Lou Harrison

Cabrillo Festival

KALW is proud to be the broadcast partner for the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music’s 2017 season, and to present the complete orchestra concert broadcasts in four special programs hosted by Sarah Cahill, host of Revolutions Per Minute.

Eva Soltes

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Steven Schick, artistic director of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, about this weekend’s celebration of California composer Lou Harrison’s 100th birthday at Z Space in San Francisco, with concerts, talks and a film screening.

The music you're hearing was written by Bay Area composer Lou Harrison, and is being played by David Tenenbaum.  It’s a commission from Other Minds, the contemporary music organization dedicated to encouraging “creative exploration in new music.”

 It's part of the first concert in the twentieth "Other Minds Festival," taking place Friday (03.06) at the SFJazz Center on Franklin Street. There's a panel discussion at 7pm, with the concert at 8pm.      

Members of Quinteto Latino join guest host David Latulippe for Sunday evening's "Then & Now" from 8-10pm.  (Listen anytime this week via KALW's Local Music Player.)   They'll share details of their upcoming world premiere of Guillermo Galindo's Voces del Desierto as well as music from their new CD.  Plus music of Aaron Copland and Beethoven as a Peninsula Symphony preview, and a chat with Irish pianist John O'Conor.

Lou Harrison: A World of Music is a new documentary about a composer some consider among the greatest of the 20th Century.  Harrison charted new territory in  music by combining Western classical styles with Eastern music, and is credited with - among other kudos - firmly establishing gamelan music in the U.S.  He also lived an openly gay life in New York City in the 1940s before moving back to California to compose in serenity.  Among his fans and collaborators were San Francisco Symphony conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, composers John Cage and Janice Gitek, c

Alan Farley talks with filmmaker Eva Soltes about her documentary "Lou Harrison - A World of Music," which will premiere at the Castro Theatre next week.  Hear the Open Air broadcast anytime this week here.           Thursday at 7pm, the filmmaker talks with Eric Jansen on Out in the Bay.