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Meredith Monk has been on the vanguard of interdisciplinary performance
for 45 years. In this conversation from 1984, she discusses her works
of that era, reflects on her process and aspirations for her work, takes
questions, and performs excerpts from Education of the Girlchild.
Chef Mourad Lahlou of Aziza restaurant is known for elegance and sophistication in his modern Moroccan dishes but often finds inspiration in simple
things and unlikely places. In this journey behind the kitchen
door, we shadow his entire process as he follows his heart from
farm to table. The process is a solid team effort, from Lahlou's
special relationships with the people who grow the food to the
collaborative kitchen environment that he cultivates. We witness
Chef Lahlou blend art and science, and precision and innovation,
in his quest to create a plate that is elegant, surprising, and true to
An inspiring conversation with Annea Lockwood, New Zealand-born experimental sound artist and musician known for her boundary-burning explorations of the world of natural acoustic sounds and environments.
Among the highlights of our Geometry Playground event were gravity-defying performances by four aerial artists from TrapezeWorld. This presentation, originally recorded in 1992, is a meditation on a lifetime dedicated to music. The renowned Hindustani classical music master Ali Akbar Khan recounts the earliest days of his musical study with his father (including his 18-hour practice days); how he chose to play and master his instrument, the sarod (maybe it chose him); and how music can be a healing force. He plays the instrument and explains how it works and how it’s different from the more well-known sitar. Khan also discusses the founding of his music school in San Rafael, California, a manifestation of his philosophy that knowledge of music should be shared with others.
A concert performed by the renowned Hindustani classical music master Ali Akbar Khan on sarod, recorded in 1992. This After Dark event examined time's many faces through activities and presentations featuring honeybees, jump-shot photography, antique timepieces, and a performance by Gamelan Sari Raras. John Cage was one of the most influential composers in modern American music. He raised fundamental questions about the nature of music, and invigorated, provoked, and perplexed audiences throughout his long career. In this lecture from 1987, excerpts of his work are played and discussed. Afterwards, Cage takes questions and shares his thoughts on subjects ranging from the origins of his impulse to make music-"Many composers hear music before they write it, but I write music in order to hear it"-to using chance to create without ego or intention. He asks why we should listen to music instead of just listening to the sounds around us, and answers: "There's no reason."
Composer and performer Pauline Oliveros has been a pioneering figure in American music for over four decades. In this intimate talk recorded at the Exploratorium on February 21, 1985, Oliveros discusses her decision to quit teaching and flee to Italy with her accordion, her appreciation of the Grateful Dead's concert sound system, and the perils of the squeezebox. She also takes audience questions and performs "Rattlesnake Mountain" live. What motivates modern navigators? That depends on who you ask. But many explain their passion for voyaging in terms of kuleana--responsibility.