Laurie Anderson

Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson—Episode Three

Friday, July 3, 2020 at 4:00am
WESU Middletown 88.1FM

Friday, July 3, 2020 at 4:00pm
WESU Middletown 88.1FM

The third episode of “Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson” will feature a conversation between writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist Laurie Anderson and Irish poet, professor of poetry, editor, critic, playwright, lyricist, and translator Paul Muldoon about poems, epic anthems, and songs about love, getting lost, leaving and saying goodbye, murder, islands, and America on WESU Middletown 88.1FM. Each program will be available to stream from WESU's show archives for two weeks following the initial broadcast.

Stream the entire two-hour episode from the WESU archives here.

Epsiode Three includes Paul Muldoon reading his "Drive-by at the Drive-in" (a remake of Aristophanes' "The Frogs"), plus recordings and music by Walt Whitman, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, William Butler Yeats, Lou Reed, Van Morrison, Tommy and Sarah Makem, Lee Knight, Bert Jansch, Allen Ginsberg, and two tracks by Bob Dylan.

Laurie Anderson has created groundbreaking works that span the worlds of art, theater, and experimental music. A renowned and daring creative pioneer, she has contributed music to dance pieces by Bill T. Jones and Trisha Brown. Her 2018 recording with the Kronos Quartet, "Landfall," won a GRAMMY Award. Her most recent collaboration is 2019’s “Songs from the Bardo” with Tenzin Choegyal and Jesse Paris Smith.

“Since the early ‘80s, I’ve dreamed of...having a radio show in the middle of the night” said Laurie Anderson. “When time slows down, where the lines between sleeping and waking, between dreams and reality, are getting blurred, and when people’s defenses drop away, and logic just seems to be very limiting.”

“Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson” brings listeners into intimate conversations between Anderson and her close friends and colleagues—artists, writers, and thinkers who share Anderson’s zeal to ask questions, explore, and understand the world. “Party in the Bardo” was created for this moment in time, when our global and local communities are grappling with the new reality of COVID-19. In Tibetan tradition, the “Bardo” is the in-between: a state of existence after death and before one’s next birth, when consciousness is not connected to a physical body. By design, each episode will premiere on Friday at 4am, when thoughts drift and new connections become possible —and a time, in 2020, when many of us are awake and wondering at the moment we are living though. (For those who sleep well, “Party in the Bardo” will also air again the same day at 4pm.)

“Party in the Bardo” was created and hosted by Laurie Anderson as part of her 2019-2020 artist residence at Wesleyan University, and is funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Philip J. '71 and Lynn Rauch Fund for Innovation, with support from Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts and WESU Middletown 88.1 FM.

Image of Laurie Anderson by Ebru Yildiz. Thumbnail of Paul Muldoon by Beowulf Sheehan.