KPFA-FM Music Dept. ➔ Ode To Gravity: The Life and Times of David Ocker

Analog Audio

Event Type
Interview and Music
Program Series
Ode To Gravity
Program Length
31 min
1984-12-03 | broadcast
| 1984-06-15 | created
First broadcast on December 3, 1984, Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer and clarinetist David Ocker. A resident of Southern California since 1976, Ocker had been working as a composer, new music performer on the clarinet, and preparing new orchestra works for first performance. A graduate of Carleton College and CalArts, he was a founding member of the Independent Composers Association in Los Angeles and is perhaps best known for his performances with Frank Zappa, for whom he worked as copyist and arranger. Ocker is also the soloist for whom Zappa wrote his concerto for clarinet and orchestra, “Moe ‘n Herb’s Vacation,” recorded by Ocker with the London Symphony with Kent Nagano conducting, and available on Barking Pumpkin Records. In this wide ranging interview Ocker discuses several of his works including his nearly five hour long ambient piece “The Long Recess,” as well as his collaborations with Vinny Golia, Frank Zappa, and others.
20th century classical
Popular music
20th century classical
Rock music
Related places
Berkeley (Calif.) (was recorded at)
Berkeley (Calif.) (was broadcast at)
Related Entities
Amirkhanian, Charles
Ocker, David