#3641: Music for Bowed Strings

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For this New Sounds, listen to works for violin, cello, and the 10-stringed Hardanger d’Amore fiddle. There’s a work from Irish cellist Kate Ellis, (who is also Artistic Director of the Crash Ensemble,) from her solo record, “Jump,” a collection of new music for solo cello and electronics by 5 Irish composers. Listen also to an atmospheric mix of cello and voice from the Icelandic cellist/composer/singer Hildur Guðnadóttir. One of the tunes features the bass player Skúli Sverrisson, Guðnadóttir’s eerie whisper, and a fretted cello, resonated through two grand pianos, for a hypnotic thrum, that skirts a line between gentle menace and blissful escape.

Then, hear a duo record from Caoimhin O Raghallaigh (of The Gloaming) and Dan Trueman (founder of Princeton Laptop Orchestra), which stretches and recombines the DNA of Norwegian folk and Irish trad fiddling on a 10-stringed instrument, the Hardanger d’Amore. Plus, fiddle music from composer, sound engineer and producer Adrian Hart, based in Ireland. 

PROGRAM #3641, Music for Bowed Strings (First aired on 9/23/2014)  

ARTIST: Maya Beiser
WORK: M. Gordon: Industry, excerpt [1:00]
RECORDING: Bang on a Can Classics
SOURCE: Cantaloupe 21010 
INFO: bangonacan.org

ARTISTS: Hildur Guðnadóttir, featuring Skúli Sverrisson
WORK: Heima [4:26]
RECORDING: Saman
SOURCE: Touch # TO:96
INFO: touchshop.org

ARTIST: Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh
WORK: Cloud [5:19]
RECORDING: Music For An Elliptical Orbit
SOURCE: shop.diatribe.ie

ARTISTS: Hildur Guðnadóttir, featuring Skúli Sverrisson
WORK: Líður [2:47]
RECORDING: Saman
SOURCE: Touch # TO:96
INFO: touchshop.org

ARTIST: Kate Ellis
WORK: Niall Vallely: Sondas [10:27]
RECORDING: Jump
SOURCE: shop.diatribe.ie
INFO: kateelliscello.com

ARTIST: Adrian Hart
WORK: Canone [7:30]
RECORDING: Cuisle
SOURCE: shop.diatribe.ie

ARTIST: Maya Beiser
WORK: Michael Gordon: Industry [10:25]
RECORDING: Bang on a Can Classics
SOURCE: Cantaloupe 21010 
INFO: bangonacan.org

ARTISTS: Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh & Dan Trueman
WORK: What What What [4:17]
RECORDING: Laghdú
SOURCE: store.irishmusic.net