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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 Other Minds and presented by Charles Amirkhanian and the Other Minds staff, 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 #501.

Next Up: Program 606
A Philip Glass Sampler

Philip Glass

KALW Broadcast: June 26, 2020
Host: Mark Abramson

In our second-ever two-hour program, Music From Other Minds will feature a sampling of Glass’s work, including his String Quartet number 5, and a recording from 2016 of one of his seminal minimalist pieces from the nineteen seventies, “Music With Changing Parts.”

Previous Programs

Program 605: Juneteenth

On this Music from Other Minds Liam Herb plays an eclectic mix of black American composers in celebration of Juneteenth. Tune in to learn a bit about the history of the holiday and hear TWO HOURS of music by Olly Wilson, George Walker, Matana Roberts, Moor Mother, Norman W Long, Ben LaMar Gay, and LOAN (comprising Tongo Eisen-Martin & Chris Peck).

Program 604: It Starts With Strings

In this program, we’ll listen to a 1980 work by Terry Riley for string quartet called “Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector.” The other music in this program was chosen to go with that piece. There are tracks from virtuoso string players Yo Yo Ma and L Shankar (photo), one from Myra Melford’s ensemble Snowy Egret, and a couple of others to fill out the program.

Program 603: African-American Experimentalists

Many of the greatest achievements in music history belong to the black community, including the invention of entire genres. Tonight we present a small sampling from the panoply of boundary-defying innovations made by black artists in the field of experimental music.

Program 602: From Reich to Ra in 40 minutes

From Steve Reich to Sun Ra in 40 short minutes! In this program we take a free-associative approach to experimental music. Starting with some of Steve Reich’s work for mallet instruments, we found some electronic music that shared elements of Reich’s approach and then let our mind wander from track to track using connections that made sense…at the time!

Program 601: Music in 8 Parts

On this Music From Other Minds, Liam Herb plays Music in 8 Parts by Philip Glass as well as works by Elodie Lauten and Ingram Marshall.

Program 600: A 600th Episode Celebration

On this Music From Other Minds, Liam Herb celebrates the 600th episode of Music From Other Minds by playing live recordings from the Other Minds Festival. Tune in to hear works by Michael McClure, Hamza El Din, Agata Zubel, Åke Parmerud, Susan Stone, and Gavin Bryars.

Program 599: Estudando o Pagode, An Operetta by Tom Zé

On this Music From Other Minds, Liam Herb plays Estudando o Pagode (Studying the Pagode), An Operetta by Tom Zé.

Program 598: Reservoir 1 - Preservation

On this Music From Other Minds, Liam Herb plays Sarah Hennies evening long work Reservoir 1 – Preservation for Piano and three percussionists.

Program 597: The Music of Fred Frith

On this Music From Other Minds, Mark Abramson plays music by guitarist and composer Fred Frith.

Program 596: The Music of Luciano Berio

On this Music From Other Minds, Mark Abramson plays music by Luciano Berio, including his somewhat controversial renderings of works by Schubert and Puccini.
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