bottle of "deliciously dark" Hobgoblin ale, and blowing into what looks like a homemade horn-shaped harmonica

2. [1:47:42] Howard Skempton: 2 Highland Dances (arr. for lute) - 1. Half Moon. From The Man, Hurdy-Gurdy & Me (Divine Art, 2020) featuring Sirinu with Matthew Spring (lute)
3. [1:50:19] Howard Skempton: Bagatelle for Flute. From The Man, Hurdy-Gurdy & Me (Divine Art, 2020) featuring Sirinu with Isabelle Carré (flute)
4. [1:51:28] Ana Sokolović: Commedia dell’arte II - Ruzzante. From Short Stories (actuellecd, 2020) featuring Quatuor Bozzini
5. [1:55:59] Ana Sokolović: Commedia dell’arte III - Innamorati. From Short Stories (credits as above)
6. [1:59:11] Ana Sokolović: Commedia dell’arte II - Pantalone. From Short Stories (credits as above)

SET 5: Penderecki's "missing" symphony
1. [2:08:10] Krzysztof Penderecki: Symphony No. 6 "Chinese Poems". From Symphony No. 6, Clarinet Concerto (CD Accord, 2020) with Stephan Genz (baritone), Joanna Kravchenko (erhu), Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Sopot, Wojciech Rajski (conductor). NOTE: Composed 2008–17

SET 6: Confusion over The Finger and The Five Seasons
1. [2:37:29] Der Finger: Verwirrung. From Le Cinque Stagioni (Toten Schwan, 2019) with Anton Efimov (bass guitar, effects), Evgenia Sivkova (drums, saxophone), Edward Sivkov (bass clarinet, saxophone, bass domra)

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