#3880: Americana Chamber Music

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ETHEL and Robert Mirabal

Listen to chamber music packed with strong Americana flavors for this New Sounds. There’s music from guitarist William Tyler, ETHEL in collaboration with the Native American flutist Robert Mirabal, violist/composer Jessica Meyer, and music from guitarist/composer Bill Frisell.

Hear a work by the ETHEL cellist Dorothy Lawson, based on the Heart Sutra from the collaborative record by ETHEL & Robert Mirabal, “The River.” Also, from another maverick string quartet, Brooklyn Rider, listen to their recording of a work with Americana overtones by guitarist Bill Frisell, his “John Steinbeck.”  Then, from Bill Frisell’s Big Sur Quintet, which combines his 858 Quartet and Beautiful Dreamers trio, hear “Sing Together Like a Family.”  Listen also to a lovely folk-inspired work from Nashville-based guitarist/composer William Tyler, from his recent “Modern Country,” a collection of songs about the vanishing America.

There’s also music by looping violist Jessica Meyer, which draws on Appalachian fiddling, as well as music from cellist Erik Friedlander, who puts his own stamp on Americana music. Plus, hear a work from the Modern Mandolin Quartet, composed by and featuring David Balakrishnan, violinist and founder of the Turtle Island Quartet. Rounding out the show is a punny piece from Yo-Yo Ma’s Goat Rodeo Sessions, which features more mandolin-playing, this time from Chris Thile, aka the new host of Prairie Home Companion. 

PROGRAM #3880, Americana Chamber Music (First Aired 7-12-2016)      

ARTIST: Jessica Meyer
WORK: Source of Joy, excerpt [1:35]
RECORDING: Sounds of Being
SOURCE/INFO: jessicameyer.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Sasha Matson
WORK:  Steel Chords III: Steel Dances [6:30]
RECORDING: Steel Chords / I-5
SOURCE: Audioquest #1013
INFO: valley-entertainment.com

ARTIST: Brooklyn Rider
WORK: Bill Frisell: Steinbeck [2:54]
SOURCE: Mercury Classics / In A Circle Records #002159302 
INFO: mercuryclassics.com, available at iTunes, Amazon.com, Emusic.com

ARTIST: Bill Frisell
WORK: Sing Together Like a Family [4:22]
SOURCE: Okeh Records / Masterworks - #88883717382
INFO: billfrisell.com

ARTIST: Jessica Meyer
WORK: Source of Joy [3:26]
RECORDING: Sounds of Being
SOURCE/INFO: jessicameyer.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Erik Friedlander
WORK: Nostalgia Blindside [4:57]
RECORDING: Nighthawks
SOURCE: Skipstone Records
INFO: erikfriedlander.com

ARTIST: ETHEL & Robert Mirabal
WORK: Dorothy Lawson: Gat'te [6:56]
SOURCE: Innova 946
INFO: innova.mu, available on Amazon and iTunes

ARTIST: Modern Mandolin Quartet with David Balakrishnan
WORK: Balakrishnan: Interplay - Shoka [6:10]
RECORDING: Interplay
SOURCE: d’Note 1034
INFO: dnote.com | modernmandolinquartet.com

ARTIST: William Tyler
WORK: I'm Gonna Live Forever (If It Kills Me) [5:25]
RECORDING: Modern Country
SOURCE: Merge Records MRG 545
INFO: mergerecords.com

ARTIST: Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Stuart Duncan, violin; Edgar Meyer, bass; Chris Thile, mandolin
WORK: Less is Moi [7:27]
RECORDING: The Goat Rodeo Sessions
SOURCE: Sony Masterworks / Sony Classical 88697841182
INFO: yo-yoma.com