With the Kepler Quartet hard at work on this final disc of the Johnston string quartet cycle, I thought it would be a good time to re-visit one of the pieces they are working on: String Quartet no. 6, where endless melody folds into a structure based on the Fibonacci series. While we wait for [...]
Ben’s interview on KUSC recently played on their Arts Alive program. If you missed it, you can stream it on their website under the November 24, 2012 program
or download the entire program here (mp3 | 44mb)
Ben’s feature takes place around the 18:30 mark.
Another recent performance for the John Cage centenary, this is a great interpretation of Four4 I recorded at the Goat Farm in Atlanta last month. Audio only. Enjoy!
Piece for Four Percussionists:
Caleb Herron, Olivia Kieffer, Aaron Butler, Brandon Dodge (Chamber Cartel)
Harry Partch discusses receiving notariety using a scale of 43 separate tones and original instruments with references to his “Genesis of a Music.” There is a brief introduction to “Twelve Intrusions,” this recording which is played by five musicians under Partch’s direction. The pieces are: Study in an Ancient Phrygian Scale, Study in the Ancient [...]
More selections from the Wright State concert. “Prayer” was originally written by Ben Johnston in 1966 for SSA chorus and “Dirge” is from 1953. Arrangements by Sylvia Smith and Gerald Noble. Performed by Gerald Noble, Mike Minarcek, and Benjamin Kipp.
The following is a recording of the world premiere of Ben Johnston’s The Tavern, for just-tuned guitar and voice [text by Rumi, trans. Coleman Barks] (1998-2008) (25:16) Performed by John Schneider (just-tuned guitar) and Paul Berkolds (baritone). This was recorded March 5, 2009 at the 14th Other Minds festival in San Francisco. Thanks to all [...]