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

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