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Late-night music for the elements

Nick Luscombe with millennial otters, Korean zithers, a Kazakh ode to the cosmos and a lesson on rainfall from continuous music pianist Lubomyr Melnyk.

Pianist Lubomyr Melnyk is known for his continuous music style, an exploration of notes played rapidly in complex series, which is inspired by Indian classical music, Terry Riley and Haydn. He describes it as ‘a classical technique advanced into a constant river of sounds.’ We hear an extract from an interview with him and Nick Luscombe recorded earlier this year at Sea Change festival, discussing how nature infuses everything he plays and finding out where his body ends and the piano begins.

Plus, Nick plays an ode to our disintegrating ecosystem by Kazakh composer Angelina Yershova; Korean quartet Black String update the sound of the geomungo, the Korean six-stringed zither, with pedal-driven electric guitar; and the latest from Matana Roberts’ COIN COIN guise, a project which weaves African-American history with jazz, spoken word and afrofuturism.

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

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Jorge Ben Jor

    Errare Humanum Est

    • A Tábua De Esmeralda.
    • Philips.
  • Silver Jews

    Smith and Jones Forever

  • Matana Roberts

    "Raise Yourself Up" / "Backbone Once More" / "How Bright They Shine"

    • Constellation.
  • Black String

    Flowing, Floating

    • Mask Dance.
    • ACT.
  • Lubomyr Melnyk

    Son of Parasol

    • Fallen Trees.
    • Erased Tapes.
  • Bananagun

    Do Yeah

    • Do Yeah 7".
    • ANTI FADE.
  • Laurie Anderson, Tenzin Choegyal & Jesse Paris Smith

    Lotus Born, No Need to Fear

    • Songs from the Bardo.
    • Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.
  • Angelina Yershova


    • Cosmotengri.
    • Twin Paradox.
  • Basic Rhythm

    Nuh Ramp

    • 2 Da Core.
    • Planet Mu.
  • Nubiyan Twist

    Addis to London (feat. Mulatu Astatke)

    • Jungle Run.
    • Strut.
  • Chocolate

    Un Tych

    • Peru's Master Percussionist (Perspectives on Afro​-​Peruvian Music. The Collecti.
    • Buh Records.
  • Quentin Sirjacq


    • Schole Records.
  • Tomaga & Pierre Bastien

    Machines With Ideas

    • Bandiera Di Carta.
    • Other People.
  • K-Conjog

    Millennials Otters

    • Magic Spooky Ears.
    • Schole Records.


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