Hybrid Ensembles

For this New Sounds, sample some works by a few hybrid ensembles, including music from the Durham, NC based composers' collective Pulsoptional. We'll hear from one of their members, Marc Ferris, and his gradual deconstruction of a piece, "I Heart Rosa Luxembourg." We'll also hear from the proudly freeform ensemble Town & Country, veterans of the Chicago avant-garde community, who stretch single tones out past the breaking point, allowing time to highlight the peaks and contours in the sound. We'll round out the show with a bit of a work by the Threnody Ensemble, who are at their core, a diverse unit consisting of guitarists and a cellist. Listen to their work "Timbre Hollow," sounding somewhat Indonesian at times, with a bit of droning in combination with more typical chamber instruments.

PROGRAM #2717, Hybrid Ensembles (First aired on Tues, 9/25/07)







Marc Faris: I Heart Rosa Luxemburg… [9:30]

Fugu Fish #001 www.pulsoptional.org

Bang On A Can All-Stars

Renegade Heaven

Michael Gordon: I Buried Paul [9:30]

Cantaloupe #21001**. www.cantaloupemusic.com *

Town And Country

Up Above

Sun Trolley [7:30]
King of Portugal [5:00]

Thrill Jockey #165. www.thrilljockey.com or www.emusic.com

Threnody Ensemble

Timbre Hollow

Tension As Opposed To Tension [15:00]

New Albion #109. www.newalbion.com *