#3674: Clarinet-Centric New Music

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Ben Goldberg with contra alto clarinet
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Hear new music for clarinets on this New Sounds, including a preview of the new album, "Orphic Machine" by Berkeley-based clarinetist and composer Ben Goldberg. The work is a  song-cycle based on the poetical writings of Allen Grossman, and includes Carla Kihlstedt singing and on violin, along with Nels Cline, Kenny Wollesen, Ron Miles (Bill Frisell’s trumpeter), and Myra Melford on piano. Then, listen to creative chamber jazz from the Danish trio Equilibrium, featuring Belgian reed player Joachim Badenhorst, Danish guitarist Mikkel Ploug, and the wordless vocalizing of Sissel Vera Pettersen who also plays singing bowls on one of the tracks.  Badenhorst drifts in and out of serenity, sometimes making his instrument sound as though it were a ney or shakuhachi.  Then, there's also music from a quartet led by Belgian guitarist Ruben Machtelinckx featuring Badenhorst, who inhabit an otherworld of space & folk- jazz where clarinet, electric and acoustic guitars, banjo, baritone guitar, and acoustic bass combine for an engaging, yet serene experience, not unlike a quiet nature walk.  Plus, listen to Derek Bermel’s version of “She Moved through the Fair” for clarinet and orchestra, and Osvaldo Golijov’s “Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind, Pt 3” for David Krakauer and Kronos Quartet.

PROGRAM #3674 Clarinet-Centric New Music (First aired on 12/17/2014)  

ARTIST: Matt Darriau Paradox Trio with Bojan Z.
WORK: Faux Clarinet with Glass, excerpt [1:00]
RECORDING: Matt Darriau Paradox Trio
SOURCE: Felmay Records 7032
INFO: Amazon

ARTIST: Kronos Quartet and David Krakauer
WORK: Osvaldo Golijov: The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind - III. Calmo, Sospeso-Allegro Pesante [7:08]
RECORDING: The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind
SOURCE: Nonesuch Records 79444
INFO:  nonesuch.com 

ARTIST: Kronos Quartet and David Krakauer
WORK: Osvaldo Golijov: The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind - Postlude: Lento, Liberamente [2:23]
RECORDING: The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind
SOURCE: Nonesuch Records 79444
INFO:  nonesuch.com 

ARTIST: Derek Bermel with Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP)
WORK: Voices for Clarinet and Orchestra: II. She Moved Thru the Fair [5:46]
RECORDING: Derek Bermel: Voices
SOURCE: BMOP/sound 1008
INFO: bmop.org

ARTIST: Ben Goldberg
WORK: Immortality [12:05]
RECORDING: Orphic Machines
SOURCE: BAG Productions / Royal Potato Family
INFO: Available at royalpotatofamily.com

ARTIST: Matt Darriau Paradox Trio with Bojan Z.
WORK: Faux Clarinet with Glass [6:50]
RECORDING: Matt Darriau Paradox Trio
SOURCE: Felmay Records 7032
INFO:  felmay.it

ARTIST: Ruben Machtelinckx, Hilmar Jensson, Joachim Badenhorst, Nathan Wouters
WORK: McMurdo [6:14]
RECORDING: Flock
SOURCE: El Negocito Records 027
INFO: smeraldina-rima.com

ARTIST: Equilibrium
WORK: Laglio [5:14]
RECORDING: Liquid Light
SOURCE: Songlines 1608
INFO: songlines.com