The video is an homage, by Chicago composer and video artist Patrick Lidell, to composer Alvin Lucier's 1969 piece I Am Sitting in a Room. Lucier's original piece uses two tape recorders and, as his "instrument," the room in which he sat. The composer recorded a short narration and then played that back from one tape recorder to another. Each repetition resulted in a slow and steady degradation until the only sound left was the haunting natural resonance of the room.
John Corigliano is one of America's most acclaimed composers. He's won a Pulitzer, an Oscar and five Grammys, and he's still hard at work, having turned 80 on Feb. 16. Composing just takes longer these days.
Cellist Maya Beiser's passion for staking out new territory in classical music is peerless in the equal respect she gives all the musical genres she brings into her fold. Classical host Steve Seel talked with Beiser about her new CD, 'TranceClassical,' which includes some adventurous interpretations of Bach, rock and more.
'For me, a kid who was into the disparate and non-converging worlds of rock and classical music, Steve Reich represented a merging of practically everything that I loved,' writes classical host Steve Seel. As Steve Reich turns 80, Seel writes about Reich's influence on himself and ' legions upon legions of musical grandchildren.'
Steven Mackey was a virtuosic electric guitarist who couldn't read music -- until he was transformed on hearing a Beethoven string quartet. Now hailed as one of modern classical's most exciting composers, Mackey spoke to Steve Seel ahead of the world premiere of Mackey's 'Orpheus Unsung'.
Composer Derek Bermel boasts an impressive list of musical inspirations, making him one of today's most celebrated modern composers. Bermel spoke to Classical MPR's Steve Seel ahead of their Music in the Making conversation at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall in St. Paul on Wednesday, Jan. 20.