#3709: With Missy Mazzoli

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 Composer, keyboardist and bandleader, Missy Mazzoli, joins John Schaefer to introduce selections from her recent recording, “Vespers for a New Dark Age.” The work, commissioned by Carnegie Hall for the 2014 Ecstatic Music Festival, is a 30-minute suite for singers, chamber ensemble and electronics, and is built around text, both spiritual and worldly, by contemporary poet Matthew Zapruder. Mazzoli wrote for the very specific voices of sopranos Martha Cluver, Melissa Hughes and alto Virginia Warnken Kelsey, who all have a lot of experience with contemporary music but also early and Baroque music. Her ensemble Victoire provides dramatic settings while drummer Glenn Kotche (perhaps best known for his work in Wilco) propels the work percussively.  Plus, hear selections from Phil Kline’s millennial mass “John the Revelator,” written for the early/new music vocal group Lionheart and the quartet ETHEL.

PROGRAM #3709 with Missy Mazzoli (First aired on 3/30/2015)  

ARTIST: Roomful of Teeth
WORK: Missy Mazzoli: Vesper Sparrow [1:00]
RECORDING: Render
SOURCE: New Amsterdam Records #NWAM 065
INFO: Due out April 28, 2015 newamrecords.com

ARTIST: Missy Mazzoli & Victoire
WORK: I. Wayward Free Radical Dreams [5:09]
RECORDING: Vespers for a New Dark Age
SOURCE: New Amsterdam Records - #NWAM 062
INFO: newamrecords.com

ARTIST: Missy Mazzoli & Victoire, feat. Martha Cluver & Glenn Kotche
WORK: II. Hello Lord [2:27]
RECORDING: Vespers for a New Dark Age
SOURCE: New Amsterdam Records - #NWAM 062
INFO: newamrecords.com

ARTIST: Anna Rose Carter and Christopher Bailey
WORK: Verse Porous Verse [0:22]
RECORDING: Moon Ate The Dark
SOURCE: Sonic Pieces - sonicpieces 022
INFO: moonatethedark.com/moonatethedark.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Missy Mazzoli & Victoire, feat. Melissa Hughes, Virginia Warnken Kelsey, Martha Cluver & Glenn Kotche
WORK: IV. Come On All You [5:35]
RECORDING: Vespers for a New Dark Age
SOURCE: New Amsterdam Records - #NWAM 062
INFO: newamrecords.com

ARTIST: Missy Mazzoli & Victoire
WORK: V. New Dark Age [2:40]
RECORDING: Vespers for a New Dark Age
SOURCE: New Amsterdam Records - #NWAM 062
INFO: newamrecords.com

ARTIST: Missy Mazzoli & Victoire
WORK: VII. Machine [4:47]
RECORDING: Vespers for a New Dark Age
SOURCE: New Amsterdam Records - #NWAM 062
INFO: newamrecords.com

ARTIST: Missy Mazzoli & Victoire
WORK: VIII. Postlude [4:35]
RECORDING: Vespers for a New Dark Age
SOURCE: New Amsterdam Records - #NWAM 062
INFO: newamrecords.com

ARTIST: Phil Kline (performed by Lionheart & ETHEL)
WORK: The Man Who Knows Misery [2:44]
RECORDING: John the Revelator
SOURCE: Cantaloupe 21047
INFO: cantaloupemusic.com

ARTIST: Phil Kline (performed by Lionheart & ETHEL) ETHEL
WORK: Dark Was the Night [5:50]
RECORDING: John the Revelator
SOURCE: Cantaloupe 21047
INFO: cantaloupemusic.com