Lou Harrison and William Colvig at the Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series, February 16, 1989, photo by Tom Erikson
Charles Amirkhanian, host of the Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series (1983-1992), talks with one of America’s most distinguished composers, Lou Harrison, whose use of gamelan instruments and interest in word music helped bring an appreciation of Pacific and Asian music to the United States. William Colvig collaborated with Harrison for many years, building original and gamelan-inspired instruments. The program began with Eric Marin’s film documenting Harrison & Colvig, and continued with excerpts from Harrison’s “Piano Concerto” (featuring Keith Jarrett) and “Suite for Violin, Piano and Small Orchestra.” The second part of the program included a demonstration of original instruments by Harrison & Colvig.
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