Charles Amirkhanian Collection ➔ Composer-to-Composer Festival: Day 2 Discussions, Paul Dresher (July 9, 1991), 1 of 4

Digital Audio

Event Type
Lectures and Panel Discussions
C Amirkhanian
Program Series
Composer-to-Composer Festival
Program Length
45 min segment; 120 min total
1 of 4
| broadcast
| 1991-07-09 | created
A recording of Paul Dresher’s private presentation on July 9, 1991 during the Composer to Composer Festival in Telluride, Colorado. During private sessions composers discuss their work and processes and share recorded examples of their music.

Paul talks about his musical background and some of the projects that he’s been involved in, as well as his multimedia works that deal with political matters.

He plays an excerpt from “Cornucopia” which was commissioned by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and conducted by John Adams.

Dresher then comments on his philosophy that rhythmic and melodic forms go hand and hand.

He then plays “This End Up” for solo saxophone and guitar, with saxophone tape ensemble (loops and sequencers) as well as live bass and drums.

The next piece Dresher plays is “Double Ikat” for violin, percussion, and piano. It was originally commissioned by ODC Dance in San Francisco and reworked into a standalone chamber work after the fact.

Dresher then talks about the difference between his works for live performance and studio works and plays an excerpt from his theater work “Power Failure”.

Note: High levels and clipping present during playback of musical examples.
New music
Musical Selections
Cornucopia [excerpt] (1990) (8:15) -- This End Up (1991) (4:03) -- Double Ikat (1993) (3:18) -- Power Failure [excerpt] (1999) (5:00) / Paul Dresher
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (Cornucopia)
John Adams, conductor (Cornucopia)
Ned Rothenberg, saxophone (This End Up)
Samm Bennett, drums (This End Up)
Anthony Jackson, bass (This End Up)
Paul Dresher, guitar, loops (This End Up) ; keyboards (Power Failure)
Abel-Steinberg-Winant Trio
David Abel, violin (Ikat)
Julie Steinberg, piano (Ikat)
William Winant, percussion (Ikat)
Composition (Music)
Music theater
Electro-acoustic music
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