ZERO CROSSINGS – JULY 20, 2015, FEATURING PRINCIPALS FROM THE ORLANDO PHILHARMONIC

slide_SOS3Today’s show featured an interview with Diane Bishop, principal bassoonist and Jamie Strefeler, principal oboist with the Orlando Philharmonic. They came to talk about their musical experiences and discuss their July 20 program at the Plaza Live featuring Anton Reicha’s Variations for Bassoon and String Quartet, his Woodwind Quintet in E-flat Major, Mozart’s Oboe Quartet and Franz Hasenöhrl’s ingenious arrangement of Richard Strauss’ symphonic tone poem, Till Eulenspiegel.

Diane Bishop has been Principal Bassoon of the Orlando Philharmonic since 1993. Originally from Bel Air, Maryland, she began her musical studies at the age of five with the piano, followed by the saxophone, flute, and trombone, before finally discovering the bassoon at age ten.

Diane received a Bachelor of Music Degree with Distinction in 1983 from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where she was a student of K. David Van Hoesen. After graduating from Eastman, she was awarded a graduate assistantship from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she studied with Frank Morelli. She has also studied with David Carroll and Brent Rickman. In 1984, she was named Principal Bassoon of the Orlando Philharmonic’s predecessor, the Florida Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to her duties as Principal Bassoon, Diane joined the Philharmonic office staff in 2003. She was appointed Box Office Manager in 2004 and Director of Patron Services in 2010.

Diane has also performed with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Florida Orchestra, the Heidelberg Opera Festival Orchestra and the Breckenridge Music Institute Orchestra. She has been on the faculties of the University of Central Florida and Seminole Community College. She and her husband, John, have two children, Emily and Matthew.

Jamie Strefeler joined the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra as principal oboe in the fall of 2008. Prior to moving to Orlando, she was principal oboe of the Great Falls Symphony and a member of the Chinook Winds Quintet in Great Falls, Montana. She has also held principal oboe positions with the American Youth Orchestra, the Debut Orchestra and the Helena Symphony as well as the second oboe and English horn position with the Tri-Cities Opera Company.

Jamie also freelances with The Florida Orchestra, Brevard Symphony Orchestra, Florida Southwest Symphony, and the Bach Festival of Central Florida. In the summer of 2011, she was invited to perform at the International Double Reed Society Conference in Tempe, Arizona. Jamie has been a featured soloist with the Orlando Philharmonic, Great Falls Symphony and the American Youth Orchestra.

A native of Quakertown Pennsylvania, Jamie received her Bachelor of Music degree in Oboe Performance and Music Education from Ithaca College and her Master of Music degree in Oboe Performance from the University of Southern California. Her principal teachers include Allan Vogel, Paige Morgan, Richard Killmer, and Louis Rosenblatt. Jamie is currently the adjunct instructor of oboe at the University of Central Florida and maintains a private oboe studio of 15 students.
music by living Brazilian composers, ending with pieces by Libby Larsen and Stella Sung, both composers to be featured on a string quartet concert the same evening at the Plaza Live by the Orlando Philharmonic.

The music aired during the program included:
Anton Reicha – Variations for Bassoon and String Quartet
Mozart – Oboe Quartet F major, KV 370: III. Rondeau Allegr
Ricard Strauss/Franz Hasenorhl – Till Eulenspiegel
Olli Mustonen & Tapiola Sinfonietta – Nonets No. 1 & 2, from Mustonen: Triple Concerto, Petite Suite, Nonets Nos. 1 and 2 & Frogs Dancing On Water Lilies (Ondine)
Bohuslav Martinů – Nonet No. 2

ZERO CROSSINGS – JULY 13, 2015, FEATURING ENDLESS IMMERSION BY DOSIA MCKAY

dosia31Today’s show featured a single, two-hour piece on a newly released double CD called Endless Immersion by North Carolina based composer Dosia Mckay. Mckay’s music has been aired on this program twice before. An interview with and more music by McKay will be the focus of the show on July 27. About Endless Immersion Ms. McKay writes:

I want to challenge the traditional way we listen to music. Does a composition have to have a beginning and an end? Does it have to be shorter than ten minutes? Shorter than four minutes? I want to obliterate the boundaries of time, rhythm, measures, and form, and create an environment that could be entered and re-entered at any moment.

Endless Immersion is like an ever changing mist that fills the air enveloping the listener. It pulsates, vibrates, tingles, changes colors, and sweeps in waves and layers that come and go, morph, merge, dissolve, and drift away.

Originally I composed Endless Immersion for a quadraphonic environment in partnership with an Asheville’s visual artist Lynda Sondles and together we built a three-dimensional installation to “contain” the music. In this setting, two independent stereophonic music loops of different lengths are aligned in such a way that the sonic environment unfolds endlessly with the listener experiencing always fresh combinations of sounds.

The album version of Endless Immersion contains two variants of the loop alignment for a total of 120 minutes of music on two CDs for a traditional stereophonic environment (CD player, iPod, etc).

Although, in the quadraphonic environment, the loops can align at any point on their individual timelines, the music is composed in such a way that, as in a kaleidoscope, the resulting “image” is harmonically anchored and whole. If there are seemingly accidental sounds on either loop, they fit and align with their counterparts to create a soundscape that fosters calm, meditation, and emotional centering (dare I say healing?), but also an intellectually engaging experience. Endless Immersion is not merely a passive ambient musical landscape. It claims the listener’s attention and offers him or her passage to another dimension where time does not exist.

The ambience of Endless Immersion is composed of an electro-acoustic mixture of natural sounds, live voice and instruments, samples of acoustic and electronic instruments, and synthesis of all of the above.

2-CD set, 120 minutes of music. Each CD contains a single track of a seamless 60-minute immersive experience.

ZERO CROSSINGS – JULY 6, 2015, FEATURING LIVING COMPOSERS FROM BRAZIL

brazil-flagToday’s show featured music by living Brazilian composers, ending with pieces by Libby Larsen and Stella Sung, both composers to be featured on a string quartet concert the same evening at the Plaza Live by the Orlando Philharmonic.

The music aired during the program included:
Sergio Mendes – Magalenha, from Brasiliero
Priscila Bomfim – Cine Suite I-IV, from Ciclo Portinari e Outras Telas Sonoras (Biscoito Fino)
Ney Rosauro – Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra, from Orquestra Unisonos
Sergio Assad – Concerto Originis, from ORIGINIS Live from Brazil
Adelaide Pereira da Silva – Piano Suite No. 2, from Brasileira – Piano Music by Brazilian Women
Marlos Nobre – Desafio No. 3
Alexandre Lunsqui – Fibers, Yarn & Wire, performed by the New York Philharmonic
Ernst Mahle – Cello Sonatina, from Piacello
Emani Aguiar – Quatro Momentos No. 3, from Classical Music from Brazil
Stella Sung – Spirals, performed by Ensemble 3 Mouvements
Libby Larsen – Corker

ZERO CROSSINGS – JUNE 29, 2015, FEATURING MUSIC OF JAMES HORNER AND LIVING COMPOSERS FROM ITALY

James Horner.arriving at the Los Angeles Premiere of Avatar.Grauman's Chinese Theater.Los Angeles,  CA.December 16, 2009.©2009 Kathy Hutchins / Hutchins Photo.

James Horner.arriving at the Los Angeles Premiere of Avatar.Grauman’s Chinese Theater.Los Angeles, CA.December 16, 2009.©2009 Kathy Hutchins / Hutchins Photo.

The first half of today’s show featured music by the late film-music composer James Horner, who died at age 61 on June 22, having crashed his personal plane in a solo flight in California. The second half of the show featured music by living (and recently living) Italian composers.

The music aired during the program included:
James Horner – An Irish Party in Third Class; My Heart Will Go On, from Titanic; Queen to Bishop, from Aliens; The Battle of Stirling, from Braveheart; Sacrificial Procession, from Apocalypto; Entre la Luz Y El Pecado, from For the Greater Glory; Rooftop Kiss, from The Amazing Spiderman; I Have Chosen You, from Black Gold; The Train Ride to a New Home, from The Boy in Striped Pajamas; Opening the Casket, from Flight Plan; Star Trek II – The Wrath Of Khan (End Credits)

italianflagEnnio Morricone – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, from Classic Film Music of Ennio Morricone; Cinema Paradiso Theme
Ludovico Einaudi – Introductio Ad Regnum Tarantulae; Run, from Portrait
Luciano Berio – Sequenza V for Trombone, from Berio: Sequenzas
Salvatore Sciarrino – 6 Capricci, performed by Carolin Widmann
Giacinto Scelsi – Yliam

ZERO CROSSINGS – JUNE 22, 2015, FEATURING LIVING COMPOSERS FROM DENMARK

danish-flagToday’s show featured music by living Danish composers.

The music aired during the program included:
Per Norgard – Symphony No. 5: I. Allegro; II. Allegro Feroce; III. Andante; IV. Allegro feroce, performed by the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Poul Ruders – Piano Concerto No. 2, performed by the Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Ib Norholm – 3 Songs, Op. 3b: No. 1 Critique Of Gold; No. 2 The Condemned Speak Of Their Country; No. 3 Pictures, Pictures, Pictures, from Norholm: Americana – Macmoon Songs – Fuglene
Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen – Plateux, performed by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra

ZERO CROSSINGS – JUNE 8, 2015, FEATURING LIVING COMPOSERS FROM ESTONIA

Eesti_FLAGToday’s show featured music by living Estonian composers.

The music aired during the program included:
Helena Tulve – L’ombre derrière toi, from Epifania
Veljo Tormis – Curse upon Iron, performed by The Southern Chorale
Veljo Tormis – Latvian Bourdon Songs: I. Garais Sauciens; II. Rota dziesma; III. Kazu apdziedasanas (Wedding song contest); IV. Seru dziesma (Funeral song); V. Linu Druva (The flax field); VI. Ligo dziesma (Midsummer song), from Baltic Voices 1
Eino Tamberg – Trumpet Concerto, Op. 42, performed by the Bolshoi Theater Orchestra
Jaan Rääts – Klaviertrio Nr. 6 op 81
Arvo Pärt – Fur Alina; Spiegel im spiegel, from Arvo Pärt: Portrait
Arvo Pärt – Symphony No. 4, “Los Angeles”, performed by LA Philharmonic

ZERO CROSSINGS – JUNE 1, 2015, featuring living composers from Finland

finland-flagToday’s show featured music by living Finnish composers.

The music aired during the program included:
Magnus Lindberg – EXPO, performed by the New York Philharmonic
Aulis Sallinen – Symphony #6, Op 65, From a New Zealand Diary
Einojuhani Rautavaara – Symphony No. 7, Angel of Light, I. Tranquilo; II. Molto Allegro; III. Come un sogno; IV. Pesante-cantabile, performed by the Helsinki Philharmonic
Kaija Saariaho – Du cristal…a la fumee, performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic
Esa Pekka Salonen – Violin Concerto – Movement I., Mirage, performed by the Finnish Radio Symphony

Zero Crossings – May 25, 2015, Memorial Day and Miles Griffin as co-host and guinea pig

Miles-CoHostToday’s show featured an my son as co-host and guinea pig. We started the afternoon with a couple of pieces that recognized Memorial Day and then turned to a set of pieces chosen by Miles (mostly from The Amazing Spider-Man 2). Then, as a follow-up on some of the conversation I had with Robert Raines during the previous week’s interview, I played several examples of pieces created by David Cope using his adaptive, learning software called EMI (Experiments in Musical Intelligence). I asked Miles to guess which pieces were written by human composers and which were copies created by EMI.

The music aired during the program included:
Paul Aitken – Flanders Fields, performed by University of North Texas Choir
Maurice Ravel – Le Tombeau de Couperin: I. Prelude; II-Fugue; III. Forlane; IV-Rigaudon; V-Menuet; VI: Toccata (Vif), performed by Charles Rosen
John Williams – Theme from Superman, from Superman Soundtrack
Hans Zimmer – I’m Electro; So Much Anger; Still Crazy; Electro Remix; Cold War; Special Project, from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Enya – Book of Days
David Cope – Invention #1, from EMI (Experiments in Musical Intelligence)
JS Bach – Invention #9 in F minor; Invention #14 in Bb, performed by Simone Dinnerstein
David Cope – Invention #2, from EMI
David Cope – Sonata (after Beethoven), from EMI
Ludvig van Beethoven – Sonata No. 31 In a Flat Major, Op. 110 : I. Moderato Cantabile, Molto Espressivo, performed by Anton Frei
David Cope – Mazurka, Op 1. No 2, from EMI
Sergei Rachmaninoff – Elegie In E Flat Minor, from Romantic Reflections – EP
David Cope – Suite, from EMI

Listen to the show here:

      Zero Crossings – May 25, 2015, Memorial Day and Miles Griffin as co-host and guinea pig

Zero Crossings – May 18, 2015 – Robert Raines

CompDigiToday’s show featured an interview with composer and author Robert Raines. I spoke with Rob about his newly released book Composition in the Digital World, published by Oxford University Press.

The music aired during the program included:
Ellen Taffe Zwillich – Quintet for Violin, Viola, Cello, Contrabass & Piano: I. Quarter note = 60; II. Fantasy, from Passionate Diversions: A Celebration of Ellen Taffe Zwilich
Christopher Rouse – Bonham, from Perkussion NRW
Eric Whitacre – Water Night, from Virtual Choir 3, via youtube.com
Greg Wilder – Isomer Study #1, from OUP Website
Michael Daugherty – Metropolis Symphony: V. Red Cape Tango

Listen to the show here:

      Zero Crossings – May 18, 2015, Robert Raines and Composition in the Digital World

Zero Crossings – April 27, 2015 – contemporary mix

CompDigiToday’s show featured a playlist that partially prepares listeners for my upcoming interview with composer and author Robert Raines. On May 18th I will talk with Rob about his music and his newly released book Composition in the Digital World, published by Oxford University Press.

The music aired during the program included:
Anna Clyne – The Violin: No. 1, Blue Hour, from The Violin
Arvo Pärt – Fratres, from Maya Beiser: World to Come
Sigur Ros – Flugufrelsarinn, from Kronos Quartet plays Sigur Ros
Stephen Paulus – Meditations on Li Po: And even my soul remains quiet; I Lift my eyes to watch the Mountain Moon; And Now the Last Cloud Drains Away, from Mandala
Steve Reich – Tehillim, performed by Alarm Will Sound
George Crumb – Ancient Voices of Children, performed by Contemporary Chamber Ensemble
Meira Warshauer – In Memoriam, September 11, 2001, from Quiet Strength

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