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Program 678: Five New Releases

KALW Broadcast Date: December 12, 2021 | Host: Mark Abramson

In this program, we focus on 5 new albums from 5 very different experimental musicians. There is no particular theme that ties these artists together, other than they are all doing experimental work, and they are all currently active recording artists. We start with a few tracks from the latest album by Egyptian guitarist and composer, Maurice Louca, called, “Saet El Hazz,” or “The Luck Hour.” His work combines combines Egyptian folk instruments, classical western instruments and electronics in an intriguing synthesis of Arabic and Western sensibilities. Pamela Z offers a theatrical and innovative take on the voice and it’s possibilities when combined with modern technology and a wry sense of humor. Ben Lamar Gay fuses folk and folklore, hip hop and pop, jazz and utter weirdness into something extraordinary. Nick Zanca is an artist from New York who has done a lot of work in the dance and alt pop worlds, but his latest release is a fusion of field recording and artfully used electronics. And Lea Bertucci is a New York-based reed player and composer whose work is a thoughtful combination of the acoustic properties of both her instruments and the environments in which they are played.

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Title: Saet El Hazz (The Luck Hour), El-Fazza’ah (The Slip and Slide), Bidayat (Holocene), Higamah (Hirudinea)
Composer: Maurice Louca
Performers: Mazen Kerbaj – Trumpet/Electronics; Sharif Sehnaoui – Guitar; Raed Yassin – Double Bass; Anthea Caddy – Cello; Christine Kazaryan – Harp; Khaled Yassine – Percussions/Gamelan; Maurice Louca – Guitar
Recording Title: Saet El Hazz (2021)
Record Label: Northern Spy
Catalog Number: NS143


Title: Quatre Couches / Flare Stains, Site Four (from Occupy), He Says Yes (from Echo)
Composers: Pamela Z
Performers: Pamela Z – voice, electronics
Recording Title: A Secret Code (2021)
Record Label: Neuma Records
Catalog Number: Neuma 143


Title: Sometimes I Forget How Summer Looks On You, Hood Rich Happy, Bang Melodically Bang, Aunt Lola and the Quail, Mestre Candeia’s Denim Hat, Oh Great Be The Lake, I Be Loving Me Some Of You, In Tongues And In Droves, S’Phisticated Lady, We Gon Win
Composer: Ben Lamar Gay
Recording Title: Open Arms To Open Us (2021)
Record Label: International Anthem
Catalog Number: IARC0051


Title: Cacerolazo I, Cacerolazo II, Cacerolazo III
Composer: Nick Zanca
Performers: Nick Zanca – field recordings and electronics
Recording Title: Cacerolazo (2021)
Record Label: Full Spectrum Records
Catalog Number: FS109


Title: On Opposite Sides of Sleep, Refrain (A Whisper, An Alarm), An Arc of the Horizon
Composer: Lea Bertucci
Performers: Lea Bertucci
Recording Title: A Visible Length of Light (2021)
Record Label: Cibachrome Editions
Catalog Number: CB02

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