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

Listen to the show here:

      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

Listen to the show here:

      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

Zero Crossings – December 29, 2014 – A quick run at the string quartet

Quartet6This show functioned as a series of snapshots of the history of the great literature for string quartet, as part of an homage to the late American composer Elliott Carter, who died in November 2012 at the age of 103. Elliott Carter won a Pulitzer Prize for each of his first two string quartets.

The music aired during the program included:
Franz Joseph Haydn – String Quartet In F-minor Op.20-5 Hob.III / 35: I. Moderato; IV. Finale, The Angeles String Quartet
Wolgang Amadeus Mozart – String Quartet No.19 “Dissonance” in C Major, K. 465: I. Adagio – Allegro, Emerson String Quartet
Franz Schubert – String Quartet In D Minor, D.810 Death and the Maiden: Andante Con Moto (Schubert / Mahler), Jerusalem Quartet
Ludwig van Beethoven – Grosse Fuge in B flat major Op. 133, Guarneri Quartet
Maurice Ravel – Quartet for Strings In F Major: II. Assez Vif – Très Rythmé, Borromeo Quartet
Bela Bartok – String Quartet #2, 2nd Movement, Ramor Quartet
Arnold Schoenberg – String Quartet No. 1, Op 7: Nicht zu rasch, Fred Sherry String Quartet
Elliott Carter – String Quartet No. 1, Mvt. 1: Allegro, Composers Quartet

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      Zero Crossings – December 29, 2014, featuring music for string quartet

Zero Crossings – December 22, 2014 – Thad Anderson

THADThe show featured music by and conversation with local percussionist and composer Thad Anderson, Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida where he coordinates the Percussion Studies program, teaches courses in music composition and technology, and presides over the Collide Contemporary Music Series. The music aired during the program included:

Thad Anderson – Within
Philip Glass – Glassworks: Opening
Thad Anderson – Through-line (flute + string quartet + electronics)
Terry Riley – in C, Blindman Kwartet with Iktus
Thad Anderson – Standard Deviation – Part I, Beginning
John Cage – Third Construction, Donald Knaack Percussion Ensemble
Thad Anderson – Concertante
Paul Lansky – Threads: I. Prelude; II. Recitative; III. Chorus

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      Zero Crossings – December 22, 2014, with Thad Anderson

Zero Crossings – December 15, 2014 – Eric Jacobsen

JACOBSENThe show began with an interview with New York-based cellist and conductor Eric Jacobsen, who is a finalist candidate for the post of Music Director with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

The music aired during the program included:

Vijay Iyer – Dig the Say, from Brooklyn Rider: Brooklyn Rider Almanac
Colin Jacobsen – Exit, from Brooklyn Rider: Brooklyn Rider Almanac
Osvaldo Golijov – Last Round, Britten Sinfonia
Tan Dun – Concerto for String Orchestra & Pipa: I. Andante Molto; II. Allegro; III. Adagio; IV. Allegro Vivace, Moscow Soloists, with Wu-Man, Pipa
Astor Piazzolla – Histoire du Tango: I. Bordel 1900; II Cafe 1930; Nightclub 1960, from Tango de Piazzolla
Zoë Keating – Tetrishead, from One Cello x 16: Natoma
Halou – Hollywood Ending (feat. Zoe Keating), from Halou
Maya Beiser – Kasmir, from Uncovered

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      Zero Crossings – December 15, 2014, with Eric Jacobsen