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Jennifer Lucy Allan with Elaine Mitchener

Jennifer Lucy Allan talks to Elaine Mitchener about the work of jazz singer and vocal innovator Jeanne Lee, and digs into the history of female vocal experimenters.

Jennifer Lucy Allan talks to experimental vocalist Elaine Mitchener about the work of jazz singer and vocal innovator Jeanne Lee, and the vocal music of the black avant-garde, ahead of Mitchener’s forthcoming performance of her work.

Taking this as a jumping off point, we dig into the history of the voice in experimental music and its potential to carry raw emotion or turn text into pure sound. Expect guttural cries of pain, hums of pleasure and the joy of social singing, from sound poetry at Fylkingen in Sweden, to the extended vocal techniques of Joan La Barbara, through astral jazz with Michael White, and how Japanese folk singer Kan Mikami can bring on the blues, even if you do not speak Japanese.

Produced by Alannah Chance.
A Reduced Listening Production for BBC Radio 3.

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1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Abdullah Sami

    Song For My Friends

    • Peace Of Time.
    • Spiritmuse.
  • Jeanne Lee & Ran Blake

    Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child

    • The Newest Sound Around.
    • RCA.
  • Lene Grenager & Sofia Jernberg

    Whistle

    • Crochet.
    • Olof Bright.
  • 三上寛

    2 o'clock in the middle of the night

    • The World of Kan Mikami.
    • Columbia.
  • Object Collection

    WOW

    • You Are Under Our Space Control.
    • Slip.
  • Lady Lykez

    Muhammad Ali (Remix) (feat. Lioness)

    • Muhammad Ali EP.
    • Hyperdub.
  • Michael White

    Praise Innocence

    • Spirit Dance.
    • Impulse!.
  • Jeanne Lee, Andrew Cyrille & Jimmy Lyons

    In These Last Days

    • Nuba.
    • Black Saint.
  • Joan La Barbara

    Autumn Signal

    • Reluctant Gypsy.
    • Wizard Records.
  • Idassane Wallet Mohamed

    Amarhine

    • Issawat.
    • Sahel Sounds.
  • Wat?Sanitär!

    Except Me And My Monkey

    • Science Fiction Park Bundesrepublik (German Home Recording Tape Music Of The 198.
    • Cache Cache.
  • Bastard Assignments

    Dop Drip Line Line 8919: EDGE

    • EDGE.
  • Kouta Katsutaro

    Musumegokoro

    • Kouta Katsutaro.
    • Death Is Not The End.

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