Other Minds Special Programs ➔ Other Minds Presents: Nancarrow at 100 - A Centennial Celebration: Discover Nancarrow No. 1 - The Expanding Universe of Conlon Nancarrow (Nov. 3, 2012), 2 of 2

Digital Audio

Event Type
Lectures and Panel Discussions
Other Minds
Program Series
Other Minds Presents
Program Length
88 min
2 of 2
| broadcast
| 2012-11-03 | created
This is the first panel discussion of “Nancarrow at 100: A Centennial Celebration” a three day festival of films and music celebrating the life and work of Conlon Nancarrow. The festival was produced by Other Minds in collaboration with Cal Performances, the U. C. Berkeley Art Museum and the Pacific Film Archive and was held on November 2-4, 2012. This panel discussion was the first of three events held at Hertz Hall on the U. C. Berkeley campus on November 3, 2012.

After a brief introduction by Cal Performance Director Matias Tarnopolsky, Charles Amirkhanian, Artistic and Executive Director of Other Minds, gives a short talk reminiscing about his honeymoon trip to Mexico City to meet Nancarrow for the first time, and his role in reintroducing the music of Nancarrow to the world, beginning in the 1970s and continuing up to the present day. Amirkhanian then welcomes the panelists to the stage for a half hour discussion. Panelists include Felix Meyer, Director of the Sacher Stiftung, a music manuscript library in Basel which is currently preserving the Nancarrow archives, Kyle Gann, composer and author of “The Music of Conlon Nancarrow,” Trimpin, a renowned sound sculptor, Nancarrow’s widow Yoko Sugiura-Nancarrow and their son David “Mako” Nancarrow, as well as Peter Garland, a composer and original publisher of Nancarrow’s “Studies for Player Piano.” Highlights of the discussion include Yoko briefly describing her own work as an archaeologist and how little interest the otherwise widely read Nancarrow had in the elucidation of ancient artifacts. Her son Mako then relates the challenges of having a musical and philosophical genius as one’s father, and Trimpin demonstrates Nancarrow’s “Study No. 25” performed on a computer controlled player piano, albeit without the sustain pedal which gives the ending of the piece such resonance. Kyle Gann adds historically relevant information about the composer and his music. Mr. Meyer describes the work of preserving musical manuscripts of Nancarrow, Stravinsky and other experimental modern composers. The discussion concludes with Peter Garland ruminating on the nature of fame, and how for Nancarrow recognition and financial reward always took a back seat to the integrity of the work.
New music
Musical Selections
Study No. 25, for computer controlled player piano [without the sustain pedal] (5:33) / Conlon Nancarrow
New music
Player piano
Mechanical musical instruments
Digital player piano music