Episode #4 Heaven and Earth of Sofia Gubaidulina

This episode is dedicated to the 90th birthday of Sofia Gubaidulina. Based on archival documents, historical publications and her interviews from the 1990s to present, the episode discusses Gubaidulina’s spiritual philosophy of music and positions her work alongside some of her most prominent contemporaries – Andrei Tarkovsky, Gennady Aygi, Valentin Silvestrov and John Cage.

Playlist

  1. Valentin Silvestrov, “When the cornfield, yellowing, stirs,” from a cycle Silent Songs (1973-1977), dedicated to Sofia Gubaidulina
    Sergey Yakovenko, Baritone
    Ilya Scheps, Piano
    ECM records
  2. Sofia Gubaidulina, Introitus (1978)
    Kyiv Chamber Players
    Vladimir Kozhukhar, conductor
    Beatrice Rauchs, piano
    BIS
  3. Sofia Gubaidulina, Vyacheslav Artyomov, Victor Suslin “Archipelagos of sounds in the ocean of time” (1977)
    Astreya Ensemble
    Solyd Records
  4. Sofia Gubaidulina, Offertorium (1980)
    Gidon Kremer, violin
    Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Dutoit
    Deutsche Grammophon
  5. Sofia Gubaidulina, Seven Last Words (1982)
    Vladimir Tonha, cello
    Friedrich Lips, bayan
    Collegium Musicum Chamber Orchestra
    Timur Mynbaev, conductor
    Melodiya
  6. Sofia Gubaidulina, Hommage à T. S. Eliot (1987)
    Christen Whittlesey, soprano
    Gidon Kremer, violin
    Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Dutoit
    Deutsche Grammophon
  7. Sofia Gubaidulina, Now Always Snow (1993)
    Netherlands Chamber Choir
    Schönberg Ensemble, Reinbert de Leeuw
    Philips Classics
  8. Sofia Gubaidulina, Canticle of the Sun (1997)
    Mstislav Rostropovich, cello and percussion
    London Voices
    London Symphony Orchestra
    EMI Classics
  9. Sofia Gubaidulina, Canticle of the Sun (1997) Nicolas Altstaedt, Violoncello Andrei Pushkarev, Percussion Rihards Zaļupe, Percussion, Rostislav Krimer, Celesta, Riga Chamber Choir Kamēr…, Māris Sirmais, Conductor ECM records
  10. Sofia Gubaidulina, Am Rande des Abgrunds (On the Edge of an Abyss, 2002) Julius Berger, Niklas Eppinger, Aleksandra Ohar, Diego Garcia, Yoonha Choi, Yoon-Jung Hwang, Tai-yang Zhang: violoncelli. Sofia Gubaidulina, Victor Suslin: waterphones WERGO
  11. Sofia Gubaidulina, Dialog: Ich und Du (2018)
    Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
    Vadim Repin, violin)
    Andres Mustonen, conductor
    June 2019, Wien, Grosser Musikvereinssaal (archival recording)

Note that only brief excerpts from each piece are quoted in the program. Please consider purchasing complete recordings at the links above.

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Works cited

Aygi, Gennady and Peter France. Selected Poems: 1954-1994. Angel: 1997.
Gubaidulina, Sofia. Letter to Victor Suslin, May 24, 1983, Paul Sacher Stiftung, Sofia Gubaidulina Collection.
Kholopova, Valentina. Sofia Gubaidulina. Moscow: Kompozitor, 2008.
Kurtz, Michael. Sofia Gubaidulina: a biography. Translated by Christoph K. Lohmann; edited by Malcolm Hamrick Brown. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2007. Originally published in German as Sofia Gubaidulina: eine Biografie. Stuttgart: Urachhaus, 2001.
Licht, Viktor and Elena Dolinskaya. “Dialog o festival.” Sovetskaya muzyka no 3 (1983): 2-27.
Lukomsky, Vera and Sofia Gubaidulina. “My Desire Is Always to Rebel, to Swim against the Stream!” Perspectives of New Music. 36, No. 1 (Winter, 1998): 5-41.
_____________________. “’The Eucharist in My Fantasy’: Interview with Sofia Gubaidulina.” Tempo, New Series (Sep., 1998): 29-37.
Martynov, Vladimir. Avtoarkheologiya 1978–1998. Moscow: Klassika-XXI, 2012.
Munipov, Alexei. Fermata: razgovory s kompozitorami. Moscow: Novoe iztatelstvo, 2019.
Nesterenko, Oksana “A Forbidden Fruit? Religion, Spirituality and Music in the USSR Before Its Fall (1964–1991)” (Ph.D. diss., Stony Brook University, 2021).
Nesterenko, Oksana. “Vertical Time in Sofia Gubaidulina’s Hommage a TS Eliot” (MA thesis, Stony Brook University, 2013).
Ortmeier, Philipp. Symbol und Wirklichkeit im Schaffen von Sofia Gubaidulina. Passau: Klinger, 2011.
Smith, Jenna. “Sofia Gubaidulina’s violin concerto Offertorium: theology and music in dialogue” (PhD Dissertation, Université de Montréal, 2010).
Restagno, Enzo and Sofia Gubaidulina. “Zhyzn’ Pamyati: Sofia Gubaidulina Beseduet s Enzo Restagno.” In Sofia Gubaiduluna, edited by Valentina Kholopova. Moscow: Kompozitor, 2008.

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Episode #3 The Ah of Steve Dalachinsky

This episode is a tribute to an award-winning downtown New York free-jazz poet and concert aficionado, Steve Dalachinsky. It features Dalachinsky’s studio and concert recordings with Thurston Moore, Tom Surgal, Vito Ricci, Vernon Reid, Matthew Shipp, Aaron Novik, Please the Trees, Pasquale Cangiano, Asiff Tsahar and Marcos Campello, and an interview with one of his publishers, Matvei Yankelevich.

Playlist
1. incomplete directions, Steve Dalachinsky (poetry) and Vito Ricci (electronics), incomplete directions (Knitting Factory Records, 1999).
2. in the book of ice #5 (this is a jazz poem not), Steve Dalachinsky (poetry), Thurston Moore (acoustic guitar), Tom Surgal (drums and percussion), incomplete directions (Knitting Factory Records, 1999).
3. slim slow swimmer, Steve Dalachinsky (poetry) and Vernon Reid (acoustic guitar), incomplete directions (Knitting Factory Records, 1999).
4. slim slow swimmer, Steve Dalachinsky (poetry) and Matthew Shipp (piano), incomplete directions (Knitting Factory Records, 1999).
5. Steve Dalachinsky & Please The Trees, live at Pianos, NYC, March 23, 2014.
6. Steve Dalachinsky (voice) and Pasquale Cangiano (trumpet), live at Islip Arts Museum (New York), September 14, 2019.
7. Fruit Flys, Steve Dalachinsky (poetry) and Asiff Tsahar (tenor saxophone), The Jewish alternative movement: a guide for the perplexed (Knitting Factory Records, 1998).
8. Erase me, poetry by Paulo Leminsky, Steve Dalachinsky (voice), Aaron Novik (clarinet), live at Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop (New York), September 13, 2017.
9. Silence of silence, Steve Dalachinsky (voice), Marcos Campello (guitar), January 11, 2018, Spectrum (New York).
10. Ancestors, Steve Dalachinsky (voice), Marcos Campello (guitar), summer 2017, home recording (New York).
11. Pray for me, Steve Dalachinsky (poetry), Aaron Novik (clarinet), live at Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop (New York), September 13, 2017.

Texts:
Jake Marmer, Two Poems By Steve Dalachinsky, Forward, June 25, 2010
Jake Marmer, Remembering Steve Dalachinsky, ‘Poems are everywhere, you don’t have to look far’, Tablet, September 20, 2019
Andy Battaglia, “He Held the Keys to the Gate’: Jay Sanders, Fred Moten, Charlemagne Palestine, and More Pay Tribute to Poet Steve Dalachinsky,” ARTNEWS, September 18, 2019
Alan Kaufman, “To Write Eternity On A Piece of Paper – Remembering Steve Dalachinsky,” NEWSWHISTLE, September 19, 2019.
Interview with Matvei Yankelevich, Brooklyn, New York, October 5, 2019.
Emails, messages, facebook posts and other communication from Steve Dalachinsky and his friends.

We are grateful to the following individuals and organizations for hosting Steve Dalachinsky readings as part of Ticún Brasil and Extended Techniques events:
Professor Domício Coutinho and the Brazilian Endowment for the Arts (October 20, 2012 and November 23, 2013)
Jared White and Farrah Field and Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop (September 13, 2017)
Glenn Cornett and Spectrum (January 11, 2018)

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Steve Dalachinsky, Alotro Lado (program host) and Yuko Otomo
(BEA, 2013)

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Steve Dalachinsky, Erlena Dlu (program host) and Yuko Otomo
(BEA, 2012)

Excerpts from Clarice Lispector’s Breath of Life and The Passion According to G.H.
November 23, 2013 at the Brazilian Endowment for the Arts

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Episode #2 The Voices of Phil Minton

In this episode we present selected works of British singer, trumpeter and composer Phil Minton, with a focus on his extended vocal techniques: from freely improvised abstract pieces for solo voice, unusual renditions of classical and jazz repertoire, avant-garde compositions inspired by Daniil Harms and Joseph Brodsky works to choral work based on the letters of Ho Chi Minh.
..brief teaser:

The episode also includes an exclusive recording of Minton’s only performance in the US in the past 10 years (with Axel Dörner on trumpet, C Spencer Yeh on violin+voice and Okkyung Lee on cello) and some of his personal insights from a phone interview by Extended Techniques.

Running time: 1 hour 53 minutes

mp3 download: The Voices of Phil Minton

Playlist

1) Phil Minton and Roger Turner, “Urgent,” Ammo (1984), Phil Minton (voice), Roger Turner (percussion). Leo Records (1998, 2006) http://www.leorecords.com/

2) Phil Minton “Dough song 8,” A Doughnut in One Hand (1998), Phil Minton (voice). FMP/Free Music Production

3) Phil Minton and John Butcher, “Joyweed,” Apples of Gomorath  (1999). Phil Minton (voice), John Butcher (tenor and soprano saxophone). Grob (2002)

4) Phil Minton, John Butcher, Roger Turner, Veryan Weston, “Mouthful of Ecstasy,” Mouthful of Ecstasy (1996), Phil Minton Quartet: Phil Minton (voice), John Butcher (saxophone), Roger Turner (percussion), Veryan Weston (piano).  Victo www.victo.qc.ca

5) Simon Nabatov, “Part 2” and “Part 3,” Nature Morte (2001). Simon Nabatov Quartet: Phil Minton (voice), Frank Gratkowski (as, cl, bcl, fl), Nils Wogram (trombone), Simon Nabatov (piano) Leo Records http://www.leorecords.com/

6) Simon Nabatov, “And That’s All,” A Few Incidents (2004), Simon Nabatov Octet: Phil Minton (voice), Frank Gratkowski (as, cl, bcl, fl), Nils Wogram (trombone), Ernst Reijseger (cello), Cor Fuhler (live electronics, keyolin), Matt Penman  (bass), Michael Sarin (drums), Simon Nabatov (piano). Leo Records http://www.leorecords.com/

7) Phil Minton and Veryan Weston, “Klang Nocturne,” Ways (1987), Phil Minton (voice), Veryan Weston (piano) ITM Records

8) Phil Minton and Veryan Weston, “Evening,” Songs From a Prison Diary (1993) Cleveland Watkins, Maggie Nicols, Phil Minton, Norma Winston, “Voices from Somewhere” choir.  Leo Records http://www.leorecords.com/

9) Phil Minton and Veryan Weston, “Magnificat,”  … past (2004), Phil Minton (voice), Veryan Weston (piano). ReR Records

10) Phil Minton and Okkyung Lee, “mu jin,” Annica (2011), Phil Minton (voice), Okkyung Lee (cello). Dancing Wayang Records http://dancingwayang.com/

11) Okkyung Lee, Phil Minton, Axel Dörner, C Spencer Yeh, “Untitled” (2012), Okkyung Lee (cello), Phil Minton (voice), Axel Dörner (trumpet), C Spencer Yeh (violin and voice). Extended Techniques

axel dörner on trumpet, phil minton on voice, c spencer yeh on violin+voice, okkyung lee on cello

12) Tom Cora, The Untraceable Cigar, “Diving bell”(1996) Roof quartet: Tom Cora (cello), Phil Minton (vocals), Luc Ex (guitar), Michael Vatcher (drums). Red Note

Photos © Peter Gannushkin 2012
Intro: Erlena Dlu, “Six improvisations de la pleine lune” (2012)

Special thanks to Phil Minton, Leo Feigin, Simon Nabatov, Okkyung Lee, Peter Gannushkin, Francois Baron and Alexander Ra.

If you enjoy the music included here, please consider purchasing the recordings at the record labels sites above, or at Downtown Music Gallery.

Phil Minton’s Feral Choir in Cologne.
A film by Pavel Borodin. Germany, 2012.

©2012 by Extended Techniques. All Rights Reserved.

Episode #1 John Cage: A Liberator of Sound

In the first episode of Extended Techniques podcast we cover contribution of John Cage to extending timber and compositional techniques: using any object to make music, development of new percussion instruments, prepared piano and electronics; invention of chance procedure and indeterminancy.

Following foreword to Silence, we talk about John Cage and his ideas in the way that exemplifies them.

John Cage – A Liberator Of Sound

on ITunes

..and 2 brief teasers:

Your hosts are Erlena Dlu and Alotro Lado

The John Cage Quintet: Lou Harrison, John Cage, Doris Dennison, Margaret Jansen, Xenia Cage

Playlist:

Running time 1.08 minutes

1. John Cage, “First Construction [in Metal]” for percussion sextet, with assistant (1939)
Amadinda Percussion Group
Hungaraton Recordings

2. John Cage, “Third Construction” (1941)
Amadinda Percussion Group
Hungaraton Recordings

3. John Cage, “BaCchanale” (1940)
William Grant
Nabore

4. John Cage, “Amores” (1943)
Amadinda Percussion Group
Hungaraton Recordings

5. John Cage, “The Perilous Night” (1944)
Margaret Leng Tan
New Albion Records

6. John Cage, “One for piano” (1987)
Stephen Drury
Mode

7. John Cage, “Cartridge music” (1962)
David Tudor, Takehisa Kosugi, Michael Pugliese, John Cage
Kew Gardens

8. John Cage, “Williams Mix” (1952)
Magnetic tape
Ellipsis Arts

9. John Cage, “Music of changes” (1951)
David Tudor
Hat Hut Records

10. John Cage, “Atlas Eclipticalis” (1961-62)
Ulrich Krieger – sopranino sax, soprano sax, alto sax
Tobias Rüger – tenor sax
Reimar Volker – alto sax, baritone sax
Kathrin Wagner – alto sax, tenor sax
Mode

11. John Cage, “Atlas Eclipticalis” (1961-62)
Friedrich Gauwerky, violoncello
Wergo

12. John Cage, “Atlas Eclipticalis” (1961-62)
The Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble
Petr Kotik (conductor)
Joseph Kubera (piano)
Wergo

Also, the following works are quoted throughout the podcast:

“John Cage and David Tudor, Indeterminacy: New Aspect of Form in Instrumental and Electronic Music” (1959) Smithonian Folkways Recordings

John Cage, “Second Construction” (1940) Amadinda Percussion Group
Hungaraton Recordings

Erlena Dlu, “Six improvisations de la pleine lune” (2012)

Erlena Dlu, “Postearfest” (2011)

If you enjoy the music included here, please consider purchasing the recordings.

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