#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

#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

#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

#296 Shelter Music

The American Composer's Alliance has been a force in new music for nearly a hundred years. During Covid they found a new way to serve their inspiring mission through a program called Shelter Music which facilitated dozens of creative collaborations. MUSIC Otto Luening: First Fantasia for Solo Violin - Performed by Taylor Giorgio, violin Glenn … Continue reading #296 Shelter Music

#295 New Focus Recordings Part II

Since 2004 New Focus Recordings has put out dozens of wildly creative albums by some of the most interesting figures in contemporary classical music every year. Part 2 features conversation with label founder Daniel Lippel and music by Taylor Brooks, Colin Hinton, Robert Honstein, Dmitri Tymoczyko and Ryan Streber. MUSIC El Jardin de Senderos que … Continue reading #295 New Focus Recordings Part II

#291 Heavy Metal String Quartets

We feature composers writing string quartets inspired by Heavy Metal in all its incarnations from Death Metal, Black Metal, Grindcore, Mathcore to Industrial Metal and more. MUSIC Concubine by Converge - arranged by Earl Maneein - Performed by Seven Suns Yama by Earl Maneein - Performed by Seven Suns Uncomfortable Poetics by Gene Pritsker - … Continue reading #291 Heavy Metal String Quartets

#290 Still Life

Still life paintings encourage us to see everyday objects in a new context but, as applied to music, the still life concept has taken on a life of its own. We feature several musical interpretations of the still life. MUSIC Still Life (mvmt 3) by Elena Kats-Chernin - Performed by Stephen Emmerson, piano and Patricia … Continue reading #290 Still Life

#287 Lunar New Year Celebration

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