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.
Program 522: Monsters and Musings
On this Music from Other Minds, Randall Wong presents two highly contrasting works for voice and orchestra. The first work, Frankenstein!, is by the neo-tonal, neo-expressionistic composer H.K. Gruber. The work melds components of cartoon music, jazz, and contemporary classical music into an action packed, and highly absurd, song cycle. After that you’ll hear Dans Le Sable by the Bay Area composer Loren Rush.
Program 521: Music for Gamelan
On the this Music from Other Minds, Mark Abramson presents traditional works for gamelan and Western classical works inspired by the music of Indonesia. Gamelan is the traditional ensemble music of Bali and Java in Indonesia. It has a rich cultural history within Indonesia that dates back almost two thousand years. It gained recognition in the Western world during the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris and since has inspired countless composers of Western classical music.
Program 520: Tongue of the Invisible
On this Music from Other Minds, Michael Jones presents: Tongue of the Invisible, an eight-movement work for baritone, improvising pianist, and chamber orchestra by the Australian composer Liza Lim. Tongue of the Invisible takes its inspiration and libretto from 14th century Persian Sufi poet Hāfez, whose poetry explores love in both ecstatic celebration and cool observation.
Program 519: High Wire Sopranos
On this Music From Other Minds, Randall Wong explores two works for soprano and orchestra by Hans Werner Henze and Hans Abrahamsen. The program is composed of Edda Moser’s performance of Henze’s work Being Beauteous and Barbra Hannigan’s rendition of Abrahamsen’s work let me tell you.
Program 518: Forgotten Concertos
Join us on Music From Other Minds as Randall Wong shares two under appreciated piano concertos by Gian Carlo Menotti and George Antheil.
Program 517: French Spectralism
On this Music From Other Minds, Michael Jones shares a program dedicated to the movement of French Spectralism.
Program 516: Fields Have Ears
On this Music From Other Minds, Mark Abramson presents a program dedicated to Michael Pisaro’s composition The Fields Have Ears (6).
Program 515: Sounds of the Arctic
This program, hosted by Other Minds Administrative Director and vocal artist Randall Wong, presents two very different interpretations of the sound of the Arctic.
Program 514: Minimalist Piano Preludes
On this Music From Other Minds, Richard Friedman presents a program of minimalist piano preludes.
Program 513: Stockhausen’s Momente
On this Music From Other Minds, Richard Friedman presents Stockhausen’s 1965 version of Momente.