#3901: Music for the Days of the Week

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For this New Sounds, there’s music for each of the seven days of the week from different composers, styles and genres.

Hear music  for chamber band by Florent Ghys, the French-born bass player and composer. It’s from his latest record, Bonjour, which combines basses, cello, guitars, drumkit, pitched percussion, melodica, and voices to make jazz-laced indie pop, and music that can feel woozy, off-kilter and “art-damaged.” The tunes are named the way that ragas are assigned definite times of the day, during which the music would be at the height of its melodic beauty; there’s a work here on Bonjour for every day of the week but Saturday. Luckily, there’s also experimental electronic/post-rock from L.A. with music by Seven Saturdays to complete the cycle for this show.

There’s traditional music of the Mediterranean (France, Greece and the near East) featuring a quartet called Thrace, consisting of cello, lyra, and percussion. Listen to an excerpt from their brand-new record Sunday Morning Sessions. Also, listen to music for Monday by Australian-born England-based composer Leah Kardos. She is a music professor and project leader at the Visconti Studio, which just opened today (9/19/16), at Kingston University London. Then, hear the Swedish jazz piano trio, e.s.t. (esbjörn svensson trio), who borrow from classical, rock, pop, and techno, with their selection, “Tuesday Wonderland.”

Rounding out the show is a portion of German mastermind Karlheinz Stockhausen's Licht (Light) a cycle of seven "operas" or musical theater rituals, written between 1977 and 2003, each named after the days of the week. Freitag (Friday) concludes with an hour long electronic postlude, and we’ll hear an excerpt from the “Friday Farewell” realized by Joe Drew. (Request Joe Drew’s NYU PhD dissertation on Stockhausen's Licht.)

PROGRAM #3901, Sexy Monday: Music for the Days of the Week (First Aired 09-19-2016)     

ARTIST: Karlheinz Stockhausen / Joe Drew
WORK: Karlheinz Stockhausen: Friday Farewell, excerpt [1:39]
RECORDING: Private rehearsal recording, 2012
SOURCE/INFO: There is a recorded version available, as Stockhausen Edition no. 49 stockhausencds.com

ARTIST: Florent Ghys & Bonjour
WORK: Florent Ghys: Thursday Afternoon [6:02]
RECORDING: Bonjour
SOURCE: Cantaloupe Music 21120
INFO: cantaloupemusic.com | florentghys.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Leah Kardos
WORK: Sexy Monday [3:05]
RECORDING: Machines
SOURCE: Bigo & Twigetti
INFO: bigoandtwigetti.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: e.s.t. (esbjörn svensson trio)
WORK: Tuesday Wonderland [6:32]
RECORDING: Tuesday Wonderland 
SOURCE: Emarcy B0008613 
INFO: Available at Amazon.com

ARTIST: Thrace
WORK: Zarbi e Shustari [6:14]
RECORDING: Sunday Morning Sessions
SOURCE: Harmonia Mundi HMC 902242 
INFO: Aailable at Amazon.com

ARTIST: Florent Ghys & Bonjour
WORK: Florent Ghys: Wednesday [6:35]
RECORDING: Bonjour
SOURCE: Cantaloupe Music 21120
INFO: cantaloupemusic.com | florentghys.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Seven Saturdays
WORK: The Shallow End [5:08]
RECORDING: Seven Saturdays
SOURCE/INFO: sevensaturdays.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Karlheinz Stockhausen / Joe Drew
WORK: Karlheinz Stockhausen: Friday Farewell [12:11]
RECORDING: Private rehearsal recording, 2012
SOURCE/INFO: There is a recorded version available, as Stockhausen Edition no. 49 stockhausencds.com