Earth Music: Ten Years of Meridian Music - Composers in Performance

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All Music Guide
Since 1998, the Meridian Gallery in San Francisco, CA has run a stimulating series of gallery concerts under the umbrella title of Meridian Music: Composers in Performance. Innova's Earth Music is a compilation of 14 cuts taken from live recordings from within this series, several being improvisations from star instrumentalist/composers -- Vinny Golia, Frank Gratkowski, Matthew Sperry, and koto virtuoso Shoko Hikage, to name a few -- and others being excerpts from loosely, or more strictly composed, pieces by Pauline Oliveros, Damon Smith, a voice/cello song by Theresa Wong, and even a simultaneous realization of two Anthony Braxton pieces performed by the series' first curator, Philip Gelb, and pipa player Jie Ma. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Since 1998, the Meridian Gallery in San Francisco, CA has run a stimulating series of gallery concerts under the umbrella title of Meridian Music: Composers in Performance. Innova's Earth Music is a compilation of 14 cuts taken from live recordings from within this series, several being improvisations from star instrumentalist/composers -- Vinny Golia, Frank Gratkowski, Matthew Sperry, and koto virtuoso Shoko Hikage, to name a few -- and others being excerpts from loosely, or more strictly composed, pieces by Pauline Oliveros, Damon Smith, a voice/cello song by Theresa Wong, and even a simultaneous realization of two Anthony Braxton pieces performed by the series' first curator, Philip Gelb, and pipa player Jie Ma. It's a well-chosen selection, emphasizing some of those magical moments that seem only to emerge from improvising, usually off in the air and gone by the time anyone thinks to hit "record." Thankfully, the curators of the series thought ahead and had the tape rolling before the music got underway. As one might expect, there is a little inconsistency in the sound quality throughout the program, with older tapings sounding a bit more distant and hissy than later ones, suggesting a change in the recording rostrum along the way, or at least evolutionary engineering expertise. Several of the pieces are exceptionally striking, however, such as John Bischoff's "Quarter Turn"; nothing on Earth Music is really long enough to wear out its welcome, and some pieces, such as Shoko Hikage's koto improvisation, seem a little too short. Nevertheless, Earth Music is a solid snapshot of this interesting concert series and provides an enjoyable, ad hoc primer of the improvisation movement in the United States in the naughts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/23/2010
  • Label: Innova Records
  • UPC: 726708675127
  • Catalog Number: 751
  • Sales rank: 353,476

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 [Excerpt] - Vinny Golia (4:01)
  2. 2 [Excerpt] - John Bischoff (6:29)
  3. 3 [Excerpt] - Matthew Sperry (4:14)
  4. 4 Lines for Trio - Damon Smith (3:59)
  5. 5 [Excerpt] - Pauline Oliveros (4:06)
  6. 6 [Excerpt] - Ben Goldberg (6:29)
  7. 7 Improvisation - Shoko Hikage (1:37)
  8. 8 Improvisation - Frank Gratkowski (3:54)
  9. 9 Improvisation - Sara Schoenbeck (2:58)
  10. 10 Improvisation (with San Francisco sounds) - Vivienne Dogan-Corringham (6:50)
  11. 11 Sonic Coordinates - Jon Raskin (3:42)
  12. 12 Movement 2: Scherzo - Tom Bickley (3:47)
  13. 13 Comp 40 N and Comp. 110 A - Anthony Braxton (5:51)
  14. 14 Nightwatching - Theresa Wong (5:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Bischoff electronics
Pauline Oliveros Accordion
Bob Marsh Accordion, Vocals
Ben Goldberg Acoustic Guitar, Clarinet
Jon Raskin Baritone Saxophone
Frank Gratkowski Alto Saxophone
Philip Gelb Shakuhachi
Carla Kihlstedt Violin
Tom Bickley Recorder, Vocals
Damon Smith Contrabass (Vocal)
Shoko Hikage Koto
Hugh Livingston Cello
Ellen Burr Flute
Sara Schoenbeck Bassoon
Matthew Sperry Contrabass (Vocal)
John Scott Acoustic Guitar
Theresa Wong Cello, Vocals
Viv Corringham Vocals, electronics
Jie Ma Pipa
Vinny Giola Bass Clarinet
Technical Credits
John Bischoff Composer
Pauline Oliveros Composer
Anthony Braxton Composer
Bob Marsh Composer
Ben Goldberg Composer
Jon Raskin Composer
Philip Blackburn Label Direction
Frank Gratkowski Composer
Tom Bickley Composer, Label Direction
Damon Smith Composer
Shoko Hikage Composer
Michael Zelner Label Direction, Engineering
Sara Schoenbeck Composer
Matthew Sperry Composer
Theresa Wong Composer
Viv Corringham Composer, Field Recording
Vinny Giola Composer
Robert Koska Cover Art
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