#266 Green Umbrella

During the LA Philharmonic’s 2018/19 season, they commissioned 50 new works from artists including Louis Andriessen, Unsuk Chin, Philip Glass, and Steve Reich, just to name a few. Composer and curator of the first of the LA Phil’s new music series, entitled Green Umbrella, Andrew Norman talks about the Southern Californian composers that he’s presenting. … Continue reading #266 Green Umbrella

#265 Jennifer Koh

Virtuosic violinist Jennifer Koh is known for her commanding performances and technical assurance. Although she performs Tchaikovsky and Bach she’s interested in finding the connection between the arts and music of all eras from traditional to now. Jennifer Koh tells us about some of the 60 works that have been written especially for her including … Continue reading #265 Jennifer Koh

#264 Thirsty Ears Festival Preview

We’re opening our doors to Nick Photinos, David Schrader, and other Thirsty Ears Street Festival performers for a preview concert. The third annual festival kicks off on Saturday, August 11 and ends on Sunday, August 12. You can visit the festival at Wilson street between Hermitage and Ravenswood; the two day event will feature fifteen stellar … Continue reading #264 Thirsty Ears Festival Preview

#260 Boston Modern Orchestra Project

The Boston Modern Orchestra Project is widely known as the leading orchestra in the United States dedicated exclusively to performing the 20th and 21st century music and its signature record label BMOP/sound reflects those standards. In Boston, we’re listening to the newest recordings off BMOP/sound label and talking to Creative Director and Conductor, Gil Rose.  … Continue reading #260 Boston Modern Orchestra Project

#252 Azul

The ever-busy New York-based chamber orchestra The Knights has worked with some of the top composers and musicians in the world including Osvaldo Golijov on a stunning new release of his large scale symphonic work, Azul.   The piece draws on several world music traditions as do the other pieces on the album. We talked … Continue reading #252 Azul

#248 Nick Photinos

Founding cellist of Eighth Blackbird, Nick Photinos, joins us in WFMT’s Levin Studio in Chicago to play pieces from his first solo album.   Nick worked with an exciting array of diverse composers on the album including David T. Little, Angélica Négrón, Florent Ghys, Andrew Norman and Bryce Dessner. Hosted by Seth BousteadProduced by Sarah … Continue reading #248 Nick Photinos

#246 Jeremy Gill and BMOP

Composer Jeremy Gill recently had the opportunity of a lifetime when the Boston Modern Orchestra Project agreed to record not one, not two, but three of his concertos.   We’ll talk with Jeremy and clarinet soloist Chris Grymes about this fantastic new release and play as much of it as we can. Hosted by Seth … Continue reading #246 Jeremy Gill and BMOP

#245 Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab

Four-time Grammy winning super group Eighth Blackbird unveils their newest creative project: “to inspire the next generation of performers and composers to share in the ensemble’s vision: to champion a distinctive, dynamic and engaging performance aesthetic.” We’ll talk to the birds and this year’s participants and bring you into the creative process as the lab … Continue reading #245 Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab

#186 Sonic Festival: Wild Up

L.A. based ensemble wild Up is making their mark on the national contemporary music scene. We caught up with them at the recent Sonic Festival in New York City and will play music from that concert. Live recordings from their albums Feather and Stone and You of All Things, an album collaboration with Icelandic choir Graduale Nobili, are … Continue reading #186 Sonic Festival: Wild Up

#180 Spektral Quartet: Serious Business Album Release

Though relatively new on the scene, with their signature combination of virtuosic playing, audience-friendly manner and willingness to take risks, Spektral Quartet is proving to be a string quartet to watch. We’ll feature their latest release on the Sono Luminus label, Serious Business. Hosted by Seth BousteadProduced by Jesse McQuarters Chris Fisher-Lochhead: Hack, Set I … Continue reading #180 Spektral Quartet: Serious Business Album Release