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.