Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, 5/31 & 6/4

I don’t keep such accounts anymore, so when I learned of Henri Dutilleux’s death at the age of 97 on May 22 it came as a surprise to me that he’d been my favorite living classical composer for the last ten years or so. I’ve played his music on the show before, but this time it seemed right to do a two-hour tribute—Updoc, Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday—spelled by contrasting episodes from other recent departures: George Jones, Georges Moustaki, and Ray Manzarek. Dutilleux’s music extends a very French line of development from Fauré through Debussy, Ravel, and Koechlin into a postwar idiom that can go atonal without losing touch with exquisite tonal beauty, formal nuance, and endlessly subtle detail. There is nothing of system or dogma in it, so it’s no surprise that Dutilleux and Pierre Boulez did not get along. By all accounts, Dutilleux was a fine and generous fellow, an excellent teacher, an exemplary family man, and such a perfectionist in his work that his oeuvre, once he got this side of Ravel’s influence and into his own full voice, is pretty much one masterpiece after another, widely spaced across the years. If you like sheer beauty, this show’s for you.henridutilleux

Jazz Worldwide 016 Playlist (27 May + 1 June 2013)

Not That Kind of Blues Lucian Ban and Mat Maneri Transylvanian Concert Lucian Ban ECM
Somewhere-Everywhere Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette Somewhere Leonard Bernstein-Stephen Sondheim-Keith Jarrett ECM
Hundertwasser Michel Gentile, Daniel Kelly and Rob García Works Daniel Kelly Connection Works
Mao Nas Massa Gerald Clayton Life Forum Gerald Clayton Concord Jazz
Above Gilad Hekselman This Just In Alan Parsons-Eric Woolfson Jazz Village
I Thought About You Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette Somewhere Jimmy Van Heusen-Johnny Mercer ECM
Ismaro Stefano Battaglia Trio Songways Stefano Battaglia ECM
Deep Space-Solar Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette Somewhere Keith Jarrett-Miles Davis ECM
Chorale Michel Gentile, Daniel Kelly and Rob García Works Daniel Kelly Connection Works
C’est Bien Ça Michel Gentile, Daniel Kelly and Rob García Works Michel Gentile Connection Works
Rosetta Charles Lloyd and Jason Moran Hagar’s Song Earl “Fatha” Hines ECM
Speak the Name Craig Taborn Trio Chants Craig Taborn ECM
Requiem for Willy Loman Death of a Salesman Eleni Karaindrou Concert in Athens Eleni Karaindrou ECM New Series
Song For Ben Van Gelder Pascal Le Boeuf Pascal’s Triangle Pascal Le Boeuf Nineteen Eight Records
VI Iva Bittová Iva Bittová Joaquin Rodrigo ECM
The Sirens Chris Potter The Sirens Chris Potter ECM

Martian Gardens – 05/27/2013

Martian Gardens for May 26-27, 2013


Sundays live broadcast/webcast
21:00–24:00 EDT
WMUA 91.1 FM
Amherst, Massachusetts
May 26, 2013

webcast: Mondays 9:00 — Noon EDT
May 28, 2013 Host: Max Shea
online playlists: Martian Gardens blog
email: maxtshea@gmail.com


John Cage/David Tudor: Indeterminacy # 76
(concerning Henry Cowell’s Oriental music class)
Smithsonian Folkways/1992
reader, text: John Cage; piano, electronics: David Tudor

Ursula Mamlok: Grasshoppers
I. Sunday Walk (0:33)
II. Night Serenade (1:24)
III. In the Rain (0:30)
IV. Minuet (0:50)
V. In the Army (0:45)
VI: Hurry Home (0:37)
The Music of Ursula Mamlok Volume 4
Bridge Records/2013
piano: Holger Groschopp; recorded in Berlin, Gartenstraße, September 2012; composition year: 1956

Benjamin Boretz: Red Hook (Language, as a music IV)
Open Space 10 (Randall/Boretz)
Open Space/1999
monologue: Benjamin Boretz; “Remember,” Irving Berlin, performance uncredited; composition year 1978; time: 9:00

Noah Creshevsky: Highway
The Tape Music of Noah Creshevsky
EM Records/2004
electronic music on tape: Noah Creshevsky; composition year: 1979; time: 8:53

John Cage: Imaginary Landscape No. 4. “March No. 2” (First Version)
The Works for Percussion I
Mode Records/2011
music for 12 radios and ensemble; College-Conservatory of Music Percussion Ensemble, conductor: James Culley; recorded at Werner Concert Hall, College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, Ohio, May 25, 2006; composition year: 1942; time: 4:26

Pauline Oliveros: Bye Bye Butterfly
Women in Electronic Music 1977 [various artists]
New World Records/2006 [orig. 1977]
electronic music on tape: Pauline Oliveros; recorded at the San Francisco Tape Music Center, 1965; composition year: 1965; time: 8:00

Val Stephen:
a. Fireworks (2:00)
b. The Orgasmic Opus (0:45)
Electronic Music [various artists]
recorded in Melbourne, Australia, 1963; composition year: 1963

The Human League: The Circus of Death
Virgin Records/1979
voice, lyrics: Philip Oakey; synthesizers, electronics: Martyn Ware, Ian Craig Marsh; recorded at Workshop Studios, Sheffield, 1979; time: 4:00

Desmond Briscoe: Phra the Phoenician*
BBC Radiophonic Workshop (A Retrospective) [various artists]
BBC Music/The Grey Area of Mute/2000
electronics: Desmond Briscoe; recorded at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, London, 1960; composition year: 1960; time: 0:49

Delia Derbyshire: Doctor Who (R. Grainer)
BBC Radiophonic Workshop (A Retrospective) [various artists]
BBC Music/The Grey Area of Mute/2000
composer: Ron Grainer; realization, synthesizers: Delia Derbyshire; recorded at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, London, 1963; composition year: 1963; time: 2:19

Brian Hodgson: TARDIS
BBC Radiophonic Workshop (A Retrospective) [various artists]
BBC Music/The Grey Area of Mute/2000
electronics: Brian Hodgson; recorded at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, London, 1963; composition year: 1963; time: 1:25

John Eaton: Thoughts on Rilke
First Performances
Electronic Music Foundation/2007
soprano: Michiko Hirayama; Syn-Kets: John Eaton, Jane Schoonover Smith; vibration plate, sound mixing: Paolo Ketoff; text: Rainer Maria Rilke, “Sonnets to Orpheus, Part II, Sonnet 10,” composition year: 1966; time: 10:57
*TAINT Radio version only

Andrew May: Still Angry
CDCM Computer Music Series Volume 39 [various artists]
Music from the University of North Texas
Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia
Centaur Records/2012
music for flute, clarinet, and computer; flute: Elizabeth McNutt; clarinet: Esther Lamneck; software: Andrew May; quotations from songs by Joy Division, Magazine, and the Buzzcocks performed by Andrew May; premiered in Manchester, England, at the Tornado Project; composition year: 2007; time: 8:51

Biota: Watch and Watch
The $100 Guitar Project [various artists]
Bridge Records/2013
the $100 guitar: Tom Katsimpalis, Mark Piersel, and Charles O’Meara; time: 1:58

Alvin Curran: Light Flowers Dark Flowers (excerpt)
Solo Works — The ’70s
New World Records/2010
piano, toy piano, Serge modular synthesizer, tapes, electronics: Alvin Curran; recorded in Rome, 1974; composition year: 1974; excerpt time: 10:00

John Cage/David Tudor:
Mesostics re Merce Cunningham/Untitled [excerpt]
The Art of David Tudor boxed-set
New World Records/2013
voice: John Cage; live electronics: David Tudor; recorded at the Pro Musica Nova Festival, Radio Bremen, May 8, 1972; composition year: 1972; excerpt time: 22:00

David Tudor: Rainforest, Version I — Music for Dance
Mode Records/1998
live electronics: David Tudor, Takehisa Kosugi, for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, recorded in New Delhi, India, 1990; composition year: 1968; time: 21:35

Pauline Oliveros: Bog Road (excerpt)*
No Mo
Pogus Productions/2002
Buchla Series 100 Box: Pauline Oliveros; recorded at the Mills Tape Music Center, Oakland, Summer of 1967; composition year: 1967; excerpt time: 16:00/complete time: 33:11
* excerpt on TAINT Radio version/complete on WMUA Version

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Tone Science – 05/26/2013

tone science 119

Time Song Artist Album
8pm Last Famous Words/Theme From Konono no. 2 The Ex & Brass Unbounb Enormous Door
  Couch Ogah Jeb Bishop, Jaap Blonk, Lou Mallozzi, Frank Rosaly At The Hideout
  The Flame Alphabet Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio + Jeb Bishop The Flame Alphabet
  Shadow Flow Richard Carrick The Flow Cycle for Strings
  Dead Battery Ches Smith & These Arches Hammered
  After After Joelle Leandre - Nicole Mitchell - Dylan Van Der Schyff Before After
  Lightheaded and Heavyhearted Annie Gosfield Lost Signals and Drifting Satellites
  Drummer's Corpse Mike Pride Drummer's Corpse


Howling’s cool-o-meter goes off the scale as he sits on his porch playing some of the finest blues ‘n roots music, past and present – but why is he looking at pictures of young men when Wanda is still so cool?

Wanda - First Lady Of Rockabilly

Get A Little Hot                                    The Stumble

Mary Don’t You Weep (Live)            Ian Siegal

The Gypsy                                              The James Hunter Six

When I Get To Drinkin’                     Poplar Jake

You Don’t Know Baby                         Wanda Jackson

Make You Stay                                       Matt Anderson

Blues Dance                                           Diana Braithwaite

Where Did You Stay Last Night?     Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup

Look Whatcha Done                           Magic Sam

True Friends                                          Charlie Parr

Clyde                                                        J.J. Cale

Be Lonely With Me                             Wooden Horse

Rich Man Now                                    Rob Heron And The Teapad Orchestra

Death Don’t Have No Mercy           Rory Block

Songs on Toast – 05/24/2013

John Henry 3:56 The Staple Singers Ultimate Staple Singers
Feel So Bad 2:44 Little Junior Parker Essential Blues Best
I Have A Devil In Me 2:41 Churchwood Churchwood 2
Mangoane 2:28 Manhattan Brothers The Very Best
Kannst du Felfen Johanna 3:07 Comedian Harmonists The Box
My Sweet Hunk O’ Trash 3:23 Louis Armstrong Satchmo In The Forties
Mazowea 2:28 Fundi Konde Retrospective – Vol 1 (’47-’56)
Give Booze a Chance 1:18 The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band The Complete BBC Recordings
Hung Over 2:05 The Martinis (Packy Axton) It Came From Memphis
Jesus Is the One 3:09 Anonymous Jamaican Gospel
Faith 3:07 The Soul Superiors Good God! Apocryphal Hymns
Béliya pou péyi-a 3:00 Edmond Mondésir France – Martinique (
Omo Africa 3:25 West African Swing Stars London Is The Place For Me 2
The Image Of Me 3:17 Doug Sahm and Band The Best Of Doug Sahm’s Atlantic Sessions
World of Hurt 3:03 The Pembles Meet the Pembles
Spider Blues 2:20 Spider John Koerner Spider Blues
Comes The Blues 4:26 Malcolm Holcombe To Drink The Rain
Yo Yo Blues 2:59 Barbecue Bob Chocolate To The Bone
Swingin’ On A Star 2:39 Big Dee Irwin The Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Hits
Blues Pass Me By 2:54 Sir Douglas Quintet The Crazy Cajun Recordings
Worried Blues 5:54 Skip James Devil Got My Woman
Fair In Love 2:54 Coco Robicheaux Hoodoo Party
All Blues Hail Mary 5:33 Joe Henry Blood From Stars
Cry No More 3:38 Jewls Kirkman Belves
Sand And Foam 3:20 Donovan Troubadour
Downtown 3:16 Crazy horse Scratchy: The Reprise Recordings
Gipsy Son 3:22 True Believers Gipsy Son
Magat milktna dulaa 4:50 Mariem Hassan Deseos
Hawar Thandi 2:13 David Lewiston West Himalayas (Shimla & Kullu)
God Is Taking Care 4:02 Deacon Williams Yeti
Motherless Children (Hummin’) 1:21 Taj Mahal Sounder
Ease My Troubled Mind 2:44 The Spirit Of Memphis Quartet Happy In The Service Of The Lord
This Is My Story, This Is My Song 1:43 Thelonious Monk Monk Alone
Collected Songs Where Every Verse is Filled with Grief 8:25 Kronos Quartet Alfred Schnittke – The Complete String Quartets
Nibelungen 2:44 Nico The Marble Index
Amulet 1:37 Paul Simon So Beautiful or So What
Just Workin’ 0:35 Taj Mahal Sounder

Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, May 24 & 28

It’s hard to think of two composers more dissimilar than Arnold Schoenberg and George Gershwin—the arch-systematiser of tonal relations and the great American melodist—but the two were good friends and tennis buddies in Los Angeles, and when Gershwin died at the age of 38 (!) in 1937, Schoenberg recorded a spoken tribute to him almost astonishing in the fullness of its praise. This week’s Updoc—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Lower East Side Tenement time—starts off with that encomium, then segues to Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue in—what else?—Leonard Bernstein’s version. Later on there’s some clarinet music from Don Byron and Jimmy Hamilton, and one of Schoenberg’s finest pieces that is also one of the easiest to take: his Piano Concerto of 1942, allegedly commissioned by Oscar Levant, and definitely performed by Glenn Gould. Then Gershwin’s American in Paris, also thanks to Lenny, and a performance of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto as gobsmackingly beautiful as any I’ve ever heard or dreamed of, by Sabine Myer, Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic. You could do worse than stopping by to listen for a couple of hours. Really.gershwinschoenberg

Jazz Worldwide 015 Playlist (20+25 May 2013)

Ifé Lionel Loueke Heritage Lionel Loueke Blue Note
Hope Lionel Loueke Heritage Lionel Loueke-Robert Glasper Blue Note
Angustiado Omar Sosa Eggun Omar Sosa Otá
Luz en el cielo Omar Sosa & the NDR Bigband Ceremony Omar Sosa Otá
Tico Tico Grant Green The Latin Bit José Abreu Blue Note
Boulevard of Broken Dreams Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica The Unforgettable Sounds of Esquivel Harry Warren-Al Dubin Tiki Jazz
Colorado Waltz Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica Third River Rangoon Cal Tjader Tiki Jazz
Stop This Train Romain Collin The Calling John Mayer Palmetto
Like Water Gerald Clayton Life Forum Gerald Clayton Concord Jazz
Nueva Orleans Heavyweight Brass Band and Ogguere Havana Cultura The Search Continues Heavyweight Brass Band Brownswood
It’s Time to Make a Change Madison’s Lively Stones Saints Paradise Traditional Smithsonian Folkways
Thriller No BS Brass RVA All Day Rod Temperton No BS Brass
Bone Again Roswell Rudd with Bonerama Trombone Tribe Roswell Rudd Soundscape
Remember Fela Gangbé Brass Band Whendo (Roots) Gangbé Brass Band World Village
Thriller Enrico Rava and the PM Jazz Lab Rava on the Dance Floor Rod Temperton ECM
Man Chali Jaipur Kawa Brass Band Fanfare du Rajasthan Traditional Kardum-Iris Musique
Cool Blues David Oquendo and Roswell Rudd El Encuentro Charlie Parker Mojito
O Trombone do Tribuza Mario Adnet Samba Meets Boogie Woogie Denis Brean Adventure Music
007 (James Bond Theme) Fanfare Ciocarlia Gili Garabdi John Barry Asphalt Tango
Csujogató Besh o Drom Can’t Make Me Traditional Asphalt Tango
Confucius Jazz Jamaica All Stars Massive Don Drummond Dune

Martian Gardens – 05/20/2013

Thursday, May 16, 2013
Martian Gardens for May 19-20, 2013

Sundays live broadcast/webcast
21:00–24:00 EDT
WMUA 91.1 FM
Amherst, Massachusetts
May 19, 2013

webcast: Mondays 9:00 — Noon EDT
May 20, 2013 Host: Max Shea
online playlists: Martian Gardens blog
email: maxtshea@gmail.com


Ursula Mamlok: Sonar Trajectory
Mamlok Volume 2
Bridge Records/2010
electronic music on magnetic tape: Ursula Mamlok; recorded at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center, 1966; composition year: 1966; time: 4:07

David Tudor: Anima Pepsi
The Art of David Tudor 1963-1992 boxed-set
New World Records/2013
live electronics: David Tudor; recorded in the Pepsi Pavilion, Expo ’70, Osaka, Japan, 1970; time: 23:37

Iannis Xenakis: Hibiki Hana Ma
Electronic Works 2
Mode Records/2009
electronic music on 8-channel tape: Iannis Xenakis; presented at the Federation of Iron and Steel Companies’ Pavilion, Osaka World’s Fair, 1970; sound sources: UPIC, orchestra, biwa (Japanese lute), snare drum; composition years: 1969-1970; time: 17:45

Denis Smalley: selections from Tides
a. Pools and Currents (excerpt) [3:00]*
b. Sea Flight (12:47)
empreintes DIGITALes/2000
electroacoustic music: Denis Smalley; created at the University of Toronto Computer Systems Research Group, the Experimental Studio of Finnish Radio at Helsinki, and the Ina-GRM, Paris; final mix at completed at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, 1984; composition year: 1984; time: 12:47
*TAINT Radio version only

Trevor Wishart: selections from Two Women*
a. Sirens (Margaret Thatcher quoting St. Francis of Assisi) (3:26)
b. Stentor (Ian Paisley talking about Margaret Thatcher) (2:27)
Electronic Music Foundation/2000
voice processing, sounds: Trevor Wishart; premiered at the Parachialkirke, Berlin, in a concert commemorating the 50th anniversary of Musique Concrete, September 1998; composition year: 1998
*refers to the subjects Margaret Thatcher and Lady Diana

Trevor Wishart: selections from the VOX Cycle
a. Vox 2 (2:13)
b. Vox 3 [Hocket] (0:47)
MusicWorks 98 [various artists]
MusicWorks Magazine/2007
voice processing: Trevor Wishart; vocal group: The Electric Phoenix; composition years: 1980-1988

Neely Bruce: Eight Ghosts
a. 49 (3:38)
b. 38 (2:05)
c. 25 (3:35)
d. 58 (1:18)
e. 39 [Marilyn Monroe] (5:26)
f. 21 (2:21)
g. 28 (2:49)
h. 28 (1:52)
The Electric Phoenix Sing Neely Bruce
The Plague & Other Vocal Works
Mode Records/1991
vocal group: The Electric Phoenix; text: Michael McClure, “Ghost Tantras” (1964), recorded at October Sound, London, July 1989; composition year:1989; total time: 19:39

Blue Gene Tyranny: Decertified Highway of Dreams II
Go, Blue
O.O. Discs/2000
Digital Music Ensemble of the University of Michigan; (soloists — electric bassoon: Steve Newton, electric flute: Jessica Johnson), conductor: Stephen Rush; recorded at Ann Arbor, 2000; composition year: 2000; time: 3:43

Larry Austin: Redux
CDCM Computer Music Series Volume 39 [various artists]
Music from the University of North Texas
Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia (CEMI)
Centaur Records/2012
for violin and computer; computer music: Larry Austin; violin: Patricia Strange; composition year: 2007; time: 7:28

Allen Strange: Shaman, Sisters of Dreamtime
a. Evocation (1:37)
b. Crystal Woman (2:44)
c. Serpent Woman [Cihuocoatl) (3:09)
d. Sun Woman [Sutalidihi] (3:10)
e. Sky Woman [Selu] (1:54)
f. Jaguar Woman (1:47)
CDCM Computer Music Series Volume 26 [various artists]
Music from the Center for Research in Electro-Acoustic Music (CREAM)
San Jose State University, San Jose, California
Centaur Records/1998
electronic music: Allen Strange; amplified violin: Patricia Strange; recorded at the Aurora Studios, Modesto, California, November, 1997; composition year: 1994; total time: 14:21

Jace Clayton: selections from Evil Nigger
a. Evil Nigger Part I (J.Eastman) [6:00]*
b. Evil Nigger Part IV (J. Eastman) [10:0]**
The Julius Eastman Memory Depot
New Amsterdam Records/2013
composer: Julius Eastman; arrangements, processed piano: Jace Clayton; pianos: David Friend, Emily Manzo; recorded at Merkin Concert Hall, New York City, 2013; composition year: 1979; time: 10:02
*WMUA Version only
**TAINT Radio version only

Philip Glass and Allen Ginsberg: Jahweh and Allah Battle
Hydrogen Jukebox
Nonesuch Records/1993
narrator, text: Allen Ginsberg; piano: Philip Glass; vocal ensemble with flute: Carol Wincenc, reeds: Andrew Sterman; percussion: Frank Cassara, James Pugliese; keyboards, conductor: Martin Goldray; recorded at The Looking Glass Studios, New York City, 1992-1993; time: 3:40

Anthony De Mare: Nowth Upon Nacht (J. Cage)
Pianos and Voices (Music of John Cage and Meredith Monk)
composer: John Cage; piano, voice: Anthony De Mare; text: James Joyce, “Finnegans Wake,” recorded at Master Sound Astoria, Astoria, New York, 1991; composition year: 1984; time: 0:49

Diamanda Galás: Let My People Go
The Singer
Mute Records/1992
voice, piano, lyrics: Diamanda Galás; music: traditional; recorded at Sorcerer Sound, New York City; time: 4:57

Joane Hétu:
a. Fragment Territoire (1:04)
b. Ô madame la mort (4:06)*
La Femme Territoire ou 21 Fragments D’Humus
conductor, voice, objects, melodica: Joane Hétu ; voice, objects: Susanna Hood; accordion, voice: Alice Tougas St-Jak; voice, flutes, alto saxophone, keyboards, objects: Jean Derome; percussions, objects, voice: Isaiah Ceccarelli; recorded at Studio 270, Montreal, 2011
*WMUA version only

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Tone Science – 05/19/2013

tone science 118

Time Song Artist Album
8pm Satie (First Gnossienne) Big Blood Strange Maine 1.20.07
  Vitamin C Big Blood Sew Your Wild Days Tour vol. 1
  Rockabilly Fe-Mail Blixter Toad
  I Am Here Savages Silence Yourself
  In a Dream0Home Lasse Marhaug & Bruce Russell Virginia Plane
  Duo C/Z #3 Charlemagne Palesntine, Z'ev Rubhitbangklanghear Rubhitbangklangear
  side B Bill Orcutt & Chris Corsano The Raw and The Cooked
  La Reine de la Salle / Acrid Landscape John Hebert Byzantine Monkey
  Calling All Portraits Mary Halvorson, Jessica Pavone, Devin Hoff, Ches Smith Calling All Portraits
  Glass Room at the Airport Pan American Cloud Room, Glass Room
  Lamru Mammane Sani et son Orgue La Musique Electronique du Niger
  Subterraneans David Bowie Low
  You Used to Say I Love You But So What Now Scott Fields Freetet Bitter Love Songs
  Twilight Steve Lacy Trio The WIndow