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Piano

E poi... (2007, 2:35)
Era Ora (two pianos, 1986; Ursula Oppens and Frederic Rzewski, For Cornelius / Era Ora LP, 2:44)
First Piano Piece (1966, Richard Trythall, 1:40)
For Cornelius 1990, excerpt 1 (1982-1994; Yvar Mikhashoff Plays Alvin Curran CD, 1:41) excerpt 2 (2:15) excerpt 3 (1:40)
For Cornelius 1999, excerpt 1 (1982-1999; Eve Egoyan, The Things in Between CD, 1:40) excerpt 2 (2:22)
From Eleanor Rigby (1990; Aki Takahashi, Hyper Beatles CD, 2:16)
from Fiori Chiari Fiori Oscuri (1976; Alvin Curran Light Flowers Dark Flowers LP, 2:32)
Hope St. Tunnel Blues part II (1983; Yvar Mikhashoff, 2:14), part III (1983; Bruce Brubaker, 2:54)
Inner Cities 1 (1993; Daan Vandewalle, Inner Cities CD set, 1:21)

Inner Cities 2 (1994; Daan Vandewalle, Inner Cities CD set, 2:28)
Inner Cities 3, for toy piano (1994; Daan Vandewalle, Inner Cities CD set, 3:12)
Inner Cities 4 (1999; Daan Vandewalle, Inner Cities CD set, 2:16)
Inner Cities 5 (1994; Daan Vandewalle, Inner Cities CD set, 2:08)
Inner Cities 6-7 (1994; Daan Vandewalle, Inner Cities CD set, 2:38)
Inner Cities 7.5 (1994; Daan Vandewalle, Inner Cities CD set, 1:26)
Inner Cities 8 (2000; Daan Vandewalle, Inner Cities CD set, 2:04)
Inner Cities 9 (1994; Daan Vandewalle, Inner Cities CD set, 2:58)

Inner Cities 10 (2003, Daan Vandewalle, Inner Cities CD set, 2:09); excerpt 2 (1:07)
Inner Cities 11 (2003; Daan Vandewalle, Inner Cities CD set, 2:04)
Inner Cities 12 (2005, Daan Vandewalle, 2:36)
Last Acts of Julian Beck, excerpt 1 (1985; Yvar Mikhashoff Plays Alvin Curran CD, 0:50) excerpt 2 (1:15)
Octograms (2008, film excerpt, 0:30)
Schtetl Variations, excerpt 1 (1987; Yvar Mikhashoff Plays Alvin Curran CD, 2:20) excerpt 2 (1:33)

Tango no. 1 (1983; Aki Takahashi, Hesitation-Tango CD, 1:20)
When I'm Sixty-Four (1990; Aki Takahashi, Hyper Beatles CD, 0:30)

Small ensembles

Al Forno Al Sugo Al Pesto Al Vino (small ensemble, 2001; ne(x)tworks, 0:38)
Brute Beat Brut Bruit excerpt 1 (flute, clarinet, piano, violin, cello, percussion, speaking voice, live electronics, 2002; Alter Ego and Frankie Hi NRG, 1:30): excerpt 2 (1:19) excerpt 3 (1:12)
Electric Rags II, excerpt 1:  Scusami (saxophone quartet, 1989; ROVA, Electric Rags II CD, 1:33) excerpt 2:  Other Brothers (1:21)
Edible Weeds (piano, violin cello, flute, clarinet, trombone, percussion, 1988; Group 180, 1:15)
Fault (musique concrete with percussion, 1996; William Winant, 2:08)
First Octave (clarinet and live electronics, 1991; David Keberle, Il Clarinetto CD, 1:55)
Footprints of War (tape, string quartet, bass, banjo, 1997; Robert Black, Mark Stewart, quartet, 2:29)

Il Pavone (song, 1974; Maria Monti, Il Bestiario LP, 1:11)
Innominabile (tape and speaking voice, 2010; Vita Accardi, 2:05)
La Lista del Giorno (saxophone, piano, electronics, tape, speaking voice, cooking stove, 1967; Music Elettronica Viva, 2:37)
La Traversa (violin, trombone, accordian, 2003; 2:01)
Madonna and Child (female voice and tape of same singer, 1968; Beth Griffith, 1:57)

May I Now, excerpt 1:  Era Ora (percussion, 2001; William Winant; 2:31) excerpt 2:  Hoedown (cello; Joan Jeanrenaud; 1:37) excerpt 3:  Walkin Base (cello, electric bass, percussion; Joan Jeanrenaud, Fred Frith, William Winant; 1:03) excerpt 4: Folk U (cello; Joan Jeanrenaud, 1:42) excerpt 5: Choral Reefs (cello, guitar, percussion; Joan Jeanrenaud, Fred Frith, William Winant; 3:04)
Pittura Fresca (violin solo, chamber group, 1997; David Abel, Paul Dresher Ensemble, 3:58)

Playing House or Six Tall Stories, excerpt 1 (voice and chamber ensemble, 2004; Maarten Altena Ensemble, 1:05) excerpt 2 (1:48) excerpt 3 (1:20)

Rose of Beans, excerpt 1 (accordion, tuba, violin, piano, viola, percussion, 1997; The San Francisco Chamber Players, 1:41) excerpt 2 (1:23)
Rose of Beans II, excerpt 1 (cello, flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, violin, piano, viola, percussion, 2000; St. Petersburg Ensemble, 1:57) excerpt 2 (from piano solo, 1:52)

Schtyx, excerpt 1 (piano, violin, percussion, 1992; Julie Steinberg, David Abel, William Winant, Schtyx CD, 1:10) excerpt 2 (1:34) excerpt 3 (1:42) excerpt 4 (1:30)
Schtyx, video "trailer" (9:46):

Schtyx (excerpts): Maya Dunietz, Rebecca Huber, Elyssa Shalla. Video by Susan Levenstein (9:46)

 

Seven Articles (violin, piano, percussion, cello, bassoon, saxophone, clarinet, voice, 1989; Relache Ensemble, 1:52)
Shofar (first version: rams' horns, computer live electronics, accordion, soprano clarinet, 1990; 1:30)
Strum City
(five electric guitars, 1999; Seth Josel, 2:12)
Theme Park, excerpt 1 (percussion quartet, 1995; William Winant, Theme Park CD, 1:18) excerpt 2 (1:17) excerpt 3 (2:14) excerpt 4 (2:11)
Triadic Limbo (3 or more instruments, 2007; ne(x)tworks, 2:08)
VSTO, excerpt 1 (string quartet, 1989; Sharon Wood, Meg Tichener, David Abel, Dina Weinschelbaum, Schtyx CD, 2:20) excerpt 2 (2:24)
Why is This Night Different From All Other Nights (ensemble and tape, 1992; San Francisco Contemporary Chamber Players, 2:32)

Large ensembles

A Way, A Lone (chorus SATB, 1983; 3:13)
Beams 2 (for 30 or more musicians):


Beams 2, Tel Aviv 2007 (excerpts; 3:09)


Beams 2, Fremantle 2013 (excerpts). Video by Susan Levenstein (11:20)

Beams 3 (Groningen, 2008, 3:40), excerpt 2 (1:47), excerpt 3 (1:45)
Boletus Edulis (brass band and chorus at Riola, 2008, 2:32)


Boletus Edulis (excerpt): bands at Riola. Video by Susan Levenstein (3:53)


Circus Maximus (chamber orchestra, 2012; Ars Nova ensemble, 2:27)
Crystal Psalms, part 1
(simultaneous 6-country radio concert, 1988; Crystal Psalms CD, 2:52) part 2 (2:34)
For Julian (Julian Beck's voice, sax, chorus, taped shiphorns, 1987; Musik für Radio CD, 2:06)
In Hora Mortis (chamber orchestra, 1996; Stuttgart Southern Radio Symphony Orchestra, Lost Marbles CD, 3:05)
Just This As If It Had No What (chorus SATB, 1992; SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, 0:57)
Maritime Rites Kiel ("The Docks"; 25 shiphorns on their ships, 1985, 2:53)
Maritime Rites New York (brass bands in rowboats, 2012; West Point and Montclair bands, 1:17), excerpt 2 (1:28) excerpt 3 (1:04) excerpt 4 (1:28) excerpt 5 (2:39) Video:


Maritime Rites New York (excerpts), video by Susan Levenstein (11:48)

Maritime Rites Rome (Riti Marittimi: Floating With John); 20 musicians on rowboats, 2012, video:


Maritime Rites Rome: Floating With John (excerpts). Video by Jacob Burckhardt and Susan Levenstein (9:50)


Maritime Rites, Tate (Diskklavier, cello, sax, tuba, brass ensemble,150 volunteer musicians) Watch video extract 1 extract 2
Music is not Music (chorus SATB, 1990; Choral Academy of the Pacific, 3:14)
Never Say Never, excerpt 1 (improvising orchestra, 2012; 1:38) excerpt 2 (1:43) a bit of video from 2013 performance
Nineteen Eighty-Five:  A Piece For Peace (simultaneous 3-country radio concert, 1985, 3:06)
Oh Brass On The Grass Alas, excerpt 1 (opening) (350 brass band musicians, 2006; 3:01) excerpt 2 (long tones) (2:45) excerpt 3 (bees and car horns) (2:21) excerpt 4 (unisons) (3:07) excerpt 5 (trills-march) (3:30)

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Oh Brass On the Grass Alas (excerpts), Donaueschingen Musiktage festival, October 2006. Video by Claudia von Alemann (9:56)

Oh Man Oh Mankind Oh Yeah (choruses and instruments, 2009; the Huddersfield Choral Society, 2:30) excerpt 2 (1:43)
Pozzulana (30 improvising musicians, 2005, 3:01)
Rounds (3 or more voices, 1969; the eXperimental choir, Santa Cruz 2010, 2:09)
Smistamenti Generali (brass bands and chorus, 2012, 8:15)
Symphony 1.1, excerpt 1 (2012; Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, 2:17) excerpt 2 (1:59)
Triadic Limbo (3 or more instruments, 2007; composers' orchestra, Royal Conservatory of Music, The Hague, 2:11)

Solo performances (AC)

Animal Behavior (keyboard/sampler, 1992; Animal Behavior CD, 2:17)

Canti Illuminati (voice, synthesizer, tape, 1977; Canti Illuminati CD, 2:10)
Electric Rags III (live keyboard electronics, 1994; The Hub: Wreckin' Ball CD, 1:42)

Endangered Species (diskklavier, sampler, synthesizers, 1990; Lost Marbles CD, 2:14)

For MG (piano and tape, 1992; 3:26)

Maritime Rites Wasserkorso (live shiphorns on shore, 1987; Lost Marbles CD; 1:21)
On Hearing the Brooklyn Bridge Sing inYiddish (two diskklaviers, sampler, 2010; 3:28) excerpt 2 (2:59)
Rogues (piano and tape, 2011 with the Trisha Brown Dance Company; 4:08)

Songs And Views From The Magnetic Garden 1: From a Room on the Piazza (voice. kalimba, flugelhorn, synthesizer, taped sounds, 1973; Songs And Views From The Magnetic Garden CD: 2:25) 2: Crystal Aires (1:53) 3: On My Satin Harp (2:28)
Shofar 2 (shofar and electronics, 2006; recorded live in Tel Aviv, 2:42)
Someone To Watch Over What (live electronics, 2003; our ur CD, 1:18)
Songs on one, two, three, four or more notes (piano, voice, synthesizer, 1981; Het Apollohuis CD, 1:50)

Spare Ribs and Short Circuits (live keyboard, sampler, powerbook, 2001; Oasis CD, 1:20)

Toto Angelica (sampling keyboard, 2001; Toto Angelica CD, 1:30)
TransDadaExpress concert performance (shofar and sampling keyboard; The Hague 2007; 9:46):


Curran concert in The Hague, 2007 (excerpts).Video by Susan Levenstein (9:46)

TransDadaExpress 2 Extraordinary Renderings (sampling keyboard, Tempo Reale Festival 2008, Florence, video 3:10)
Under the Fig Tree (synthesizer, 1972; 2010 LP, 1:46)
Weft Warp And Purl (sampler, 2000; recorded live at the Knitting Factory, 2:08)
The Works (voice, piano, tape, 1978 LP, 4:21)

Non-solo performances

Acts of Providence (sampling keyboard, to poetry by and read by Clark Coolidge, 2005; 8:52)
Alvin Curran Filharmonia (voice, cello, guitar, percussion, power-book, piano and keyboards, with Joan Jeanrenaud, Shelley Hirsch, Domenico Sciajno, Fred Frith, William Winant, 2002; "Return to Sender" on Lost Marbles CD; 1:17)
apogee studio recording (Musica Elettronica Viva and AMM, 2004, apogee CD; 3:38) excerpt 2
Berlin concert (Musica Elettronica Viva, 1967; 2:00)
Conway Hall, London concert (Musica Elettronica Viva, 2004 apogee CD; 4:05)
Ferrara concert (Musica Elettronica Viva, 2002, MEV40 CD set; 1:00)
Kunstmuseum concert , Bern (Musica Elettronica Viva, 1990, MEV40 CD set; 1:00)
Maritime Rites (conch shell, shofar, ship's trimmings; with Cenk Ergün on the Artship in Oakland, 2002; 3:10)
Mass Pike (Musica Elettronica Viva, 2007, MEV40 CD set; 2:15)
Mousetrapbaseballbat (with Cenk Ergün, 2007; The Art of the Fluke CD; 0:31)
New Music America Festival concert (Musica Elettronica Viva, 1989, MEV40 CD set; 1:00)
Shofar III (with William Winant at the San Francisco Contemporary Jewish Museum, 2009; video, 2:19)


Shofar III with William Winant (excerpts), 2009. Video by Susan Levenstein (2:19) 


Spacecraft (Musica Elettronica Viva, 1967; Spacecraft/Unified Patchwork Theory CD; 5:00)
Stedelijk Museum concert, Amsterdam (Musica Elettronica Viva, 1982, MEV40 CD set; 1:00) excerpt 2
Stop the War (Musica Elettronica Viva, 1972, MEV40 CD set; 1:00)
That's a Plenty (with the Brunotes, 1958; 2:42)
The Sound Pool (Musica Elettronica Viva and audience, 1969; The Sound Pool CD; 2:08)
Tufo Muto (tape, four percussion, rock group, two wind ensembles, 1990; 1:25)
Waterworks Linz (shiphorns, brass orchestra, tape, fireworks, with Pierre-Alain Hubert, 1987; 6:15)

Tape pieces, radio works, installations

A Beginner's Guide to Attracting Birds (tape, 1995; entire piece, 27:30, on the web)
A Day In The Country, excerpt 1 (natural sounds, 1968; 2:24) excerpt 2 (2:23)
Cartoline Romane (musique concrete, for radio, 1987; 2:35)
Effetto Puglia (film by Annabella Miscuglio with original Curran soundtrack, 1987; 30:28, on the web)
Endangered Species (video by Ira Schneider with music by Curran, 2009; video excerpts, 2:40 on the web)
Erat Verbum Alpha (natural sounds and live electronics, for radio, 1988; Riverrun CD, 2:14)
Erat Verbum Charlie (natural sounds and live electronics, for radio, 1992; 4:08)
Erat Verbum Delta (natural sounds and live electronics, 1993; with The Hub, 1:48)
Erat Verbum John (natural sounds and live electronics, for radio, 2000; State of the Union CD, 1:37)
Gardening with John 1.1 (natural sounds, installation, 2006; 4:00)
Genetically Altered Radio (two interactive computers and radio, 2002; P-ART CD; 1:26)
I Dreamt John Cage Yodeling in the Zurich Hauptbahnhof (musique concrete, for radio, 2005; 4:53)
In/Exit (video by Cinzia Sarto and Paolo Buggiani with music by Curran, 2010; video excerpts, 4:50)
Living Room Music (musique concrete, for radio, 2009; 3:09)
Magic Carpet (sound installation, 1970, 1:19)
Maritime Rites (sounds of the East Coast of the USA with AC soloist, for radio, 1984; Maritime Rites CD set; 2:18)
Maritime Rites: Coastline (...with Steve Lacy soloist; 1:59)
Open Cage (installation with Roberto Masotti, Gerardo Lamattina, Lino Greco, 2007; video excerpt, 7:56)
On the Roads, excerpt 1 (natural sounds with electronics, for radio, 2007; 3:01) excerpt 2 (2:37) excerpt 3 (2:58)
Notes From Underground (collage of voices, installation, 1987; 1:49)
Rhinestones/Bigiotteria (installation with Luca Spagnoletti, 2011; video (2:08-3:05).
Ritratto ABO (voice of Achille Bonito Oliva and natural sounds, installation, 2004; 1:29)
Romulus And Remus Make A Ruckus (natural sounds, installation, 2003; Lost Marbles CD; 1:05)
Shin Far Shofar, excerpt 1 (natural sounds with electronics, installation, 2008; 2:12) excerpt 2 (2:24)
Shofar Rags CD (shofar, instruments, electronics, 2013): Shofar Puro Alap (2:02), Shofar x 17 (1:40), Shofar T Tam (2:06), Alef Bet Gimel Shofar (1:07), Shin Far Shofar 1 (2:02), Shofar der Zeit (1:20), Shin Far Shofar 2 (1:31)
Torzam (Diskklavier, installation, 2010; video, 4:00)


Torzam, Schwetzingen, 2010 (excerpts); video by Susan Levenstein

The Twentieth Century (Diskklavier, installation, 2004; 2:54)

Totodonaueschingen (live electronics, 1999, 5:00)
TransDada Express: Extraordinary Renderings, excerpt 1 (musique concrete, for radio, 2006, 1:46) excerpt 2 (1:49)
Un Altro Ferragosto, excerpt 1 (musique concrete, for radio, 2002; 3:26) excerpt 2 (2:03) excerpt 3 (1:06)
Vindobona Blues (sound portrait of the contemporary art/music scene in Vienna, for radio, 2005; 40:00 on the web)

Interviews and Talks


Talk for Meditare il Mediterraneo, on UNINETTUNO Internatiional Telematic University (in Italian, 53 minutes)
Recites "Caged Notes"
on RAI Radio 3 ("Audiobox"), 1993 (in Italian, 25 minutes)
Interview on Dutch radio
, about Inner Cities and On Hearing the Brooklyn Bridge Sing in Yiddish, etc. VPRO, November 2010 (in English, 23 minutes).
Musica Elettronica Viva post-concert panel discussion with Frederic Rzewski and Richard Teitelbaum interviewed by Robert Worby at the 2009 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (36 minutes)
Morning Concert, Other Minds, KPFA 1991
Interview by Charles Amirkhanian
for KPFA's "Speaking of Music," 1989 (124 minutes, with emphasis on and excerpts from "Maritime Rites," "Waterworks," "Crystal Psalms," and "Electric Rags II")
Interview by Charles Amirkhanian for KPFA's "Ode to Gravity," 1972 (81 minutes, with emphasis on Musica Elettronica Viva, MEV2, and "Music for Every Occasion," featuring "Under the Fig Tree")
Podcast
of Daan Vandewalle introducing the Inner Cities cycle, 2007. (You'll need iTunes to listen to the podcast.)
Panel discussion on Curran's music with Thaddeus Squire and Gene Coleman, Slought Foundation, Philadelphia, February 4, 2007 (60 minutes, including 10' of concert)
Interview about and in Gardening With John installation by RAM radioartemobile, Berlin June 2006 (video, 3 minutes):


Gardening With John, Berlin, 2006; video by Antonio Trimani


Interview on Kunstradio (Vienna, 2005) about Vindobona Blues.
"Waking Up to Alvin Curran" Wednesday, November 26, 2003. A Conversation with Frank J. Oteri at the American Music Center. Complete transcription of the one-hour interview, plus excerpts in audio and video.

Interview on American Public Media by Warren Burt about "Maritime Rites," for NPR's American Music Mavericks series (Chicago, 1982) ; music from "1985 - A Piece for Peace" (16 minutes)

 

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