Yes, politics is in the news, and in our thoughts, and I can’t get away from it, so here is the fifth in my series on the music of struggle. At a time when fundamentalism (religious and political) is gaining strength, it seems important to listen to music which runs against those currents.
In this episode of American Highways, pianist Guy Livingston brings us songs of Nina Simone, and music of Donal Fox and John Adams.
AMERICAN HIGHWAYS #49: Mississippi Goddam
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
Guy Livingston, piano.
WERGO 6649 2
Donal Fox, William Brown & John Lockwood
New World Records – 80515-2
Soloist, Albany Symphony
Carnegie Hall live, on WNYC, New York Public Radio (May 10, 2011)
Nixon In China – This Is Prophetic
Dawn Upshaw; David Zinman, Orchestra Of St. Luke’s
Nina Simone and band
Whose side are you on?
Frederick Rzewski, piano
Vanguard LP – VA 25001
Peace Out, My Brother (Boston Premiere)
Louise Toppin, voice; John McDonald piano.
Recorded Live at Tufts University, Tribute Concert for Vivian Taylor, May 7, 2006
Live on WGBH Radio, Fraser Performance Studio, Boston 10/23/07