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Radio Eclectus #58: Scelsi & his progeny (Aug. 20, 2020)

Radio Eclectus #58: Scelsi & his progeny (Aug. 20, 2020)

Playing tracks by

Brandon Seabrook Trio, Mario Davidovsky, Ig Henneman, Joe McPhee Trio, Jeff Morris and more.

Chart positions

This show was 2nd in the global noise chart, 8th in the global industrial chart, 9th in the global classical chart, 86th in the global jazz chart and 88th in the global chillout chart.

This episode showcases new albums by Thea Musgrave (the dean of Scottish composers), avant-rocker Brandon Seabrook, live-sampling specialist Jeff Morris, and Fazıl Say (the acclaimed concert pianist who's also a modern composer with a neoromantic bent). Plus, we begin our traversal of Klangforum Wien’s remarkable new Scelsi Revisited album featuring commissioned works by Murail, Haas and others inspired by the preserved ondiola improvisations of composer Giacinto Scelsi. This week we hear Murail's contribution, following an introduction to Scelsi's music (including his penchant for Tibetan chant).

We also sample improv tracks from Joe McPhee and Ig Henneman, pay our respects to Julian Bream, and look back at two classics from Davidovsky and Takemitsu that were premiered 50 years ago. The program concludes with an hour-long set of new dark ambient tracks by Fossil Aerosol Mining Project, Scott L. Miller, Doug Haire and Daniel Menche. Radical new music from the Northwest and beyond.

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Annotated playlist for show #58.⠀
Intro and SET 1: Synchronisms⠀
1. [2:04] Brandon Seabrook Trio: Flexing Fetid and Fecund. From Exultations (Astral Spirits, 2020) with Brandon Seabrook (guitar), Gerald Cleaver (drums), Cooper-Moore (diddley bow)⠀
2. [5:49] Brandon Seabrook Trio: Dark Bogs. From Exultations (as above)⠀
3. [11:56] Mario Davidovsky: Synchronisms No. 6 for piano and tape. From The Music of Mario Davidovsky, Vol. 3 (Bridge Records, 2005) with Aleck Karis (piano). NOTE: Premiered August 19, 1970 at the Berkshire Music Festival⠀
4. [18:57] Ig Henneman: Non Oso. From Juneteenth: A Catalytic Sound Compilation (Catalytic-Sound, 2020), originally from Henneman String Quartet: Piazza Pia (Wig, 2002). With Ig Henneman (viola), Alex Waterman (cello), Wilbert de Joode (contrabass)⠀

SET 2: A Tōru for all seasons [25:44]⠀
1. [29:39] Joe McPhee Trio: The Edge of Forever. From Juneteenth: A Catalytic Sound Compilation (Catalytic-Sound, 2020) with Joe McPhee (pocket trumpet, soprano sax), Jonathan Horne (guitar), Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (bass)⠀
2. [35:14] Jeff Morris: Close Reeding. From Close Reeding (Ravello, 2020) with Jayson Beaster-Junes (tenor saxophone), Jeff Morris (live sampling)⠀
3. [43:32] Tōru Takemitsu: Seasons for percussion and tape. From Seasons/Toward (Deutsche Grammophon, 1972), reissued on Complete Takemitsu Edition (2002, Shogakukan) with Stomu Yamash'ta, Michael Ranta, Hidehiko Sato, Yasunori Yamaguchi (metal percussion instruments). NOTE: Premiered premiered August 21, 1970 at Expo ’70 (Osaka), recorded June 26, 1971. Hidehiko Sato's instruments are all self-built⠀

Voice break with Scelsi: Konx-Om-Pax (premiered disastrously September 10, 1970) and SET 3: Scelsi revisited [59:43] C.f. Tibetan ritual orchestra https://youtu.be/QFfhxVM8neQ⠀
1. [1:08:06] Tristan Murail: Un Sogno. From Scelsi Revisited (KAIROS, 2020) with Klangforum Wien, Johannes Kalitzke (conductor). NOTE: Composed 2014⠀

SET 4: RIP Julian Bream [1:26:53]⠀
1. [1:29:49] Thea Musgrave: Rorate Coeli. From The Voices of Our Ancestors (Lyrita, 2020) with New York Virtuoso Singers, Harold Rosenbaum (conductor). NOTE: Composed 1973. See Musgrave discuss this album at https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=3179699998751626⠀
2. [1:42:43] Fazıl Say: Violin Sonata No. 2, Op. 82 (Mount Ida) - 1. Decimation of Nature. From Complete Violin Works (Naxos, 2020) with Friedemann Eichhorn (violin), Fazıl Say (piano). NOTE: Composed 2019 ⠀
3. [1:51:49] Fazıl Say: Violin Sonata No. 1, Op. 7 - 4. Anonymous. From Complete Violin Works (credits as above). NOTE: Composed 1997⠀
4. [1:54:54] Tōru Takemitsu: All in Twilight, four pieces for guitar - 2. From Nocturnal (EMI, 1993), reissued on Complete Takemitsu Edition (2002, Shogakukan) with Julian Bream (guitar). NOTE: Composed 1988⠀
5. [1:58:11] Hans Werner Henze: Drei Tentos (from Kammermusik) - 2. Es findet Aug oft. From Twentieth-Century Guitar (RCA, 1967), reissued in The Complete RCA Album Collection (RCA, 2013) with Julian Bream (guitar)⠀
6. [1:59:42] William Walton: Bagatelles No. 5. From Twentieth-Century Guitar (RCA, 1993) with Julian Bream (guitar). NOTE: Recorded 1973⠀

Voice break with Carmina Burana. SET 5: Chill music for the open-eared [2:02:10]⠀
1. [2:07:24] Fossil Aerosol Mining Project: Fake tomb #1. From Nigths and Profecy (The Helen Scarsdale Agency, 2020)⠀
2. [2:20:14] Scott L. Miller: Eidolon. From Ghost Layers (New Focus, 2020) with TAK Ensemble, Scott L. Miller (electronics)⠀
3. [2:31:29] Doug Haire: Jackblock Campsite. From Campsites (ArpaViva, 2020)⠀
4. [2:39:57] Daniel Menche: Atrophied Divinity. From Atrophied Divinity (SIGE Records, 2020) with Daniel Menche (string instruments, electronics)

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Photo credits: Doug Haire via Arpaviva Recordings, Brandon Seabrook with Gerald Cleaver and Cooper Moore by Peter Gannushkin, Fazıl Say by Marco Borggreve, Tristan Murail via Wikimedia Commons, Tōru Takemitsu by Shinchosha, Thea Musgrave and unidentified British monarch by John Stillwell (PAWire), Fossil Aerosol Mining Project via the artists, Giacinto Scelsi via Wikimedia Commons, Scott L. Miller via the artist, Julian Bream via Wikimedia Commons, Ig Henneman by Francesca Patella, Joe McPhee by Žiga Koritnik, Jeff Morris via the artist, Daniel Menche via the artist.