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The New Abnormal

Oct 12, 2022 3:00 AM – 6:00 AM


With ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ

Exploring multiple facets of jazz-adjacent prog-rock, edgy fusion, Canterbury, Zeuhl, Rock-In-Opposition, avant-prog, Rock Progressivo Italiano, world music, ambient, anything virtuosic.

New Abnormal Discoveries

...filling in for Marvin Rosen this morning, so he can atone for his misdeeds.

The New Abnormal
3:00 AM
Jennifer Castelano - The Castle at Sunrise
Jennifer Castelano The Castle at Sunrise
3:00 AM
Marc Anderson - Kelele
Marc Anderson Kelele
Time Fish East Side Digital 1993
3:01 AM
Set Break: over “Cerf Volant” by Nguyên Lê

This will be a very Classical Discovery edition of The New Abnormal, featuring music with classical elements. The first hour's selections are inspired by early music.

3:03 AM
David Hykes & The Harmonic Choir - Hallelujah
David Hykes & The Harmonic Choir Hallelujah
Harmonic Meetings Celestial Harmonies, Le Thoronet 1986

David Hykes (born on 2 March 1953 in New Mexico) was one of the earliest modern western pioneers of overtone singing. After early research and trips studying Mongolian, Tibetan, and Middle Eastern singing forms, Hykes founded the Harmonic Choir in 1975.



3:10 AM
VOX - Alleluja
VOX Alleluja
Divine Rites Hearts of Space Records 1999

VOX is an ensemble led by Vladimir Ivanoff that presents modernized arrangements of early music. This CD was originally released as "X Chants (From The Christian Arab Tradition)", and features guest vocalist Fadia El-Hage, from Lebanon.


3:18 AM
Ben Bertrand - O Ignee Spiritus
Ben Bertrand O Ignee Spiritus
Dokkaebi Les Albums Claus 2021

Belgian composer Ben Bertrand uses the bass clarinet and a plethora of machines. Bandcamp



O ignee spiritus was composed by Hildegard van Bingen.
3:26 AM
Estampie - Reis Glorios
Estampie Reis Glorios
Ondas EastWest Germany 2000

German Neo-Medieval band founded in 1985 by Sigrid Hausen, Michael Popp and Ernst Schwindl.


"Reis Glorios" text by Guiraut de Bornelli (1140-1200). Music by Michael Popp.
3:34 AM
Azam Ali - Ben pode Santa Maria
Azam Ali Ben pode Santa Maria
Portals of Grace Narada Productions, Inc. 2002

Azam Ali was born in Tehran, Iran, on 3 October 1970. She lived in India from the age of 4, and then Los Angeles since the age of 15. Wikipedia


This is her first solo release, while still with the group Vas, and focuses on medieval music. "Ben Pode Santa Maria" originates from the 13th century.

3:37 AM
Set Break: over “History” by Ketil Bjørnstad
3:41 AM
Gryphon - Lament
Gryphon Lament
Red Queen to Gryphon Three Sanctuary Records 1974

Gryphon is a UK progressive rock ensemble formed in 1972 by graduates of the Royal College of Music of London. that mixed traditional English folk music with medieval and Renaissance influences. They made music that might persuade a progressive archdeacon to discreetly tap his toes under his desk.



3:51 AM
Vital Duo - En Castille
Vital Duo En Castille
Ex tempore Musea 2001

Twins Jean Luc Payssan (guitars, lute) & Thierry Payssan (keyboards) founded progressive rock group Minimum Vital in the early 1980's. The group has always had medieval elements, but the brothers explore that deeper on this side project.


"En Castille" is credited as an anonymous composition dating back to the 15th century, updated (quite a bit) by the Payssan brothers for this recording.


3:57 AM
Garmarna - Viridissima Virga
Garmarna Viridissima Virga
Hildegard von Bingen Massproduktion 2001

Swedish folk rock band, formed in 1990, combining Swedish folk, medieval ballads, and electronic sounds. This release presents modernized arrangements of compositions by Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), the Benedictine abbess and polymath, writer, composer, philosopher, and mystic. Wikipedia



4:02 AM
Set Break: over “Morchang Duo” by Meherdin Khan (Instrumental Music Of Rajasthan/Langas And Manganiyars)

The next set highlights the ECM style, blending chamber jazz with orchestras.

4:06 AM
Eberhard Weber - The Last Stage of a Long Journey
Eberhard Weber The Last Stage of a Long Journey
Stages of a Long Journey ECM Records 2005

Jazz double bassist and composer, born 22 January 1940 in Stuttgart, Germany. As a bass player, he is known for his highly distinctive tone and phrasing. Weber's compositions blend chamber jazz, European classical music, minimalism and ambient music, typifying the "ECM sound".



4:16 AM
Gary Burton - Nocturne Vulgaire / Arise, Her Eyes
Gary Burton Nocturne Vulgaire / Arise, Her Eyes
Seven Songs For Quartet and Chamber Orchestra ECM Records 1974

Gary Burton (born on 23 January 1943, Anderson, Indiana) is a self-taught jazz vibraphonist and composer. Burton is credited with developing an innovating playing style: a four-mallet chording as an alternative to the usual two-mallets.



4:26 AM
Keith Jarrett - Solara March (Dedicated to Pablo Casals and the Sun)
Keith Jarrett Solara March (Dedicated to Pablo Casals and the Sun)
Arbour Zena ECM Records 1974

Jazz pianist and composer, born 8 May 1945 in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Jarrett has played the piano from the age of three.



4:35 AM
Set Break: over “Right At The Time” by David Hykes & Djamchid Chemirani
4:38 AM
Mark Isham - Mrs. Soffel
Mark Isham Mrs. Soffel
Film Music Windham Hill Records 1985

Mark Isham (b. 7 September 1951, in New York) is a trumpeter, synthesist and composer. He works in a variety of genres, including jazz, electronic and film music. Isham studied classical music, but also became interested in jazz, rock, and pop music.



4:52 AM
Peter Gabriel - Passion
Peter Gabriel Passion
Passion: Music for the Last Temptation of Christ V/A Real World 2015

Title track to the soundtrack of Martin Scorsese's 1988 film.


4:59 AM
Set Break: over “My Three Moons” by Michael Manring
5:03 AM
Peter Michael Hamel - Einklang
Peter Michael Hamel Einklang
Hamel: Let It Play, Selected Pieces 1979-1983 Kuckuck Schallplatten 1979

German composer and musician (primarily keyboards), born 15 July 1947 in Munich. Was with the prog group "Between" in the 1970s. Much of his solo work fits into the minimalist style.



5:13 AM
David Sylvian - Preparations for a Journey
David Sylvian Preparations for a Journey
Alchemy - An Index of Possibilities (Remastered) EMI Marketing 2003

Recorded not long after the breakup of glam rock group 'Japan', this release from 1985 is unusual in that it has no vocals by David Sylvian.


5:17 AM
Set Break: over “Petit Choral” by Daniel Denis
5:18 AM
Jóhann Jóhannsson - Melodia (Guidelines for a Propulsion Device based on Heim's Quantum Theory)
Jóhann Jóhannsson Melodia (Guidelines for a Propulsion Device based on Heim's Quantum Theory)
Fordlândia 4AD 2008

Jóhann Gunnar Jóhannsson (1969-2018) was an Icelandic composer. His work blends traditional orchestration with contemporary electronic elements. He encouraged interdisciplinary collaborations between artists from punk, jazz, classical, metal and electronic music.



5:27 AM
Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson - Te Morituri
Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson Te Morituri
Angels of the Universe FatCat Records 2001

Film composer and musician (born 23 April 1958, Reykjavík, Iceland).



5:29 AM
David Sylvian - Thoroughly Lost To Logic
David Sylvian Thoroughly Lost To Logic
Everything & Nothing Virgin Records 2000

Born 23 February 1958 in Lewisham, London, England.


5:30 AM
Univers Zéro - Retour de Foire
Univers Zéro Retour de Foire
Clivages Cuneiform 2010

Founded in Brussels, Belgium in 1974. Disbanded in 1987 and reformed in 1999. Univers Zéro are core members of Rock-In-Opposition and creators of the genre known as 'chamber rock'. Inspired by such diverse sources as rock, jazz, European folk and classical music (both ancient and modern), they have forged a distinctive sound as well as influencing a vast number of contemporary avant-garde bands and ensembles.



5:38 AM
Jean-Philippe Goude - Rock de chambre
Jean-Philippe Goude Rock de chambre
Goude: Rock de chambre Ici d'ailleurs 2009

Jean-Philippe Goude is a French composer and keyboardist, born in Paris in 1952. He was in the Zeuhl group Weidorje (not Magma). Most of his music output can be found in French commercials, television, and films.



5:43 AM
Purna Loka Ensemble - Triality: Movement II
Purna Loka Ensemble Triality: Movement II
Metaraga Origin Records 2020

The Purna Loka Ensemble includes David Balakrishnan, founder of Turtle Island String Quartet.


5:47 AM
Alireza Eftekhari - Sharh-e-Parishani
Alireza Eftekhari Sharh-e-Parishani
Khodahafez Avaz-e-Bisotun 2008

A composition of Md. Jalil Andalibi, performed by AliReza Eftekhari.


5:54 AM
Set Break: over “Hidden Fragrance” by Dehai Liu

Tune in this Friday, October 7th (7:00-10:00 a.m.), when Marvin Rosen will present “The Star of India”, devoted to music by Indian composers and composers of Indian descent.

5:58 AM
Frank Zappa - The Grand Wazoo
Frank Zappa The Grand Wazoo
The Lost Episodes Frank Zappa Catalog 2012

Spoken word by Don Van Vliet recorded in 1969, with Zappa adding Synclavier in 1992.

Who is the Grand Wazoo? Zappa explains: "Anybody in any one of those lodge organizations with a stupid hat on. Actually, the guy with the biggest dumbest hat is the Grand Wazoo."