July 2010

July 25: A mix of old favorites and new releases (including piano music by Sylvia Courvousier, Terry Jennings, and others) along with some rare recordings by Ran Blake (including his large scale musique noir composition The Portfolio of Dr. Mabuse).

July 18: At 6 p.m., music by David Lang, Steve Reich and others as performed by Orkest De Volharding (Mode Records). At 7 p.m., Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians as performed by the Grand Valley State University (GVSU) New Music Ensemble (Innova). At 8 p.m., new GTM music by Anthony Braxton in trio with Chris Jonas and Molly Sturges (new on Leo Records).

July 11:  Morton Feldman’s For Bunita Marcus performed by Louis Goldstein (on Nuscope).  (We will begin this piece at 7:40 so that we can broadcast the recording in it’s entirety with minimal interuption.)  Here’s a link to a 1986 interview with the composer Morton Feldman.

July 4: The music of Bill Dixon (1925-2010), including his work in the 1960s with Archie Shepp and Cecil Taylor, and more recent extended performances of Berlin Abbozzi (2000, on FMP) and 17 Musicians in Search of a Sound: Darfur (2008, on Aum Fidelity).

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Alternating Currents on WMSE (91.7FM) in Milwaukee every Sunday night from 6 until 9 p.m. is a showcase for music that experiments both with form and sound, in other words, serious creative work from artists who challenge the concepts and shapes of modern music-making. Alternating Currents is about the adventure of sound as it surveys music of 20th and 21st centuries including modern classical music, contemporary open form free jazz, electroacoustic and electronic music, and freely improvised music.
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