Chris Culpo, composer ex materia

In this episode, Guy Livingston brings us the music of a composer for whom ‘anything goes’ or rather, ‘nothing goes’. We discuss titles, abstraction, Gyorgi Ligeti, Fats Waller, Ornette Coleman, and Emily Dickinson.

Christopher Culpo, an American composer and pianist has been living in Paris for more than twenty years. In tonight’s show we’ll hear music he’s composed for jazz ensembles, for string quartet, and for orchestra.  


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Christopher Culpo, pianist and composer and improviser


AMERICAN HIGHWAYS #16 ex materia: Christopher Culpo  

Theme Music :
Steve Reich. The Desert Music (1984)
First Movement (Fast).
Chorus of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Michael Tilson Thomas & William Carlos Williams.
Nonesuch Records 79101.

Christopher Culpo
1. Of Ground, or Air, or Ought
The Locrian Chamber Players.
March 13 2014 at Riverside Church, New York City

György Ligeti
2. VII. Cantabile, molto legato Musica ricercata
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano.
Sony Classical SK 62308

Christopher Culpo
3. Canti Ritmici for string quartet. mvt. 5.
Koehne Quartet.
August 7, 2015, Argekulture, Salzburg.

Thelonius Monk
4. Well You Needn’t
Steve Lacy and Mal Waldron.
Nel Jazz NLJ 959-2

Christopher Culpo
5. Murmurations for orchestra, mvt 3.
Orchestre Nationale de France.
recorded at Radio France, April 2013

Fats Waller
6. The Joint Is Jumpin’
RCA 730.570/74

Conlon Nancarrow
7. Study for Player Piano No. 21 (Canon X)
Wergo 6907-2

Christopher Culpo
8. Reflection and Rotation
Fresh Frozen Trio: Achille Succi, clarinets and alto saxophone, Galuco Benedetti, tuba, Christopher Culpo, piano.
El Gallo Rojo CD 314-62 (also on iTunes, and Google play)

Christopher Culpo
9. Paper Doves
Christopher Culpo piano, Jean-Charles Richard soprano sax, Peter Herbert, contrabass.
Cristal Records CD CRCD05-05

Christopher Culpo
10. Emilygrams mvt 5
Ensemble 2e2m and soprano Rayanne Dupuis.
recorded at Radio France in September 2002

George Gershwin
11. Embraceable You
Ornette Coleman Quartet (Donald Cherry tpt, Ed Blackwell drums, Charlie Haden cb).
Atlantic 7567-80767-2


Jean-Charles Richard and Christopher Culpo

Amsterdam Concert Announcement:

Op 10 mei wordt in de altijd verrassende Splendor serie “QUIOSQUE” mijn mini-opera “Crépuscule” uitgevoerd in Splendor, Amsterdam door Anne LaBerge (fluit & stem), Nora Mulder (piano & stem), Bart de Vrees (slagwerk & stem), Wilbert Bulsink (orgel & stem), Mattijs van de Woerd (stem) en …(cello & stem) .

Aansluitend op deze zeer korte durende (30 seconden!) opera met proloog en drie delen wordt het tamelijke lang durende (4 1/2 uur!) “For Philip Guston” voor fluiten (Marieke Franssen), vibrafoon, klokkenspel en buisklokken (Bart de Vrees) en piano/celesta (Nora Mulder) van Morton Feldman uitgevoerd. Beide werken worden zelden integraal uitgevoerd in Nederland, mis het dus niet!

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