Personal heroes. This is a very personal subject for most people, because our choice of heroes says a lot about us. My reverence for Morton’s work has a lot to do with how it changed my ears – and therefore my life.
Being introduced to Silver Apples allowed me to think of music as a less discrete, more fluid, material. Don’t need to limit yourself to standard instruments focused on verses and choruses; you can choose to use electrons to develop phrases, premonitions, echoes and silence instead. I was never able to think of (or hear) music the same way again.
In this chat, Morton and I talk about his current work, the events that got him to think about electronic music, and how he came to revisit the use of the Buchla modular system. We also talk a little bit about his upcoming book project, and the documentary that is being made about him. But it was a relaxed and enjoyable chat – appropriate for this highlight of my podcast: Number 200.
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Kyle Bruckmann is a composer, oboist and bandleader from Danbury CT who has been living in the Oakland since 2003. Since the mid 90s he has collaborated with many of contemporary music’s most forward thinking musicians including Fred Lomberg-Holm, Oxbow, Greg Kelley and Damon & Naomi. With his bands Wrack, EKG and Lozenge he has released records on 482 Music, Another Timbre, Porter and New World Records among others. For this talk we cover a lot of ground from his early days in Danbury to his time in Chicago up until his recent activities in the Bay Area. A good man.
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Gyan Riley is an absolute virtuoso of the nylon string guitar, an extraordinary musician who plays with great detail and elegance. Originally from California, he has been based in Brooklyn for the past several years. He has worked closely with John Zorn, Secret Chiefs 3, Timba Harris, Wu Fei and has a long standing duo project with his father, composer Terry Riley. Gyan is the real deal and a joy to talk to.
out of Silence: François Carrier, as, Chinese Obeoe/ Michel Lambert, Dr
Unfiltered Universe: Rez Abbasi, G/ Rudresh Mahanthappa, as/ Vijay Iyer, P/ Johannes Weidenmuller, B/ Dan Weiss, Dr/ Elizabeth Mikhael, Cello
Hybrid: Jure Pukl, Ss, Ts, Bcl/ Matija Dedic, P/ Matt Brewer, B/ Jonathan Blake, Dr/ Melissa Aldana, Ts
Epiphany: Makwe Nn Ndosi, Vo, Poetry/ Mike Ladd, Vo, Poetry/ Sylvain Kassap, Cl, Elec/ Dana Hall, Dr
Kuvuka: Greg Mills, P/ Glen Wright, Dr
Scalene: Ivo Perelman, Ts/ Matt Shipp, P/ Joe Hertenstein, Dr
Octagon: Ivo Perelman, Ts/ Nate Wooley, Tp/ Brandon Lopez, B/ Greald Cleaver, Dr
Piccola Orchestra Artigianale Degli Improvvisatori Di Valdapozzo
Le Vanneau Huppé: Spatule Collective
Setola Di Maiale
Air Current: Yoko Miura, P/ Gianni Mimmo, Ss/ Ove Volquartz, Bcl
Don’t Push the Piano Around: Florian Wittenburg, P
Sun and Shadow: Eric Plaks, P/ John Murchison, B/ Leonid Galaganov, Dr
Una Busqueda Infinita: Jorge Torrecillas Ensamble
Source: 5049 Records.
Colin Stetson is an unbelievably talented saxophonist who has been on a very personal musical journey since a young age. An undisputed virtuoso, he has been blowing the minds of audiences around the world with his solo concerts since the early 2000s. His personal language is incredibly lyrical, using extended sax and extra musical mic’ing techniques to add multiples layers of complexity and soul to his work. He’s worked closely with the Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Tom Waits, Sara Neufeld and most recently with the quartet Ex-Eye. This conversation took place just a few weeks ago and was an utter delight.
Source: burning ambulance.
The second episode features an interview with pianist Matthew Shipp. Shipp has been one of avant-garde jazz’s most compelling figures since coming to public attention in the early 1990s. He frequently releases multiple albums in a year, mixing solo performances with ones by his current trio, which features bassist Michael Bisio and drummer Newman Taylor Baker. In 2017 alone, he has released a trio album, Piano Song; a solo album, Invisible Touch at Taktlos Zürich; Vessel in Orbit, a collaboration with drummer Whit Dickey and violinist Mat Maneri; This is Beautiful Because We are Beautiful People, a collaboration with saxophonist Mat Walerian and bassist William Parker; Magnetism(s), a reissue of a 1999 disc with Parker and saxophonist Rob Brown, paired with a brand-new live performance by the same group; and an astonishing 11 albums in collaboration with saxophonist Ivo Perelman.
1967, Fort Riley, Kansas. Henry Threadgill is 23 years old. Knowing he’s going to be drafted into the military, he joins the Army Concert Band, hoping to focus on his passion: writing music. As he surrounds himself with new ideas, he works his influences into the music that he’s arranging. Then one day, the band plays one of his arrangements of a patriotic song for an inauguration of big-wigs, and from the calm of a quietly confused crowd comes a cry from a cardinal in attendance: “Blasphemy!”
One day later, he’s told to gather his things. Thirty days later, he’s on his way to Vietnam. Fifty years later, he wins the Pulitzer Prize for music composition.