#3952: Acoustic Music From Electronic Composers

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For this New Sounds, hear music played by “real” instruments, which often reflects a composer’s familiarity with electronic instruments, in music by Son Lux for sextet, Sarah Kirkland Snider for large ensemble, and veteran American composer Steve Reich for octet.

Hear music from the brand-new collaborative record by Son Lux (aka Ryan Lott) and the top-notch New York-based chamber ensemble yMusic, called First. yMusic’s acoustic instrumentation - violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinets and trumpet – is deployed, on “Eleven” with an implied electronic pulse that rotates between pairs, along with glitchy interjections of solo instruments. Steve Reich’s “Eight Lines” has much the same sort of pulse basis, punctuated by flutes and other textures. Listen to that 1980 work, and more music from First by Son Lux and yMusic.  

Also, hear selections from Sarah Kirkland Snider’s song-cycle Unremembered,” featuring the Unremembered Orchestra (members of ACME, Alarm Will Sounds, ICE, The Knights, & So Percussion) and vocal appearances by vocal performances by DM Stith, Shara Worden and Padma Newsome. The text is courtesy of New-York-based poet/writer Nathaniel Bellows and evokes the “strange nostalgia of rediscovery” (Daniel Stephen Johnson, WQXR.) 

PROGRAM #3952,  Acoustic Music From Electronic Composers (First Aired 2-24-2017) 

ARTIST: Sarah Kirkland Snider
WORK:  The River, Excerpt [1:30]
RECORDING: Unremembered
SOURCE: New Amsterdam Records NWAM 067
INFO: newamsterdamrecords.com

ARTIST: Son Lux & yMusic
WORK: Eleven [4:38]
RECORDING: First
SOURCE: Communal Table Records 
INFO: theconnextion.com/ymusic

ARTIST: Ensemble Modern
WORK: Steve Reich: Eight Lines [16:03]
RECORDING: City Life/New York Counterpoint/Eight Lines/Violin Phase
SOURCE: RCA 66459
INFO: Available at Amazon.com

ARTIST: Son Lux & yMusic
WORK: First [4:28]
RECORDING: First
SOURCE: Communal Table Records 
INFO: theconnextion.com/ymusic

ARTIST: Sarah Kirkland Snider
WORK:  The River [3:43], The Girl [2:54], The Witch [6:30]
RECORDING: Unremembered
SOURCE: New Amsterdam Records NWAM 067
INFO: newamsterdamrecords.com

ARTIST: Son Lux & yMusic
WORK: Bows [2:54], Paris [3:41]
RECORDING: First
SOURCE: Communal Table Records 
INFO: theconnextion.com/ymusic

ARTIST: yMusic
WORK: Sarah Kirkland Snider: Daughter of the Waves, excerpt [2:01]
RECORDING: Beautiful Mechanical
SOURCE: New Amsterdam 032 
INFO: newamsterdamrecords.com