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Earth Music commemorates a decade of musical art presentations by the forward-thinking Bay Area Gallery founded on and operating under the firm conviction that significant art increases social, philosophical and spiritual change. It seems popular now to support the new music, which by those two words seems to implyand this is becoming odious toothe entire artistic impulse to create experimental music. There should really be no such thing because all music is ultimately experimental, including those familiar standards that are recast by adventurous musicians.
, the former curator of this program at the Meridian, playing shakuhachi, a gorgeous-sounding Japanese, end-blown flute and the Chinese musician, Jie Ma, the pipa player, attempt the difficult task of re-reading Anthony Braxton
. It is performances like this one and the work flowing from Braxton that gives music its timeless quality.
It is this very elasticity of music that arises when cultures collide to produce varied oceans of sound that makes the musical continuum so exciting and full of surprise.
Track Listing: Steps (excerpt); Quarter Turn (excerpt); Improvisation (excerpt); Lines for Trio (to Paul Klee); Pauline's Solo (1993/1997); All Chords Stand For Other Chords (excerpt); Improvisation; Improvisation; Improvisation; Improvisation (with San Francisco sounds); Sonic Coordinates; Microtonic Meditations for Endings and Beginnings (Movement II--Scherzo); Composition 40n and Composition 110a; Nightwatching.
Personnel: Vinny Golia: bass clarinet; John Bischoff: electronics; Matthew Sperry: contrabass; Damon Smith: contrabass; Hugh Livingston: cello; Carla Kihlstedt: violin; Pauline Oliveros: accordion; Ben Goldberg: clarinet; John Schott: acoustic guitar; Shoko Hikage: koto; Frank Gratkowski: alto saxophone; Sara Schoenbeck: bassoon; Ellen Burr: flute; Viv Corringham: voice, electronics and field recordings; John Raskin: baritone saxophone; Tom Bickley: recorder, voice; Bob Marsh: accordion, voice; Philip Gelb: shakuhachi; Jie Ma: pipa; Teresa Wong: cello and voice.