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William Winant and Gordon Mumma

Carl Stone in conversation with William Winant and Gordon Mumma


Composer and percussionist William Winant (b. 1953) is closely associated with composers Lou Harrison and John Zorn, and was a member of the eclectic bands Mr. Bungle and Oingo Boingo. In 2003, Winant created music for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s 50th anniversary at the Tate Modern in London. His music can also be heard in Werner Herzog’s documentary, Encounters at the End of the World. Winant has been a guest artist with the LA Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and Berkeley Symphony. He is currently the Principal Percussionist of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and a noted teacher, on faculty at UC Santa Cruz, UC Berkeley and Mills College. He formed the Abel-Steinberg-Winant (ASW) Trio in 1984; a group dedicated to the performances of Music from the Americas, Pacific Rim, and Northwest Asia

Avant-garde composer Gordon Mumma (b. 1935) studied at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where he was a research associate in acoustics and seismics. He co-founded the Cooperative Studio for Electronic Music and the ONCE Festival with Robert Ashley, providing a showcase for original electro-acoustic music. Mumma helped invent the Space Theater, a theater designed specifically for multimedia light shows. He regularly performed with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 1966-74 and with the Sonic Arts Union. He was on the faculty of UC Santa Cruz from 1975-94. He has collaborated with many contemporary composers and artists including Anthony Braxton, Fred Frith, Marcel Duchamp, and Jasper Johns.

Interview Recorded on 11/8/1986

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