Starting from Scratch

September 29, 2017, 10:00 pm

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Grammy Award winner, Steven Mackey with guitar
Grammy Award winner, Steven Mackey with guitar

This week’s Relevant Tones focuses on composers who have tried to step outside the box, redefine their definitions of music, and start over without limitations. We’ll be examining the works of Alvin Lucier, Chris Preissing, James Tenney, Lou Harrison, and more.


I am sitting in a room, by Alvin Lucier
Alvin Lucier

Cellogram, by James Tenney
William Jason Raynovich, cello

Cornish Lancaran, by Lou Harrison
Musicians of the Gamelan Si Betty; Berkeley Chamber Singers

Tabuh-Tabuhan, Toccata for Orchestra, by Colin McPhee
Eastman/Rochester Symphony Orchestra; Howard Hanson, conductor

Delusion and the Fury: A Ritual of Dream and Delusion, by Harry Partch

Pales, by Christopher Preissing
Angela DiOrio, clarinet

Indigenous instruments, by Steve Mackey
Eighth Blackbird