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 672: OM Festival 25, Preview 2
This program gives a preview of the artists performing on nights three and four of the 25th Other Minds Festival. Subtitled “Moment’s Notice,” a celebration of the art of musical improvisation. We’ll present work tonight by saxophonist Darius Jones, and the improv duo of Larry Ochs on sax and drummer Donald Robinson. We’ll play work by jazz master Roscoe Mitchell, bassist Junius Paul, pianist Sylvie Courvoisier, and guitarists Mary Halvorson and Elliott Sharp. And we’ll end the program with work by James Fei and Anthony Braxton.
Program 671: New Music for Gamelan
On the next Music from Other Minds, Modern works for gamelan including works by Balinese composers Dewa Putu Berata and I Made Arnawa, Americans Bill Alves and John Cage, and Tokyo-based sound artist Sawako.
Program 670: Other Minds Rewind
On this Music from Other Minds, Liam Herb played recordings of Other Minds Festival 25 artists at past festivals.
Tune in for Myra Melford‘s rip-roaring solo piano work Life Carries Me This Way from OM 19, Tyshawn Sorey, Ikue Mori, and Ken Ueno‘s trio performance from OM 17, William Parker‘s composition Spirit Catcher from OM 9, and an excerpt of Jason Moran‘s Slang which featured Mary Halverson on guitar.
Program 669: OM Festival 25, Preview 1
This time on Music From Other Minds, we’re giving our listeners a preview of all of the artists performing on nights one and two of the 25th Other Minds Festival. Subtitled “Moment’s Notice,” after the tune by John Coltrane, the festival is a celebration of the art of musical improvisation. We’ll present work by Myra Melford, Mark Dresser, Ikue Mori, Zeena Parkins, William Winant, Jen Shyu, Ben Goldberg, Liberty Ellman, Gerald Cleaver, and William Parker, including a song that features drummer Hamid Drake. We’ll also play a new pre-release track from drummer Tyshawn Sorey and DJ, producer and electronic musician King Britt.
Program 668: Unseen Rain, Vocal Music of Richard Felciano & Robert Kyr
On the next Music from Other Minds: Unseen Rain, Vocal Works of Richard Felciano and Robert Kyr.
Program 667: Leo Ornstein at 100
On this Music from Other Minds, an archival rebroadcast of Charles Amirkhanian’s 1992 celebration of the 100th birthday of Leo Ornstein. Severo Ornstein, the son of the composer, is in the studio with Amirkhanian to provide commentary, while Leo Ornstein and another near centenarian, Nicolas Slonimsky, are interviewed by phone. The discussion centers on Ornstein’s early history as a wunderkind pianist in the 1910s, and his enormous output of music over nine decades of composing. Slonimsky details a recent revival of Ornstein’s music in his native Russia and Severo talks of his efforts to get Ornstein’s music back into print.
Program 666: Music from Holland
On the next Music from Other Minds, Randall Wong plays works by Dutch Iconoclasts, Louis Andriessen and Willem Breuker.
Program 665: Saying It With Jazz
Examples of artists using the spoken word, chanting, and samples of recorded voice to make their points. Some of what they’re trying to communicate is personal. Some of it is overtly political. Either way, it illustrates the intention of the music they make. With examples from Brooklyn-based trumpeter and composer Jamie Branch and Chicago-based musician and artist Damon Locks. We’ll hear a classic work from 1973 by Sun Ra, and a couple from 2021 by the Sons of Kemet. And we’ll hear improvisations by elder statesman Wadada Leo Smith and the young UK-based drummer Sarathy Korwar.
Program 664: The Kitchen Sink
On the next Music from Other Minds, Liam Herb plays an elective mix of compositions by Hildegard Westerkamp, Philip Corner, Hal Clark, WHITE PEOPLE KILLED THEM (Raven Chacon, John Dieterich, and Marshall Trammell), and more.
Program 663: New Folk Traditions
On this Music from Other Minds, New Folk Traditions: imaginative modern takes on traditional music, including works by Luciano Berio, Kareem Roustom, Piero Umiliani, Anne-Lise Berntsen, and Gáman. Listen to this program for Randall Wong’s selections of compositions that blend the boundaries between the contemporary and the old fashioned.