Other Minds Special Programs ➔ Other Minds Presents: Solo for Voice 58: 18 Microtonal Ragas, 2 of 4

Digital Audio

Event Type
Other Minds
Program Series
Other Minds Presents
Program Length
72 min
2 of 4
| broadcast
| 2007-11-02 | created
Nearly forty years after John Cage composed, “Solo for Voice 58”, an indeterminate work consisting of 18 separate parts, it finds its ideal interpreter in Italian-born dhrupad singer Amelia Cuni. The first performer to prepare the full 18 microtonal ragas for a major performance, Cuni executes microtonal melodies in five different languages with stunning ease. On November 2, 2007, Other Minds, presented the American premiere of this iconoclastic interpretation at a concert in Berkeley California. Two basic concepts are embodied in Cuni’s realization of the complete “Solo for Voice 58”: the meaning of raga, which is “to color the mind”, and chance operations, a favorite tool of John Cage. Following Cage’s own instructions, other selections from his “Song Books” (1970) have been integrated and superimposed as part of the “18 Microtonal Ragas”
New music
Microtonal music
Musical Selections
Solo for Voice 58: 18 Microtonal Ragas [part 2: from “Song Books”] (1970 (14:39) / John Cage

detailed listing: Raga 3 [text consists of names of constellations and cities from the first page of “Solo for Voice 72”] ; Raga 5 [text from “Winter Lake” by Amelia Cuni]
Amelia Cuni, dhrupad vocals
Werner Durand, drones & electronics
Raymond Kaczynski, percussion
Federico Sanesi, percussion
New music
Microtonal music
Songs with electronics
Songs with percussion
Aleatory music