Septet: Hip Replacement (1996)

David Claman (ASCAP) duration: 14:53

Steve Mackey, conductor; Tom Hoyt, Terry Szor, trumpets; Tom Kolor, John Arrucci, percussion, including 'hot rods' drum sticks; Matt Wuolle, David Claman, slide guitars with EBow sustain devices; David Phillips, bass

Recorded at Taplin Auditorium, Princeton University, August 20, 1997 Engineered by James Moses and Jim Allington. Produced by Paul Koonce.Thanks to Laura Iwan.

Before McNichols Arena was completed, large rock concerts in Denver were normally held at the Denver Coliseum. (One notable exception was the Denver International Pop Festival in 1969, which was held at Mile High Stadium, then known as Bear Stadium after the now-defunct baseball team. The original Jimi Hendrix Experience played their last gig there. At the end of the set the crowd rushed the stage and was tear-gassed by the police. The wind changed and blew back towards the stage, gassing the police and The Experience instead.) The Coliseum, now demoted to hosting flower shows, is an aging concrete structure just off I-70 surrounded by trainyards, warehouses, and the stockyards. The first and best rock concert I ever attended was at the Coliseum. Tickets were only $3.50 and I heard Leslie West and Mountain, with Felix Pappalardi, Cream's former producer, who was later murdered by his wife, on bass. It's been pretty much downhill since then. In the late 1980s I left a show at The Channel in Boston by a band I dearly loved, The Replacements, disgusted by the audience behavior. "It's just a bunch of drunk BU kids dancing on tables!" I remarked to myself. (But what would you expect at a Replacements show?) Shortly afterwards I purchased a ticket to the Boston Chamber Music Society's concert series at Sanders Theater. I remember walking slowly up the stairs, being able to hear a pin drop, and having brown hair.

David Claman studied the music of South India, experimental music, and visual art at Wesleyan University. He received a master's degree from the University of Colorado and is currently completing a Ph.D. in composition at Princeton. His music has been performed at SEAMUS, Bang On A Can, and The Hanns Eisler Academy, Berlin. The American Composers Forum included his piece '70 on its Sonic Circuits IV CD and commissioned his piece gone for foreign for New York's Cygnus Ensemble.

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