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Radio Eclectus #92: Joan Tower interviewed (July 22, 2021)

Radio Eclectus #92: Joan Tower interviewed (July 22, 2021)

Playing tracks by

Joan Tower, Elena Firsova, Christian Drew, Bernhard Lang, Patrick John Jones and more.

Chart positions

This show was 2nd in the global noise chart, 3rd in the global industrial chart, 4th in the global classical chart, 52nd in the global chillout chart and 54th in the global jazz chart.

Radio Eclectus visits with Joan Tower to chat about her latest portrait album from Naxos, which features percussionist Evelyn Glennie. Learn what its title—Strike Zones—means, and why Tower enjoys composing for solo instruments.

We also survey a batch of new releases from Europe, featuring music by Bernhard Lang, Elena Firsova, Moritz Eggert, a pair of young London-based composers, and the great Pierre Henry, represented by the premiere recording of an epic tape piece completed a few months before his death. We also hear from our “50 years ago in the avant-garde” department as we commemorate two intriguing recordings of improvised music from a time when experimentation and dense, complex textures were flourishing in the jazz world. Radical new music from the Northwest and beyond with host Michael Schell.

Annotated playlist and photo credits in Comments.


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A video version of the interview with Joan Tower is now available on YouTube. Check it out!

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Annotated playlist for show #92
Intro and SET 1: Multiplicities [0:00]
1. [2:10] Joan Tower: Throbbing Still. From Multiplicities: '38, Music by Composers Born in 1938 (Centaur, 2008) with Blair McMillen (piano). NOTE: Composed 2000
2. [9:53] Elena Firsova: Sorrows, Op. 145. From Bessonnitsa Insomnia: A Mandelstam Album (Genuin, 2021) with Maacha Deubner (soprano), Ehrengard von Gemmingen (cello), Claudia Neumann (recording engineer). NOTE: Composed 2013
3. [18:29] Christian Drew: See Slow Blue. From Six Degrees of Separation (NMC, 2021) with members of the London Symphony Orchestra, David Lefeber (recording engineer)
4. [24:37] Joan Tower: Second Flight. From Second Flight (Innova, 2021) with Jonathan Hulting-Cohen (alto saxophone), Zach Herchen (recording engineer). NOTE: Composed 2017

SET 2: Joan Tower interviewed [31:28]
1. [34:04] Joan Tower in conversation with Michael Schell
2. [46:57] Joan Tower: Strike Zones. From Strike Zones (Naxos, 2021) with Evelyn Glennie (percussion), Albany Symphony, David Alan Miller (conductor), Silas Brown (recording engineer). NOTE: Composed 2001, recorded 2014

SET 3: The Seven Last Words of Eggert FC [1:07:59]
1. [1:10:43] Bernhard Lang: Monadologie V: Seven Last Words of Hasan - 5. Sonata IV: Ut qui reliquisti me. From Bernhard Lang: Works for Piano (KAIROS, 2021) with Wolfram Oettl (piano), Stephan Schmidt (recording engineer). NOTE: Composed 2008–09
2. [1:16:51] Bernhard Lang: Monadologie V: Seven Last Words of Hasan - 6. Sonata V: Sitio (credits as above)
3. [1:24:06] Patrick John Jones: The Fun Will Never End. From Six Degrees of Separation (NMC, 2021) with members of the London Symphony Orchestra, Darren Bloom (conductor), David Lefeber (recording engineer)
4. [1:30:29] Moritz Eggert: Die Tiefe des Raumes - Part 1 (excerpts). From Die Tiefe des Raumes (Ein Fußballoratorium) (NEOS, 2021) with Tugend: Ania Vegry (soprano), Laster: Ruth-Maria Nicolay (mezzo-soprano), Player: Simon Bode (tenor), Journalist: Hans Christoph Begemann (baritone), Chor und Orchester der Musikakademie der Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, Moritz Eggert (conductor). NOTE: Composed in 2005 for the Ruhrtriennale

SET 4: The single note [1:36:58]
1. [1:42:45] Pierre Henry: La note seule. From Galaxie (Decca France, 2021). NOTE: Realized 2017

SET 5: 50 years ago in the avant-garde [2:12:58]
1. [2:17:02] New Hermitage: Desertification. From Unearth (Bandcamp, 2020) with Andrew MacKelvie (alto and tenor saxophone, bass clarinet), India Gailey (cello), Ross Burns (guitar), Ellen Gibling (harp), Jason Jenkyns (recording engineer)
2. [2:21:55] Keith Jarrett Quartet: Spirit. From Birth (Atlantic, 1972) with Keith Jarrett (piano, soprano saxophone, recorder, banjo, steel drums, vocals), Dewey Redman (tenor saxophone, Chinese musette, bells, percussion, vocals), Charlie Haden (double-bass, congas, steel drums, clapper), Paul Motian (drums, steel drums, bells, percussion). NOTE: Recorded July 1971
3. [2:30:32] Weather Report: Firefish, Early Minor. From Live in Austria 1971 (various editions) with Joe Zawinul (piano, electric piano), Wayne Shorter (tenor and soprano sax), Miroslav Vitous (bass, electric bass), Alphonse Mouzon (drums), Dom Um Romao (percussion, flute). NOTE: Recorded June or July 1971 at Internationales Musikforum Ossiachersee, Ossiach, Austria. Exact date is unknown despite the widely-circulated claim of July 27
Outro with Weather Report: Birdland [2:53:51]

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Photo credits: Bernhard Lang by Harald Hoffmann, Joan Tower by Michael Schell, Weather Report (Wayne Shorter, Miroslav Vitous, Joe Zawinul) by Bill Smith/Coda, Patrick Jones by Jonathan Slade, Pierre Henry via Decca France, Elena Firsova via Wikimedia, Keith Jarrett Quartet (Dewey Redman, Paul Motian, Jarrett, Charlie Haden) by unknown photographer courtesy of the Paul Motian Archive, Moritz Eggert by Katharina Dubno.