ZERO CROSSINGS – AUGUST 31, 2015, FEATURING MUSIC BY KOREAN AND KOREAN-AMERICAN COMPOSERS

south-korea-flagIn anticipation of my interview next week with Korean-American composer Sun Mi Ro, today’s show featured music by Korean and Korean American composers.

The music aired during the program included:
Jee Young Kim – Tiger Chasing the Wind
Beata Moon – Dinner is West, from Saros (Bibimbop Music)
Uzong Choe “Preludes 2, 7 & 8” from Klara Min, Piano Music from Korea
Unsuk Chin – Violin Concerto, performed by Viviane Hagner, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal
Isang Yun – Chamber Symphony I
Isang Yun – Symphony No. 3, performed by the Pomeranian Philharmonic

ZERO CROSSINGS – AUGUST 24, 2015, FEATURING UK-BASED WOMEN COMPOSERS UNDER 40

Dobrinka Tabakova

Dobrinka Tabakova

Anna Clyne - Taken by  Todd Rosenberg

Anna Clyne – Taken by Todd Rosenberg

Inspired by an episode on BBC Radio 3, today’s show featured compositions by young women composers based in the United Kingdom.

The music aired during the program included:
Cheryl Frances Hoad – Shakespeare’s Songbook, “Tomorrow Is St. Valentine’s Day”; “They Bore Him Barefaced On the Bier”
Dobrinka Tabakova – Modétudes, from Poets from the East: Evelyn Chang, piano
Anna Clyne – Blue Hour; Rest These Hands; October Rose; Ship of Stars; Tea Leaves; Resting in the Green; Lavender Rain, from The Violin
Charlotte Bray – At the Speed of Stillness; Fire Burning in Snow; Oneroi; Replay
Anna Meredith – Charged; Heal You, from Bach to Parker, Thomas Gould
Lucy Pankhurst – Diaphanousphere, from Lunar Saxophone Quartet

ZERO CROSSINGS – AUGUST 17, 2015, FEATURING CONCERTOS BY FRENCH COMPOSERS

Henri Dutilleux

Henri Dutilleux

Today’s show featured concertos by French composers.

The music aired during the program included:
Camille Saint-Saens – Organ Symphony #3, performed by Alberto Lizzio and the Munich Symphony
Maurice Ravel – Concerto in G Major for Piano, performed by Inon Barnatan and the NY Philharmonic
Francis Poulenc – Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, performed by Katia and Marielle LaBeque and the Boston Symphony
Henri Dutilleux – Cello Concerto, performed by Xavier Phillips and the Seattle Symphony

ZERO CROSSINGS – AUGUST 10, 2015, FEATURING AMERICAN EXPERIMENTAL PIANO MUSIC

Prepared_piano_board_NeumannToday’s show featured experimental piano music by American composers.

The music aired during the program included:
Louis Moreau Gottschalk – Le Banjo, from DeGaetano plays Gottschalk
Charles Ives – Piano Sonata No. 2, “Concord. Mass., 1840-60″, performed by Gilbert Kalish
Henry Cowell – Tides of Manaunaun; Aeolian Harp; The Banshee, from New Music: Piano Compositions by Henry Cowell
John Cage – Selected Sonatas
George Crumb Makrokosmos – Volume I: Part One – Crucifixus; Proteus; Primeval Sounds (Genesis I); Capricorn; Part II. V. The Phantom Gondolier; VI Night Spell I

ZERO CROSSINGS – AUGUST 3, 2015, FEATURING AN INTERVIEW WITH STEPHEN SIEFFERT

stevesiefertToday’s show featured an interview with dulcimer player Stephen Siefert. Siefert was in town from Nashville to perform with the Orlando Philharmonic for their concert featuring music of the Americas. Led by Duo Sole (Mauricio Céspedes Rivero and Alexander Stevens), this concert featured music from Canada, North America, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. Featured composers include Connie Ellisor, Ennio Morricone, Astor Piazzolla, Alberto Ginastera, and a world premiere by Benoit Glazer. Featuring Mauricio Cespedes Rivero on viola and guitar, Alexander Stevens on violin and Stephen Seifert, dulcimer.

The music aired during the program included:
Stephen Siefert – Black Mountain Rag, from Delcimore Revisited
Stephen Siefert – Twilight Eyes, from Delcimore Revisited
Connie Ellisor – Blackberry Winter Movement 1, performed by Stephen Siefert and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra
Stephen Siefert – Mode for Dulcimer, from Key West Dulcimer Fest
Benoit Glazer – Chance’s Main Theme, from 7 Lives of Chance (Soundtrack) (Timucua Records)
Alberto Ginastera – Danzas Argentinas, performed by Michiko Tsuda
Alberto Ginastera – String Quartet No. 1, performed by Enso Quartet
Alberto Ginastera – Concerto for Harp and Orchestra
Ennio Morricone – The Mission: Gabriel’s Oboe

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      Zero Crossings – August 3, 2015, featuring an interview with Stephen Siefert

ZERO CROSSINGS – JULY 27, 2015, FEATURING AN INTERVIEW WITH DOSIA MCKAY

dosia31Today’s show featured an interview with North Carolina based composer Dosia Mckay.

The music aired during the program included:
Dosia McKay – Is Now Not Enough?, from Glossolalia (2014)
Dosia McKay – Three Monologues, from Glossolalia (2014)
Dosia McKay – Endless Immersion (Excerpt), from Endless Immersion 1 & 2 (Gavia Music)
Dosia McKay – Labyrinth, from Lacrimosa

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      Zero Crossings – July 27, 2015, featuring an interview with Dosia McKay

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

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