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Kenji Bunch: Time In

Composer Kenji BunchPhoto: Artslandia - Meg Nanna

Performance Today - January 13, 2023


January 13, 2023

Polyrhythm means two or more different rhythms going at the same time. Composer Kenji Bunch recently wrote a piece using polyrhythm as a metaphor for the peaceful coexistence of opposing ideologies. He not only used polyrhythms; he also used elements from a wide range of musical traditions. On today's show, we'll take you to Portland, Oregon, to hear the world premiere of "Time In" by Kenji Bunch.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Scott Joplin: Gladiolus Rag
Benjamin Loeb, piano
Album: JOPLIN: Piano Rags, Vol. 2

Jake Heggie: Full Circle
Carol Wincenc, flute | Emilio Colon, cello | Miles Gillette, piano
Round Top Music Festival, Festival Concert Hall, Round Top, TX

William Dawson: Negro Folk Symphony: Movement 2 Hope in the Night
The Orchestra Now | Leon Botstein, conductor
Bard College - The Orchestra Now, The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Moritz Moszkowski: Suite for Two Violins and Piano, Op. 71
Giyeon Yoon, violin | Alex Kerr, violin | Benjamin Loeb, piano
Collora Piano, Dallas, TX

Hour 2

Samuel Barber: Souvenirs: Two-Step and Galop
Oregon Symphony | Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Album: Aspects of America
Pentatone 727

Kenji Bunch: Time In
Oregon Symphony | David Danzmayr, conductor
Oregon Symphony, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR

Claude Debussy: Premiere Rhapsody
David Shifrin, clarinet | Anna Polonsky, piano, Peter Wiley, cello
Lillian and; Peter Utsey Chamber Music Endowment, Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90, "Italian"
Minnesota Orchestra | Juraj Valcuha, conductor
Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN