Podcast: Keys to the City

In this episode of American Highways, pianist Guy Livingston brings us music and cities from the global village: Kansas City, Yorktown, Knoxville, Saint Louis, Brooklyn, Houston, and Paris. Music of Laurent Coq, Roger Miller, Tobias Picker, Mark Knopfler, Bernstein, Annie Gosfield, Newt Hinton, Laurie Anderson, and Gershwin. And some odd arrangements to surprise you: An American in Paris on player piano, and Saint Louis Blues…on harpsichord!

listen-to-CZ-buttonnow-on-itunes-buttonscreen-shot-2016-09-27-at-9-59-32-amToday’s theme is cities, which is part of a general sweeping idea that I’m currently developing – all about music and architecture. This show, which is not really about urbanism, is a first preview of some of the ideas to come. One major series I’m developing will be for Australian Broadcasting Corporation. You’ll be hearing me talk about San Marco in Venice, about Notre Dame in Paris, about the Anechoic Chamber at Harvard, and other seminal spaces that changed the course of music history.

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-9-47-22-am But today’s show is about urbanism, cities, meeting places, the future, whether it be utopian or dystopian. We’ll hear music of George Gershwin, Roger Miller, Laurent Coq, Newt Hinton, and Annie Gosfield. And at the very bottom of the show, a very ghostly track by Laurie Anderson, to close out the hour: where you hear Laurie Anderson say, “Mom, you’ve raised ten kids, it’s time you got on a plane.” The centerpiece on today’s show is “Keys to the City” by Tobias Picker.


AMERICAN HIGHWAYS #57: Music and Cities

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.

Tobias Picker
Keys to The City
Michael Barrett, Brooklyn Philharmonic, o.l.v. Lukas Foss.
Anthology of Recorded Music CRI 1988

Roger Miller
Kansas City Star (recorded May 31, 1965 in Nashville, Tennessee)
Roger Miller
LAB Mercury ‎– 314 526 993-2 EL

Mark Knopfler
Daddy’s Gone to Knoxville
Mark Knopfler Band
Mercury 063 292-1

Laurent Coq
Laurent Coq, piano; Walter Smith III, tenor sax; Joe Sander, basses; Damion Reid, drums.
Jazz & People J PCD815003

W. C. Handy
Saint Louis Blues
Alexandre Tharaud, harpsichord
Erato 50999-602552-2

music and cities - this is paris, part of the American Highways podcast

Newt Hinton
Nakano-ku (à S.D.)
Guy Livingston, pianist
Wergo 6649-2

Annie Gosfield
Brooklyn, October 5, 1941
Guy Livingston, pianist
Wergo 6649-2

George Gershwin
An American In Paris
George Gershwin, pianola
Electra Nonesuch 7559-2

Laurie Anderson
The Night Flight From Houston
Laurie Anderson, voice and electronics
Warner Bros/Rhino Entertainment R2 76648



Music and cities? Probably they just had a cheap radio playing on a shelf in the kitchen. The Dixie Diner in Knoxville in the 1970’s, in a photo by Harlan Hambright. This is the corner of Clinch and Locust. It’s long since been torn down.




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