Charles Amirkhanian Collection ➔ Composer-to-Composer Festival: Day 2 Discussions, Joan La Barbara and Julio Estrada (August 16, 1989), 2 of 4

Digital Audio

Event Type
Lectures and Panel Discussions
C Amirkhanian
Program Series
Composer-to-Composer Festival
Program Length
132 min
2 of 4
| broadcast
| 1989-08-16 | created
A continuation of the recording with Joan La Barbara followed by Julio Estrada during morning composer presentations on August 16, 1989 in Telluride, Colorado during the 1989 Composer to Composer Festival.

Joan La Barbara introduces a recording of her work for solo oboe and tape “l’albero dalle foglie azzurre (the tree of blue leaves)” and explains that it was inspired by a memory of a tree she once saw in Italy around dusk that appeared to be glowing blue. Next she plays an excerpt of “Urban Tropics”, a tape work for voice, field recordings, and percussion. After the excerpt is played she explains the editing process of the work and a male composer in the audience comments on the lack of low frequencies, to which she responds that she often receives that comment from male composers, but rarely receives it from female composers. After taking questions, La Barbara wraps up her session and the composers take a short break.

Charles Amirkhanian introduces Julio Estrada. Estrada begins by reviewing what he will be doing for the weekend concert and talks about his reasons for composing. He moves on to discuss the influence of John Cage on his music, particularly in regard to his move away from the European traditional concepts of what classical music “should” be. He then talks about his use of game theory in his music and his deep love and reverence for the music of the Mexican microtonal composer Julián Carrillo. He plays a recording of “yuunohui'nahu “ for solo double bass and takes questions. An excerpt of the same piece, but written for cello is played while the other composers look at one of his scores. Additional questions and discussions of his works for strings continue before the session ends. Charles Amirkhanian makes some announcements and the remainder of the recording captures random talk and activity as the group starts to leave.
New music
Musical Selections
l'albero dalle foglie azzurre (the tree of blue leaves) (1989) (10:15) -- Urban Tropics [excerpt] (1988) (8:05) / Joan La Barbara -- yuunohui'nahu (1985) (9:28) -- yuunohui'yei (1983) (8:55) / Julio Estrada
Barbara Herr Orland, oboe (l’albero dalle foglie...)
Joan La Barbara, voice (Urban Tropics)
Stefano Scodanibbio, double bass (yuunohui’nahu)
Unidentified, cello (yuunohui'yei)
Oboe music
Tape music
Field recordings
Vocalises with percussion
Bass solos
Cello solos
Digitized with support from the National Recording Preservation Foundation, The Copland Fund, and the Association for Recorded Sound Collections.