ZERO CROSSINGS – OCTOBER 19, 2015, FEATURING INTERVIEWS WITH FULL SAIL STUDENTS AND COMPOSERS GABRIEL KAHANE AND MARK PISZCZEK

Today’s show featured a presentation by four young composers in Full Sail University’s MPBS program (Bachelor of Science in Music Production) on songs they care about and chose to analyze. The composers and their songs were: Claudio Matta discussing Damien Rice’s “I Don’t Want to Change You,” Vincent Indiano and P.O.D.’s “If it wasn’t for You,” Jerrell Vargas and Evan Craft’s “Quiero Decirte,” and James Tyler presenting Michael Jackson’s “You Rock My World.” My interviews with them and their presentations were recorded, but there was an issue with one of the microphones. I’m going to try to clean it up, so check back for audio from the first hour.
kahaneIn the second hour I interviewed over the telephone Gabriel Kahane, whose new work for string orchestra called “Freight and Salvage” will premiere this weekend at the Bob Carr Theater, as their new Music Director Eric Jacobsen leads the Orlando Philharmonic in a program that also includes Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloe: Suite No. 2. Van Cliburn silver medalist Joyce Yang will be the pianist for the concerts which take place on October 24 at 8PM and Sunday at 2PM.
Mark-Piszczek-Composer-1024x585Local composer Mark Piszczek joined me in the studio to discuss his own premiere this weekend by the Brevard Symphony, led by Christopher Confessore of a new piece called Songs from the Gulf of Sorrows. The performance will take at King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, Florida. Mark also discussed his plans for the creation and opening of a new performance venue in Orlando, Blue Bamboo Music.

      Zero Crossings – October 19, 2015, featuring
interviews with Gabriel Kahane and Mark Piszczek
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CBG2_WPRKOriginally from New York, Charles Griffin returned to the U.S. in 2010 to take a position at Florida's Full Sail University as course director of Advanced Music Composition in their MPBS program, after spending 5 years living and working in Latvia. His compositions and arrangements have been performed at festivals and concert halls throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, Brazil, Cuba, and Puerto Rico.

He is also a radio show host on 91.5 WPRK FM. His show Zero Crossings incorporates live interviews with composers, conductors and performers with a focus on the local contemporary art music scene.

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