From the Catacombs

Conrad Tao

Which Side Are You On?

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the long version

Frederick Rzewki’s Which Side Are You On? takes a protest song written in the 1930s by Florence Reese, the wife of a union organizer in the Kentucky coal mines, and explodes it into a gripping, kaleidoscopic set of variations. Ranging from reflection to rage, the piece is a towering sonic representation of these United – and oftentimes Divided – States of America. Pianist and composer Conrad Tao closes the set with a piece of his own, inspired by the writings of Kevin Killian.

The short version

Conrad Tao performs Frederick Rzewki’s “Which Side Are You On?,” which takes a 1930s protest song by Florence Reece, the wife of a union organizer in the Kentucky coal mines, and explodes it into a gripping, kaleidoscopic set of variations.

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