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Ridgewood Radio features concert recordings by adventurous bands and experimental musicians and restored archival tapes from private and institutional collections captured at venues large and small across the five boroughs of New York. It is produced by David Weinstein and Outpost Artists Resources operating out of the Ridgewood section of Queens, NY, where you'll find more yellow bricks than on the road to Oz and the cemetery of your choice is never more than a few blocks from home.

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Options July 24, 2019: Pianos All The Way Down

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From the Requiem for Pianos series by Romain Thiery

Keyboard-driven works from Marilyn Nonken and José Halac, Margaret Leng Tan plays Cage,
and an exclusive playlist of newly recorded pieces by Hyperpiano maestro Denman Maroney,
in honor of his 70th birthday.

Artist Track Album Label Year Comments Approx. start time
Denman Maroney  Domicile 4   Options Hyperpiano Live  Collection of the composer  2010  Solo Hyperpiano concert, Dortmund, Germany. Hyperpiano music is made from a palette that extends from keyboard work into plucking and strumming and use of tools such as knives, bells, and mallets to alter the pitch, timbre, and envelope of the sound.   
Malawi Mouse Boys  Kulira Kwambewa (The Crying of the Mouse)   Options Forever is 4 U  Omnivore Records  2016  Ridgewood Radio Theme https://lovesupportunite.org  0:02:36 (Pop‑up)
 
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88   Options Ridgewood Radio Noise Library  Beautiful Drummer  2019  black and white  0:03:20 (Pop‑up)
Marilyn Nonken w/ Sound Icon  Vortex Temporum Revisited (concert recording)   Options Roulette Concert Series  Roulette Archive  23 May 2016  Pianist Nonken with the Boston-based ensemble Sound Icon perform Gérard Grisey’s magnum opus, Vortex Temporum (1996), a rarely heard work for de-tuned piano and five instruments. Nankeen and the ensemble, led by conductor Jeffrey Means, celebrated the 70th anniversary of the birth of French composer Grisey who died in 1998.  0:06:36 (Pop‑up)
Denman Maroney  Curl   Options Solos  Collection of the composer  2019  From a newly recorded revisiting of the composer's catalog.  0:29:58 (Pop‑up)
José Halac  Escondites para el Viento (excerpt)   Options Escondites para el Viento  soundcloud.com/josehalac  2018  A collaborative electroacoustic work by composer Halac and pianist Ana Foutel, both from Argentina. The complete series was recorded in 2018 in the composer's studio in Córdoba, Argentina. The piece (translates as Places for the Wind to Hide) is comprised of five pieces inspired by the organic designs of Iranian architect Zaha Hadid.  0:38:13 (Pop‑up)
Denman Maroney  New One Two   Options Solos  Collection of the composer  2019  From a newly recorded revisiting of the composer's catalog.  0:57:43 (Pop‑up)
Denman Maroney  Off Centerpiece   Options Solos  Collection of the composer  2019  From a newly recorded revisiting of the composer's catalog.  1:07:01 (Pop‑up)
Denman Maroney  Every Day   Options Solos  Collection of the composer  2019  From a newly recorded revisiting of the composer's catalog.  1:12:38 (Pop‑up)
Margaret Leng Tan  John Cage's Sonatas & Interludes (concert recording excerpt)   Options Roulette Concert Series  Roulette Archive  7 May 1997  Excerpts from Margaret Leng Tan’s complete performance of “Sonatas and Interludes” for prepared piano by John Cage.  1:26:01 (Pop‑up)
Denman Maroney  Domicile 2   Options Hyperpiano Live  Collection of the composer  2010  Solo Hyperpiano concert, Dortmund, Germany. See note above.  1:47:21 (Pop‑up)
Professor Longhair  Tipitina (Live)   Options Historic Films Stock Footage Archive  Historic Films YouTube  1974  1918-80, an influencer and mentor to the likes of Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint, and Dr. John.  1:52:08 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:02pm chresti:

Hello David, Ruth and Ridgewoods!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:02pm sphere:

hullo again
Avatar 3:02pm david w:

hey, chresti! welcome! greetings, sphere!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:04pm listener james from westwood:

Afternoon, Ridgewoodians!
Avatar 3:05pm Schell:

Hello from the edge of Wallingford and Fremont, lol
Avatar 3:09pm david w:

james and sir schell, good to have you around for this!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:10pm sphere:

btw, is there a table-based schedule for Give The Drummer Some? i couldn't find one.
Avatar 3:10pm Schell:

Grisey, the greatest (so far) of the spectralists.
Avatar 3:11pm Schell:

In this passage hearing the four notes in the piano tuned a quartertone flat.
Avatar 3:12pm david w:

sphere, you need this: wfmu.org...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:12pm sphere:

thanks. :)
Avatar 3:13pm david w:

I hesitated to say "spectralists" as he grew to despise the label. But it is a lovely tag if you must have one.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:16pm sphere:

as a Bryce fan, I will definitely tune in to this show when i can.
Avatar 3:17pm david w:

thanks, sphere. understood. you'll have to shed one dimension though...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:17pm sphere:

anything for music!
  3:18pm Denmanic:

I thought Grisey's magnum opus was Espaces Acoustiques
Avatar 3:19pm david w:

I defer to you, sir. Is that you hiding in there? Happy birthday!
  3:20pm Denmanic:

only because I don't know this work
Avatar 3:21pm Schell:

Vortex Temporum is from 1994-96
  3:21pm Denmanic:

it is indeed I and thanks and I defer to you too
Avatar 3:21pm Schell:

One of his last works, as he died in 1998
  3:26pm Denmanic:

is there a commercial recording?
Avatar 3:29pm david w:

Hmm, didn't check don't know....
Avatar 3:30pm Schell:

Ensemble Recherche recorded it
  3:33pm Denmanic:

Risognanze Ensemble on Spotify. Same thing I guess.
  3:43pm Denmanic:

is this live piano processing?
Avatar 3:46pm david w:

I think yes.
  3:47pm Denmanic:

is he processing himself or is someone else doing it and if so who?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:48pm Webhamster Henry:

Hi I've been typing in other screens, but enjoying the show!
Avatar 3:48pm Schell:

Says it was recorded in his studio. Argentinian composer that I wasn't familiar with previously. Is there a connection with Roulette or just another Weinstein find?
Avatar 3:50pm david w:

Thanks, Henry!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:50pm Webhamster Henry:

There's an app, BitKlavier, that does this kind of processing. I haven't played with it much though.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:52pm Webhamster Henry:

Well it does the note-y stuff not the timbral stuff.
Avatar 3:53pm david w:

Thinking about this, I suspect that the studio had some influence on the processing, so not clear to sort out what was live.
  3:54pm Denmanic:

interesting to contemplate where is the line between note-y and timbral
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:54pm Webhamster Henry:

I'll take a look - but with a nice Roli Seaboard or Continuum, or two, you can do all this live, I think.
  3:55pm Denmanic:

while you're playing?
  3:57pm Denmanic:

this is hyperpiano, processed
Avatar 4:00pm david w:

Yes, D I thought so too. Shelley Hirsch turned me on to this piece. No Roulette connection.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:09pm doctorjazz:

Really like this piano music!
Hi!
Avatar 4:11pm david w:

djazz, enjoy!
Avatar 4:13pm geezerette:

Love this slow jazz. Tranquil.
Avatar 4:16pm david w:

sonic version of slow food, geez?
Avatar 4:17pm geezerette:

Ha! :)
Been listening while being distracted by Mueller grillings. Denman knocking me out!
Avatar 4:19pm fred:

Good afternoon David, Ruth and all. Working late these days, not great but at least I avoid the worst of the heat on my way back
Avatar 4:20pm david w:

Hey, Fred. Ruth dropped in to the studio and says hi too. We sympathize on the heat thing. Been brutal here.
Avatar 4:21pm geezerette:

Happy Birthday to Mr. Maroney!
  4:22pm Denmanic:

merci beaucoup mme
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:23pm Stanley:

Hello David, listeners. I'm just back from a walk round the neighbourhood.
Avatar 4:24pm david w:

Nothing biting today, Stanley, at least not from here on.
Avatar 4:24pm geezerette:

My pleasure, Maestro!
Avatar 4:29pm geezerette:

& Hi, Ruth and all.
Hot,humid in L.A. too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:30pm Webhamster Henry:

I saw some of Cage's notes and original preparations at a show at Bard about 10 years ago.
Avatar 4:30pm david w:

Ruth sends a hi to geez.
  4:31pm Denmanic:

I heard somewhere that Cage composed this on a Steinway O. Anyone know if that's true?
  4:32pm Denmanic:

I ask because I have one
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:35pm Linda Lee:

Cage: always brilliant.
i was lucky enough to care for a woman who was part of Cage's first mushroom society group. invited to all city area recitals & spent good quality time with him on their outings. always a twinkle in his eye, she said.
  4:36pm Denmanic:

sari dienes?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:37pm Linda Lee:

this is just lovely stuff.
Avatar 4:38pm david w:

Well, Linda Lee, that is nice to hear. He made strong friendships, but really kept his public persona shrouded (he had been abused so much).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:38pm Linda Lee:

sure, of course.
Avatar 4:39pm david w:

I remember Sari Dienes1 Wonderful! That's a bio someone should write.
  4:40pm Denmanic:

Rip Hayman and his wife Barbara Pollitt have her work now
  4:42pm Denmanic:

Sari did costumes for a dance by Kei Ta Kei (sp?) and my wife Erin Martin
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:42pm Linda Lee:

Cage was asked to lead a course at the new school & he agreed only on the condition that he be allowed to talk about mushrooms. agreed! so the new york mycological society grew out of it. they had an absolute blast!
Avatar 4:43pm Schell:

This is a nice recording, very tough to render the dynamics of prepared piano accurately, often you get distortion in the upper range since the spectrum is so oddly biased in that direction.
  4:44pm Denmanic:

I would also recommend James Tenney's recording.
  4:47pm Denmanic:

Margaret also made a good recording of Four Walls
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:48pm sphere:

What do you think about theMaro Ajemian recording of the Sonatas?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:48pm Michael 98145:

what a great story, @LL ...
  4:49pm Denmanic:

for a long time it was the only one I knew so I loved it but haven't listened in maybe 40 years
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:49pm sphere:

gotcha.
Avatar 4:49pm david w:

I loved that Ajemian version.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:50pm sphere:

I have it on CD from CRI.
  4:50pm Denmanic:

was it the first?
Avatar 4:50pm david w:

Preparing exit strategy here so thank you all and once again happy birthday Denman!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:51pm Linda Lee:

they really did have fun traveling group. my friend remembered hearing from John about a recent European recital ~ possibly Paris? ~ where the audience threw garbage at the musicians. apparently that delighted him.
  4:51pm Denmanic:

thanks david and thanks for playing so much of my stuff for the occasion!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:52pm doctorjazz:

Thanks, David!
Avatar 4:54pm david w:

A surprise gift to Denman!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:54pm Linda Lee:

late to the party (typical) ~ but i will check back in archives! thanks David!
  4:55pm Denmanic:

killin'
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:55pm Webhamster Henry:

I have Joshua Pierce's from the AFFM's "Between the Keys" CD -
Avatar 4:56pm david w:

One last thanks to all you lovelies.
Avatar 4:56pm geezerette:

All beautiful.
Thanks, David, Ruth, Denman, friends.
  4:56pm Denmanic:

I have that too and it was my preferred until I heard Tenney's
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:56pm Linda Lee:

Happy Birthday Denman! :-)
Avatar 4:56pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Up now/next/naturally: Sound collage "Dream to Me (It's all so easy once you let go)"
Here! wfmu.org...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:56pm chresti:

Thanks David!
Avatar 4:57pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

(that's Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza, 5-7pm ET here on the Drummer Radio)
  4:58pm Denmanic:

Domicil is available on streaming services cd baby amazon iTunes etc
Avatar 4:58pm fred:

Thanks David!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:59pm Stanley:

Most enjoyable, as always.
Thanks David.
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