Friday, November 11th, 2005 ... 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. ... KZSU, 90.1 FM
Delayed start, pre-empted by one of three broadcasts of the Dalai Lama's
visit to Stanford. He gave a talk this morning and a moderated Q&A session
this afternoon on nonviolence, and he's part of a day-long program on Saturday
called "Craving, Suffering and Choice: Spiritual and Scientific Explorations of
Human Experience," that convenes Buddhist scholars, Stanford neuroscientists,
and His Holiness.
Very interesting man, the Dalai Lama. A would-be engineer and fan of
technology who believes in a link between modern physics and
spirituality. He's also an animated man with a sense of humor --
cracking a joke about falling asleep during meditation, for example.
For the Q&A program, his answers about nonviolence included concessions that
violence is sometimes necessary and can have good outcomes, but with the price
of lingering, seething resentment that can lead to more violence.
Not a clear-cut answer, a refreshing contrast to a media desperate to
distill issues into two-sided arguments -- a practice that makes for
shallow and inaccurate debate.
In a separate dimension ..... played some Guy Klucevsek, an accordionist
with feet in polka, avant-garde, classical, and jazz territories
(figuratively; he doesn't have four feet). He's on the bill for tonight's
"Three Drops of Blood," a quarterly program combining new music with
dance/performance, bringing in different guest artists each time.
The series is hosted by the Nanos
Operetta, and details are on their Web site: www.nanosoperetta.com.
ARTIST -- "TRACK TITLE" -- ALBUM TITLE (LABEL, YEAR)
* Ben Monder -- "Still Motion" -- Oceana (Sunnyside, 2005)
Really cool guitar work, some solo (like this track) but mostly with
bass and drums. Monder plays a tangly, fluid jazz guitar that's gorgeous
and often too complex to really follow, at least for my snail's-pace
ears. This track is acoustic solo, for that John Fahey feel, but the
rest are on electric.
Accessible stuff, but for a real head trip, check out his old CD
Flux, on Songlines,
a trio session of depth and sophistication where Monder tosses out all
kinds of crazy (to my ears anyway) chords. Like a swirling, dreamy
trip through space.
* Either/Orchestra -- "Feqer Aydelem Wey" -- Live in Addis (Buda Musique, 2005)
What a great document, part of Buda's excellent "Ethiopiques" series
documenting modern Ethiopian music. E/O is a Boston-based band that's
stuck around for a couple decades now, with long breaks here and there
because it's so tough to keep a large group together. Well, they got a
chance to travel to Ethiopia and play some shows with local musicians
sitting in -- and this 2-CD set shows the results.
* Kalaparush and the Light Meet Adam Lane -- "Let Us All Relax" -- Paths to Glory (CIMP, 2005)
The tracks are all Ethiopian songs, some with vocals added, arranged by
E/O. The results are surprisingly similar to Latin jazz (maybe not that
surprising, as E/O has a streak of Latin in their music anyway).
Guy Klucevsek -- "Disinformation Polka" [Fred Frith, composer] -- Transylvanian Softwear (John Marks Records, 1994)
Fun composition by Fred Frith, almost a traditional polka but filled with
stops (false starts, actually) and sporadic shouts of "Hey!" Wouldn't surprise
me if the "Hey"s were written into the composition, dictating when they're
said. (Given Frith's penchant for uncertainty/randomness, it also wouldn't
surprise me if they weren't.) An example of Guy's solo accordion
style and of his sense of humor.
Guy Klucevsek -- "Polka Dots and Laser Beams" -- Polka Dots and Lase Beams (Eva, 1995)
It's a shame, but most of our Klucevsek CDs are from this '90s
period. We do have, for example, his strings CD on Tzadik,
but most of his recent stuff was put out on Winter & Winter,
a really cool German label that doesn't send us radio promos. (Stefan!
If you're reading, I'm a big fan from the old JMT days! Tim Berne's
Paris Concert is the whole reason I got into this! Help us, please!)
* Frank Wright -- "The Lady" -- The Complete ESP-Disk Recordings (ESP-Disk, 2005)
* Fieldwork -- "Telematic" -- Simulated Progress (Pi Recordings, 2005)
* Dave Douglas -- "Just Another Murder" -- Keystone (Greenleaf, 2005)
* Greg Burk Trio -- "Borneo Dreaming" -- Nothing, Knowing (482 Music, 2005)
* Positive Knowledge with Ike Levin -- "Crisis to Victory" -- First Ones (Charles Lester Music, 2005)
Local free jazz, spontaneously created, with a feel of
spiritual ecstacy (or of thoughtful meditation, for the slower pieces).
Oluyemi Thomas (bass clarinet, reeds, percussion), Ijeoma Thomas
(poetry and/or wordless vocals, percussion), Spirit (drums), with
Ike Levin on sax for this session. The music has a wonderfully rough
feel that hasn't fit in the last couple week's shows too well, so I feel
like I haven't given this one its due during its three weeks in rotation.
Will try to get it on the air more.
Guy Klucevsek -- "Reprieve" -- Flying Vegetables of the Apocalypse (Experimental Intermedia, 1990)
* Joe Giardullo -- "No Work Today" -- No Work Today (Drimala, 2005)
* Michael Musillami Trio -- "Archives" -- Dachau (Playscape, 2005)
* = Item in KZSU rotation
! = Pop anomaly
? = Item not in KZSU library
-- Go back to Memory Select playlists.
-- Bay Area free/improv music calendar: http://www.bayimproviser.com.