SUSS & Robert Rich Profiled

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In the Echoes Podcast we suss it out with SUSS, the tripped-out band that merges country, ambient, and psychedelic music. They discuss whether they are ambient Americana or psychedelic country. It’s an important distinction that we bend our minds over. Their latest album is Promise. We also delve into Numün, a spaced out side project from one member and their debut, Voyage au Soleil.

Then, it’s the 9th Icon of Echoes: Robert Rich. Robert Rich is an electronic pioneer of dreamy, sometimes dark, and always evolving electronic dreamscapes. It’s hard to imagine Echoes over the last 3 decades without Robert Rich. He was on the first Echoes Living Room Concert CD, A Door In the Air and has played live on the show many times. We’ll survey his career from sleep concerts to glurp and beyond in the Echoes Podcast.

Echoes Podcast: Steve Reich 

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There are two musicians who are always cited in virtually every interview on Echoes. one of them is Brian Eno, the number one Icon of Echoes. The other one is Steve Reich. And Brian Eno is influenced by him. The 8th Icon of Echoes is Steve Reich. The minimalist composer’s Music for 18 Musicians is the holy grail for many neo-classical, ambient chamber and electronic musicians. We look across Reich’s career in a profile in Echoes Podcast.

Echoes Podcast: Marya Stark/Klaus Schulze 

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Marya Stark is a singer-songwriter with a more celestial approach to lyrics. Last year she released the album, Sapphire, produced with Joshua Penman of Akara. You can hear influences from Loreena McKennitt to Sheila Chandra in her work which includes “Womb Healing” and her “mystical dark pop.”

The 7th of 30 Icons of Echoes, German electronic pioneer, Klaus Schulze. He is so deep in the DNA of Echoes that you could never untangle it. We’ll hear interviews with Schulze talking about his career from Tangerine Dream to Timewind and beyond, from psychedelics to cocaine and beyond. It will be an All Klaus Schulze show with several of his epic works

Echoes Podcast: Kevin Keller, David Darling, Vangelis 

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In the Echoes Podcast we hear an interview with Kevin Keller, we remember cellist David Darling,
and celebrate the sixth Icon of Echoes, Vangelis.

Ambient chamber music composer Kevin Keller had a scare last year when he went in for heart surgery. It made him contemplate life and what happens when they stop your heart. That contemplation turned into his haunting, beautiful album, The Front Porch of Heaven. Sit on a rocking chair with Kevin Keller and hear life pass before your ears on Echoes from PRX.

The world is missing a unique sound. Cellist David Darling left the planet on January 8th. Born in Elkhart, Indiana on March 4, 1941, he was 79. We remember him as a great cellist and pioneer of ambient chamber music. His albums like Cello, Eight-String Religion and Prayer for Compassion remain timeless beauties. He was also a member of the classic edition of the Paul Winter Consort. We’ll listen back to his last interview and some tracks from across his career.

The 6th of 30 Icons, Vangelis. We’ll hear a profile of the legendary Greek electronic artist who won the first Oscar for an electronic film score for Chariots of Fire. He has charted a course through electro-orchestral space for over 50 years. We’ll hear Vangelis talking about his career from Aphrodite’s Child to Mythodea and playing a spontaneous synth improvisation.

Echoes Podcast: Roedelius, Thievery Corp, & Philip Glass 

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Hans-Joachim Roedelius was a founding member of the bands Cluster and Harmonia, groups that influenced artists like David Bowie on his Berlin Trilogy and especially Brian Eno, who not only co-produced that trilogy, but went on to make music with these musicians as well. But while Roedelius began in the electronic zone, at 86, he says he’s unplugging and just playing acoustic piano. His latest album is Drauf und Dran

Then it’s the many moods of Thievery Corporation. In 2020 Thievery Corporation released their Symphonik album with orchestral renditions of some of their best known songs and Eric Hilton, one half of the duo, released a pair of ambient lounge music recordings, The Impossible Silence and Infinite Everywhere. We put together a 2020 interview with Hilton and a 2010 interview with Garza about a music born in dub and music sampling.

Finally the latest in our Icons of Echoes series. It’s a minimalist dervish when we hear the fifth Icon, Philip Glass. We’ll hear a profile of this highly influential composer, who inspired artists like Tangerine Dream, David Bowie, Brian Eno and more. He created at the dawn of minimalism with Steve Reich and Terry Riley and has gone on to score operas like Einstein on the Beach, movies like Mishima and the influential “Qatsi series” of films: Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqatsi and Naqoyqatsi. Spin in minimalist cycles with Philip Glass, an Icon of Echoes.

BA Podcast 61: Ivo Perelman

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I’ve known about Ivo Perelman for about 25 years; the first record of his I heard was Cama de Terra, which came out in 1996. It was actually the very last release on Homestead Records, right before Steven Joerg, who was running the label at the time, left and started AUM Fidelity. That album featured Perelman with Matthew Shipp on piano and William Parker on bass, and they’re two of the people he’s continued to work with ever since, along with many others, including Joe Morris, Nate Wooley, Mat Maneri, Whit Dickey, and a whole slew of other players.

Echoes Podcast: Ane Brun & Steve Roach

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Norwegian singer Ane Brun has been captivating us for several years now. She sang with Peter Gabriel on his tours and on the version of “Don’t Give Up” that appears on Gabriel’s New Blood album. As a solo artist who released her debut in 2003, she started out as something of a conventional singer song-writer, inspired by Nick Drake, Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell, but she’s evolved over the years into a chamber brand of dream pop that is sometimes acoustic and sometimes electronic. She’s just released two albums that reveal both those sides, After the Great Storm and How Beauty Holds the Hand of Sorrow. We couldn’t pick just one, so they are both Echoes CD of the Month for December. In the Echoes Podcast, Brun talks about the loss, loneliness and existential themes that inform much of both recordings.

Steve Roach was voted #2 of 30 Icons of Echoes. When we created the show 31 years ago, Steve Roach was one of the artists at the forefront of our thoughts. In fact, he was the first artist ever heard on the show since he composed the theme song we used in our earlier years. He has continued evolving his sound across that time, chronicled with a prolific outpouring of releases. And while other artists from the early years of Echoes have faded away, Steve Roach has remained vital. He is the second of 30 Icons of Echoes. Hear his story from Berlin School sequencers to techno-tribal and back again in the Echoes Podcast. Steve roach’s latest album is Tomorrow.

Tim Berne Interview

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I first heard Tim Berne on a John Zorn album – Spy Vs. Spy, from 1989, where the two of them, plus Mark Dresser on bass and Joey Baron and Michael Vatcher on drums, play 17 Ornette Coleman tunes in 40 minutes. It’s one of the most intense records you’ll ever hear in your life. They play almost all the tunes at hardcore punk speed, and the two drummers are delivering blast beats like they’re auditioning for Napalm Death or something. Some people love it, and some people fucking hate it. I’m in the former group. Berne’s own music doesn’t always have that same punk rock aggression, but it’s definitely intense and can get very loud.