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#305 Palimpsests

A palimpsest is a manuscript whose original text has been scraped or washed away and overwritten with a new one, often many times over. The original text is still present but visible only in fragments. This concept has inspired composers to overlay music in similar ways to fascinating effect. We feature a small sample of … Continue reading #305 Palimpsests

#304 Texu Kim

Texu Kim writes music that's fun, often humorous yet sophisticated, detailed and connected to his South Korean heritage in fascinating ways. He's also the only composer we know to offer "major-league cuteness” (Broadway World) while also demonstrating “surprising scope.” (San Diego Story) MUSIC Bounce!! - performed by Alarm Will Sound Sonata Amabile - performed by … Continue reading #304 Texu Kim

#303 Sonic Walkabout 2021

Access Contemporary Music's Sonic Walkabout is a fun way to explore a neighborhood and see and hear it as never before.  ACM commissioned composers to write music inspired by historic and cultural sites in Chicago's Wicker Park and Lakeview neighborhoods and combined their musical creations with narrative storytelling. MUSIC Fountain by Amy Wurtz Polish Triangle … Continue reading #303 Sonic Walkabout 2021

Tribute to Louis Andriessen (repeat)

Trailblazing composer Louis Andriessen was one of the most influential composers of his generation. Sadly Andriessen passed away on July 1st of this year. We talked to him in 2014 about his life in music and featured some of his best-known pieces. Hosted by Seth BousteadProduced by Jesse McQuarters Louis Andriessen: Life, Part I- Wind … Continue reading Tribute to Louis Andriessen (repeat)

#301 Songs for Children

In honor of Children's Day in the US we feature music written for and by kids of all ages. Concept and research by Stephen Anthony Rawson, hosted by Seth Boustead. MUSIC Children of Light by Karen Tanaka mvmts 3,5 and 7 performed by Signe Bakke Three Heavens and Hells by Meredith Monk mvmt 3, Things … Continue reading #301 Songs for Children

Laura Schwendinger (repeat)

Our popular series profiling emerging composers continues with Laura Elise Schwendinger, an artist whose strongly personal style of music is filled with kinetic energy and slow-burning intensity. Originally aired December 27, 2014. Hosted by Seth BousteadProduced by Jesse McQuarters Laura Elise Schwendinger: High Wire Act, V & IV Brightmusic Centaur 3098 1:03, 2:11 Laura Elise … Continue reading Laura Schwendinger (repeat)

#300 Seth Parker Woods

Hailed by The Guardian as “a cellist of power and grace” who possesses “mature artistry and willingness to go to the brink,” cellist Seth Parker Woods has established a reputation as a versatile artist straddling several genres. We talk with him and feature several of his collaborative projects. MUSIC Winter Tendrils by Monty Adkins Difficult Grace by Frederick Gifford … Continue reading #300 Seth Parker Woods

#299 Homage to Emily Dickinson

We commemorate the 135th anniversary of the death of great poet Emily Dickinson by featuring some of our favorite musical settings of her poems as well as music inspired by her. MUSIC Six Dickinson Poems by Emily Lau - Performed by: Maren Montalbano, mezzo-soprano, Elizabeth Huston, harp and Rebecca Harris, violin Harmonium mvmt II As … Continue reading #299 Homage to Emily Dickinson

#298 Sound of Silent Film Festival 2021

Access Contemporary Music presents the 16th annual Sound of Silent Film Festival featuring newly commissioned scores performed live to modern silent films in every genre. We chat with a few of the filmmakers and composers and play some great music. MUSIC Escape by Trevor Patricia Watkin film by Daniel Lugo The Ephemeral Orphanage by Natasha … Continue reading #298 Sound of Silent Film Festival 2021