Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: September 7, 2013

Jhula Jhule, by Reena Esmail, for violin and piano The Blue Room, by Reena Esmail, for violin and orchestra Piano Quintet, by Reena Esmail Sinfonietta, by Daniel Eichenbaum, for string quartet and wind ensemble Myself and the resistance of wine, by Amir Sadeghi Konjani, for solo harp Hijab Initiation No. 2, by Amir Sadeghi Konjani, … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: September 7, 2013

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: August 24, 2013

I had been on a bimonthly schedule for Cool Stuff, but this time around I couldn’t help but share earlier. Enjoy! Phantoms, by Natalie Moller, for saxophone quartet Bulgarity, by Annika K. Socolofsky, for saxophone quartet Sax Machine, by Joseph Prestamo, for saxophone quartet Howler Back, by Zack Browning, for saxophone quartet Speed Metal Organum … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: August 24, 2013

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: May 5, 2013

Many of these are from various friends’ recitals this past semester, including those of some fellow composers at Redlands. Although they are not what I’ve listened to most recently, I would like to keep track of these for journaling purposes: Turning Points, by Joan Tower, for clarinet and string quartet Head Talk, by Mark Ford, … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: May 5, 2013

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: January 13, 2013

Most of these are form Q2 of course: Ballade, by Oskar Morawetz, for piano For Heart, Breath and Orchestra, by Richard Reed Parry, for orchestra Different…Rains, by Pavel Karmanov, for flute and piano L’auberge de Loupiac, by Florent Ghys, for voice Still With Me, by Alexander Balanescu, for string quartet Musica Optica, by Gyorgy Geszler, … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: January 13, 2013

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: October 28, 2012

Our  Composition Studio had a listening exam on Friday. I always enjoy studying for them as a way to find new literature. Here is the playlist below: Scherzo Ricercato, by Lukas Foss, for solo piano Toccata for Violin and Player Piano, by Conlon Nancarrow On the Edge of the Infinite, by Christopher Theofanidis, for violin … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: October 28, 2012

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: September 30, 2012

I’ve been looking for a contemporary piece to put on my junior recital, hence the bundle of viola pieces here. Any suggestions??? I’d prefer a piece about 7-10 minutes long, more or less. Simply Purple, by Joan Tower, for solo viola Purple Rhapsody, by Joan Tower, for viola and orchestra String Quartet, by Derek Bermel, … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: September 30, 2012

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: August 19, 2012

I Was There, by Kayhan Kalhor, for cello, oud, and percussion Kamu-purrui, by Lamberto Coccioli, for alto flute. Alúna, by Lamberto Coccioli, for viola, ensemble, and live electronics Double Bass Sonata, Op.108, by Mieczysław Weinberg, for solo double bass first things first, an album by Nadia Sirota, violist. Featuring composers Nico Muhly, Marcos Balter and … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: August 19, 2012

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: My Flute Playlist

Here are some of the pieces that I’ve revisited or discovered so far in one way or another during my brainstorming. Several of them were already on my iPod. Syrinx, by Claude Debussy Density 21.5, by Edgar Varèse Zoom Tube, by Ian Clarke Sweet Pea, by Project Vox Balaenae, by George Crumb Federico’s Little Songs … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: My Flute Playlist

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: July 22, 2012

Savage Altars, by Ingram Marshall, for SATB choir, violin, viola, tape Femina: Part I, by John Zorn, for violin, cello, harp, piano, percussion, and electronics 8 June 1810…to the Birthday of R. Sch., by Valentin Silvestrov, for two celli Federico’s Little Songs for Children,by George Crumb, for soprano, flute/piccolo/alto flute/bass flute, and harp Madrigals, Book I, … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: July 22, 2012

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: May 27, 2012

Preludes and Fugue for 13 solo strings, by Witold Lutosławski MotorCity Triptych, by Michael Daugherty, for orchestra Raise the Roof, by Michael Daugherty, for orchestra Lux aeterna, by George Crumb, for soprano, bass flute, soprano recorder, sitar, and percussion Out of the Window, by Emily Praetorius, for string quartet Distances at Dawn, by Emily Praetorius, … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: May 27, 2012

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: May 12, 2012

Oops! Accidentally skipped a week. Here you go! Betwixt and Between, Kim Scharnberg, for trombone, string quartet, and marimba. 5 Pieces for Trombone and Piano, Op. 198, by Ernst Krenek Clarinet Concerto (Peacock Tales), by Anders Hillborg, for clarinet and orchestra. One of my friends has a sticker on her cello case that says, “Hug … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: May 12, 2012

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: April 8, 2012

Happy Easter everyone! Here are my picks for this week, simply a few great selections from my theory class that I haven’t yet mentioned: Salome Dances for Peace, I. Anthem of the Great Spirit, “Half Wolf Dances Mad in Moonlight”, by Terry Riley, for string quartet Still Angry, by Andrew May, for flute, clarinet, and … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: April 8, 2012

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: March 25, 2012

The Desert Music, by Steve Reich, for amplified chorus and orchestra She Shooed the Tempting Shadow, by Anna E. Garman, for string quartet Await, by Anna E. Garman, for orchestra Dandelion, by Anna E. Garman, for solo trombone Fratres, by Arvo Pärt, for string quartet Violin Sonata No. 3, “Sonata Stramba,” by William Bolcom, for … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: March 25, 2012

Ear Candy: Music I’d Like to Hear on the Radio, Part I

Today I’m starting my second miniseries in order to share my findings in indie music, particularly music that I find relatively daring in it’s orchestration compared to mainstream pop music.  I’d like to release a new post every two weeks. Shara Worden, also known as My Brightest Diamond, is the reason why I decided to … More Ear Candy: Music I’d Like to Hear on the Radio, Part I

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: February 26, 2012

Fourth Sonata for Violin and Piano, “Children’s Day at the Camp Meeting,” by Charles Ives Rhapsody for Clarinet and Orchestra (formerly titled Concerto for Clarinet), by Emily Praetorius, for clarinet and orchestra. Emily, a fellow composer in our studio, wrote this piece and performed it in our university’s annual concerto competition. String quartet, by Emily … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: February 26, 2012

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: January 28, 2012

Every Lover is a Warrior, by Kati Agocs, for harp Suite for Cello and Harp, by Lou Harrison, for cello and harp Night Time, by Sebastian Currier, for harp and violin The Mask, by William Bolcom, for SATB choir and piano. William Bolcom will be coming to the University of Redlands March 5th-1oth for the Frederick … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: January 28, 2012

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: January 14, 2012

Fingerbib, by Richard D. James (Aphex Twin)/arr. Jonathan Newman for Alarm Will Sound The Chairman Dances, by John Adams, for orchestra Mountain Top, by Jacob Ter Veldhuis (JacobTV), for choir, soundtrack, and percussion Afternoon in March, by Gene Koshinski, for marimba solo (Gene is also the winner of ASCAP’s Rudolph Nissim prize–in fact, that’s how … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: January 14, 2012

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: December 18, 2011

Lately I’ve been exploring the albums Draumalandið by Valgeir Sigurðsson as well as Awake by the NOW Ensemble in addition to my usual listening on Q2: Past Tundra, by Valgeir Sigurðsson and Nico Muhly, for solo viola and mixed chamber ensemble including electronics “I offer prosperity and eternal life…”, by Valgeir Sigurðsson, for mixed chamber … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: December 18, 2011

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: November 20, 2011

This week’s edition features selections from a few recent concerts and recitals at U of R: Et la bête, by Natalie Moller, for solo violin Verisimilitude, by Natalie Moller, for 2 sopranos, flute, clarinet, flugelhorn, horn, violin, contrabass Clytemnestra and Agamemnon Take a Dirigible to the Adirondacks, by Blake Van Vliet, for percussion ensemble Samba … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: November 20, 2011

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: October 29, 2011

This week’s selection features pieces from the U of R New Music Ensemble concert (total awesomeness!) as well as the repertoire from the Composition Studio’s upcoming listening exam: Ghost Opera, by Tan Dun, for string quartet Duo pour violon et violoncelle, Op. 7, by Zoltan Kodály Piano Trio, by Jennifer Higdon, for violin, cello, and … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: October 29, 2011

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: October 17, 2011

Yesterday I attended a flute recital at U of R given by Paul Edmund-Davies. He gave quite a charismatic performance; the entire program was a treat! Here are the pieces from the program: The first three numbers were flute and piano sonatas written by Giuseppi Rabboni (the piano part was composed by Roger Vignoles). Sonata … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: October 17, 2011

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: September 24, 2011

I love comedy, and I love music. I especially love when they’re put together! These first selections are quite humorous works that I came across when trying to gather inspiration for writing a viola solo, which I plan to perform later this school year (more on that later). I found them in the suggestions column … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: September 24, 2011

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: September 17, 2011

This week in Recital Repertory, there was quite an entertaining selection of music; I was impressed. (Recital Repertory is a once-weekly class that music majors take at U of R in which we watch each other perform what we have been working on. We also have to attend recitals/concerts and turn in signed concert programs.) … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: September 17, 2011

Dynamic Duos, Part III…Well, I cheated–this one’s a trio. :)

PROJECT Trio is composed of three composer-performers: Greg Pattillo, the flautist, Eric Stephenson, the cellist, and Peter Seymour, the bassist. They are known for integrating many styles into their music such as hip-hop and jazz, and they often use their artistic versatility as a way to reach out to the youth and teach them about … More Dynamic Duos, Part III…Well, I cheated–this one’s a trio. 🙂

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: September 11, 2011

Oops! This edition is a little bit late and coming, my apologies. To begin with, this week in the composition studio, we looked at and listened to Zaka by Jennifer Higdon, for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion. I’d also like to listen to more of her works when I get the chance. There … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: September 11, 2011

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: September 3, 2011

After reading the interview in this blog post, I found a piece by composer Keeril Makan written for prepared viola. It is called Mu; there is a video below. The part I find most intriguing is about halfway through, where the viola is turned into a percussion instrument. I’ve always thought that stringed instruments are … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: September 3, 2011

Dynamic Duos, Part I: Charly & Margaux

I’m starting this miniseries simply because I just can’t help myself. I’ve heard so much great music lately. Charly and Margaux are epic. I’ve seen several classically trained violinists in the hip-hop realm (Miri Ben-Ari, Nuttin’ But Stringz), but a VIOLIST too? So excited!!! They also have a YouTube channel featuring many of their covers, … More Dynamic Duos, Part I: Charly & Margaux

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: August 13, 2011

Here are the pieces that I recently heard on Q2: Before Sleep and Dreams, by Aaron Jay Kernis, for piano. Armenian Rhapsody No. 3, Alan Hovhaness, for orchestra. Anthem of the Great Spirit: Peace Dance, by Terry Riley, for string quartet. String Quartet No. 1, “White Man Sleeps,” by Kevin Volans, for string quartet. I … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: August 13, 2011

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: August 6, 2011

This week, I listened to Nadia Sirota’s program on Q2 featuring winning music from “Roma, Roma Ma,” an Italian competition. Here is some of what I heard: Gradus by Stephen Hartke, for violin, bass, bass clarinet, piano, percussion, cello. In the fall semester at the composition studio, we studied Stephen Hartke’s Wulfstan at the Millennium … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: August 6, 2011

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: July 23, 2011

Here are the latest pieces that I’ve heard and liked on Q2, an internet radio station by WQXR that is devoted to new music. Nagoya Marimbas by Steve Reich [Bob Becker, marimba; James Preiss, marimba] Concerto Bianco in C by Georgs Pelecis [Alexei Lubimov, piano; Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen: Heinrich Schiff, conductor] My Mister “Never Ending … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: July 23, 2011