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Since January 2005, Music From Other Minds has presented new and unusual music by innovative composers and performers from around the world. Produced weekly for KALW 91.7 FM San Francisco by Charles Amirkhanian and the Other Minds staff, and aired at 8pm every Sunday, Music From Other Minds aims to open up radio listeners to experimental classical work by living and recent composers. We bring you the latest in contemporary music from around the world, and some glimpses into the past, to give a context for today’s music.

Follow this link for information and track listings from programs prior to program 501.
Follow this link to download a complete list of works played on MFOM up to program 702.

Next: Program 708
Wadada in the 21st Century

Wadada Leo Smith headshot with trumpet
Photo by Jimmy Katz

KALW Broadcast: August 7, 2022
Host: Henry Kaiser

Host Henry Kaiser escorts listeners on a carefully-curated musical adventure through the many recordings that Wadada Leo Smith has made since 2001. Wadada’s recording career began back in 1971 and he has appeared on more than 200 albums: jazz, blues, world music, new music composition, free improvisation, creative music, electronic music, and more. Kaiser has been a friend and collaborator with Wadada for nearly 50 years, as well as being a close student of his music.

Previous Programs

Program 707: String Theory

Music for strings, from composers and performers who use what are commonly called “extended techniques” – non-traditional, unorthodox, or quote unquote “improper” ways of invoking sound from these instruments. To illustrate, we’ll play work by Theresa Wong, Ellen Fullman, Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Wang Lu, Tyshawn Sorey, and violinist Jennifer Koh.

Program 706: Avet Terterian's Symphonies

On this Music from Other Minds, Joseph Bohigian plays symphonies by Avet Terterian. Terterian was one of the foremost composers in Armenia during the late-Soviet period especially highly regarded for his symphonic works, which often incorporate Armenian musical traditions. This program features an interview with musicologist Dr. Oksana Nesterenko on the influence of religion and spirituality on the music of composers in the Soviet Union.

Program 705: Listening to the World

Canada’s best known composer, R. Murray Schafer, wrote music for voice, orchestra, chamber ensembles, and site specific rituals to be performed outdoors. However, in the U.S. Schafer’s ideas are better known than his music. As the founder of acoustic ecology, he spawned the study of our sound environment, and advocated a harmonious relationship between people, sound, and nature. In this program Ed Herrmann presents Schafer’s music, including several of his string quartets and vocal music, as well as interviews with composer Hildegard Westerkamp, a former student of Schafer who assisted in his early soundscape studies; and Eric Leonardson, sound artist and president of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology.

Program 704: Canto Ostinato and Houses of the Wind

On this Music from Other Minds, Liam Herb plays sections 88 and 89 of Simeon ten Holt’s Dutch minimalist masterwork Canto Ostinato and John Luther Adam’s newly composed electroacoustic work Houses of the Wind.

Program 703: Drones with Benefits

Tonight we’ll focus on Indian classical singer and teacher, Pandit Pran Nath, and two of his American students – Jon Hassell and Terry Riley. We’ll play Terry Riley’s work for electric organ and reel-to-reel tape delay, “Persian Surgery Dervishes.” We’ll listen to a live performance by Pandit Pran Nath of a traditional raga called “Malkauns.” And we’ll hear the title track of the first solo album by Jon Hassell, “Vernal Equinox.”

Program 702: Raven Chacon

On this Music from Other Minds, Joseph Bohigian plays music by Raven Chacon. Chacon is a composer, performer, and installation artist living in Albuquerque, New Mexico who is renowned for his chamber music and his work performing as a noise musician. The program includes his 2022 Pulitzer Prize-winning piece Voiceless Mass, as well as one side of his upcoming Other Minds Records LP release with Tatsuya Nakatani and Carlos Santistevan Inhale/Exhale.

Program 701: The Plains of Gordium

On this Music from Other Minds, Liam Herb plays Petr Kotik‘s percussion work The Plains of Gordium (2004) performed by Talujon on 36 tuned-drums and bells followed by an archival broadcast of works of radio art by Peter Gordon, Ned Sublette/David van Tiegem, and Maryanne Amacher.

Program 700: New York City, 1980s

Artists that were creating new experimental music in New York City in the 1980s. We’ll hear Rhys Chatham’s work for rock ensembles; David Linton’s created uncompromising work with an emphasis on volume and abrupt changes of direction; Nicolas Collins’s electronics-focused work with a radical political tilt; The Ordinaires, whose work is challenging without being pretentious.

Program 699: Mandorla Awakening II

The futuristic world imagined in Nicole Mitchell’s Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds is “an egalitarian society designed by people who have awakened their ability to communicate directly with the Source. Having survived the destructive forces of the Egoes Wars and the global virus, the Mandorlians have made a biological transformation after two generations of a natural lifestyle, making them permanently immune to the virus.” A live performance of Mandorla Awakening at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, plus Old Locks and Irregular Verbs by Henry Threadgill, and works by Douglas Ewart, Trio WAZ (Ed Wilkerson, Tatsu Aoki, Michael Zerang), and Irreversible Entanglements are featured in this week’s program.

Program 698: Avant-Garde Exotica

On June 6 the Norwegian composer Øyvind Torvund visits the Bay Area for a performance of his The Exotica Album, a sophisticated parody/tribute combining elements of “exotic lounge music” from the 1950s with early electronic modernism. In anticipation of this momentous event Ed Herrmann presents music by Øyvind Torvund along with highlights from music that inspired him, including Les Baxter and Martin Denny. In addition to excerpts from The Exotica Album, we’ll hear Torvund’s untitled school performed by Yarn/Wire; and the Norwegian ensemble asamisimasa performing Torvund’s Neon Forest Space. The program also includes selections by Hans Reichel, Bart Hopkin, Mauricio Kagel, Tom Djll, Spike Jones, and Edvard Grieg.

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