Robert Garfias collection (misc.), 1950-1960  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Garfias, Robert
Title
Robert Garfias collection (misc.)
Dates
1950-1960 (inclusive)
Quantity
24 items  :  11 analog reels (see notes for details); 11 WAV files (48 kHz, 24-bit); Duration: 4:57:24; 1 concert program; 1 radio script
Collection Number
2014014
Summary
Tapes recorded or collected over the years by Robert Garfias, includes radio programs and concert performances as well as other miscellaneous recordings.
Repository
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
98195-3450
Telephone: 206-543-0974
ethnoarc@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Access is restricted.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Robert Garfias was born in San Francisco in 1932, the child of Mexican-American parents. As a youngster he studied classical guitar and jazz saxophone. In high school he studied Western classical music composition, and he formed a jazz combo that played gigs for beatniks in the North Beach area of San Francisco, where he traveled in a circle of musicians that included Dave Brubeck, Vince Delgado, Vince Guaraldi, Harry Partch, and Bill Smith. During his career he founded the ethnomusicology program at the University of Washington; served as Dean of Arts at the University of California, Irvine, as a member of the Smithsonian Council, and as a presidential appointee to the U.S. National Council for the Arts; and conducted significant periods of fieldwork and language study in Japan, Okinawa, Korea, the Philippines, Mexico, Zimbabwe, Central America, Burma, Romania, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, and among Okinawans in the United States.

- Society for Ethnomusicology Newsletter (Vol. 7, No. 4, September 2013)

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Contents:

2014-14.1 EC - 1) Vortex: Muskaku 1957; 2) Davao: L&M; L&M & 4; 3) Music from the Playpen (these works were created by Robert Garfias) (7 1/2 ips, full-track, 7") (Vortex_Davao_Playpen.wav) (31:13)

2014-14.2 EC - Vortex III / 2/58 - Concert program included in tape box; works performed include Robert Garfias' Muskaku (1957); Vortex III presented January 6 & 7, Morrison Planetarium, San Francisco; Henry Jacobs, Coordinator (tape sent to R. Garfias by Jacobs) (7 1/2 ips, 1/2 tr. mono (2 sides), 7") (Vortex_3.wav (2 tracks)) (31:11, 26:56 (total - 58:07))

2014-14.3 EC - Vortex IV - Tape sent to R. Garfias in Japan from Henry Jacobs (postmark date is MAR 25 1960); no program included; contents not indicated, but each piece is announced (7 1/2 ips, 1/2 tr. mono (2 sides), 7") (Vortex_4.wav (2 tracks)) (26:00, 27:52 (total - 53:52))

2014-14.4 EC - Music from the Playpen / Garfias Mbira Experiments 1964 (7 1/2 ips, full-track, 7") (Playpen.wav) (26:01)

2014-14.5 EC - I / Davao March 20 / Fix - Sections: 1) M & H range; 2) FS; 3) FS; 4) L & M ranges; 5) L & M & H (High over ___ lower parts) ( 7 1/2 ips, full-track, 5") (Davao_March20.wav) (7:05); From conversation with R. Garfias 9/24/14 - recorded with 2 Nagras and a comb in a hotel room in Davao, 1966.

2014-14.6 EC - Flute and Combs; No notes on tape box (7 1/2 ips, full-track, 5") (Flutes_and_combs.wav) (7:46)

2014-14.7 EC - Gongs - New Year's Temple Bells; Other titles written on tape box - "For Whom the Gong Bongs" and "A Thousand and One Bells or Gong with the Wind"; Hand-written note by R. Garfias on tape box - "KRAB New Year's Day - Dan Grinstead and I created the 81 Bells of Kyoto" (15 ips, full-track, 7") (Gongs.wav) (23:56)

2014-14.8 EC - Final mix / Sound track / Maxine Burns film (7 1/2 ips, 1/2 tr. stereo, 7") (Burns_film_soundtrack.wav) (5:13)

2014-14.9 EC - Panorama Cultural - Sonidos de Musica Japonesa; Radio program R. Garfias did in Spanish for Alfonso Valenzuela; aired 8/12/80 (7 1/2 ips, 1/2 tr. stereo, 7") (Panorama_Cultural.wav) (28:25)

2014-14.10 EC - BBC Fun at Finegan's Wake I (7 1/2 ips, full-track, 7") (Finnegan_1.wav) (27:45); Copy of record - "Lots of fun at Finegan's Wake"

2014-14.11 EC - BBC More Fun at Finegan's Wake (7 1/2 ips, full-track, 7") (Finnegan_2.wav) (28:01)

Two 5" reels discarded - 1 blank, 1 Lisbon street sounds, etc. (too deteriorated to play)

No CD copies produced as of 9/2014.

Documentation: List of collection contents

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Concerts
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Film soundtracks
  • Flute
  • Gong
  • Gong music
  • Mbira
  • Radio
  • Geographical Names :
  • United States
  • World
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Folk music radio programs
  • Radio programs
  • Sound Recordings