Friday, December 5th, 2008 ... 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. ... KZSU, 90.1 FM

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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.

Horizontal lines denote microphone breaks.

* Royal Hartigan Ensemble -- "Dreamfireswaking/Initation" -- Blood Drum Spirit: The Royal Hartigan Ensemble Live in China (Innova, 2008)

* Carla Kihlstedt, Gino Robair, Matthew Sperry -- "Sonarchy One" -- Sonarchy 1998 (Majmua, 2008) ? 2 Foot Yard -- "Plane Song" -- Borrowed Arms (Yard Work, 2008) Fred Frith -- "Theatre" -- Clearing (Tzadik, 2001) Elliott Carter -- "Gra" -- Eight Compositions (Bridge, 1994)

Elliott Carter -- "90+" -- The Complete Music for Piano (Bridge, 1997)

-- 4:00 p.m. --

* Kahil El'Zabar Infinity Orchestra -- "In the Land of Ooh!" -- Transmigration (Delmark, 2007)

* Joel Futterman, Alvin Fielder, Ike Levin Trio -- [various tracks] -- Traveling Through Now (Charles Lester Music, 2008)

Doctor Bob -- "Dark Times" -- Dark Times (Edgetone, 2006)

-- 5:00 p.m. --

* Francois Houle, Joelle Leandre, Raymond Strid -- "Moment Calme" -- 9 Moments (Red Toucan, 2008)

* Thollem McDonas and Arrington De Dionyso -- "A Birth" [excerpt] -- Intuition, Science and Sex (Edgetone, 2008) Doctor Bob -- "Reform Crossing" -- Dark Times (Edgetone, 2006)
Olivier Messiaen -- "Chronochromie For Orchestra" -- Boulez, Messaien, and Koechlin (Angel, 196?)

* George Schuller's Circle Wide -- "Survivors' Suite (Part 1)" -- Like Before, Somewhat After (Playscape,2008)

* Bill Cole's Untempered Ensemble -- "No One Knows The Paths In A Garden Better Than The Gardener..." -- Proverbs for Sam (Boxholder, 2008)

* = Item in KZSU rotation
! = Pop anomaly
? = Item not in KZSU library

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