In Conversation

Revisiting Elisabeth Waldo

Episode Summary

This week we are revisiting our episode with the groundbreaking composer, conductor, ethnomusicologist, and classical violinist, Elisabeth Waldo. She graciously welcomed dublab to the historic Rancho Cordillera del Norte to discuss her long career in music, which began more then 70 years ago.

Episode Notes

Elisabeth Waldo In Conversation with GB

This week we are revisiting our episode with the groundbreaking composer, conductor, ethnomusicologist, and classical violinist, Elisabeth Waldo. She graciously welcomed dublab to the historic Rancho Cordillera del Norte to discuss her long career in music, which began more then 70 years ago.

Her career began in 1940 with an invitation to join the All-American Youth Orchestra for a tour of South and North America. It was on this tour her interest in Native American music began. After the Youth Orchestra disbanded, Waldo began playing as first violin for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. After a year, she decided to return to Latin America to tour as a solo performer. While in Mexico, she met and befriended the artist, Diego Rivera. To make it possible for modern musicians to perform the rare Mesoamerican music they both loved, He encouraged her to develop her own musical notation for it. During this time, Waldo also frequently played with Agustin Lara and the legendary Ymu Sumac. Upon returning to Los Angeles, Waldo formed her own ensemble. They used instruments from South and North America as well as western classical instruments to play her original compositions. The albums Maracatu, Rites of the Pagan, and Realm of the Incas followed soon after. She was among the first to bring these instruments and musical traditions into a recording studio.

In Conversation is produced by dublab. Exerts of music heard in this episode are by Elisabeth Waldo. Sound editing, theme song and additional music by Matteah Baim. Due to rights reasons music from the original broadcast has been removed. To hear more, please visit dublab.com.