In tonight’s 9\11 show we play two songs dedicated to the WTC bombings. One by Steve Reich as played by the Kronos Quartet and the other by Scott Walker with the help of a make believe Elvis.
As we’ve been playing some new works that center around the banjo I brought in a piece by St. Paul resident Paul Metzger who alter’s everything he plays. Here he uses a 23 string banjo and the sounds he gets out of this thing is pretty crazy. Ever hear a bowed banjo before? We’ll also play another track from the beautiful new Andrew Tuttle record as well as the original banjo wrangler himself, Eugene Chadboure.
We’ll also listen to more Robert Crouch who we’ve been digging the hell out of and whom compares nicely with Richard Chartier, Tim Hecker, Loren Chase and others.
We’ll also delve into an improvisational oud piece from one of the craziest records to come in so far in 2015 by Alan Sondheim/Azure Carter/Luke Damrosch.
Along with some other new releases we’ll play an ever so subtle piece for quartet from the Polish composer, Krzysztof Penderecki composed in 1964 and a seldom heard piece from Laurie Spiegel that was not on her recent double disc retrospective, The Expanding Universe. Composed in 1979 she considers this work her most successful microtonal composition.