#3626: Female Voices

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There’s music for female voices, very often one voice layered atop itself on this New Sounds program. Hear the New York- and Sendai, Japan-based composer Aya Nishina’s work, “Flora”, a layered vocal offering of several singers, dedicated to the memory of March 11, 2011 (also called the Great Sendai Earthquake or Great Tōhoku Earthquake.) "Flora" features the voices of composer/bandleader Becca Stevens, composer Monika Heidemann, vocalist/composer/bandleader Sara Serpa,  and jazz singer Gretchen Parlato.

Then, listen to music by the award-winning American Meredith Monk, Swiss vocalist and composer Franziska Bauman, and the Canadian artist Laurel MacDonald. Plus, hear women’s voices in ambient music from Brian Eno, his “Music for Airports.” 

PROGRAM #3626 Female Voices (First aired on 8/12/2014)  

ARTIST: Laurel MacDonald
WORK: Nenia Sirenes, excerpt [1:00]
RECORDING: Luscinia’s Lullaby
SOURCE: Improbable Music #04
INFO: improbablemusic.com OR cdbaby.com

ARTIST: Aya Nishina (with Becca Stevens)
WORK: Chieko [6:38]
RECORDING: Flora
SOURCE: Tzadik 8098
INFO: tzadik.com

ARTIST: Brian Eno
WORK: Music for Airports 1-2 [12:05]
RECORDING: Ambient 1
SOURCE: EEG 17 
INFO: Available at Amazon.com

ARTIST: Laurel MacDonald
WORK: Nenia Sirenes [5:09]
RECORDING: Luscinia’s Lullaby
SOURCE: Improbable Music #04
INFO: improbablemusic.com OR cdbaby.com

ARTIST: Franziska Baumann
WORK: Gossamer [4:43]
RECORDING: Vocal Suite
SOURCE: Unit #UTR 4105
INFO: Available digital only via Emusic.com, Amazon.com, iTunes | franziskabaumann.ch

ARTIST: Musica Sacra
WORK: Meredith Monk: Quarry Weave No 2 [5:11]
RECORDING: Monk and the Abbess
SOURCE: BMG Catalyst #68329
INFO: Now out of print, but try Amazon.com

ARTIST: Aya Nishina (with Becca Stevens)
WORK: Flora [11:14]
RECORDING: Flora
SOURCE: Tzadik 8098
INFO: tzadik.com

ARTIST: Brian Eno
WORK: Music for Airports 2-1, excerpt [2:00]
RECORDING: Ambient 1
SOURCE: EEG 17 
INFO: Available at Amazon.com