OM 23 (2018) Sound Poetry
Other Minds Festival 23 (performances April 9-14, 2018), was devoted to text-sound compositional work utilizing “speech” as a musical medium–text, isolated phonemes, and other vocal utterances as sound material and structural elements. Much of this repertoire also involved aspects of electronic manipulation in live performance.
Works by Amy X Neuburg, Pamela Z, Clark Coolidge, Alvin Curran, Anne Waldman, Sheila Davies Sumner, Susan Stone, and Mark Applebaum received their OM debuts. OM also presented Austrian-born American composer Ernst Toch’s complete Gesprochene Musik (including its two rediscovered “lost” movements which accompany the better known “Geographical Fugue”), Kurt Schwitters’ notorious Ursonate (“Primeval Sonata”), and Virgil Thomson/Gertrude Stein’s delightful Capital Capitals.
OM hosted some of the superstars — Anne Waldman, Clark Coolidge, Michael McClure and others — in addition to bringing Enzo Minarelli from Italy, Jaap Blonk from Holland, Sten Sandell from Sweden, Tone Åse and Ottar Ormstad from Norway, and Taras Mashtalir from Russia by way of New York to make a joyful noise for all to celebrate. We payed tribute to departed masters, with rare performances of Bernard Heidsieck’s La Poinçonneuse and Åke Hodell’s presciently political classic Mr. Smith in Rhodesia.