#352 Composer Alive Album Release

Access Contemporary Music's latest album features music commissioned as part of their innovative project Composer Alive. Each piece was composed in short installments and rehearsed and recorded in real time as they were received. Host Seth Boustead features a sample of this fascinating music. MUSIC Sunshowers by Jane O'Leary (mvmts 1 and 2) De Ánimos … Continue reading #352 Composer Alive Album Release

#351 Qubit’s Whitney Biennial Audio Guide

Qubit presents an audio(guide) companion to the 2022 Whitney Biennial, "Quiet as It's Kept." Curated by Alec Hall, Loud as It Plays is a listening landscape of contemporary American music arranged around the themes and forces shaping our world over the past two years: breath, time, hope, test, and war. For a biennial survey of American art … Continue reading #351 Qubit’s Whitney Biennial Audio Guide

#350 Shawn E. Okpebholo

Shawn E. Okpebholo is a critically-acclaimed and award-winning composer whose music has been described as “devastatingly beautiful” and “fresh and new and fearless” (The Washington Post), “affecting” (The New York Times), “searing” (The Chicago Tribune), “staggering” (The New Yorker), “lyrical, complex, singular” (The Guardian), and “powerful” (BBC Music Magazine).  Host Stephen Rawson talks with him … Continue reading #350 Shawn E. Okpebholo

#349 Michael Oliva

Join Host Austin Williams as he interviews world-class composer Michael Oliva about his upcoming project for various interments playing with Tampura and fixed media. Michael has been creating various collaborations with a variety of instruments for this project to create a diverse sound world for listeners to experience. In the interview you will hear about … Continue reading #349 Michael Oliva

#347 Castor and Patience at Cincinnati Opera

Castor and Patience is a new opera by composer Gregory Spears and libretto by former poet laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy K. Smith.  The opera takes on the pervasive barriers to land ownership for Black Americans by telling the story of two cousins' struggles to own and keep property long held by their family. … Continue reading #347 Castor and Patience at Cincinnati Opera

#346 Charles Mingus Centennial

Join us as we celebrate and honor the centennial of Charles Mingus! This episode will take a deep dive into his album Mingus Plays the Piano. Charles Mingus was a pioneer of the modern jazz movement and this album speaks to that. Amongst his vast discography, this album takes a slight departure from his typical … Continue reading #346 Charles Mingus Centennial

#345 Cross Roads

Host Austin Williams explores the cross roads of experimental music and Jazz. Many artists featured on today’s show come from the Twin Cities area which has a large free and experimental jazz scene. Much like one might see in an improvising chamber group or players working from a graphic score, the music you hear is … Continue reading #345 Cross Roads

#344 Escape Tones

Taking a break from all your worries sure would help a lot. Wouldn't you like to get away? Hey, isn't that from the "Cheers" theme song? Yes it is but after the last couple of weeks who can disagree? Join host Austin Williams for a much-needed musical escape... MUSIC Conduit by Robert Honstein - Performed … Continue reading #344 Escape Tones

#343 Music By Tyondai Braxton

The former front man of experimental rock band Battles, Tyondai Braxton has since ventured out into composing a wide array of wildly inventive original music. He has been commissioned to write pieces for ensembles such as The Bang on a Can All Stars, Kronos Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, and Brooklyn Rider. Host Austin Williams plays … Continue reading #343 Music By Tyondai Braxton