New Music New York 1979 (From the Kitchen Archives)
Orange Mountain Music, 2004
Over the last thirty years, The Kitchen has made extraordinary efforts to document every on-site performance with video and/or audiotape. In 2001, close to 300 audio recordings of Kitchen concerts from the 1970s and early ‘80s were discovered. While the tape boxes promised rare and exciting recordings by such artists as John Cage, Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, and David Tudor, we were not able to listen to any of these reels without the funds and facilities to provide proper cleaning and re-formatting. A collaborative partnership with The Looking Glass Studios and the online label, Orange Mountain Music, has allowed for the restoration of a number of reels from the archive. This work has been done towards the ultimate goal of a series of CDs, of which the 2-disc set New Music, New York 1979 was the first in the series. NMNY 1979 documents outstanding performances by artists including Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Pauline Oliveros, Meredith Monk, Tony Conrad, Jon Gibson and many more. Partial funding for this recording was provided by the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust and a grant from the Recording Academy.