Evening Music : August 2009

Small Talk

Monday, August 31, 2009

The title of Joshua Uzoigwe's composition, Talking Drums, is slightly misleading since it's actually written for solo piano. But the talking part is crystal clear. Uzoigwe has a conversation going throughout this entire piece, and not just between his two hands on the piano. With a strong connection to his ...

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Encore for Cohen

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Evening Music concludes its nostalgic exploration of the most dynamic and compelling programming of the past year, the BEST OF Festival, with the triumphant return of legendary singer and songwriter Leonard Cohen. After a fifteen year hiatus from performing in the US, Cohen chose New York's Beacon Theatre last ...


Orpheus Redux

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Evening Music's BEST OF Festival continues with selections from live performances of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra from Carnegie Hall. Host David Garland shares his favorite moments from these five concerts, showing this premiere ensemble's incredible range of repertoire and versatility with music from Joseph Haydn to Ravi Shankar. Also, we ...


Easy Being Greene

Friday, August 28, 2009

Evening Music's BEST OF Festival continues with host David Garland sharing some of his favorite moments during the past three Live from the Green Space broadcasts from WNYC's new street-level performance space. We’ll sample pieces from the 4-hour Evening Music opening of the Greene Space, the world premieres of the ...

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Welcome Home Tully

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Evening Music's BEST OF Festival continues with the Alice Tully Hall Live Reopening Night. We have hosts Terrance McKnight and American Public Media's Fred Child discussing their reactions to the renovated hall and its famed acoustics, while we hear backstage interviews with some of the many performers in ...


Carter @ 100 and 1/2

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Next in Evening Music's BEST OF Festival we celebrate Elliott Carter @ 100… again! This centenarian continues to be a major musical presence, and tonight, Overnight Music host and contemporary music performer Nadia Sirota looks back on her conversation in December with Terrance McKnight about the development of ...

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Legendary Lenny

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Evening Music's BEST OF Festival continues, as we look at Our Lenny's American Songbook- a tribute to Lenny’s music for theater. Tonight, we hear performances recorded during a session co-hosted by Terrance McKnight and Jonathan Schwartz from a variety of Broadway luminaries who were deeply influenced ...

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BEST OF Kickoff

Monday, August 24, 2009

This day marks the kickoff to Evening Music's BEST OF Festival, as we celebrate the best in music programming from the past year. To begin the celebration, we have the Charles Tolliver Orchestra’s 50th anniversary recreation of Thelonious Monk's historic performance at Town Hall. We’ll hear ...

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Add an exceptional Norwegian composer to a Moroccan vocalist, and what do you get? A transcultural album titled Siwan, inspired by the idea of religious and spiritual tolerance. Composer Jon Balke and his singer-muse, Amina Alaoui, have combined elements of Baroque-style music as well as of jazz rhythms from different ...


Bolling You Over

Saturday, August 22, 2009

There are few musical careers as impressive as Claude Bolling’s. Born in Cannes in 1930, Bolling was already performing professionally by age 16, and was soon accepted by all major jazz circles in France and beyond. He collaborated with countless American swing-bop bands and other jazz legends, and even Louis ...

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Oud-inary People

Friday, August 21, 2009

Composer Simon Shaheen has lived in New York City for nearly 30 years. He’s not only an influential composer and innovator, but has also made his name as a virtuoso oud player, a lute-like instrument from the Middle East that he has played since he was five years old. His ...

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SO Brooklyn

Thursday, August 20, 2009

One of the most exciting percussion groups to hit the scene is So Percussion, a dynamic quartet that has been appealing to a wide public since 1999. These guys have the formula down to a science: instantly compelling music plus edgy innovation equals fresh new sound. Based in Brooklyn, So ...


All in the Family

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis comes from an impressive family tree: his father was a businessman and social activist, while four of his six sons are also musicians, including trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. Recording over twenty albums and considered one of the great jazz pianists of all time, Ellis has influenced countless ...

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East Meets West

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Composer Evan Ziporyn continues to prove that when Eastern and Western traditions merge, great things happen. After studying clarinet and other instruments, he received a Fulbright fellowship to Indonesia, where began his love affair with Balinese gamelan instruments. Ziporyn soon became artistic director of Gamelan Galak Tika at MIT and ...


Oratorio Designer

Monday, August 17, 2009

Mark Grey knew he was on to something when he co-founded the Gas Chamber Orchestra with three other friends at San Jose State University. Performing with ampliflied utensils and an improvisatory spirit, Grey developed a cutting edge attitude about music, and went on to collaborate with other composers like John ...

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Not only did Marco Antonio Guimaraes design and create his own instruments, but he convinced his friends and colleagues to play them and form a group called Uakti, after a mythological musician from the Amazon. This Brazilian instrumental group plays custom made instruments, which contributes to their unique sound and ...

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Taylor's Talents

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson’s training and interests spanned everything from jazz, tap, pop and classical to ballet, film and television. He played in the senior orchestra for three years, wrote compositions for the jazz band, led a small choral group and began conducting all while in high school. He went on to ...

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Bessie's Blues

Friday, August 14, 2009

Following the death of both of her parents, Bessie Smith and her brothers and sisters were left in the care of her older sister. In order to make money, she and her brother would perform on the streets. By the early 1920s, her career had kicked off as she performed ...

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Circle of Friends

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Some people are never tied to just one circle of friends. It's just not their style. For Kevin Volans, the South-African born Irish resident, collaborating with novelists, choreographers, and visual artists is the norm. With influences ranging from African traditional music to “New Simplicity” (a kind of throwback to simpler ...

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Bell Tower Baby

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Bohuslav Martinu was born into music. Literally. He was born in a bell tower where his father worked as a watchman. Five years later he gave his first public concert and soon thereafter enrolled at the Prague Conservatory. However, his time there was short lived as he was dismissed for ...

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Lapis Lazuli

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Carolyn Yarnell had a rather unusual childhood after being abandoned by her mother and growing up in the Sierras. She went on to study at the San Francisco Conservatory and to this day she has never held a conventional job. Instead, she makes her living from commissions, awards, fellowships and ...

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Elgar's Dream

Monday, August 10, 2009

English composer Edward Elgar is known for his Pomp and Circumstance Marches, one of which (March No. 1) can be heard at nearly every graduation ceremony. However, the piece that has come to be known as his greatest is The Dream of Gerontius. Inspired by a poem by Cardinal Newman, ...



Sunday, August 09, 2009

Olivier Messiaen found inspiration in everything from a simple landscape to the colors he associated with particular harmonies. However, a lot of his insight came from the birds. He believed that birds were the greatest musicians on Earth and went on to notate birdsongs and even incorporate them ...

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Riley Nights

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Terry Riley worked with fellow minimalists Philip Glass and Steve Reich in the experimental San Francisco Tape Music Center. One of Riley’s most famous projects was his All-Night Concerts wherein he improvised music from evening until sunrise using an old organ harmonium and tape-delayed saxophone. He put these concerts on ...

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Steiner Scores

Friday, August 07, 2009

Max Steiner was an award-winning composer known for his scores for theater and film. His list of works include music for Gone with the Wind, Anne of Green Gables, Casablanca and his extremely popular theme song for A Summer Place. He was the most prominent composer in the music department ...

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Nature's Music

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Tan Dun first became interested in music when he saw rituals and ceremonies set to the sounds of natural objects such as rocks and water. This thinking would forever influence his style, as he went on to use instruments such as amplified bowls of water in his Water Passion After ...

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Stalking Adams

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

John Adams has been the recipient of as much acclamation as criticism, even reporting in 2008 that he was blacklisted and being followed. The heavily political subject matter in his operas has brought forth much protest and outcry throughout his career. In spite of the negativity though, he still won ...

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Melodious Thunk

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Thelonious Monk is often regarded as a founder of bebop and one of the most important musicians in jazz. His compositions distinguished him from other composers and pianists as he made use of abrupt and dramatic silences and hesitations and combined them with a percussive attack. His wife nicknamed this ...

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Crafty Composing

Monday, August 03, 2009

Oliver Knussen, born into a musical family, began composing at age six. When the conductor for his symphony’s premiere fell ill, he stepped in to conduct the debut - he was fifteen. His career was jumpstarted from that point on, being asked to conduct in New York just a week ...


Riotous Igor

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Igor Stravinksy has been hailed as one of the most important and influential composers of 20th century music, as well as one of the 100 Most Influential People of the Century by Time magazine. He established himself early in his career with his three ballets, specifically The Rite of Spring ...


SEA of Music

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu, in the absence of musical training for the most part, got his influences from jazz, popular music, avant-garde procedures and traditional Japanese music. Throughout his career, his music underwent many stylistic developments, especially in the realm of tonality – one experiment consisting of a piece centered ...

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