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Devoted slabs of time to the upcoming centennials of Elliott Carter and Olivier Messiaen. Sure, they're getting lots of publicity (especially Carter, since he's still kicking), but how much radio airplay. OK, Messaien might be getting quite a bit, but Carter deserves some spins.
This is also a good time to note that the only classical music station in the Bay Area consciously devotes itself to "relaxing" classical, marketed as background music for people to play at work. That's so much worse than the usual "greatest hits" classical. At least with the latter, you get substantial works by Mozart, Haydn, the "Bs," etc. It's so much more cynical to try to consciously turn the art form into the equivalent of dentist office music and to intentionally cater to an audience that isn't really listening.
ARTIST -- "TRACK TITLE" -- ALBUM TITLE (LABEL, YEAR)
Horizontal lines denote microphone breaks.
* Royal Hartigan Ensemble -- "Dreamfireswaking/Initation" -- Blood Drum Spirit: The Royal Hartigan Ensemble Live in China (Innova, 2008)
This 21-minute track's episodes include an opening drum solo over fast, odd-time piano and a free-form, all-cymbals solo for Hartigan that's at once bustling and meditative. Later, it moves into a variety of composed lines in 11 time before closing out with some furious drumming.
Underneath a polite surface, this is a power-packed session that gets doubly rewarding as you listen more closely to the drums and absorb the information in Hartigan's cheat-sheet liner notes.
Elliott Carter -- "90+" -- The Complete Music for Piano (Bridge, 1997)
* Kahil El'Zabar Infinity Orchestra -- "In the Land of Ooh!" -- Transmigration (Delmark, 2007)
Doctor Bob -- "Dark Times" -- Dark Times (Edgetone, 2006)
* Francois Houle, Joelle Leandre, Raymond Strid -- "Moment Calme" -- 9 Moments (Red Toucan, 2008)
* George Schuller's Circle Wide -- "Survivors' Suite (Part 1)" -- Like Before, Somewhat After (Playscape,2008)
* = Item in KZSU rotation
! = Pop anomaly
? = Item not in KZSU library
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-- Bay Area free/improv music calendar: http://www.bayimproviser.com.