Episode #406

Shahzia, Miniature, Microsound

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Saturday, February 08, 2003

Kurt Andersen and playwright David Ives talk about the appeal of miniatures. Watch Hamlet stride onto a tiny proscenium stage in your own living room. Hear music made out of sounds that are barely audible. And find out how artist Shahzia Sekander turned Indian miniature painting into something new and spectacular.


David Ives

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Special Guest: David Ives

Kurt Andersen and playwright David Ives talk about how very tiny things capture the imagination.

David Ives is a playwright who's been called "the maestro of the short form" by the New York Times. He's probably best known for his one-act comedies including All in the Timing and Mere Mortals. ...


Miniature Paintings

In India hundreds of years ago, tiny paintings the size of a leaf held political and social and spiritual meaning. Now, Shahzia Sikander, an artist in New York City, has taken the genre and turned it into something looser, but still small and jewel-like. Produced by Sarah ...


Toy Theater

Before television and radio, many families used to gather around a 14 inch box set up on a table in their living room. They’d watch melodramas and action epics without electricity in the house. The box was a toy theater, made of cardboard, and it was an immensely popular ...



Music made out of tones that you can't always hear — but you can feel. The artists who make microsound think that even minute sonic changes can affect us. We asked three composers — Dan Abrams, Steve Roden, and Taylor Deupree — to tell us about their ...


19-Second Coda

Listen to one of the musical miniatures Kurt and David discussed earlier in the show. A mid-1960s recording of pianist Glenn Gould performing the 19 second piece "Rasch, aber leicht" from Arnold Schoenberg's Six Little Piano Pieces, Opus 19.


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