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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 13, 2015, featuring an interview with 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, Friends and family

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, featuring an interview with 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

Zero Crossings – March 9, 2015 – Young Composers Challenge!

2015-03-09 15.38.46 Today’s show featured an interview with composers John Callahan, Dan Crozier, Steve Goldman, Keith Lay, Justin White, and conductorChristopher Wilkins, who were in the studio to discuss their involvement with the Young Composers Challenge. The National Young Composers Challenge is open to young U.S. resident composers ages 13 to 18 whereby they submit a composition for small ensemble (2 to 6 instruments) or full orchestra to a panel of judges who choose the top three orchestral and top three ensemble compositions to be performed and recorded by a professional symphony orchestra at the NYCC Composium. This year’s submission deadline is May 1 for a Composium that will take place at the newly opened Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on October 18.

The music aired during the program included:

Kim Sherman – Graveside, from Musica Sacra
Justin White – House of Usher, from Young Composers Challenge, with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
John Callahan – A Cell of Incertitude,from Young Composers Challenge, with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
Jonas Katona – Over Countryside and Meadow, from Young Composers Challenge, with the Marin Symphony
Steve Goldman – Quicksilver’s Salvitude, MIDI mockup

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      Zero Crossings – March 9, 2015, The Young Composers Challenge

Zero Crossings – March 2, 2015 – Art31

Andrea-new-headshot-2013.Today’s show featured music by local composers Steve Cox and Danny McIntyre. Both are on the faculty at Full Sail University and are part of the burgeoning production house Unified Sounds. Executive Director of the Maitland Art Center Andrea Cox was also in the studio to discuss Art31, a month-long experimental and collaborative arts festival. Steve and Danny collaborated with one of the featured installation artists, Michael Covello, on a multi-media piece called Broken Flight which premieres at 6:30 on Friday, March 6.

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The music aired during the program included:
William Susman – Scatter My Ashes, from Scatter My Ashes, performed by Octet
Danny McIntyre – Clouds at Sunset”
Stephen Cox – Mi Cielo Milfiero
Stephen Cox – Aisle or Window
Danny McIntyre – Clear
Danny McIntyre – Qut Erly Huss
Danny McIntyre and Stephen Cox – Broken Flight
Stephen Cox – Dash and Burn
Danny McIntyre – Active Assault
Stephen Cox – Highland Arc

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      Zero Crossings – March 2, 2015, with Andrea and Steve Cox and Danny McIntyre

Zero Crossings – February 23, 2015, interview with Troy Gifford

GIFFORD The first half of the show featured music by the Claudia Quintet, who will be presented by the Civic Minded 5 and Timucua Arts Foundation at the Orlando White House at 7:30 on Sunday, March 1. This second half of today’s show featured the music of and interview with composer, guitarist and Chair of the Music Department at Valencia Community College, Troy Gifford. Troy co-organized and will be performing in Valencia’s Inaugural Master Guitarist Series, which runs now through March 5.

The music aired during the program included:
The Claudia Quintet – Keramag Prelude; Keramag; and Armitage Shanks, from Royal Toast (Cuneiform Records 2010)
Oliver Caplan – Illuminated by the Light of Two Ships Passing in the Night, from Illuminations (2012)
Theodore Wiprud – Violin Concerto – Katrina: Les Bons Temps; Acadiana; Fly Away, from American Violin Concertos (2011)
Troy Gifford – Homage to Jorge Morel: I. Meditación; II. Danza Triste, from Olvidando (Troy Gifford 2014)
Jorge Morel – Americano, from Encore – A Guitar Recital
Jorge Morel – Guitarreando, from Meet Morel
Adam Rafferty – Superstition, from Gratitude
Wayne Henderson – Florida Blues, from Les Pick – Hh-1357 (Hay Holler Records)
Troy Gifford – Extremia, from Olvidando (Troy Gifford 2014)
Troy Gifford – Conciertino Valeroso, from Olvidando (Troy Gifford 2014)

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      Zero Crossings – February 23, 2015, with Troy Gifford

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