#3779: Folk Meets Minimalism: Violin & Viola Edition

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Estonian Fiddler and Singer Maarja Nuut
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Folk meets minimalism via the medium of the fiddle for this New Sounds. Listen to music from Estonian singer/violinist Maarja Nuut whose music resides in a place where minimalism and experimental music meet the village. Nuut’s latest record, “Soolo” combines traditional dance tunes, songs, and stories with live electronics, and uses tape loops with repetition and variation to find the common ground where the 21st century collapses seamlessly into the 19th century, and a new kind of “folk” music is born. 

See Maarja Nuut, on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, 7PM at Elebash Hall (The Graduate Center/CUNY 365 Fifth Ave. (at 34th St.): ticket link & info

There’s also folk-flavored music for a trio of violas from Garth Knox, (who made his name as the violist in the Arditti String Quartet.) The étude, “Up, down, sideways, round” which he believes to be the first four-dimensional bow piece in the world, was meant to teach contemporary bowing techniques.

Hear music from Czech violinist and singer Iva Bittová, who mixes traditional music with vocal assaults which range from crooning to grunting. On her tune, “Stop Searching,” Bittova throws in a little bol singing, the rapid, tongue-twisting Indian chant, plus a little overdubbing, a music box in the background, a little pizzicato, and some of her experimental/free-range cartoon-character sounds.  Plus, listen to music for one violin and tape loops in the late American violinist and composer Michael Galasso’s “Scenes.”

 

PROGRAM #3779 Folk Meets Minimalism (First Aired 09-28-2015);

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Steve Reich / Jagdish Mistry, violin

City Life/New York Counterpoint/Eight Lines/Violin Phase

Reich: Violin Phase, excerpt [1:30]

RCA 66459
Available at Amazon.com 

Maarja Nuut

Soolo

Veere, veere paevakene [7:06]

maarjanuut.bandcamp.com

Michael Galasso

Scenes

Scene IV [3:59]

ECM 1245 
ecmrecords.com

Maarja Nuut

Soolo

Torupilliviis [1:24]

See above.

Michael Galasso

Scenes

Scene II [2:53]

See above.

Maarja Nuut

Soolo

Miia polka / Sõrmusemäng [3:44]

See above.

Iva Bittová

Iva Bittová

Stop Searching (Ne Nehledej) [13:59]

Nonesuch 79455
nonesuch.com

Garth Knox, viola
Cyprien Busolini, viola
Aurelien Grais, viola

Viola Spaces

Up, down, sideways, round (for 3 violas) [3:55]

Mode Records 207
moderecords.com

Maarja Nuut

Soolo

Labajalg [3:31]

See above.

Steve Reich / Jagdish Mistry, violin

City Life/New York Counterpoint/Eight Lines/Violin Phase

Reich: Violin Phase, for violin and tape (or 4 violins), excerpt [5:03]

RCA 66459
Available at Amazon.com