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Episode #3626

Female Voices

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

There’s music for female voices, very often one voice layered atop itself on this New Sounds program. Hear the New York- and Sendai, Japan-based composer Aya Nishina’s work, “Flora”, a layered vocal offering of several singers, dedicated to the memory of March 11, 2011 (also called the Great Sendai Earthquake or Great Tōhoku Earthquake.) "Flora" features the voices of composer/bandleader Becca Stevens, composer Monika Heidemann, vocalist/composer/bandleader Sara Serpa,  and jazz singer Gretchen Parlato.

Then, listen to music by the award-winning American Meredith Monk, Swiss vocalist and composer Franziska Bauman, and the Canadian artist Laurel MacDonald. Plus, hear women’s voices in ambient music from Brian Eno, his “Music for Airports.” 

PROGRAM #3626 Female Voices (First aired on 8/12/2014)  





Laurel MacDonald

Luscinia’s Lullaby

Nenia Sirenes, excerpt [1:00]

Improbable Music #04

Aya Nishina (with Becca Stevens)


Chieko [6:38]

Tzadik 8098

Brian Eno

Ambient 1

Music for Airports 1-2 [12:05]

EEG 17
Available at

Laurel MacDonald

Luscinia’s Lullaby

Nenia Sirenes [5:09]

Improbable Music #04

Franziska Baumann

Vocal Suite

Gossamer [4:43]

Unit #UTR 4105
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Musica Sacra

Monk and the Abbess

Meredith Monk: Quarry Weave No 2 [5:11]

BMG Catalyst #68329. Now out of print, but try

Aya Nishina


Flora [11:14]

Tzadik 8098

Brian Eno

Ambient 1

Music for Airports 2-1, excerpt [2:00]

EEG 17 Available at

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