KPFA-FM Music Dept. ➔ New Music America: New Sounds USA, Program No. 4, 1983

Analog Audio


Event Type
Music
Origin
NPR / WNYC
Identifier
NMA.1983.10.15.1
Program Series
New Music America
Program Length
59 min
Dates
1983-11-12 | broadcast
| 1983-10-15 | created
Description
Hosts Alan Rich and Nancy Shear present highlights from the October 15th concert of the 1983 New Music America Festival, which was held in Washington D.C. The program begins with a performance by shriek-singer Diamánda Galás, whose commanding stage presence, complete with black dress and make-up offset by her perfectly white skin, matches her hellishly evocative three octave operatic range as she howls her anguish while accompanied by dark and foreboding electronic noise. If Hell has a nightclub, Diamánda Galás, would be the house act. This is followed by jazz bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma and his band Jamaal, in a performance of three works of jazz-funk fusion. Completing this eclectic mix of avant-garde music is a brief reading by John Cage, from his collection of one minute tales “Indeterminacy,” and which was recorded during a earlier concert in honor of Cage’s birthday, but included here because no festival devoted to American new music could be complete without a piece from the country’s greatest avant-garde composer and artist. The two hosts also briefly interview Mary Cliff of WETA and Festival organizer Bill Warrell.
Genres
Avant-garde
Jazz
Musical Selections
[unidentified work for voice and electronics] (15:25) / Diamánda Galás -- Renaissance Man (6:32) / Jamaaladeen Tacuma -- Rhythm Box (10:11) / Jamaaladeen Tacuma -- The Next Stop (7:52) / Jamaaladeen Tacuma -- Indeterminacy [excerpts] (1:53) / John Cage
Performers
Diamánda Galás, voice (1st work)
Jamaal (2nd - 4th works)
Jamaaladeen Tacuma, electric bass (2nd - 4th works)
John Cage, reader (5th work)
Subjects
Avant-garde (Music)
Songs with electronics
Jazz
Tales