Playlist: Vanishing City
For Relevant Tones Live: Vanishing City, a free, live taping of WFMT Chicago’s Relevant Tones at the David Rubenstein Atrium on September 20, host Seth Boustead will go in search of lost voices from New York City’s musical past. Boustead’s fellow sleuths include author Jeremiah Moss (Vanishing New York), Open House New York executive Director Gregory Wessner, architect and author Vishaan Chakrabarti (A Country of Cities), Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect, Opera on Tap, conductor Mila Henry, and NewMusicBox co-editor Frank J. Oteri.
To get us ready, Oteri—a native New Yorker and composer—has helped us put together sound-and-image dossiers on the four composers whose music will be featured on the show: Julius Eastman, Arthur Russell, Tui St. George Tucker, and Ben Weber.
Tui St. George Tucker
Scores for over 100 compositions of hers have been made available for free download through the International Music Score Library Project, including the The Peyote Sonata, which will be performed on September 20.
Watch a video for Tui's solo piano work On A Mountain Road at Summer's End. The poem that opens the video is by Lachmann.
Born 7/23/16 in St. Louis, MO
Died 6/16/79 in New York, NY
“Ben lived as a recluse in a dingy, crowded apartment, but, like Prospero in The Tempest, he could transform the atmosphere around him into something 'rich and strange.' His living room, perched high above what was then a dangerous and derelict Central Park, became a spacious, magical place, full of light, where one could absorb profound thoughts and feelings about art, music and life itself.” —Roger Tréfousse, "The Strange Life of Ben Weber," composers.com [American Composers Alliance website]
ASCAP award-winning composer and music journalist Frank J. Oteri is the Composer Advocate for New Music USA, the Co-Editor of its web magazine NewMusicBox, and a member of the Executive Committee of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM).
Amanda MacBlane is Associate Director of Communications at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.