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Tag Archives: opera
In this episode, Ben and Nate talk with Per Bloland about composing an opera, virtual 8-stringed guitars, magnets (and how they make pianos work!), modernism, and your Norwegian grandmother’s spellbook. Plus news, and Ben explains Control Voltage.
This week, we replay our September 2014 interview with composer Scott Wheeler. We discuss writing for voice, and the trials and tribulations of microphones.
- This week on SoundNotion, the panel is joined by composer Scott Wheeler to discuss his new opera Naga co-commissioned by Boston Lyric Opera and Beth Morrison Projects (featured on SN 142, 24 Nov, 2013).
- The work is part the Ouroboros Trilogy of operas around the same characters and folk source material conceived by Charles and Cerise Lim Jacobs that includes the pulitzer-winning work Madame White Snake by Zhou Long plus Wheeler’s Naga and Gilgamesh by Paola Prestini. The completed trilogy will be premiered in a day-long event in 2016.
- Scott also has a new album of orchestral music out on the BMOP label. Crazy Weather is available now and it’s our Pick of the Week.
- Friend of the show Alex Ross has some quibbles with classical music streaming. The SN panel does as well. It’s called METADATA! Alan Pierson on the AWS blog and Bob Shingleton on On An Overgrown Path have some quibbles as well.
- Speaking of quibbles, the BBCdefends its snub of Harrison Birtwistle. We aren’t buying.
- Round three of the recently revamped New Music USA grants project proves that they aren’t afraid to roll with the punches and respond to their stakeholders. This year will feature more funding for smaller projects.
- AND – sigh – Labor issues in Atlanta. A lockout may be imminent – OOPS, scratch that – Atlanta musicians ARE locked out. Drew McManus will keep you up to date.
This week on SoundNotion, we’re joined by PROTOTYPE Festival artistic director Kristin Marting. PROTOTYPE is an annual festival presenting new opera-theatre and music-theatre works by contemporary artists from New York City and around the world.
- This week on SoundNotion, we’re joined by PROTOTYPE Festival artistic director Kristin Marting.
- PROTOTYPE is a co-production of Beth Morrison Projects and HERE, presenting multi-disciplinary opera-theatre and music-theatre work happening January 8th – 19th, 2014.
- The festival presents both complete performances and works-in-progress in partnerships with local arts venues.
- Moby has has released his 11th studio album, Innocents. You can download all the individual tracks and remix at will.
- Leonardo da Vinci was an accomplished painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, writer, and it turns out, bowed piano craftsman.
- How do you get Bon Jovi‘s hit “Livin’ on a Prayer” back on the Billboard Hot 100 list after 25 years? With YouTube and some sweet dance moves.
- CORRECTION – On this episode, Dave is discussing a NewMusicBox piece addressing theatricality in new music, and Sam said the piece was by Isaac Schankler. WRONG. The piece was by Nat Evans, published on November 6, 2013. Sorry, Nat.
This week, we are inspired by the recent premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s gargantuan Mittwoch aus Licht. Why did it take so long to be premiered? How do we think about works that flirt with the border between “impossible” and “really, really hard”?
Timothy Rutherford-Johnson: “Mittwoch—the Reviews”
What is a lyric? Tim and Dave disagree. Can we translate the text without losing it’s meaning? Should we? What is lost (or gained) in translation? Thanks to Chloe Veltman for getting us started on the topic.