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Original new music compositions by Scott Johnson (of John-Somebody fame) and text-based audio compositions by Judith Sloan and Warren Lehrer cross the boundaries between music and speech, journalism and expressionism, tradition and the avant-garde. All sampled voices are culled from interviews of “new immigrants” by Lehrer/Sloan on their three-year journey through the borough of Queens — the most ethnically diverse locality in the United States. Produced by Judith Sloan, the CD also includes music by Crossing the BLVD participants including the gypsy-punk-cabaret band Gogol Bordello, Nigerian gospel singer Kingsley Ogunde, and Romanian-American musicians Christine and Dinu Ghezzo. This CD is a rich and original musical soundscape that reflects the immigrant experience at the crossroads of a paradoxical and ever-changing America. Aired on National Public Radio stations nationwide.
Crossing The BLVD: strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America
Audio CD, Music Compositions by Scott Johnson, Audio Compositions by Judith Sloan and Warren Lehrer, Producred by Judith Sloan. EarSay with W.W. Norton, 2003
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Continental Divide, composer Scott Johnson based on interview with Shekaiba Wakili recorded by Judith Sloan. Mix engineer Sheldon Steiger.
Universal Phenomenon composer Scott Johnson based on interview with Janet Xiong recorded by Judith Sloan. Mix engineer Sheldon Steiger.
Cargo Flight to Somewhere produced by Judith Sloan with Warren Lehrer and Sheldon Steiger based on the story of Bovic Antosi
Globalization produced by Judith Sloan based on interview with Eugene Hutz, accordion Yury Lemeshev:
With Us Or Against Us produced by Judith Sloan, Scott Johnson, Warren Lehrer based on interviews with Adis Nuhovenic and Ramon Mappala, mix engineer Sheldon Steiger.
EarSay Radio Documentaries have aired on public radio stations nationwide, including Crossing the BLVD radio documentaries: Labib’s Café, about an Egyptian café that was attacked after 9/11; Tongues Twisting produced by Judith Sloan for The Third Coast International Audio Festival (also aired on NPR’s All Things Considered). Clapping games and tongue twisters in multiple languages help unravel life stories when Judith Sloan records young immigrants in a theatre workshop. Among other things, the kids reveal the game of adapting to life in America. A Tattle Tale: Eyewitness in Mississippi: A radio docudrama based on a play conceived and written by Warren Lehrer and Judith Sloan. Performed by Judith Sloan. Documentary produced by Laura Sydell and Judith Sloan. Music by John Zorn. The story of a teenage runaway, turned deputy sheriff, turned whistleblower, bears witness to coming of age in the face of hypocrisy and lawlessness. Inspired by the true story of Andrea Gibbs, who in 1989, sworn to uphold the law, blew the whistle on her superior officers for the brutal treatment of juvenile offenders in detention centers and prisons in Mississippi. Radio Documentary Produced for Horizons, National Public Radio, 1997.
EarSay Documentaries Audio CD Produced by Judith Sloan with Warren Lehrer
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The Yo Miss! Preview CD includes three award-winning pieces of Judith Sloan’s multi-layered stories. Judith’s stories are part-drama, part-documentary, and part-music. In Sweeping Statements, Sloan recounts her experiences teaching theater, writing, and juggling in alternative schools and jails. What’s Your Status is a testimony and witnessing of how the culture of fear, shifts in immigration law, and big-bureaucracy impact immigrant student’s lives. In “Dayenu” which means “it would have been enough for us,” Judith reconsiders the words sung at Passover when Jewish families the world over gather together to recount the epic story of the Jewish exodus from Egypt. Music for Dayenu by Frank London and Judith Sloan. Mixed by Ryan West. All pieces written, performed, edited and arranged by Judith Sloan. Music for Sweeping Statements and What’s Your Status by Taylor Rivelli.
Yo Miss! Teaching Inside the Cultural Divide
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This full-length audio CD is a musical setting of attitudes and longings for voices and instruments. Nine pieces explore the search for the big ITs —power (Tag Yer IT), search for an AIDS cure (It Just Might Work), love (Hymnfor Her), victory (I for an I), god (You and Me), material wealth (You Got Nothin), the ineffable (Something or Other); and other pronouns — (They, He is a She Dog). A collaboration with Warren Lehrer and Harvey Goldman, this post-minimalist opera, has received some good airplay on new music radio programs throughout the country. Composed with the aid of midi-synthesis, the recording features Goldman and Lehrer on digital and acoustic instruments and voice, as well asbaritone Alan Seale, sopranos Patricia Ruiz, Nina Heller and Angela DeCicco, extended vocals by Stacy Schuman, Judith Sloan and Brother Blue. Includes 12 page booklet with complete lyrics.
The Search For IT and Other Pronouns Audio CD
Written and composed by Harvey Goldman and Warren Lehrer La La Music. 1992
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