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.