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Gaburo: 5 Works For Voices, Instruments And Electronics


Release Date: 04/09/2002 
Label:  New World Records   Catalog #: 80585   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Kenneth Gaburo
Performer:  Thomas HowellBarbara DalheimJames FulkersonThomas Frederickson,   ... 
Conductor:  Kenneth Gaburo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  U. of Illinois Contemporary Chamber Players memb.Walden String QuartetNew Music Choral Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Kenneth Gaburo was born in Somerville, New Jersey, saw service in the US Army from 1943-45, attended the Eastman School of Music, the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia, Rome; and the University of Illinois. He was on the faculty at the University of Illinois from 1956, where he was part of a composing community that included such composers as Salvatore Martirano, Herbert Brun (who was his mentor in many areas), Edwin London, Ben Johnston, and James Beauchamp. Of these, his relations with Brun and Martirano were particularly close, and Beauchamp's work in developing electronic music equipment was crucial for his composing. In 1968 he moved to the Music Department at the University of California, San Diego, where his colleagues included Pauline Read more Oliveros, Robert Erickson and Roger Reynolds. He was also acquainted with Harry Partch, who was living in San Diego at the time, but not associated , except briefly, with UCSD. Of his San Diego colleagues, he was closest with Pauline Oliveros, and as well, a number of his younger colleagues from the University of Illinois days also moved to UCSD, where they continued working with him. Although intensely collaboratory in his work methods, Gaburo's sense of individuality always marked him out, even in the hothouse environments of Illinois and UCSD at these periods. Of his relations with the more establishment new music scenes of the day, such as New York, they were virtually non-existent, and this sense of mutual irrelevance between Gaburo and the New York scene grew over the years, to such an extent that several recent histories of American music, all New York-oriented, do not even mention him, despite his large body of important work, and his training of several generations of experimental composers. Gradually, over the years of the 60s and 70s, Gaburo experienced a greater and greater alienation from the academic environment, until in 1975 he left UCSD, surviving as a freelance composer, teacher and theatre director (he directed the 1980 production of Harry Partch's The Bewitched for the Berlin Festival). During this period, he also left urban living, and moved to Romona, California where he lived in its semi-desert until 1983, when he joined the Music Faculty at the University of Iowa. At Iowa, he founded the Seminar for Cognitive Studies, which was a freewheeling, intense, cross-media seminar open to creative people in many disciplines. University bureaucracy found it hard coping with Gaburo's seminar, which admitted actors, dancers, musicians, poets, video artists, performance artists, and creative workers in a variety of other disciplines. His output contains works for instruments, voices, electronics, multi-media, theatre, and a variety of other resources. Foremost among his many interests was a concern with the voice, and with language - how we shape language and how we are shaped by it - and with making works that existed somewhere between the boundaries of music and language. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Antiphony IV "Poised" by Kenneth Gaburo
Performer:  Thomas Howell (Piccolo), Barbara Dalheim (Voice), James Fulkerson (Bass Trombone),
Thomas Frederickson (Double Bass)
Conductor:  Kenneth Gaburo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  U. of Illinois Contemporary Chamber Players memb.
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; USA 
Length: 9 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This performance utilizes electronics. 
2.
Quartet for Strings by Kenneth Gaburo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Walden String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; USA 
Length: 8 Minutes 53 Secs. 
3.
Mouthpiece by Kenneth Gaburo
Performer:  Jack Logan (Trumpet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 41 Secs. 
4.
Antiphony III "Pearl-White Moments" by Kenneth Gaburo
Performer:  Marcia Swengel (Voice), Brian Winter (Voice), Lawrence Weller (Voice),
Miriam Barndt (Voice), Douglas Pummill (Voice), Philip Larson (Voice),
Rosalind Powell (Voice), Richard Hanson (Voice), Albert Hughes (Voice),
Shirley Panish (Voice), Barbara Dalheim (Voice), Janet Pummill (Voice),
William Brooks (Voice), David Barron (Voice), Jean Geil (Voice),
Bonnie Barnett (Voice)
Conductor:  Kenneth Gaburo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Music Choral Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; USA 
Length: 16 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This is a work for chorus and electronics. 
5.
The Flow of (U) by Kenneth Gaburo
Performer:  Philip Larson (Voice), Linda Vickerman (Voice), Elinor Barron (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1974; USA 
Length: 23 Minutes 1 Secs. 

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