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

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      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

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      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

Zero Crossings – April 20, 2015 – Mark Fischer

OPO-HORNSToday’s show featured an interview with the Orlando Philharmonic’s principal horn Mark Fischer, who came to the studio to discuss his upcoming performance of Haydn’s Horn Concerto No. 1 on a concert that also featured Schubert’s (Unfinished) 8th Symphony, and Beethoven’s Overture to Prometheus.

The music aired during the program included:
Krzystof Penderecki – Horn Concerto, performed by the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
John Williams – Horn Concerto: I. Angelus; II. The Battle of the Trees; III. Pastorale; IV. The Hunt; V. Nocturne, performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Thea Musgrave – Horn Concerto, performed by the Scottish National Symphony
Franz Joseph Haydn – Concerto for Horn, 2nd movement, performed by the Academy of St. Martin in the Field
Magnus Lindberg – Campana In Aria, performed by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orhcestra

Zero Crossings – April 13, 2015 – Joseph DiPonio

DiPonio_PhotoToday’s show featured an interview with composer Joseph Di Ponio, who came to the studio to discuss his music and his residency with the local Accidental Music Festival, where his music was performed here at the Timucua White House, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and the Gallery at Avalon Island.

The music aired during the program included:
Dobrinka Tabakova – Modétudes: I. Dorian; II. Lydian; III. Ionian; IV. Locrian; V. Phrygian; VI. Aeolian; VII. Mixolydian, from Poets from the East
Joan Tower – Stepping Stones, from Black Topaz
Christopher Rouse – Symphony No. 1, from Alan Gilbert/Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Joseph Di Ponio – Being for Time Now, from Lost Dog New Music Ensemble
Joseph Di Ponio – Transits (Live, private recording)

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      Zero Crossings – April 13, 2015 – Joseph DiPonio

Zero Crossings – April 6, 2015 – A Mixed Bag

Today’s show featured an eclectic mix of great music by 11 composers, most of whom I know personally. I was joined in the studio by my 8 year-old son who was out sick from school, snickered in the background from time to time, and chose and announced the final track for the afternoon.

The music aired during the program included:
Frank Felice – 3 Pieces from Banff: 1. Patent Nonsense; 2 Winter’s Gloaming; 3. Impromptu, from Boyd, Kate: Music for the End of Winter
Theodore Wiprud – El Jaleo. from Love and Longing
Gene Pritzker – Piano Trio, Op. 239, from Trio Panta Rhei
Charles Coleman – Streetscape, from American Portraits
Carl Schimmel – Into Xylonia: I. Gleaming teak parquet, boundless, oceanic; II. Bubinga buttons and ash pegs bubble in clumps; III. Newelposts and dominoes jostle with alphablocks, caepitose and shrubby; IV. Ligneous tendrils bear fattening spindle tips, shooting about dowelsprout; V. Pyrgoidal Peppermills and Peglegs – Mammoth Axehandles – Titanic Biedermeier Bedstands; VI. From the barbicans flutter deckle and chads, tickertape and timbersplinters, crepe paper billowing like henin cloth, from Into Xylonia
Christopher Gable – Beat That Clock, from Zeitgesit: Here and Now
Alex Shapiro – Slipping, from Notes from the Kelp
Robert Raines – The Return of Odysseus: Athena Visits Ithaca; The Sirens; The Kingdom of the Dead; The Return of Odysseus; The Rooted Bed, from The Return of Odysseus (MSR Classics)
Dosia McKay – A Whisperer in the Land of Shouters, from Lacrimosa
William Susman – Moving in to an Empty Space No. 1 Hot Time; No. 2 Begging the Night for Change; No.3 Moving in to an Empty Space, from Scatter My Ashes
“Weird Al” Yankovic – Fat

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      Zero Crossings – April 6, 2015 – A Mixed Bag

Zero Crossings – March 23, 2015 – Jeff More, director of UCF’s School of Performing Arts

2015-03-23 16.01.32Today’s show featured an interview with Professor Jeff Moore, who came to the studio to discuss the evolving arts programs at UCF, his own work as a percussionist, composer and educator, and an upcoming powerhouse series of events at the recently opened Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

The music aired during the program included:
The McIntosh County Shouters – Sign of the Judgement, from Wade in the Water, Vol. 2: African-American Congregational Singing (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings 1994)
Bernice Johnson – We are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder, from The Civil War, Original Soundtrack
Conspirare & Craig Hella Johnson – Motherless Child, from Sing Freedom
Anonymous 4 – Angel Band, from American Angels
Vinko Globokar – Toucher, from Gravity
Frederic Rzewski – To the Earth, from New Works by Frederic Rzewski
Jeff Moore & Ney Rosauro – Snare Drum Concerto, Mvt. I, from UCF Percussion Ensemble
Jeff Moore – Go!, from EAS Cadence
Jeff Moore – Sweet Beat, from EAS Cadence

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      Zero Crossings – March 23, 2015, Jeff More, director of UCF's School of Performing Arts

Zero Crossings – March 16, 2015 – conductor Leslie Dunner

dunner2Today’s show featured an interview with Leslie Dunner, who is a finalist candidate for the post of Music Director with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.
On Saturday, March 21 at 8PM Dunner will lead the Orlando Philharmonic through a program that includes Samuel Barber’s Second Essay for Orchestra, Jean Sibelius’s Violin Concerto (featuring Rimma Bergeron-Langlois) and Carl Nielsen’s Symphony No. 4, “The Inextinguishable” at Orlando’s Bob Carr Theater.

The music aired during the program included:
Leslie Dunner – Motherless Child Songs I. Motherless Child; II. I Gave My Love a Cherry; III. Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen; IV. Deep River, from Open Boundaries (Innova)
Mary Watkins – Five Movements in Color I. Once Upon a Time; II. Soul of Remembrance; III. Urban Suave and Dance Survivalist; IV. Slow Burn; V. Drive By Runner, from Recorded Music of the African Diaspora (Albany)
Jean Sibelius – Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor, Op. 47, I. Allegro moderato, Hilary Hahn and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

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      Zero Crossings – March 16, 2015, Leslie Dunner, Conductor