Selections of a spiritual nature fill this week’s show.
English composer Tansy Davies has written more than one work dealing with September 11. This week, Steve Seel plays her piece, “What Did We See?” as well as selections from the new release by the Attacca Quartet, “Real Life.”
Bassist Edgar Meyer’s Quintet for Bass and Strings is featured, as well as works by Veljo Tormis, Peteris Vasks, and more. Scott Blankenship hosts.
It’s two hours of contemporary American sounds this week, as we look forward to the July 4th holiday.
It’s an exploration of composers “getting outside” some of the standard assumptions and approaches of Western classical music on this weeks show - including a few examples of non-Western tuning and alternate scales.
Canadian composer Colin McPhee was the first Westerner to begin exploring the traditional music of Indonesia in the 1930s, and his best known work, "Tabuh Tabuhan" helped set the stage for the exploration of world-music sounds in classical music thereafter. Guest host Bill Morelock showcases McPhee’s work on this edition of the program.
June is Pride Month, and Steve Seel features a few different proudly out composers and performers on this week’s show, including guitarist Sharon Isbin — who came out at the age of 18 and who has long been a vocal advocate for LGBTQ rights.
Devonte Hynes has performed under the band monikers Lightspeed Champion and Blood Orange, but as a classical musician, he's collaborated with the likes of Philip Glass and written film and television soundtracks. We hear some of Hynes music on this week's episode, along with selections from Michael Nyman, Tansy Davies, and Sarah Kirkland Snider.
John Adams’ jazz-inflected Saxophone Concerto is featured on this week’s Extra Eclectic, as well as works by Judd Greenstein, Aaron Jay Kernis, and more.