AMERICAN HIGHWAYS #51: Let’s Get Lost
In this episode of American Highways, pianist Guy Livingston brings us Mystery and the Mysterious, with no explanations: music of Meredith Monk and Ingram Marshall. Monk’s “Mercy” is a dance score about giving and receiving grace, about its denial as well. That is according to the incredibly obscure liner notes. Actually I have no idea what it’s about. So I prefer to simply experience it as abstract music, and let my ears wander freely. The same goes for Marshall’s “Fog Tropes,” which uses recordings of fog horns, accompanied by live performers. Let’s get lost!
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– Steve Reich. The Desert Music (1984) First Movement (Fast).
Chorus of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Michael Tilson Thomas & William Carlos Williams.
Nonesuch Records 79101 – Meredith Monk: Mercy, a ballet composed in collaboration with installation artist Ann Hamilton
Meredith Monk, Voice; Theo Bleckmann, Voice; Katie Geissinger, Voice; Ching Gonzalez, Voice; Allison Easter, Voice; Allison Sniffin, Voice, Piano, Synthesizer, Viola, Violin; John Hollenbeck, Bowed Marimba, Marimba, Bowed Vibraphone, Xylophone, Bells, Piano, Voice, Vibraphone, Melodica, Cymbals with Microphone, Ice Bell, Wind Tube, Cymbal Bell, Patatag, Cowbell, Marimba Resonators; Bohdan Hilash, Clarinets.
ECM 1829 – Ingram Marshall Fog Tropes Electronic tape; Orchestra of St. Lukes, conducted by John Adams.
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