Phil Kline is a composer who makes music in many genres and contexts, from experimental electronics and sound installations to songs, choral, theater, chamber and orchestral music.
Raised in Akron, Ohio, he came to New York to study English Literature and music at Columbia. After graduation, he became part of the downtown New York arts scene: founding the rock band The Del-Byzanteens with Jim Jarmusch and James Nares, collaborating with Nan Goldin on the soundtrack to The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, and playing guitar in the notorious Glenn Branca Ensemble.
His early compositions grew out of his solo performance art and often used boombox tape players as a medium, most notably Bachman’s Warbler for harmonicas and twelve tape loops (1992) and the Christmas piece Unsilent Night, which debuted in the streets of Greenwich Village in 1992 and is now performed annually in dozens of cities around the world. Other compositions include Zippo Songs, a song cycle based on poems Vietnam vets inscribed on their Zippo lighters, The Blue Room and Other Stories, written for string quartet Ethel, and Exquisite Corpses, commissioned by the Bang on a Can All-Stars.
More recent works include the choral mass John the Revelator, written for vocal group Lionheart; a piano sonata, The Long Winter, written for Sarah Cahill; and scores for three evening-length dance pieces by Wally Cardona: Everywhere, Site and Really Real. The sound installation World on a String opened the season at the Krannert Center in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, in September 2007 and SPACE for string quartet and electronics was performed by Ethel at the gala reopening of Alice Tully Hall in 2009. Kline is currently working on an opera, Tesla in New York, in collaboration with writer-director Jim Jarmusch, and Out Cold, a song cycle for Theo Bleckmann and ACME.
Phil Kline appears in the following:
Monday, July 21, 2014
While the music of Kaija Saariaho, Magnus Lindberg and Esa-Pekka Salonen has become quite familiar to American audiences in recent years, that of their important predecessor Per Nørgård has remained offshore. Join Phil Kline this week from 11 am to 1 pm on Q2 Music for a look at the Scandinavian symphonist.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Gavin Bryars is one of the great polystylists of our time. His works could be by turns described as minimal, experimental, neoclassical, neoromantic, historicist or even jazz. Listen weekdays between 11 am and 1 pm as host Phil Kline explores the music of the likeable experimentalist and English composer-double bassist.
Monday, July 07, 2014
The week-long festival celebrating Louis Andriessen's life and work concluded with a concert presentation of his complete string quartets. The Aeolus Quartet, Juilliard's graduate resident string quartet for this year, performed. Stream excerpts from the concerts on demand.
Sunday, July 06, 2014
Composers Derek Bermel and Ruby Fulton shared a program with Louis Andriessen and the late French composer Florent Schmitt at the "Andriessen 75" festival. Stream the entire concert, performed by the EDGE Ensemble, the Shenandoah Conservatory Wind Ensemble, and violinist Monica Germino.
Saturday, July 05, 2014
The Bang on a Can All-Stars brought their powerhouse energy and skill to the "Andriessen 75" festival in Washington, D.C., playing some of the composer's most iconic works.
Friday, July 04, 2014
Wednesday, July 9 at 11 am ET, Phil Kline continues his presentation of the "Andriessen 75" festival in Washington, D.C. with "Andriessen's Piano/Andriessen's Jazz" featuring pianists Molly Orlando and Francesca Hurst as well as the Brad Linde Jazz Ensemble.
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
At the "Andriessen 75" festival, pieces by Andriessen, Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon and Donnacha Dennehy tested the versatility of the violin. The concert took place April 7 in Washington, D.C. with a performance by violinist Monica Germino and sound design by Frank van der Weij.
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
The first concert of "Andriessen 75," the week-long celebration of Louis Andriessen's 75th birthday held in Washington D.C. this April, featured the Dutch composer's ambitious opera La Commedia.
Friday, June 13, 2014
Young composers had the spotlight, as did solo musicians, at the New York Philharmonic Biennial CONTACT! concert on Tuesday, June 3 at SubCulture. Join host Phil Kline in listening Friday at 3 pm.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Composer Per Nørgård has received a hefty prize from the New York Philharmonic: a $200,000 cash award, a commission to compose a new work for the orchestra.
Monday, April 07, 2014
Louis Andriessen has exerted a vital influence on American music over in the last few decades. Of course he’s Dutch and has stayed close to home most of his career, but the strength of his convictions and principles have traveled well.
Monday, March 24, 2014
On Saturday, March 29, Q2 Music streams an encore presentation of KRONOS AT 40 – a marathon stream of 24 distinct hours surveying the Kronos Quartet's colossal contributions to 20th and 21st century music, along with insights from composers and the quartet.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
On the heels of last month's Symphony Space performance celebrating the 80th birthday of Krzysztof Penderecki, the legendary Polish composer joins Phil Kline in the studio. Listen Friday at 12 pm.
Monday, November 04, 2013
Saturday at 7 pm, Q2 Music presented a live audio webcast of Alarm Will Sound's all Steve Reich concert from the Met Museum. It included the hometown premiere of Reich's Radiohead-inspired Radio Rewrite.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
On Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 12 pm, Q2 Music honors the 90th birthday of the great song composer Ned Rorem with host Phil Kline and special guest Steven Blier, the co-founder and artistic director of the New York Festival of Song.
Friday, October 18, 2013
Today, Q2 Music celebrates new music's favorite holiday, Halloween, with its first 24-hour scarathon of hair-raising microtones, densely clustered choruses and heart-pumping slasher film suites.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
This year marks the centenary of Polish composer Witold Lutosławski, and the 80th birthday of Krzysztof Penderecki. Today, join Q2 Music for an all-day marathon examining the diversity of contemporary classical music from Poland.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Conductor and New York City Opera general manager George Steel joins host Phil Kline for an in-depth look into the feverish, multifaceted innovations of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. Hear this interview at 8 am and 8 pm on Q2 Music.
Monday, May 27, 2013
Recordings of The Rite of Spring began appearing shortly after the advent of the electronic microphone and continue to today. Phil Kline talks about his Top 10 Rite favorites.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
In this episode: Khaled Hosseini is the bestselling author of "The Kite Runner” and the new novel “And the Mountains Echoed.” Tonight, Hosseini shares his favorite tracks by the late pop musician Ahmad Zahir -- often called “the Elvis of Afghanistan.”
Plus: Last year the singer and songwriter, Angel Olsen, released her idiosyncratic debut, Half Way Home. She brings her powerful voice (which has been heard on multiple collaborations with another idiosyncratic singer, Bonnie "Prince" Billy) to the studio for a live performance.
And: Composer Phil Kline has been spending a lot of time with Igor Stravinsky’s famous work, The Rite of Spring, for an upcoming radio marathon on our sister station Q2 Music. He’ll give us a preview of some of his favorite interpretations of the work.