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Roland Hanna, piano, performs a jazz set with Clarence "Scoby" Stroman, drums, and Ron Carter, bass, at WBAI's Free Music Store on March 7, 1972. WBAI's Barbara Oka introduces the program. This program was recorded in stereo by David Rapkin and produced by the Music Department of WBAI. This recording was formerly cataloged as BC0709.20.
Topics: Jazz music, Hanna, Roland
Pedro Pietri (1944-2004), co-founder of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York City, reads selections from his work at WBAI's Free Music Store, March 1972. The evening was organized by the Young Lords Party, the Puerto Rican activist group with which Pietri was affiliated. Pietri reads Sex and the Virgin Mary [first poem introduced, Blip bloop blop, appears to have been edited out], A broken English dream, The rise and fall of the Avon lady, The dead uniform, The first rock and roll song of 1970,...
Topics: Poetry, Pietri, Pedro, 1944-2004, Young Lords (Organization)
British traditional singers John Roberts and Tony Barrand, along with Jeff Warner, Susan Warner and Davey Jones, sing sea shanties and tell stories of the Atlantic sailing packets of the late nineteenth century at WBAI's Free Music Store in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. WBAI's Barbara Oka introduces the program. Part 1 of this recording features the group performing Across the western ocean, New York girls, Eliza Lee, The Black ball line, The crayfish, The dreadnaught, The lowlands low, The flying...
Topics: Folklore, Sea songs
The Philidor Trio, consisting of Elizabeth Humes, soprano, Edward Smith, harpsichord, and Shelley Gruskin, baroque flute and recorders, perform a program of Baroque music and arias at WBAI's Free Music Store on January 14, 1972. The first half of this program includes a cantata by Reinhard Keiser; selected tunes from The bird fancier's delight; Sonata in B flat major by Francesco Barsanti; An evening hymn, I see she flies me, and A Scotch song by Henry Purcell; selections from the Anna...
Topics: Gruskin, Shelley, Hume, Elizabeth, Smith, Edward, Philidor Trio, Keiser, Reinhard, 1674-1739,...
Dramatic reading of Mervyn Peake's�Boy in darkness, the second installment of Peake's Gormenghast trilogy featuring the hero Titus Groan, on WBAI's Mind's Eye Theatre. Venturing into a trackless waste from his ancestral castle, Titus falls in love with two villains, a hyena and a goat, who deliver him into the hands of one of the most blood-curdling of literary villains: a white lamb. The cast includes Sara Dalton, Cliff May, Albert Norton and Gordon Spencer, and the narrator is Mitchell...
Topics: Peake, Mervyn Laurence, 1911-1968, Radio plays, Science fiction, Gormenghast trilogy, Boy in...
Dave van Ronk and Patrick Sky perform at WBAI's Free Music Store with special guest Phil Ochs on April 21, 1973. Songs featured on Part 2 on this recording are Giovanni Montini, 219 train, [unknown song by Patrick Sky], Joe Hill, Pastures of plenty, and Luang prabang. Produced by Cathy Cohen. Hosted by Steve Rathe. This recording was formerly cataloged as AZ1337B.
Topics: Folk music, Ochs, Phil, Van Ronk, Dave
British traditional singers John Roberts and Tony Barrand, along with Jeff Warner, Susan Warner and Davey Jones, sing sea shanties and tell stories of the Atlantic sailing packets of the late nineteenth century at WBAI's Free Music Store in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. WBAI's Barbara Oka introduces Robert Makla from Friends of Prospect Park, who describes some points of interest in Prospect Park to the audience. The group performs Maggie May, Homeward and outward bound, Paddy West, The limejuice...
Topics: Folklore, Sea songs
Elaine Comparone, harpsichord, performs with Daniel Waitzman, recorders and transverse flute, and Henry Schuman, oboe, at WBAI's Free Music Store on November 11, 1971. Part 2 of this recording features Comparone playing a harpsichord sonata by Domenico Scarlatti and Trio sonata in C major by J.S. Bach, arranged for harpsichord and recorder. The encore is a repeat of the last movement from the Bach sonata. This recording was formerly cataloged as BC0709.03B. Some audio distortion throughout.
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Topics: MUSIC, Schuman, Henry (Oboist), Comparone, Elaine, Waitzman, Daniel
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James "Jimmy" Seals, guitar and violin, and Darrell "Dash" Crofts, electric mandolin and electric piano, perform down-home songs, ballads and some country fiddle tunes at WBAI's Free Music Store on November 14, 1971. Bobby Lichtig accompanies them on bass. Songs include Freaks fret, Irish linen, Earth, Eighth of January, Devil's dream, a Tuvan singing demonstration of Bonaparte's retreat, Tin town, Birthday of my thoughts, Cotton mouth, Ridin' thumb, Wisdom, Springfield...
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Topics: Seals & Crofts, Folk-rock music, Seals, James, 1941-, Crofts, Dash
Performance of Theodore Sturgeon's story for WBAI's 99.5 Radio Theatre. The story tells of a representative of the expansionist, imperialistic culture of the planet Kit Carson, and his encounter with the deceptively pastoral culture of Xanadu. Adapted by Baird Searles, with Larry Holpp, Anthony Abeson, Annette Oliver, Cliff May and Deborah Jowitt. Presented by express permission of Mr. Sturgeon and /Galaxy Science Fiction/ magazine, in which the story originally appeared in 1956. Technical...
Topics: Radio adaptations, Sturgeon, Theodore, Science fiction
Mike Sahl (1934-), electric piano, and Frederic Rzewski (1938-), acoustic piano, perform live at WBAI's Free Music Store on November 13, 1971. The pieces performed include Les Moutons de Panurge by Frederic Rzewski; Dance for pianos by Mike Sahl; Piano concerto by John Cage (in a version for acoustic and electric pianos); Sonata in B-flat major for piano four-hands, op. 30 by Franz Schubert; and selected short subjects. WBAI's Barbara Oka concludes the program with an announcement. This...
Topics: Sahl, Michael (1934-), Rzewski, Frederic, Piano music, Cage, John, Schubert, Franz, 1797-1828
The Cleveland String Quartet performs at WBAI's Free Music Store on March 25, 1972. The group consists of Donald Weilerstein, violin; Peter Salaff, violin; Martha Strongin Katz, viola; and Paul Katz, cello. WBAI's Barbara Oka introduces the program. The quartet performs Quartettsatz in C minor, op. posth. by Franz Schubert; String quartet no. 2 by Charles Ives, preceded by explanatory remarks about and excerpts from the piece; String quartet no. 14 in D minor (Death and the Maiden), op. posth....
Topics: Music--19th century, String quartets
Selections and excerpts from a two-year correspondence between Julius (1918-1953) and Ethel Rosenberg (1916-1953) as they awaited execution in the death house at Sing Sing Prison. The readers are Gerald Fritz and Lois Adler. Narrated by Eric Nord. Directed by Lois Adler for WBAI's 99.5 Radio Theatre. This recording was formerly cataloged as BB3830.08.
Topics: Adler, Lois, Fritz, Gerald, Radio programs, Prisoners--Correspondence, Rosenberg, Julius,...
Dave van Ronk and Patrick Sky perform at WBAI's Free Music Store with special guest Phil Ochs on April 21, 1973. The evening is introduced by WBAI's Steve Rathe. The three guitarists switch off performances throughout the evening. Songs played on Part 1 of this recording include Frankie and Johnny, Casey Jones, Flower lady, [song by Patrick Sky about jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge], You ain't so such a much, Pretty smart on my part, Ramblin' hunchback, The legend of the dead soldier, and...
Topics: Folk music, Ochs, Phil, Van Ronk, Dave, Sky, Patrick
Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Company performs live at WBAI's Free Music Store on January 22, 1972. The group, comprising David Borden, Steve Drews and Linda Fisher, is considered the world's first synthesizer ensemble. They perform with five Moog synthesizers, an RMI electric piano and cartoons. Produced and presented in stereo by WBAI's Music Department with thanks to Steve Rathe. This recording was formerly cataloged as BC0709.15.
Topics: Electronic music, Synthesizer music, Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Company
An evening of solo piano music performed by Gy�rgy Seb_k at WBAI's Free Music Store on March 22, 1972. The program included French suite in B minor by Johann Sebastian Bach; Sonata in D major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Third mephisto waltz by Franz Liszt; and Variations and fugue on a theme by Handel by Johannes Brahms. This program was produced by WBAI's Music Department and recorded in stereo by David Rapkin. This recording was formerly cataloged as BC0709.17.
Topics: Piano music, Seb_k, Gy�rgy
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Baird Searles reads "The star", a short story by Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008), for WBAI's Mind's Eye Theatre. This controversial "Christmas" story tells of a space-going Jesuit and a discovery that shatters his faith. Clarke is recognized as a master of science fiction whose works include Childhood's End, The City and the Stars, and many works of non-fiction. This story is used by kind permission of Clarke's agent, Scott Meredith. Recording mastered by David Rapkin. This...
Topics: Clarke, Arthur C. (Arthur Charles), 1917-2008, Science fiction
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Poems from Carl Orff's Carmina Burana read in English translation. Hear of the joys of the flesh penned by the Goliards, medieval defrocked churchmen and students, interpreted in a modern way by The Word Players, who are Larry Holpp, Dona Marans, Albert Norton, Judy Ratner, Julie Scherer, and Ed Walker. Directed and produced by Baird Searles for the Mind's Eye Theater. Technical production by Fred Friedman. This recording was formerly cataloged as BB3818.02.
Topics: Radio plays, Orff, Carl, 1895-1982, Goliards, Carmina Burana
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Performance by Logos at KPFT's Free Music Store on September 21, 1972. Logos (pronounced Lah-gahs) consists of Truett Tidwell, keyboards and ARP synthesizer; Paul Bauer, guitar and ARP synthesizer; Rick Thigpen, bass, flute, keyboard and vocals; Steve Adams, bass, flute, guitars, keyboards and vocals, and Jim Lemon on drums. The group composed the music, similar to the jazz/rock-on-synthesizer that several English groups are working in and that Joseph Byrd pioneered in America. In this...
Topics: Tidwell, Truett, Bauer, Paul, Thigpen, Rick, MUSIC
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A play with elements of suspense and fantasy which comments on contemporary life, written by Canadian playwright Michel Corbeil and first produced on WBAI's Mind's Eye Theatre. The cast includes Dan Leach, Carole Silon, Marvin Felix Camilo, Stephanie Moss, Jane Sanford and John Tormey. Produced by Charles Lewis, directed by Michel Corbeil. Technical direction by Ed Woodard. This recording was formerly cataloged as BB3818.23.
Topics: Radio plays, Corbeil, Michel
The London Symphony Orchestra of New York, conducted by Steve Richman, performs an outdoor concert in Prospect Park, Brooklyn for WBAI's Free Music Store on July 23, 1972. Musicians include William Blount and Travis Towle, clarinet; Richard Vrotney, Peter Dutton, Michael McCraw, Marvin Feinsmith, Randy Haviland and Carl Sawicki, bassoon; Marsha Heller, Stephen Berkelhammer, Brenda Schuman, and James Kendricks, oboes; Earl Chapin, Sarah Larson, Vincent Schneider, Steve Richman, Lloyd Rosevear,...
Topic: MUSIC
A radio adaptation of a short play by Howard Pflanzer based on events that transpire over the course of a party. Featuring the voices of Joanne Hill, Yvon Dihe, Charles Woodruff, Angela Cheyne, and Lew Patterson as the voice of Tibor. Technical direction by David Rapkin. Directed by Sarah Sanders for WBAI's Mind's Eye Theatre. This recording was formerly cataloged as BB3818.20.
Topics: Sanders, Sarah, Pflanzer, Howard, Radio adaptations
The second half of the Free Music Store's Third Annual Rag-Revival Reunion on WBAI. Part 3 of this recording begins with Peter Winkler performing one of his own rags. Ken Cooper performs Easy winners rag by Scott Joplin, Evergreen rag by James Scott, The ragtime dance by Scott Joplin, and The cascades by Scott Joplin. Dan Paget performs The rosebud march by Scott Joplin and Rialto ripples by George Gershwin. William Bolcom and Mike Sahl perform a two-piano finale. Produced and recorded in...
Topics: Ragtime music, Piano--Performance, Joplin, Scott, 1868-1917
The Philidor Trio, consisting of Elizabeth Humes, soprano, Edward Smith, harpsichord, and Shelley Gruskin, baroque flute and recorders, perform a program of Baroque music and arias at WBAI's Free Music Store on January 14, 1972. The second part of this program includes performances of La Forqueray, Chaconne, and Med�e by Jacques Duphly; a cantata from Phyllis und Thirsis and Four sonatas for flute and harpsichord by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach; a number of Italian arias, Le donne col cervello...
Topics: Gruskin, Shelley, Hume, Elizabeth, Smith, Edward, Philidor Trio, Music--17th century
Guitarist/singer-songwriter David Bromberg plays WBAI's Free Music Store with his band the Fabulous Torpedoes, consisting of Steve Burgh, bass and vocals; Doris Abrahams, vocals and guitar; "Blind Erik Flatpick" Frandsen, vocals and guitar; Jeff Gutcheon, piano and vocals; Kenny Kosek, fiddle and vocals; Andy Statman, mandolin; and Gary Sun Luck, congas. Part 2 of this recording begins with fiddle tunes with Bromberg on mandolin, Last song for Shelby Jean, Ugly hour, Dark hollow,...
Topics: MUSIC, Folk music, Bromberg, David
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Radio adaptation of a play by Swedish playwright August Strindberg (1849-1912), cast in the form of a classic fairy tale but with depths and depths. Julienne Marie plays the title role; the cast also includes Larry Gates, Sue Lawless, Herb Sufrin, Charlotte Lane, Victor Arnold and Sheldon Baron. Technical production by David Rapkin. Adapted, directed, and narrated by Saylor Cresswell, Jr. This recording was formerly cataloged as BB3818.16.
Topics: Radio adaptations, Strindberg, August, 1849-1912, Fairy tales
Performance by the Natural Sound Workshop, under the direction of Kirk Nurock, of experimental musical improvisations at WBAI's Free Music Store on January 10, 1973. The pieces performed are all group performances unless otherwise indicated: "Sounds in space"; "Rhythm chant"; "Solos" with Bard Klahr and Thomas Giles; "Passing"; performer Gershon Freidlin (appearing by permission of the Sebastoon Foundation); "Alice" by Bryant Hayes (text by...
Topics: Audio art, Avant garde music
A dramatic performance of an early poem by Howard Phillips "H.P." Lovecraft (1890-1937) by the Word Players for WBAI's Mind's Eye Theatre. Cast includes David Haight, Judy Ratner, Gil Jardine, Julie Scherer, Sherry Pockell and Ann Rivers. The technical production was by Neil Conan, assisted by Charles Pitts. The program was conceived and directed by Baird Searles. Contains 55 seconds of test tone at beginning of recording. Announcer and cast break character while the announcer reads...
Topics: Horror in literature, Radio adaptations, American poetry--20th century, Lovecraft, H. P. (Howard...
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Julia Mendina performs with guitar in Studio A at KPFT's Free Music Store. She performs Starwood in Aspen (John Denver), Carolina in my mind, Me and Bobby McGee, Hava nagila, Someday soon, Tomorrow is a long time, Since you asked, I wish I knew how it would feel to be free, Hey, that's no way to say goodbye, The song is love, Sign in the window, I shall be released, The first time ever I saw your face, and The cruel war. Hosted by Paul Yeager. This recording was previously cataloged as BC1571....
Topics: MUSIC, Mendina, Julia
WBAI's 99.5 Radio Theatre presents an adaptation for radio by Joanna Russ of the satirical 18th century novel by Thomas Love Peacock. The cast includes Albert Norton, John Wilson, Judy Richheimer, Karen de Bergh, Baird Searles, and Christopher Strater. Produced by Baird Searles, with assistance from Lee Crespi and Bob Lewis. Technical production by Sam Sanders. 15 seconds of tone appear at the beginning of the recording. This recording was formerly cataloged as BB3830.12.
Topics: Radio plays, Peacock, Thomas Love, 1785-1866, Satire, English
Written especially for radio by the young English author James Morgan, these are three interdependent plays that are highly sophisticated versions of the fairy tale "The princess and the frog". The cast includes Charlotte Lane, Robert Bernard, Ted Royce and Sailor Cresswell. The play was directed by Sarah Schilling. Technical production and special effects by Richard Brause. The Mind's Eye Theatre is produced by Baird Searles. Contains six seconds of test tone at the beginning of the...
Topics: Fairy tales, Radio adaptations, James Morgan
Guitarist/singer-songwriter David Bromberg plays WBAI's Free Music Store with his band the Fabulous Torpedoes, consisting of Steve Burgh, bass and vocals; Doris Abrahams, vocals and guitar; "Blind Erik Flatpick" Frandsen, vocals and guitar; Jeff Gutcheon, piano and vocals; Kenny Kosek, fiddle and vocals; Andy Statman, mandolin; and Gary Sun Luck, congas. Part 3 of this recording features performances of The hold-up, One more time Rosie, Hats off America, The place I used to call my...
Topics: MUSIC, Folk music, Bromberg, David
A dramatic reading of some lesser-known works by Edward Lear (1812-1888), English author, illustrator and poet who is known mostly for his nonsense poetry and prose. Among the works read are the "Nonsense Cookery" and "Eclogue". The readers are Myrna Charles, Kathleen Dalton, Mike Hodel, Larry Holpp and John Wilson. Selection and direction by Baird Searles; technical production by Sam Sanders. Contains 13 seconds of test tone at beginning of recording. This recording was...
Topics: Lear, Edward, 1812-1888, Radio adaptations
The first part of a dramatic reading of the novel The Trojan horse (1937) by American journalist, essayist and author Christopher Morley (1890-1957). In this tragicomic retelling of the Troilus and Cressida legend, published in 1937, the 99.5 Radio Theatre tells a story that transcends the times, casually mixing periods to make a Troy as relevant to the 1960s audience as Saigon. Part 1 tells of Troy in the tenth year of Siege; of how Prince Troilus first sees the Trojan debutante, Cressida, at...
Topics: Radio Programs, fiction, Morley, Christopher, 1890-1957, Mythology, Greek
The second part of a dramatic reading of the novel The Trojan horse (1937) by American journalist, essayist and author Christopher Morley (1890-1957). In this tragicomic retelling of the Troilus and Cressida legend, published in 1937, the 99.5 Radio Theatre tells a story that transcends time, casually mixing periods to make a Troy as relevant to the 1960s audience as Saigon. Part 2 tells of the Greeks� mysterious offer to exchange the captured Captain Antenor for Cressida; of Cressida�s...
Topics: Morley, Christopher, 1890-1957, Fiction radio programs, Mythology, Greek
The first half of WBAI's Free Music Store concert from December 17, 1971 devoted to guitars (the second half features the Jim Hall Trio - see BC0709.21). A program of classical music for solo guitar performed by William "Bill" Matthews at WBAI's Free Music Store on December 17, 1971. Matthews performs Prelude no. 1 and selected Etudes by Heitor Villa-Lobos; Allemande, minuet and courante by Ernst Gottlieb Baron, three short pieces, one by Fernando Sor, For guitar no. 1 by Jim Hall and...
Topics: Guitar, Matthews, Bill, Villa-Lobos, Heitor, Baron, Ernst Gottlieb, 1696-1760, Sor, Fernando,...
Performance of 20th century vocal, electronic and chamber music at WBAI's Free Music Store on April 14, 1972. Part 2 of this recording features three short Hungarian dances by composer Ferenc Farkas (1915-2000), performed by the Halas Woodwind Quintet; a song by Itsuro Shimoda, Japanese folk singer; and Randy Madison introduces Inferno, a fourteen-piece rock band, who perform their titular song, Time is laughing, and Love, the rhythm of the world. Recorded in stereo and produced by William A....
Topics: Electronic music, Woodwind quintets, Choral singing, The New York Music Company
The second half of the Free Music Store's Third Annual Rag-Revival Reunion on WBAI. WBAI's Barbara Oka introduces this portion of the program. William Bolcom performs Sugar cane rag and The nonpareil rag by Scott Joplin; Grace and beauty rag by James Scott; four pieces by Eubie Blake: The Baltimore todolo, I'm just wild about Harry, Goodnight Angeline, and The Charleston rag; Fascination, Snowy winter blues, and The mule walk by James P. Johnson; and Graceful ghost and Night Hubert by William...
Topics: Ragtime music, Piano--Performance, Joplin, Scott, 1868-1917, Blake, Eubie, 1887-1983, Johnson,...
This is a performance of the radio version of the play of the same name, first seen at La Mama E.T.C., written by Robert Hart and directed by Mical Whitaker. A single voice, whose autobiography it is, relates and experiences contacts with a host of others. Paul Plummer plays Arnold; the other performers are Helmar Cooper, Sheila Kotkin, Nina Levin, Robert Hart, Robbie McCauley, and Bill Maloney. Original music composed and performed by Allan Kronzek. Technical production by Sam Sanders;...
Topics: Radio plays, Robert Hart, Mical Whitaker
Presentation of two short plays for WBAI's Mind's Eye Theatre, A touch of strange by Theodore Sturgeon and Better than Eden by William West. One play concerns the loss of a mermaid; the other, the loss of a unicorn. Both plays take place in the nude, and one takes place in the dark. Cast includes Eve Dow, Jane Dow, Judy Richheimer, Adam Smith, John Smith, and Ronald Kahn. Technical direction by Fred Friedman. Production assistant, John Agress. Produced and directed by Baird Searles. Sturgeon's...
Topics: Radio plays, Radio adaptations, Sturgeon, Theodore, West, William
This adaptation of Richard Hoag's off-Broadway play deals with a man's confrontation with his own homosexuality in an unusual and stylized fashion. Starring Chuck Ports as the man, with supporting parts played by David Clemens, Sheila Cohen, Raymond Cole, Thomas Crawley, Fred Dykeman, Richard Hoag, Stephanie Moss, JoAnn Schuman, Michael Talcott, and Juliette Whitman. Written and directed by Richard Hoag. Produced by Charles Lewis and Baird Searles. Technical direction by Ed Woodard. This...
Topics: Radio adaptations, HOMOSEXUALITY, Hoag, Richard
The second half of a performance of Medieval and Renaissance music at WBAI's Free Music Store on January 29, 1972. Performers include LaNoue Davenport, recorders; Sheila Schonbrun, soprano; Christopher Williams, lute; and Judith Davidoff, viola da gamba. This, the second half of the evening's program, includes music from Italy and from Spain. Produced and recorded in stereo by WBAI's Music Department. This recording was originally cataloged as BC0709.27B.
Topic: Music--16th century
Guitarist/singer-songwriter David Bromberg plays WBAI's Free Music Store with his band the Fabulous Torpedoes, consisting of Steve Burgh, bass and vocals; Doris Abrahams, vocals and guitar; "Blind Erik Flatpick" Frandsen, vocals and guitar; Jeff Gutcheon, piano and vocals; Kenny Kosek, fiddle and vocals; Andy Statman, mandolin; and Gary Sun Luck, congas. WBAI's Barbara Oka and Dan Kavanaugh introduce the program. In the first part of this program, the band performs Hardworkin' John,...
Topics: MUSIC, Folk music, Bromberg, David
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Performance by Brazilian composer and percussionist Nan� Vasconcelos (1944-) playing the berimbau, an instrument of African origin, for WBAI's Free Music Store in 1972. In addition to leading his own bands, Vasconcelos has played with Jon Hassell, Pat Metheny, Jan Garbarek, Don Cherry, and Egberto Gismonti, among others. Nan� is introduced by WBAI's Barbara Oka. Recorded by David Rapkin and produced by the Music Department of WBAI.
Topics: Vasconcelos, Nan�, Brazilian music
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Dramatic readings from the first installment of the "Gormenghast" trilogy by British science fiction author Mervyn Peake (1911-1968), adapted for WBAI's Mind's Eye Theatre by kind permission of the U.S. publisher Weybright and Talley. The novels concern the enclosed, created world of the great castle of Gormenghast and its inhabitants, ruled by ritual and torn by madness: Sepulchrave, 76th Earl of Groan (Albert Norton) prone to melancholia and obsessed with the death owls of the Tower...
Topics: Peake, Mervyn Laurence, 1911-1968, Radio adaptations
The second part of a dramatic reading of the novel The Trojan horse (1937) by American journalist, essayist and author Christopher Morley (1890-1957). In this tragicomic retelling of the Troilus and Cressida legend, published in 1937, the 99.5 Radio Theatre tells a story that transcends time, casually mixing periods to make a Troy as relevant to the 1960s audience as Saigon. Part 2 tells of the Greeks� mysterious offer to exchange the captured Captain Antenor for Cressida; of Cressida�s...
Topics: Morley, Christopher, 1890-1957, Fiction radio programs, Mythology, Greek
Performance by folk singers John Hammond (1942-) and Larry Johnson (1942-) at WBAI's Free Music Store on March 29, 1972. WBAI's Barbara Oka introduces the program. Hammond performs Riding in the moonlight, I can't be satisfied, Love in vain, and Preachin' Blues. Johnson performs Mean ol' Frisco, Memphis five, Pea vine special, Keep it clean, Cookbook, and Early one morning. Together they play Wee midnight hours, Tell me Mama, and Look on yonder wall. Johnson performs How long blues, Old-time...
Topics: Hammond, John, 1942-, Folk music, Johnson, Larry, 1942-
Recording of the Aeolian Chamber Players' tenth anniversary concert at WBAI's Free Music Store on January 15th, 1972. The Aeolian Chamber Players specialize in contemporary classical music and have been the resident ensemble at Bowdoin College in Maine since 1964. The Aeolian Chamber Players consist of Lewis Kaplan, violinist; Erich Graf, flautist; Jerry Grossman, cello; Richard Wasley, clarinet; and Walter Ponce, piano. Part 1 of this recording features performances of Contra mortem et tempus...
Topics: Graf, Erich, Kaplan, Lewis, MUSIC, Chamber music ensembles, The Aeolian Chamber Players
The New York Kantorei performs at St. Michael's Episcopal Church on West 99th and Amsterdam as part of WBAI's Free Music Store. Chorus and orchestra conducted by Barbara Lingelbach. The Kantorei performs A fanfare for Diebenkorn by Eric Richards, performed by Frank Hosticka, trumpet, Jack Sholder, trumpet, and Ed Morgenstern, trumpet; Prelude and fugue in D major (BWV 532) by Johann Sebastian Bach, performed by Paul-Martin Maki, organ; a carol, Joyful hearts to heaven raise; Singet frisch und...
Topic: Choruses (Musical groups)
A live broadcast from WBAI's Free Music Store on December 4, 1971 organized by tuba player Howard Johnson (1941-). Toby Hanks performs 5 studies for tuba alone by David Reck. Guitarist John Murtaugh joins Hanks for performances of English Renaissance music, Love's god is a boy by Robert Jones and two songs by John Dowland, I saw my lady weepe and Come again; Stephen Johns, Richard Schneider and Tony Price, all on tuba, join Hanks for a performance of What if I never speed? by Dowland, O quantus...
Topics: MUSIC, Johnson, Howard, 1941-, Hanks, Toby, Tuba ensembles
A series of poetic plays by Ruth Krauss (1901-1993) demonstrating the possibilities of selection and juxtaposition. This was the final production of the Word Players. The Word Players are: David Haight, Susan Miller, Sherry Pockell, Ann Rivers, Julie Scherer and Edgar Walker. Directed by Baird Searles, with technical production by David Rapkin. "There's a little ambiguity..." is published by Something Else Press and was used with the author's permission. This recording was formerly...
Topics: Searles, Baird, Krauss, Ruth, Poetry, Radio plays
The Word Players salute spring with a performance of flower poems by various authors. The collection of poems is a Victorian analysis of flowers, taken from the 1963 reissue of the book The Illustrated Language of Flowers, originally compiled by Mrs. Anna Christian Burke in 1856. The poems relate to the conception that people have of flowers, and what flowers mean to people. Produced for WBAI's Mind's Eye Theatre. The Word Players are David Haight, Sandra Ley, Sherry Pockell, Ann Rivers, Judith...
Topics: Radio plays, Poetry, Victoriana
The Word Players perform a fragmented, splintered version of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" for WBAI's Mind's Eye Theatre. The cast includes Gil Jardine, David Haight and Edgar Walker as Romeo; Susan Miller, Sherry Pockell, Ann Rivers and Julie Scherer. Music mixed by David Kavanaugh. Production assistant: Ann Goldberg. Technical direction by David Lerner. Directed by the Word Players from a conception by Baird Searles. Recorded at A-1 Sound Studios. An early example of...
Topics: Searles, Baird, Radio adaptations, Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616, Experimental theater
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In its first month of production, WBAI's 99.5 Radio Theatre presented this black and white comedy by Don DeLillo which concerns a bed, a great many articles in one issue of the New York Times, and three members of the white race. Starring Frank Whiteman as Ralph, Holly Turner as Sally, and Joan Farber as Mildred. Directed by Christopher Strater. Technical production by Sam Sanders. Produced by Baird Searles with production assistance by Lee Crespi. 99.5 Radio Theatre is an Herbal Production....
Topics: DeLillo, Don, Radio plays, COMEDY
A live broadcast from WBAI's Free Music Store on December 4, 1971 organized by tuba player Howard Johnson (1941-). Substructure performs Operation soul, Been working too hard, Hold to God's unchanging hands, This Christmas (joined by Toby Hanks on tuba), (You make me feel like) a natural woman (with Yvonne Fletcher on vocals) and a composition written by Johnson called Here comes sonny man. The evening concludes with a grand finale of She's too heavy, featuring fourteen tubas. This recording...
Topics: MUSIC, Johnson, Howard, 1941-, Hanks, Toby, Tuba ensembles
The first part of a dramatic reading of the novel The Trojan horse (1937) by American journalist, essayist and author Christopher Morley (1890-1957). In this tragicomic retelling of the Troilus and Cressida legend, published in 1937, the 99.5 Radio Theatre tells a story that transcends the times, casually mixing periods to make a Troy as relevant to the 1960s audience as Saigon. Part 1 tells of Troy in the tenth year of Siege; of how Prince Troilus first sees the Trojan debutante, Cressida, at...
Topics: Radio Programs, fiction, Morley, Christopher, 1890-1957, Mythology, Greek
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Adaptation of Frank Moffett Mosier's play set in the Near East during the Roman Empire,and focussing on the relationship between Judas Iscariot and an unnamed friend. Features Joseph M. Hamer as Judas Iscariot and Jonathan Fox as the friend. Directed by Sarah Schilling. Technical production by Richard Brause. Frank Moffett Mosier is the author of The Birth of Venus and The Eagle and the Rock, also performed by The Mind's Eye Theatre.
Topics: Mosier, Frank Moffett, Radio adaptations, Judas Iscariot
The first part of an evening devoted to performance of works by Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) held at WBAI's Free Music Store on December 18, 1971 (cf. PRA# BC0709.06 for part two). WBAI'S Barbara Oka opens the evening and introduces Eric Salzman, who delivers some historical background about Stravinsky. The ensemble includes Henry Schuman, conductor; Margaret Schecter, flute; Saul Gallo, clarinet; Charles Nussbaum, bassoon; Lauren Goldstein, bassoon; James Stubbs, trumpet; Tom Lisenbee, trumpet;...
Topics: Music--20th century, Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971
Performance of two plays by Erwin H. Lerner for radio, I wonder if the coming is coming and It's a night, which both came out of the Playwright's Workshop at Theatre Genesis. Theatre Genesis is one of the four major theatre groups in the off-Broadway movement. The actors are Randall Bane, Don Barshe, John Byrd, Sue Conley, Mimi Cozzens, Glen Johnson, & Richard Hoag. Produced for WBAI's 99.5 Radio Theatre by Baird Searles and Charles Lewis, and directed by Richard Hoag. Technical production...
Topics: Radio plays, Theatre Genesis, Erwin H. Lerner, It's a Night, I wonder if the coming is coming
Bill Vanaver in concert at WBAI's Free Music Store on January 19, 1972, featuring folk and exotic songs performed on the tambura, the lazlyra[sp?], the Bulgarian fiddle and the Macedonian guitar. Part 2 of the evening starts with Vanaver on guitar accompanied by audience foot-stomping; on guitar, Which side are you on, The money crop (by Malvina Reynolds); a Macedonian folk melody played on a Bulgarian lyra; on the Greek laouto, a traditional Cretan sousta and 1940 (by Giannis Markopoulos); a...
Topics: MUSIC, Bill Vanaver, Folk music--Europe, Eastern
The Word Players read random selections from books and bits and pieces about chance, prophecy and revelation, a reading from the I Ching, and silence, confront a 1200-foot tape of numbers (1-62) which is stopped and started by direction, but no one knows which number will come up next. The number on the tape determines who reads and what the material will be. The players decide how to do the readings. The recording session has not been cut, and sped-up tape sounds are included as the pieces are...
Topics: Agress, John, Mysticism, Philosophy and religion, Radio and theater
A dramatic reading of a short story by Theodore Sturgeon (1918-1985), one of America's foremost writers of science fiction, for WBAI's Mind's Eye Theatre. Performers are Ann Rivers, Frank Coffee, and Baird Searles. The story is used by the kind permission of the author. This recording was formerly cataloged as BB3818.17.
Topics: Rivers, Ann, Coffee, Frank, Sturgeon, Theodore, Science fiction, Radio plays
A dramatic reading of the science fiction novella by author and critic Samuel R. Delany. Adapted for radio by the author, who also acts as narrator, it is a poetic and nightmarish vision of the future, with a conjectural view of the changes in social mores brought by an extra-solar expansion of humanity. The complex electronic score was especially written by Susan Schweers. The other voices belong to Randa Haines, Walter Harris, Jerry Matz, Joan Tanner, and Phoebe Wray. Technical production by...
Topics: Science fiction, Radio adaptations, Delany, Samuel R.
A performance of Medieval and Renaissance music at WBAI's Free Music Store on January 29, 1972. Performers include LaNoue Davenport, recorders; Sheila Schonbrun, soprano; Christopher Williams, lute; and Judith Davidoff, viola da gamba. The performance contains the following sets of music: Music in 1500; the Flemish style; five short Flemish pieces; and a motet by Josquin des Prez. Produced and recorded in stereo by WBAI's Music Department. This recording was originally cataloged as BC0709.27A.
Topic: Music--16th century
A group reading of poetry for WBAI's Free Music Store, recorded in spring of 1975. Part 1 of this recording features Charles Reznikoff reading selections from The collected poems of Charles Reznikoff, 1918-1975, ed. Seamus Cooney (Black Sparrow Press). Rochelle Owens reads excerpts from The Joe 82 creation poems (Black Sparrow press). Muriel Rukeyser reads St. roach, Despisals, Dream drumming, and Double ode. Quincy Troupe reads These days: the legacy of slow turning, The old people speak of...
Topics: Troupe, Quincy., Schwerner, Armand., Oppenheimer, Joel., Rukeyser, Muriel, 1913-, Reznikoff,...
Performance at KPFT's Free Music Store featuring Truett Tidwell, ARP synthesizer; Paul Bauer, guitar and ARP; Pat Brennan, mini-Moog; Rick Thigpen, flute and bass; and Jim Lemon, drums, playing avant-rock n' roll. During a tuning session, the audience and band members discuss technical details and specifications of the band's electronic instruments. Songs include Aorus; Soft; Mouthpiece; and a synthesized electronic jam. This recording was taped over an older tape, and includes a portion of an...
Topics: Tidwell, Truett, MUSIC, Home Grown Free Music Store, Avant garde music, Synthesizer music
Recording of the Aeolian Chamber Players' tenth anniversary concert at WBAI's Free Music Store on January 15th, 1972. The Aeolian Chamber Players specialize in contemporary classical music and have been the resident ensemble at Bowdoin College in Maine since 1964. Lewis Kaplan, violinist and Erich Graf, flautist, are interviewed by WBAI's Barbara Oka. Other performers include Jerry Grossman, cello; Richard Wasley, clarinet; and Walter Ponce, piano. Part 2 of this recording contains performances...
Topics: Graf, Erich, Kaplan, Lewis, MUSIC, Chamber music ensembles, The Aeolian Chamber Players
The New York Kantorei performs at St. Michael's Episcopal Church on West 99th and Amsterdam as part of WBAI's Free Music Store. Chorus and orchestra conducted by Barbara Lingelbach. On part 2 of this recording the Kantorei performs Johann Sebastian Bach's Cantata no. 21 (Ich hatte viel Bek�mmernis, BWV 21). Produced and recorded in stereo by Judy Sherman and Steve Rathe for WBAI's Music Department.
Topic: Choruses (Musical groups)
The Ars Cameralis Ensemble performs at WBAI's Free Music Store on February 16, 1972. The ensemble consists of Edith Kraft, piano; Carol Wincenc, flute; Joel Marangella, oboe; George Hirner, clarinet; Lauren Goldstein, bassoon; and Joseph Anderer, French horn. WBAI's Barbara Oka introduces the progam. The ensemble performs Woodwind quintet by Elliott Carter and Trio path�tique by Mikhail Glinka; after intermission, they perform Sextet for piano, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn by...
Topics: Ars cameralis (Musical group), Music--20th century
Original comedy by Deborah Jowitt and Murray Ralph, full of sound and voices, about an unlikely quintet of people that get up together, brush their teeth together, and are bored together, until one of them turns out to maybe be a hero. The cast: Tom Caripp - Jack Heller; Beryl Toother - Jane Lowry; Schenker - Alan Raeburn; Lolly - Jenny Ventriss; Peter - Chris Strater; Traffic announcer - Martin Last; Girl reporter - Carole Ann Lewis; Munchins - Judith Warner; Muggins - Baird Searles. The...
Topics: Radio plays, Deborah Jowitt, Murray Ralph
A play for voices by William S. Tracy. A one-sided telephone conversation is the framework for this character study of an artist. Featuring a tour de force performance by Peter Altschuler as Jim Conroy, with Cindy Balabar as Aunt Mary Clare, Frank Coffee as the priest, George Spelvin as the doctor and Baird Searles as the narrator. Technical production by Ed Woodard. Directed by Clifford Fagin. This recording was formerly cataloged as BB3897.
Topics: Radio plays, Tracy, William S.
Dramatic reading of Mervyn Peake's�Boy in darkness, the second installment of Peake's Gormenghast trilogy featuring the hero Titus Groan, on WBAI's Mind's Eye Theatre. Venturing into a trackless waste from his ancestral castle, Titus falls in love with two villains, a hyena and a goat, who deliver him into the hands of one of the most blood-curdling of literary villains: a white lamb. The cast includes Sara Dalton, Cliff May, Albert Norton and Gordon Spencer, and the narrator is Mitchell...
Topics: Peake, Mervyn Laurence, 1911-1968, Radio plays, Science fiction, Gormenghast trilogy
Performance by folk singers John Hammond (1942-) and Larry Johnson (1942-) at WBAI's Free Music Store on March 29, 1972. On Part 2 of this recording, Johnson performs Broke and hungry, The things I used to do, Hi-heel sneakers, Pick poor Robin clean, and Charley Stone. Produced and recorded in stereo by David Rapkin and WBAI's Music Department. This recording was originally cataloged as BC0709.23B.
Topics: Hammond, John, 1942-, Folk music, Johnson, Lawrence (Guitarist)
A performance of Orazio Vecchi's late 16th-century madrigal opera L'Amfiparnaso (1597) by a cappella vocal ensemble The Western Wind. This recording opens with an announcement of upcoming Free Music Store performances. Eric Salzman introduces the second part of the program. Cast includes Janet Steele and Janet Sullivan, sopranos; William Zukof, counter-tenor; William Lyon Lee, tenor; Elliot Levine; bass. Produced and recorded during a live Free Music Store broadcast on November 11, 1971, by...
Topics: Vecchi, Orazio, 1550-1605, Salzman, Eric, Urkowitz, Steven, 1941-, MUSIC, Operas-- 16th century
A modern fable in one act by Frank Moffett Mosier. A conversation between an eagle and a rock, in which the world and the human race are discussed from an outside point of view. Features Joseph M. Hamer as the eagle and Bill Wiley as the rock. Directed by Sarah Schilling. Mosier is billed as a Ford Foundation recipient, member of the New Dramatists, and winner of an observership in the Playwright's Unit of the Actor's Studio for his play "Op." This recording was formerly cataloged as...
Topics: Schilling, Sarah, Radio adaptations, Mosier, Frank Moffett