On the Off Ramp

rick-amor-the-off-ramp-1379012580_bAre contemporary musicians on the exit ramp ? Are we driving in the wrong direction ?

In this episode of American Highways, pianist Guy Livingston brings us music by Raymond Scott, Gene Pritsker, John Adams, Harry Partch, and the Brooklyn Rider quartet.

This show looks at unusual and non-quantifiable pieces of music, which use humor, improvisation, and arrangements to make a point and try a new direction. 

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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.

Raymond Scott
New Year’s Eve in a Haunted House
The Beauhunks
Basta 30-90362

Gershwin and Dorham
Medley: Rhapsody in Blue (Gershwin) & Blue Bossa (Dorham)
Trio Strakke Lucht
ThuisLabel #01

Gene Pritsker
William James’ Introduction
Sound Liberation Orchestra
American Composers Forum – Innova 235

John Adams
Slonimsky’s Earbox
Cleveland Orch, olv Dohnanyi
Nonesuch B00004YR65

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Harry Partch
Ring Around The Moon
1. First Phase (2:55)
2. Second Phase (2:15)
3. Third Phase (2:48)
4. Fourth Phase (1:30)
Partch Ensemble

Brooklyn Rider (group composed)
Seven Steps
Brooklyn Rider


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