Zero Crossings – February 16, 2015 – Cope, Jarvi and Schoenberg

2015-02-16 14.30.02The first half of this show featured an interview with Athalia Cope, who came to the studio to discuss the Bach Festival Society‘s 2015 Festival and its upcoming performances of the Bach Mass in B minor and Brahms’ German Requiem, as well as her more than 50 years spent singing with the choir.

Music played during this half of the show included:
J.S. Bach – Mass In B Minor BWV 232 – Crucifixus, with Otto Klemperer and the BBC Chorus
J.S. Bach – Mass In B Minor BWV 232 – Crucifixus, with Phillip Herreweghe and the Collegium Vocale Gent
J.S. Bach – Mass In B Minor BWV 232 – Et resurrexit, with Otto Klemperer and the BBC Chorus
Johannes Brahms – Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem), Op. 45: II. Denn alles Fleisch es ist wie Gras, with John Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir
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The second half of the show featured the music of and an interview with Los Angeles-based composer Adam Schoenberg along with Steven Jarvi, who is a finalist candidate for the post of Music Director with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Jarvi conducted the Orlando Philharmonic in a performance that included Schoenberg’s popular orchestral work “Finding Rothko” at Orlando’s Plaza Live that same evening.

The music aired during this portion included:
Samuel Barber – Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24, featuring Dawn Upshaw and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s
Adam Schoenberg – Finding Rothko – IV Wine
Adam Schoenberg – Jenny & Lalo – Reflections

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      Zero Crossings – February 16, 2015, with Cope, Jarvi and Schoenberg

Zero Crossings – February 09, 2015 – Dirk Meyer

10714478_687892511300885_4264777335567580717_oThis show featured an interview with conductor Dirk Meyer, who is a finalist candidate for the post of Music Director with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. In part the show was devoted to promoting an upcoming February 21 concert of the Orlando Philharmonic at Bob Carr Hall featuring Dirk Meyer conducting and soloist Conrad Tao.

The music aired during the program included:
Richard Strauss – Don Juan, performed by the Berlin Philharmonic
Conrad Tao – The Four Elements I. Earth; II. Water; III. Air; IV. Fire, from Supernova: Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra
Mozart – The Abduction from the Seraglio Overture

Unfortunately there is no archive recording available of this show or interview. Maestro Meyer and I had an excellent conversation that explored his extensive work with contemporary music and living composers, some of the differences between training in Germany and the U.S., his hopes and plans for the Orlando Philharmonic, and the path that led him to be one of the five finalists for the position this year. I also spoke about Conrad Tao as composer, pianist and prodigy. My sincere apologies to Dirk and the Orlando Philharmonic for the technical problems that caused the loss of this particular archive. In lieu of the recording, below I’ll share the Spotify playlist that was used during the show.

Zero Crossings – February 02, 2015 – Dan Crozier

CROZIERThis show featured the music of and an interview with local composer and pianist Daniel Crozier. Dan is Associate Professor of Theory and Composition in the Department of Music at Rollins College. I explored some of the repertory suggestions made in Wall Street Journal music critic Barbara Jepson’s article “In With the New” because it endorses Crozier’s “Winter Aubade”.

The music aired during the program included:
Franz Schubert – Moments Musicaux, D. 780: IV. Moderato
Missy Mazzoli – Isabelle Eberhardt Dreams of Pianos
Randall Woolf – dancetudes: I. allemande; II. Courante; III. Sarabande; IV. Rag; V. shuffle, Kathleen Supove, piano
Thomas Ades – Three Mazurkas for Piano, Op.27: First Mazurka
Aaron Jay Kernis – Superstar Etude #1
Morton Gould – Boogie Woogie Etude
Daniel Crozier – Winter Aubade, Heidi Louise Williams, piano
Daniel Crozier – Capriccio, Seattle Symphony
Daniel Crozier – Nocturne, Andres Diaz and Alan Morrison

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      Zero Crossings – February 2, 2015, with Daniel Crozier

Zero Crossings – January 26, 2015 – Scott Dickinson

DICKINSONThis show featured the music of and an interview with local trumpeter and composer Scott Dickinson. Scott is a jazz performer, composer and arranger and recently formed the Scott Dickinson Trio with bassist Ben Kramer and guitarist Bobby Koeble. The music aired during the program included:
Cake – Wheels, from Pressure Chief
Charles Ives – The Unanswered Question
Aaron Copland – Quiet City
Scott Dickinson – Conformation, performed live by the Heisler-Yeh Duo
Scott Dickinson – Lester Left Town (Arrangement), performed by the DePaul University Big Band
Scott Dickinson – Gemini Cricket, performed by the University of Miami Recording Ensemble
Joni Mitchell – A Case of You
Scott Dickinson – Song for Aeolus
Scott Dickinson – Look for the Silver Lining, performed by the Scott Dickinson Trio

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      Zero Crossings – January 26, 2015, with Scott Dickinson

Tambuco performs The Persistence of Past Chemistries at the Festival Présences 2015 in Paris on February 18


The Mexico-based percussion ensemble Tambuco will give the French premiere of my The Persistence of Past Chemistries as part of Radio France’s multi-week Présences 2015 Festival at the Maison de la radio – Studio 104 in Paris on February 18 at 8pm. Information in French follows below:

Qu’y a-t-il de commun entre les musiques contemporaines et traditionnelles ? Réponse durant ce concert tissé par les membres de TM+ et les quatre percussionnistes de l’ensemble mexicain Tambuco. Les deux pièces où fusionnent les deux ensembles sont signées de deux compositeurs qui ont réussi à traduire leurs généalogies musicales dans un véritable langage de création. Autrement dit, rien à voir avec la soupe froide d’un mauvais compromis.

Le Mexicain Javier Alvarez est un féru de nouvelles technologies dont l’univers poudroie d’inventions, d’atmosphères étranges, d’influences latines et caraïbes. Alexandros Markeas lui ressemble : passionné de multimédia et d’improvisation, il sait également user des matériaux sonores de sa Grèce natale. Une autre Amérique du Sud se fait jour avec le compositeur Januibe Tejera qui puise dans les rythmes des dialectes ancestraux des indiens brésiliens pour inventer un langage musical d’aujourd’hui. Tandis que le New Yorkais Charles Griffin aborde la rémanence des alchimies passées qui résonnent dans les percussions, toutes de bois, de Tambuco.

Alexandros Markeas
Conlon’s Dream pour 2 ensembles

Charles B. Griffin
The Persistence of Past Chemistries pour ensemble de percussions

Januibe Tejera
Flashforward II pour flûte, clarinette, trompette, cor, percussions, violon, violoncelle et électronique (CM-CRF)

Javier Alvarez
Metal de corazones pour 2 ensembles

Ensembles TM+ et Tambuco
Laurent Cuniot direction

Ce concert est à écouter pendant un mois sur France Musique Gratuit le soir du concert pour les moins de 28 ans, sur présentation d’une carte d’identité et selon les places disponibles. Tarif unique : 5 € (placement libre)

“Out of nothingness” and Pieta performed on CF2 Sacred Sounds concert at St. Luke’s Cathedral in Orlando on January 25

CFCF-Sacred-4Local composers present world premieres and recently composed music for a variety of sacred faith traditions. Featuring the Cathedral Choir and Orlando Deanery Boychoir and Girls Choir of the Cathedral Church of St Luke – Orlando, FL. Featuring organist Ben Lane, trumpeter Benoit Glazer and other musical guests. A collaboration between St. Luke’s and the Central Florida Composers Forum, composers include Ben Lane, Charlie Griffin, Stan Cording, Keith Lay, Carl MaultsBy, Glenn Osbourne and Benoit Glazer.

The Central Florida Composers Forum and the Cathedral Church of St. Luke proudly announce Sacred Sounds, a collaborative concert of contemporary spiritual music. Under the direction of Benjamin Lane, spiritual and sacred music will be performed by the adult choirs of the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, along with their Orlando Deanery Boychoir, Girls’ Choir. Guest instrumentalists include cellist Shona McFadyen-Mungall and the Orlando Brass Quintet (Rick Ingoglia and Ken Cutler, trumpets; Michael Barr, French horn; Ben Kon trombone; and William Miller, Tuba). Admission is free.

This will be a fascinating, diverse, and emotionally moving program. Carl MaultsBy’s “I Hear Music in the Air” for children’s choir and organ is based upon and evokes the rich history of U.S. slave spirituals, while Keith Lay’s “Wonderous Love” is a 20th century arrangement of the 19th century Southern folk hymn that expresses awe at the love of God.

Benjamin Lane’s epic and joyful “Te Deum” for choir, organ and brass quintet, Michael Miller and Benjamin Lane’s collaborative “Let the People Praise You” for choir, organ, and brass quintet, and Stan Cording’s celebratory “Praise Ye the Lord” for choir and organ all evoke the celebratory and triumphal side of much sacred music while Glenn Osbourne’s chromatic “God, Your Golden Doorway Beckons” for children’s choir and piano highlights a more reflective side of the sacred.

I have two works on this program, a setting of Rainer Maria Rilke’s “Pieta” for solo mezzo soprano, cello and organ, and “Out of nothingness,” for choir, organ and percussion, which weaves together fragments of poetic texts by various Sufi mystics and evokes non-Western spiritual dance traditions that rely on trance states.

Benoit Glazer’s “Into the Light (Prelude and Fugue in C minor)” for trumpet and organ was written specifically for this concert and marries elements of the improvisatory spirit of Jazz with the rigor of baroque counterpoint as found in the work of the Baroque master of church music, J.S. Bach.

Always Park Free. You can now park anytime 24/7 in the Regions Tower Garage. Entering the up-ramp on Washington, receive an Entrance ticket. At the Cathedral, pick up an Exit ticket from an usher. Using the two tickets, exit the garage free of charge. And street meters are still free all day on Sundays.

Zero Crossings – January 19, 2015 – Sacred Sounds at St. Luke’s

Sacred-GroupMy guests this week were local composers Carl MaultsBy, Benjamin Lane, Stan Cording and Keith Lay. I interviewed all four composers in anticipation of a concert happening locally this Sunday (details to follow in a separate post).
Listen to the interviews and examples of their music here:

      Zero Crossings – January 19, 2015, with Cording, Lane, Lay & MaultsBy

The Persistence of Past Chemistries performed at University of Michigan, January 20, 2015

The University of Michigan Percussion Ensemble (Joseph Gramley and Jonathan Ovalle, directors), will perform my The Persistence of Past Chemistries at the University of Michigan Hill Auditorium on January 20, 2015 at 8PM. Other works on the program include Germaine Taillefere’s two-piano/four percussion Hommage a Rameau, Pierre Boulez’s Improvisation sur Mallarme I & II, and Zivkovic’s Trio Per Uno.

Zero Crossings – January 12, 2015 – David Nielsen

This show featured the music of and an interview with local composer David James Nielsen. David specializes in composing music for film and is on the faculty at Full Sail University. The music aired during the program included:

John Williams – Main Title / Rebel Blockade Runner, from Star Wars, London Symphony
John Williams – Imperial March – Darth’s Vaders Theme, from Star Wars, London Symphony
John Williams – Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Raiders March, from The Indiana Jones Trilogy: New Recordings from Classic Scores
Hans Zimmer – Time, from Inception
Hans Zimmer – Now We Are Free, from Gladiator
Howard Shore – The Ring Goes South, from Music from The Lord of the Rings: The Trilogy
Danny Elfman – The Batman Theme (Batman:1989)
James Newton Howard – Driftwood Hideaway, from Snow Falling on Cedars
Philip Glass – Escape!, from The Hours
Brad Fiedel – Main Title (Terminator 2 Theme), from Terminator 2: Judgement Day (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Silva Screen Records)
Yann Tiersen – La valse d’Amélie (Version piano) from Amélie (Original Soundtrack, Virgin France 2011)
Thomas Newman – American Beauty Main Theme
AR Rahman – Liquid Dance, from Slumdog Millionaire (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
David James Nielsen – Reunion, from Soundcloud
David James Nielsen – Who’s Ina?, from Haunting Villisca (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
David James Nielsen – Reclaiming the Blade (Main Title)
David James Nielsen – The Forces of Nature, from Tall Ships: The Privateer Lynx (Original Soundtrack Recording)
David James Nielsen – Tall Ships, from Soundcloud

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      Zero Crossings – January 12, 2015, with David James Nielsen

You can watch the short film “Man vs. Woman” discussed in the show here:

Zero Crossings – January 05, 2015 – Eric Jacobsen and Wu Man

WuThis featured the return of New York-based cellist and conductor Eric Jacobsen, who is a finalist candidate for the post of Music Director with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as an interview with Wu Man, who will be performing this Saturday at the Bob Carr with the Orlando Philharmonic.

I interviewed both Eric Jacobsen and Wu Man. The music aired during the program included:

Tan Dun – Concerto for String Orchestra & Pipa: I. Andante Molto; II. Allegro; III. Adagio
Lou Harrison – Pipa Concerto: I. Allegro, from Traditions and Transformations
Terry Riley – The Cusp of Magic: II. Buddha’s Bedroom
Zhao Jiping – Pipa Concerto

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      Zero Crossings – January 05, 2015, with Eric Jacobsen and Wu Man