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Hijaz

Sunday, November 03, 2013

For this New Sounds, hear a work by Michael Harrison, called "Hijaz."  The composition features the Young People’s Chorus delivering vowels, South Indian rhythmic and tabla syllables, and a universal prayer as the text.  Together with new music heavyweight/adventure cellist Maya Beiser, the versatile composer/percussionist Payton MacDonald (Alarm Will Sound, Super Marimba), and the composer Michael Harrison on just-intonation piano, the new work is intended to invoke a sense of pilgrimage.

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New Sounds

Hijaz

Friday, October 05, 2012

For this New Sounds, hear a work by Michael Harrison, called "Hijaz."  The composition features the Young People’s Chorus delivering vowels, South Indian rhythmic and tabla syllables, and a universal prayer as the text.  Together with new music heavyweight/adventure cellist Maya Beiser, the versatile composer/percussionist Payton MacDonald (Alarm Will Sound, Super Marimba), and the composer Michael Harrison on just-intonation piano, the new work is intended to invoke a sense of pilgrimage.

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New Sounds

Hijaz

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

For this New Sounds, we’ll hear the broadcast premiere of a work by Michael Harrison, called "Hijaz."  The composition features the Young People’s Chorus delivering vowels, South Indian rhythmic and tabla syllables, and a universal prayer as the text.  Together with new music heavyweight/adventure cellist Maya Beiser, the versatile composer/percussionist Payton MacDonald (Alarm Will Sound, Super Marimba), and the composer Michael Harrison on just-intonation piano, the new work is intended to invoke a sense of pilgrimage. 

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New Sounds

So Many Marimbas...

Saturday, April 09, 2011

...And only an hour of music for marimbas and marimba-like instruments from various traditions on this New Sounds program. Hear from Oreka Tx, a duo from Spain, who perform on an instrument made of cedar called the Txalaparta (it looks like pairs of wooden planks and is struck with mallets.) Also, listen to an arrangement of Steve Reich's "Electric Counterpoint" for marimba by Svet Stoyanov, a Professor of Percussion at Peabody. Plus, Super Marimba - music by Payton MacDonald, one of the founders of Alarm Will Sound. MacDonald makes a melodic stream of multiple layers of marimba, using looping machines and delay pedals, which then becomes several different simultaneous rhythmic cycles. And more.

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