#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

#247 Live at LPR: Philip Glass 81st Birthday Bash

Production company Access Contemporary Music has partnered with the esteemed Manhattan venue, LPR - (Le) Poisson Rouge a multimedia art cabaret founded by musicians on the site of the historic Village Gate. Pianist Jenny Lin is taking the stage for the first in this exciting new series.  This concert is celebrating Philip Glass's 81st birthday … Continue reading #247 Live at LPR: Philip Glass 81st Birthday Bash

#115 Modern Concerto

The ultimate instrumental showcase, the concerto has inspired composers to torture performers for hundreds of years, relentlessly pushing their physical capabilities. Now that performers have virtually no limits on their technique, how are composers innovating this storied form? Hosted by Seth BousteadProduced by Jesse McQuarters Kimmo Hakola: Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, I (excerpt), IV … Continue reading #115 Modern Concerto

#114 Crossing Barriers

A big trend in the 2000’s saw contemporary music ensembles commissioning composers not to write new pieces for them but to arrange music by pop artists. We’ll listen to music from two such collaborations: Alarm Will Sound performing arrangements of electronic musician Aphex Twin and Osso Quartet’s arrangements of indie pop superstar Sufjan Stevens. Hosted … Continue reading #114 Crossing Barriers

#61 American Composers Orchestra

Since its first performance in 1977, the American Composers Orchestra (ACO) has been the only orchestra in the world dedicated solely to commissioning and performing music written by American composers. We spoke with new Artistic Director, Derek Bermel about his vision for the group, and took a look back at a few interesting and groundbreaking … Continue reading #61 American Composers Orchestra

#2 Modern Piano

Most pianos have 88 keys, but the notes that they produce are just the beginning of the sonic possibilities available to the keyboardist. This week we’ll listen to how boundary-shattering composers from John Cage to Conlon Nancarrow unlocked and exploited keyboard instruments’ aural potential. Hosted by Seth BousteadProduced by Jesse McQuarters Playlist ◦ Cage: The … Continue reading #2 Modern Piano