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

Digital Audio

Event Type
Other Minds
Program Series
Other Minds Presents
Program Length
72 min
4 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 4: from “Song Books”] (1970 (14:39) / John Cage

detailed listing: Raga 10 [text from “Microtones” by Alain Daniélou] ; Raga 12 [texts are selections by Henry David Thoreau found in “Solo for Voice 3” and random selections from “Chautal” by Dilip Chandra Vedi] ; Ragamala: Ragas 11, 13, 15, & 7 [texts from “Affinita”, “Der Grundton” and “The Drone” by Alain Daniélou] ; Raga 16 [texts include “Brajbhasa” from Surdas “Holi Song”, “Su Fondmente Invernali” and ”La Bottego del Vetraio” by Roberto Sanesi] ; Raga 18 [text by Erik Satie from “Solo for Voice 21”] ; Raga 17 [text from “Royamount” 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