KPFA-FM Music Dept. ➔ Speaking of Music: Leroy Jenkins & Marilyn Crispell, 1990, 1 of 2

Analog Audio

Event Type
Interview and Music
Program Series
Speaking of Music
Program Length
107 min
1 of 2
1990-03-26 | broadcast
| 1990-01-25 | created
Charles Amirkhanian interviews violinist Leroy Jenkins and pianist Marilyn Crispell on January 25, 1990, as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series. Although they have known each other for quite some time and used to occasionally share the same studio space, this is the first time that they have performed together in public. Amirkhanian begins the program by questioning each composer/performer about their respective careers and their approach to improvisation. Jenkins discusses his early musical experiences, including playing the bassoon in his school band. He also describes how he has slowly incorporated more traditional classical styles into his compositions and plays an excerpt of a recording of a string quartet he wrote for the Kronos Quartet. Jenkins then plays three solo pieces, including one on viola, an instrument that he says many people prefer to the violin. Crispell then talks about how she works with written out fragments as the initial structure for her improvising, before playing a piano solo. The program concludes with a lengthy improvised duet performed by both guests. Leroy Jenkins died in 2007 at the age of 74.
Free improvisation
Musical Selections
String Quartet [excerpt] (0:53) / Leroy Jenkins -- Springboards (7:00) / Leroy Jenkins -- Hipnosis (6:20) / Leroy Jenkins -- Lullabye (6:15) / Leroy Jenkins -- [piano improvisation] (10:38) / Marilyn Crispell
Virtuosi Della Rosa (Quartet)
Leroy Jenkins, violin (Springboard ; Hipnosis)
Leroy Jenkins, viola (Lullabye)
Marilyn Crispell, piano (solo)
Improvisation (Music)
String quartets
Violin music
Viola music
Funding for the preservation of this program made possible through a grant by Save America’s Treasures, a program of the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.