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      2016 Gaudeamus graphic and spirit guide of the 70th festival

      2016 Gaudeamus graphic and spirit guide of the 70th festival

      In the Field: Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Part II

      Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, the Gaudeamus Festival festival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, is a powerhouse contemporary music festival showcasing young talent from around the world. The second of our two-part series will feature interviews and audio from the established mentor composers at this year’s festival.     Yair Klartag There’s no lack of void [EXCERPT] […]

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      Gaudeamus Muziekweek takes over the picturesque city of Utrecht for five days.

      Gaudeamus Muziekweek takes over the picturesque city of Utrecht for five days.

      In the Field: Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Part I

      Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, the festival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, in the Netherlands is a powerhouse contemporary music festival showcasing young talent from around the world. Every year the Gaudeamus Award is granted to a new music pioneer, this year nominees include Giulio Colangelo, David Bird, James O’Callaghan, Anthony Vine, and Shih-Wei Lo, all under […]

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      Louis Andriessen in 1983

      Louis Andriessen in 1983

      The Andriessen Effect

      For more than thirty years, young composers have traveled to Holland to worship at the altar of Louis Andriessen, perhaps most notably the three composers from the storied collective Bang on a Can.  As a result Andriessen, and Bang on a Can themselves, have had an outsize influence on the music of our time.  We’ll […]

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      Composer/performers Sam Scranton and Ellen McSweeney performing MIMIC. Photo by Aleksandr Karjaka

      Composer/performers Sam Scranton and Ellen McSweeney performing MIMIC. Photo by Aleksandr Karjaka

      Co-Composed

      It’s quite common in academia, journalism and literature for two authors to team up to write an article or book but significantly less so in music.  Still, it does happen and the results are often fascinating.  Where does one idea start and the other continue?  How do two composers work together to write a seamless […]

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      This flora is known as Lupin and this well-known fauna is a Mallard in a park. Photograph taken by Sarah Zwinklis

      This flora is known as Lupin and this well-known fauna is a Mallard in a park. Photograph taken by Sarah Zwinklis

      Flora & Fauna

      Not surprisingly, the natural world is a never-ending source of fascination and inspiration for composers. From the datura plant in southern China to a rare bird in the wilds of Australia to strange animals that exist only in the composer’s imagination, we’ll feature music inspired by the boundless creativity of nature. Mason Bates Anthology of […]

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      Drum Kit in it's natural habitat

      Drum Kit in it's natural habitat

      Drum Kit: Problem Child

      It’s essentially just a conveniently placed grouping of popular percussion instruments and yet, the drum kit is often cited as the dividing line between popular music and classical. We’ll examine how composers are using the drum kit today and what impact it’s having on genre boundaries. Ted Hearne: Furtive Movements, III (excerpt) Ron Wiltrout, drums; […]

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      Warsaw's historic Old Town Market Place is a tourist destination and the site of Warsaw Autumn's headquarters.

      Warsaw's historic Old Town Market Place is a tourist destination and the site of Warsaw Autumn's headquarters.

      In the Field: Warsaw Autumn Part II

      The second part in our two-part feature of the Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music includes interviews with composers, performers and organizers of the event and more audio performances recorded live in the concert halls of Warsaw. Wojciech Blazejczyk Trash Music [EXCERPT] Loopowizacje 8:00~ Krzysztof Woleck un Claro del Tiempo Warsaw Autumn 2008 – […]

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      Warsaw Autumn Festival just finished its 59th year.

      Warsaw Autumn Festival just finished its 59th year.

      In the Field: Warsaw Autumn Part I

      Since its beginning in 1956 the Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music, for many years the only festival of its kind in Eastern Europe, has presented new music by leading Polish composers and composers from around the world.  Today it is one of the most prestigious contemporary music festivals in the world and we […]

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      Seth talks with Zygmunt Krauze is his home in Warsaw

      Composer Spotlight: Zygmunt Krauze

      Polish composer, concert pianist and educator Zygmunt Krauze is a hugely respected figure on the international contemporary music scene and the recipient of numerous honors including the French National Order of the Legion of Honour among many others. We’ll play selections from his music and talk with him about his storied career. Zygmunt Krauze Piece […]

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      Photo by: Chef Sean Christopher

      Photo by: Chef Sean Christopher

      Musical Delights

      After discovering Sebastian Huydts’s newest album, Delicias de Blancanieves, Seth is sharing his newest ‘delights’. We’ll share selected works of Huydt, Caroline Eyck, and Johann Johannson and more with you.

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      The Art of Spoken Word

      It takes fine craftsmanship to achieve a perfect partnership between text and music in which neither element overshadows the other. This week, we’ll listen to a fascinating array of spoken word and music by composers like Aaron Jay Kernis, Joseph Schwantner, David Lang, and more who are striving to achieve this symmetry. Scott Johnson: How […]

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      Jonny Greenwood playing a glockenspiel with Radiohead at the Heineken Music Hall (Photo by Michell Zappa)

      Jonny Greenwood playing a glockenspiel with Radiohead at the Heineken Music Hall (Photo by Michell Zappa)

      Radiohead

      Crossover between classical and rock musicians was common in the 1970’s but has taken a bit of a break until recently. Now instead of composers influencing rock musicians like Brian Eno, a rock band is having a huge influence on a diverse array of composers around the globe. The music of Radiohead has been arranged […]

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      Extra Tones: Setting Records

      If you enjoyed our episode “Contemporary Vinyl,” here is something extra! Why is releasing music on vinyl an upward trend currently? Just what is it that makes vinyl so incredible? In this podcast we explore these questions and dive into how exactly vinyl is made. Special thanks to Peter McDowell and Eighth Blackbird, Julia Nicols-Corry […]

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      Contemporary Vinyl

      Old is new again as composers and performers return to the LP format for their latest releases. We’ll dust off our record player to feature a variety of new music released on vinyl. Frank Zappa “Igor’s Boogie” 0:39 Zbigiew Turski “Sinfonia Olimpica” from Adrzej Markowski Conducts the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchetra EXCERPT Dana Lyn “Maintenance Music” […]

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