A new album by New York-based ensemble Founders presents a wildly imaginative interpretation of Olivier Messiaen's classic chamber work Quartet for the End of Time. The result is a respectful homage to the transcendent beauty of the original work while also incorporating jazz, rock, and other non-classical styles. Performed by: Ben Russell, violin / voiceBrandon … Continue reading #288 Songs for the End of Time Vol. 1
We celebrate the beginning of the Year of the Ox with music by composers from countries that celebrate the lunar new year. Program:Year of the Ox by Sufjan Stevens, arranged by Matthew AtkinsonElectric Aroma by Viet CuongKhse Buon by Chinary UngShades of Raindrops by Sungji HongWisdom of the Land by Narong PrangcharoenAncient Chinese Dances - … Continue reading #287 Lunar New Year Celebration
For more than twenty years the Tribeca New Music Festival has brought bold new classical music infused with American pop culture to audiences in New York City and, after March 2020, to the world. We talk with composer and Artistic and Executive Director Preston Stahly about their mission, history and creative pivots during the pandemic. … Continue reading #286 Tribeca New Music
We celebrate a string of palindromic dates - 1/20/21 to 1/29/21 - with music written in palindromic form. Music by Martha Horst, Ben Johnston, Frank J. Oteri, Andrew Norman, Ted Hearne, Joseph Schwantner and Bela Bartok.
We take a break from our chaotic world to listen to music from composers inspired by utopian visions from Ursula K. LeGuin, Thomas More, Plato, HG Wells, John Milton and Greek myth.
Two exciting commissioning projects were a bright spot during this very dark year. They are Thomas Piercy's Moments in this Time and Los Angeles-based piano duo Hocket's #What2020SoundsLike. For each project composers were asked to write short pieces that represent an incredible array of styles and mental states as all navigate this difficult time. We … Continue reading #283 Moments in this Time
The symphonies of Gloria Coates have been hailed as "the spirit of an expressionistic-apocalyptic-mystical world view" by German musicologist Ludwig Finscher. Over sixteen symphonies, Coates has created an indelible, absolutely unique and highly personal sound world. We talk with her and feature movements from symphonies 1, 4, 7 and 14.
Begun by composer Stephen Lias in 2012 Composing in the Wilderness is a "shared wilderness experience for adventurous composers at all levels." Participants spend two weeks in the wilds of Alaska drawing from that inspiration to write a new piece that will be performed at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. Applications for 2021 close on … Continue reading #281 Composing in the Wilderness
Clarice Assad is a highly acclaimed composer, pianist, singer and arranger renowned for her musical scope and versatility. A prolific Grammy nominated composer, Clarice Assad’s numerous commissions include works for Carnegie Hall, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Orquestra Sinfônica de São Paulo, Chicago Sinfonietta, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, the Boston Youth Orchestra, the … Continue reading #280 Clarice Assad
There are a variety of reasons that people decide to leave home for good and settle in another country. But according to the U.S. State Department there has been a veritable exodus lately with a 47% spike in expatriation in 2019 over 2014. We talk with four composers living abroad about their lives and music.