8/30 Composer Talk at 2 pm KTRU

30 08 2014

Tune is this Saturday, August 30, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m CT to “Composer Talk,” with your hosts Chris Becker and Hsin-Jung Tsai. We’ll be featuring music by Susie Ibarra, Samantha Boshnack, Rebecca Oswald , Hilary Tann, and Jennifer Fowler.   

Rebecca Oswald composed the music and wrote the narration for Aesop’s Fables in 1999.  This spirited suite for woodwind quintet with narrator recounts 5 of Aesop’s well-loved tales.  In this unique recording, the 5 fables come to life through vivid music and expressive narration; and each concludes with its timeless and well-known lesson. 

Also, we are going to feature two pieces (Three Cellos and Threaded Stars) by Jennifer Fowler, who was born in Australia and is living in London, and two pieces (On Ear and Ear … and Nothing Forgotten) by Hilary Tann. 

“Composer Talk” streams LIVE at ktru.org.

musical landscapes


October Wind on June Composer Talk

28 06 2014

On this edition of “Composer Talk” Hsin-Jung and Chris Becker we’ll be featuring the music of Erik Satie, piano pieces by composer/pianist Rebecca Oswald, and Continuum for solo piano by Gyorgy Ligeti.

Chris will be bringing his vinyl copy of “Socrate” to the studio, and will try to find some other deep cuts from the man (E. Satie) who did a lot more than write “Gymnopedies No. 1.”  I (Hsin-Jung) will be introducing female composer/pianist Rebecca Oswald’s two CDs, “October Wind” (2005)and “Whereas” (2011).

Composer/pianist Rebecca Oswald has explored many different styles of music.  Her orchestra album Light and Shadow (2011, PARMA recordings) is one of Scordatura Show’s favorites.   Her music is full of surprises and images, with her subtle and unique sense of sounds and forms.  From 1981 to 1995 she worked as a solo pianist, accompanist, band keyboardist, and studio musician in Houston.  She is currently living in Eugene, Oregon.


Tune in on Saturday, June 28th, 2:00 ~ 4:00 (CT).  http://www.ktru.org

Composer Talk is back on August 24

23 08 2013

Tune in Saturday, August 24, 2 PM to 4 PM CT to “Composer Talk” with your hosts Chris Becker and Hsin-Jung Tsai.

On this edition of “Composer Talk” we’ll be playing and discussing selections from Pat Metheny’s recent recording “Tap: John Zorn’s Book of Angels,” Ayelet Rose Gottlieb’s “Mayim Rabim,” an evocative song cycle based on texts from the erotic Biblical love poems Song of Songs.

made in Taiwan

Moreover, we are going to play new music from Taiwan — introducing three female composers and their compositions:  Ling-Huei Tsai’s Concerto for Foot-Pressed Drums, Chih-Chun Lee’s Typenkeng and Shihsanhang and Mei-Fang Lin’s Image Reconstitute.

Footed-Pressure drums

[Performance of Concerto for Foot-Pressed Drums by Ling-Huei Tsai]

“Composer Talk” is the red headed stepchild of Scordatura, the Houston area’s source for new directions in contemporary classical music and sound.

“Composer Talk” streams live at ktru.org and in high definition at 90.1 HD-2.


Composer Talk Returns on March 30th

29 03 2013

Composer Talk returns SATURDAY, March 30th, 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM CT streaming live on ktru.org with your chatty but not too chatty hosts Hsin-Jung Tsai and Chris Becker.

Expect music by Tania Leon, Bernadette Speach, Hilary Tann, Mary Ellen Childs, Kris Becker (that’s “Kris” with a “K”) and a whole lot of other good stuff.

Tania                                                                                                Tania Leon

Composer Talk Today

23 06 2012
    This Saturday hosts Chris Becker and Hsin-Jung Tsai present another edition of “Composer Talk.”   Two composers, music, and talk.  “Composer Talk” streams online this Saturday 4:30 to 7:30 PM CT at www.ktru.org and KPFT 90.1 HD2

    This time around, we’ll be playing and discussing the music of Innova recording artist Alexander Berne and the Abandoned Orchestra, Cuban pianist Omar Sosa, Spike the Percussionist’s alter ego Astrogenic Hallucinauting, All in Twilight by Toru Takemitsu, and others tba.

    We’ll also have a special interview with Wei-Chen Lin, the Marimbist who just won the Silver Prize from Ima Hogg Music Competition and is performing Fantasy on Japanese Woodprints by Alan Hohvaness at Miller Theatre Saturday night.

 More info about some of the featured composers:

We are looking into archiving “Composer Talk” and/or creating podcasts.  But for the meantime, we truly appreciate your tuning in.

Composer Talk on Thursday, May 31

30 05 2012
Chris Becker and Hsin-Jung Tsai present another edition of “Composer Talk.”Hsin-Jung Tsai and Chris Becker play and discuss a variety of 20th and 21st century works.  It’s a casual, informal, yet serious evening of music and talk.This Thursday’s show will feature Hasu Patel’s Sitar Concerto, and music for mixed media installations, including works by New York-based composer Mary Edwards (For the Time Being and In the Warm Space) and David Sylvian (Approaching Silence).  
“Composer Talk” streams live on the web at www.ktru.org 5 to 7 PM CT.   We hope you can tune in.   Find out why talking about music is like dancing about architecture.
Hasu Patel

Composer Talk on Thursday, April 19th

18 04 2012
Scordatura presents “Composer Talk”
with hosts Hsin-Jung Tsai and Chris Becker

Thursday, April 19, 2012
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM ET 

Hsin-Jung Tsai and Chris Becker play and discuss a variety of 20th and 21st century works.  It’s a casual, informal, yet serious evening of music and talk.

This Thursday, we’ll be playing selections from pianist Natalie Hinderas’ CD “Piano Music by African American Composers,” as well as Bruce Saylor’s Songs from Water Street, and music by guitarist and composer Stan Smith.

We hope you can tune in. The show streams live on the web, beginning 5pm ET at www.ktru.org

More info:

Composer Talk on New Year Eve

29 12 2011

The coming Saturday, 4:30 to 7:30 pm CT on www.ktru.org,  Hsin-Jung and Chris Becker present a special “Composer Talk” for New Year’s Eve, this time featuring works by Hsin-Jung Tsai, a new wild piece for trumpet, bass trombone, and tuba by John Zorn, something from Icelandic composer Anna Thorvadsdottir’s new CD Rhizoma, and who knows what else?  Just music, talk, you know, no big whoop.

Please tune in!

Composer Talk on Thursday, October 27th, 2011

26 10 2011

Composer Talk with Chris Becker on Scordatura Show this Thursday, October 27th, at 5:00 pm (CDT)!

This month we are going to play and talk about all guitar pieces, including Leo Brouwer’s “Cuban Landscape With Rain” for four classical guitars, a track byPermagrin called “Classical,” and Robert Fripp’s solo Frippertronics track “God Save The Queen.”  Moreover, we are going to play some more tracks from Guitar album Transatlantic Tales by Faye-Ellen Silverman, who was on Scordatura for interview two weeks ago.

Listen to Composer Talk on Scordatura Show, KTRU on www.ktru.org

Talk with Chris Becker on Thursday, August 25th, 5:00 pm

25 08 2011

    Talk with composer Chris Becker on Scordatura Show this Thursday, August 25 again!  

    This week we are going to share the music that inspires our musical views and listening experiences. 

    The program covers music by Japanese composer Somei Satoh (Birds in Warped Time), English musician David Bowie (Moss Garden), American composers Diamanda Galas (Deliver Me) and John Cage (The Perilous Night), and Scottish composer Thea Musgrave (Chamber Concerto No. 2).    

    Tune in on Thursday Scordatura Show, August 24th, 5:00 pm ~ 7:00 pm (CDT) on www.ktru.org