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 10pm every Friday, 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.
Next Up: Program 628
KALW Broadcast: November 27, 2020
Host: Liam Herb
Host: Liam Herb
On this Music from Other Minds, Liam Herb plays Jim Nollman’s Thanksgiving Day interspecies work “Turkey Song” and other works made with animals as musical collaborators. Also on the program, new releases by Bill Fontana and Charles Shere.
Program 627: Golijov, Piazzolla and Pärt
Program 627 spotlights a new work by Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov. Commissioned and performed by the Silk Road Ensemble, Golijov’s new work “Falling Out of Time” is an 80-minute song cycle dealing with grief. Based on a book by David Grossman about a grief-stricken father who undertakes a journey to connect with his dead child. We also hear from Argentinian tango master Astor Piazzolla, as played by the Kronos Quartet, and by the composer himself on the bandoneón, a type of concertina which originated in Germany and became popular in Argentina and Uruguay. And we end with quiet sad work for solo piano by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt.
Program 626: New Releases by the JACK Quartet
On this Music from Other Minds, Randall Wong presents two contrasting, newly recorded works by the JACK quartet by composers John Luther Adams and Clara Iannotta.
Program 625: Election Special
On this Music from Other Minds, Liam Herb presents a special Election Edition of Music from Other Minds featuring political works by Quilapayún, Fredric Rzewski, Donald Miller, and Moor Mother, as well as a meditative electroacoustic work by Judith Hamann.
Program 624: Scary Music for Scary Times
This program tries to provide scary music for scary times. Long electric guitar-based works by Swans and Brent Miller frame a variety of other artists that provide some truly alarming music, like that of Tanya Tagaq. We’ll also hear some improvised music from Fred Frith and Hans Koch that provides unexpected sonic thrills, a track from Elliot Sharp and Carbon that takes rock in some alarming directions. A collaboration between Elliott and Christian Marclay, and cameos from Krautrock band Cluster , experimental provacateurs Psychic TV, and doomed chanteuse Nico fill out the program. And a work for violin and piano by Arvo Pärt lets us end with our sanity intact.
Program 623: Karl-Birger Blomdahl's "Aniara"
On the Next Music from Other Minds, Randall Wong Plays what is probably the first science fiction opera, Karl-Birger Blomdahl’s opera, Aniara. Tune in to KALW 91.7fm or Kalw.org Friday night at 10pm to hear it live!
Program 622: La Monte Young at 85
On the Next Music from Other Minds, Liam Herb celebrates La Monte Young’s 85th Birthday by exploring some of his well known and lesser known pieces, interviews with the composer, and much more. Also on the program, works by Terry Jennings, Terry Riley, Jon Gibson, and Julius Eastman.
Program 621: New Music from the Old World
This program explores new music from the Middle East, Iran and India, including artists from the Arabic diaspora in Europe, Canada and the U.S. The direction of cultural appropriation is reversed as western musical forms have been used by these artists to create something new of their own. We’ll hear from ex-pats Sam Shalabi, 9T Antiope, and Lafawndah. Other artists include Michel Banabila, Sawarthy Korwar, Nadah el Shazly, Tamer Abu Gazaleh, Maryam Saleh, Maurice Louca, Saba Alizadeh and Siavash Amini. For the coup de grâce, we’ll play a collaborative piece by Lafawndah with respected Japanese percussionist and minimalist composer Midori Takada.
Program 620: From The Archive - Charles Amirkhanian and Laurie Anderson in Conversation
In this episode of Music From Other Minds, Liam Herb presents a 1984 archived conversation between Charles Amirkhanian and Laurie Anderson prepared for a 1987 nationally broadcasted Ode to Gravity program. Together they discuss the origins of some her most emblematic pieces, her use of technology in her compositions, and the day she saw her doppelgänger.
Program 619: Electronic Dreams
In this episode of Music From Other Minds, Liam Herb surveys electronic and electroacoustic music from past and present. This program features works by Ingram Marshall, Percy Grainger, Laurie Spiegel, Pierre Schaeffer, Felicity Mangan, Hanna Hartman, and James Tenney.
Program 618: Lou Harrison's Young Caesar
In this episode of Music From Other Minds, Randall Wong plays possibly the first opera on an explicitly gay subject—Lou Harrison’s Young Caesar. This program features the 2017 LA Philharmonic revival of the work, an interview with the composer on the KPFA gay men’s program Fruit Punch from Christmas night 1974, and an archival recording from the original 1971 performance.