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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
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
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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
The second half of WBAI's Free Music Store concert from December 17, 1971 devoted to guitars (the first half featured classical guitarist Bill Matthews - see BC0709.16). This half features jazz guitarist Jim Hall performing with Benny Aronov, piano, and Ron Carter, bass. Among the pieces played are Where would I be?, Careful, and Little waltz. Produced and recorded in stereo by WBAI's Music Department. This recording was formerly cataloged as BC0709.19.
Topics: Jazz music, Jim Hall trio
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
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,...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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
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
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
The New World Consort, a Canadian ensemble specializing in early music, performs a set of Renaissance, Medieval, and Elizabethan songs and dances at WBAI's Free Music Store on February 23, 1972. The performers include Lucy Bardo, bass viol and treble viol; RoseMarie Caminiti, soprano, recorder, and percussion; Robert Cowart, recorders, shawm, crumhorn, tenor viol; William Mount, baritone, psaltery, hurdy-gurdy, bagpipe. The group performs pieces by anonymous composers, as well as music by St....
Topics: Music--15th century, Music--16th century
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
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
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...
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
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
Recording of Hungarian-American cellist J�nos Starker (1924-2013) giving a masterclass in technique and musicianship at WBAI's Free Music Store on December 8th, 1971. Starker is introduced by WBAI's Barbara Oka and is joined on stage by Hungarian-American pianist Gy�rgy Seb_k (1922-1999). Starker illustrates for the audience the physical relationship between the cellist and the instrument and how it affects the quality of the sound produced. Starker plays the Sarabande from J.S. Bach's...
Topics: Starker, Janos, Seb_k, Gy�rgy, Music -- Instruction and study
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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
The Free Music Store's Third Annual Rag-Revival Reunion on WBAI. WBAI's Dan Kavanaugh, Tony Elitcher, Eric Salzman and Barbara Oka give short speeches at the beginning of the program. Part 1 of the recording features Dan Paget playing Original rags by Scott Joplin, The ragtime nightingale by Joe Lamb, The cascades by Scott Joplin, and The American beauty rag by Joe Lamb. Willa Rouder plays The King Porter stomp by Jelly Roll Morton, The magnetic rag by Scott Joplin, Frog legs rag by James...
Topics: Ragtime music, Piano--Performance, Joplin, Scott, 1868-1917, Lamb, Joseph F. (Joseph Francis),...
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,...
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
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. The trio performs Sonata in G minor for flute and harpsichord, BWV 1020 by C.P.E. Bach, Sonata no. 1 in A minor by C.P.E. Bach, Sonata for recorder and continuo by Georg Philip Telemann. Barbara Oka announces intermission. The ensemble then plays Trio sonata in C minor by Johann Joachim Quantz, Sonata brillante for solo recorder...
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Topics: MUSIC, Schuman, Henry (Oboist), Comparone, Elaine, Waitzman, Daniel
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-
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)
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
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
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
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,...
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
An evening of country fiddling and grassroots music at WBAI's Free Music Store, broadcast live on March 11, 1972. Produced and emceed by Tom Whitmore and recorded in stereo by WBAI's Music Department. WBAI's Barbara Oka introduces the evening. The Apple Country String Band (Mark Rickart, Kenny Kosek, Roger Mason, Dave Snell, Bud Morrisroe, Phil Rosenthal) perform Love and wealth by Flatt & Scruggs, Fox on the run by Manfred Mann, I'm going back to Birmingham by Flatt & Scruggs, and...
Topics: Country music, Fiddling, Kosek, Kenny
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.
An evening of country fiddling at WBAI's Free Music Store, broadcast live on March 11, 1972. Part 2 of this recording features Bill Garbus and Allan Block performing an Irish fiddle tune, Corn rigs, and Hard to love (with Kenny Kosek, banjo). Benjamin Franklin "Tex" Logan, Jr. and the Apple Country String Band perform Katy Hill, Rabbit where's your mammy, Fire on the mountain, Cotton-eyed Joe. Intermission. Tom Whitmore introduces Doug Tuckman from the Bluegrass Club, who delivers a...
Topics: Country music, Fiddling
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
A group reading of poetry for WBAI's Free Music Store, recorded on May 16, 1975. Part 2 of this recording begins with Joel Oppenheimer, who reads selections from The woman poems (Bobbs-Merrill Co.), including Natural order poem, The lady of madness, Naked poem, Child poem, Screaming poem, Death poem, Mirror poem, Meat poem, Getting there, and Prayer poems #2, and a new poem called Celebrating the peace. Paul Metcalf reads Darlington, South Carolina, Sable Island, and Moby's brothel. Russell...
Topics: Troupe, Quincy., Schwerner, Armand., Oppenheimer, Joel., Rukeyser, Muriel, 1913-, Reznikoff,...
The second 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. This part contains a performance of Stravinsky's theatrical work L'Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale) (1918). Cast includes Tim Jerome, narrator; Arthur Miller, a soldier; and Pat Shea, the Devil. Musicians include Jeanne Benjamin, violin; Richard Fredrickson, bass; Paul Gallo, clarinet; Charles Nussbaum, bassoon; James Stubbs, trumpet; Lawrence...
Topics: Music--20th century, Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971
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Eight monologues by Diane Di Prima, written at different times, and first assembled at the Cafe Cino. The monologues and performers are "Bacchanale", Sierra Bandit; "Freddie's monologue", Lee Fitzgerald; "Butterfly sprite", Edward Barton; "John's words", John Braden; "Zip code", Diane Di Prima; "Hand grenade", Alan Marlowe; "Did he go to the seaside", John Herbert MacDonald; "Humilities", James Waring;...
Topics: Radio adaptations, Di Prima, Diane
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,...
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
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 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
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 prize-winning mystery play in verse by Maxine Haleff, directed by Jack Marks for WBAI's Mind's Eye Theatre. The cast includes Virgil Doyle, Jack Marks, Maxine Haleff and Raymond Espinosa. Technical production by Morris Markowitz and Fred Friedman. Original score by Sun Ra (1914-1993). Broadcast on WBAI, June 7 and 8, 1968. This recording was formerly cataloged as BB3818.03.
Topics: Radio plays, Haleff, Maxine, Sun Ra, mystery
Musician/composer Bill Vanaver in concert at WBAI's Free Music Store on January 19, 1972. Vanaver begins with two folk songs for banjo, Rambling hobo and Jordan is a hard road to travel; on the Georgian tambura, Vanaver plays a lezginka, a traditional dance of the Caucasus region; on guitar, The walker in the snow, Down to the depot, and Sammy's bar (written by Cyril Tawney); an a cappella rendition of a Macedonian folk song, Planino Pirin (with Livia Drapkin on vocals); on banjo, The story...
Topics: MUSIC, Bill Vanaver, Folk music--Europe, Eastern
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 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
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...
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.
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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
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
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
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
Performance of 20th century vocal, electronic and chamber music at WBAI's Free Music Store on April 14, 1972. WBAI's Barbara Oka introduces the program. Part 1 of this recording begins with electronic music by Venezuelan composer Alfredo del Monaco. The American Vocal Quintet, consisting of Marshall Thomas, baritone, Yoshi Ito, soprano, Joyce Gerber, alto, Sidney Johnson, tenor, and Kenneth Bell, bass, perform About the maypole by Thomas Morley; Madonna, non so dir tante parole by Philippe...
Topics: Electronic music, Woodwind quintets, Choral singing, The New York Music 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
A mother, a daughter, a radio and a squalid apartment are the components of this radio play written by Elyse Nass and directed by Daniel Landau for WBAI's Mind's Eye Theatre. Madlyn Cates plays the mother and Jacqueline Portnoy plays Olga, the daughter. Technical direction by Ed Woodard. This recording was formerly cataloged as BB3818.01.
Topics: Nass, Elyse, Radio plays
A concert reading by WBAI's Word Players about death, in five loosely defined movements: Statistical, Literary, Anthropological, Camp, and Reality. Sources include Edgar Allan Poe, William Shakespeare, the World Almanac, Catullus, Lewis Carroll, The Book of the Dead, Kenneth Lillquist, Arthur Machen, Rainer Maria Rilke, and the "Report of the National Advisory Committee on Civil Disorders." Produced and directed by Baird Searles for WBAI's Mind's Eye Theatre. This recording was...
Topics: Death in literature, Radio plays
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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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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
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
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
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 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
A performance of Orazio Vecchi's late 16th-century madrigal opera L'Amfiparnaso (1597) by a cappella vocal ensemble The Western Wind. Cast includes Janet Steele and Janet Sullivan, sopranos; William Zukof, counter-tenor; William Lyon Lee, tenor; Elliot Levine; bass. This reel contains the first half of the opera and an intermission. During the intermission, WBAI's Eric Salzman interviews Steven Urkowitz, director, and singer-musicologist Larry Bennett about the history of madrigal comedy,...
Topics: Vecchi, Orazio, 1550-1605, Salzman, Eric, Urkowitz, Steven, 1941-, MUSIC, Operas-- 16th century
Performance of a play for radio, adapted from original documents, by playwright and historian Jonathan Ned Katz (1938-) and directed by Lois Adler. This is a documentary concerning the famous fugitive slave case that led Boston to riot in 1854. The voices are those of Niger Akoni, Susan Batson, Alan Becker, Gerald Fritz, Robert Lander, Margot Lewitin, Frank MacFee, David Margulies, Eric Nord, Douglass Ross, and Baird Searles. Produced for the 99.5 Radio Theatre by Jonathan Ned Katz and Baird...
Topics: Katz, Jonathan, 1938-, Radio plays, Slavery in literature, Anthony Burns
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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