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Flotation Device 2022-06-26 - no place to go but Flotation Device

Flotation Device 2022-06-26 - no place to go but Flotation Device

Playing tracks by

Gordon Grdina, Nomad Trio, Tom Johnson, Gordon Grdina, Frederic Rzewski, Vivaldi, Max Richter and more.

Chart positions

This show was 2nd in the global classical chart, 2nd in the global industrial chart, 4th in the global ambient chart, 17th in the global jazz chart and 18th in the global chillout chart.

For years, Rzewski fans have awaited a modern recording of his key transitional work No Place to Go but Around. We’ve finally got it, thanks to Lisa Moore, and you can hear the whole thing on this podcast. We also crack open the latest Unexplained Sounds collection of avant-electronica, as well as the final box set from Wadada Leo Smith’s 80th birthday spurt featuring duets with four different drummers (it’s Andrew Cyrille’s turn this week). We look back on a Mauricio Kagel oddity for its 50th anniversary, comparing it with the Art Ensemble of Chicago’s contemporaneous experiments and with a new recording featuring some of our favorite Chinese free improvisors. We check out Gordon Grdina's Nomad Trio, assess The Four Seasons Recomposed recomposed, and renew our acquaintance with Tom Johnson’s minimalist string quartets and St Celfer’s strident electronics.

Creative and improvised music from the Northwest and around the world with host Michael Schell. Annotated playlist with Comments.


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Flotation Device 2022-06-26: annotated playlist by host Michael Schell
Intro and SET 1: Grdina and Johnson [0:00]
1. [1:44] Gordon Grdina: Parksville. From Boiling Point (Astral Spirits, 2022) with Nomad Trio: Gordon Grdina (guitar), Matt Mitchell (piano), Jim Black (drums), Marc Urselli (recording engineer)
2. [7:45] Tom Johnson: Formulas for String Quartet - IV. From Combinations (Collection QB, 2022) with Quatuor Bozzini: Alissa Cheung, Clemens Merkel (violins), Stéphanie Bozzini (viola), Isabelle Bozzini (cello). NOTE: Composed 1994
Tom Johnson: Formulas for String Quartet - V. From Combinations (credits as above)
Tom Johnson: Four-Note Chords in Four Voices - III. From Combinations (credits as above). NOTE: Composed 2009
Tom Johnson: Formulas for String Quartet - VII. From Combinations (credits as above)
Tom Johnson: Formulas for String Quartet - VIII. From Combinations (credits as above)⠀

SET 2: More Grdina [15:28]
1. [17:09] Gordon Grdina: Cali-Lacs. From Boiling Point (Astral Spirits, 2022) with Nomad Trio: Gordon Grdina (oud), Matt Mitchell (piano), Jim Black (drums), Marc Urselli (recording engineer)⠀

SET 3: Vintage Rzewski [29:54]
1. [31:53] Frederic Rzewski: No Place to Go but Around. From no place to go but around (Cantaloupe, 2022) with Lisa Moore (piano), Nick Lloyd (recording engineer). NOTE: Composed 1974. For more on Rzewski see
2. [54:13] Outro with Frederic Rzewski: Coming Together
3. [58:58] Vivaldi, Max Richter: Winter. From The New Four Seasons - Vivaldi Recomposed (Deutsche Grammophon, 2022) with Elena Urioste (violin), Max Richter (vintage Moog synthesizer), Chineke! Orchestra, Rupert Coulson (recording engineer)⠀

SET 4: Wadada reflects [1:08:30]
1. [1:11:13] Wadada Leo Smith: Donald Ayler: The Master of the Sound and Energy Forms. From The Emerald Duets (Tum, 2022) with Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet), Andrew Cyrille (drums), James A. Farber (recording engineer). NOTE: Recorded 2019
2. [1:20:43] David Strother: Living Forms Climbing Out of the Earth. From 8th Annual Report Mid Year Edition (Unexplained Sounds, 2022) with David Strother (electric violin, effects), Michael Gayle (recording engineer)
3. [1:25:21.658 St Celfer: Ping Me Bjork. From Live at BBAGB's (Bandcamp, 2022) with St Celfer AKA John Parker⠀

SET 5: West meets East meets West [1:28:41]
1. [1:31:39] Lao Dan, Mask: Improvisation (excerpts). From Region, Music, and Practice Vol​.​ 1 (Old Heaven Books, 2022) with 老丹 Lao Dan (flutes and effects), Mask: 马木尔 Mamer (切勒铁尔 sherter, 打击乐 percussion), 夏力哈尔 Xalhar (冬不拉 dombra), 曾君 Zeng Jun (recording engineer). NOTE: Recorded December 11, 2021 at Shunde Food Museum, Shunde, China
2. [1:41:23] Mauricio Kagel: Exotica (excerpts). From Exotica (Deutsche Grammophon, 1972, reissued 1994 as Exotica, Tactil) with (L to R): Vinko Globokar, Wilhelm Bruck, Christoph Caskel, Theodor Ross, Michel Portal, Siegfried Palm (extra-European instruments), Mauricio Kagel (conductor). NOTE: Commissioned for the 1972 Olympics. Composed 1970–71. Recorded March 25, 1972 at Polydor-Studio, Munich. Premiered June 23, 1972, Haus der Kunst, Munich
3. [1:52:33] Outro with Art Ensemble of Chicago: People in Sorrow

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Photo credits: Nomad Trio (Matt Mitchell, Jim Black, Gordon Grdina) by Jon Benjamin, Lao Dan by Ahsan Lin/Bothbin, Wadada Leo Smith and Andrew Cyrille by Enid Farber, Tom Johnson via the artist, Quatuor Bozzini (Alissa Cheung, Stéphanie Bozzini, Clemens Merkel, Isabelle Bozzini) by Michael Slobodian, Max Richter and Elena Urioste via Max Richter, Mauricio Kagel by Zoltan Nagy, Lisa Moore by Greg Barrett, Frederic Rzewski and his daughter by Françoise Walot, St Celfer via the artist.