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
 




Interview with Faye-Ellen Silverman

13 10 2011

    Thursday, October 13th, Scordatura Show, we are going to interview New York based composer Faye-Ellen Silverman.   An award winning, accomplished pianist, and musicology professor at the Mannes College The New School for Music, Ms. Silverman has released CDs of her chamber and solo works, such as Manhattan Stories and Transatlantic Tales.   we have played some works from both albums on air frequently.

   We are very happy to have Ms. Silverman from New York City in the studio.  We are going to talk about her piano work Three/Four (2007), percussion piece Of Wood and Skin (2003), piano trio Reconstructed Music (2002), and orchestral piece Adhesions (1987).  Moreover, we will play couple compositions and a film from Transatlantic Tales

    Tune in on Thursday Scordatura Show, October 13th, 5:00 pm ~ 7:00 pm (CDT) 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





Choral and Vocal Chamber Music of Jerry Casey

14 05 2011

   We received a new CD from a female composer Jerry Casey — Yet, I will Rejoice

   Ms. Casey has composed works in all genres from solo voice to full orchestra.  This album is all about choral and vocal chamber music.  It was released in February 4th, 2011.  You can findmore information at Ms. Jerry Casey’s website: http://www.jerrycaseymusic.com/

   This is a lovely album with 13 pure, delicate and also modern-timbered songs.   We are going to play some tracks from this album on this Saturday’s Scordatura Show.  Tune in on Saturday, May 14th, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm (Central Time), on KPRT 90.1 FM HD2 or www.ktru.org





Transatlantic Tales by Faye-Ellen Silverman

14 04 2011

    We received a new album, Transatlantic Tales, from composer Faye-Ellen Silverman.  This is an album including 7 compositions that Ms. Silverman collaborated with Guitarist Volkmar Zimmermann.  Like Ms. Silverman’s earlier album, Manhattan Stories (also on Scordatura’s collection) arising from her work and friendships in New York City, Transatlantic Tales presents a symbol of cross-ocean friendship between her and Zimmermann.    

   On Today’s Scordatura Show, we would love to play two compositions from Transatlantic Tales and one from Manhattan Stories.  5-7 pm, stay tuned.





Christmas Special (1) — Chaz Underriner

25 12 2010

   Today’s Scordatura will feature Christmas Special from 3:00 to 7:00 pm on KTRU, Houston.

   First, we will play music by American composer Chaz Underriner.

   Mr. Underriner was born in Midland, Texas, and is currently studying at California Institute of the Arts for his Master’s degree in composition.  He has composed works for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, chamber and symphony orchestras, jazz combos, electroacoustic sound and choir.

   We are going to play Mr. Underriner’s compositions such as Evening in Tokyo, Desert Garden for Chamber Orchestra (2010), A Meditation of the Wrath of God for piano solo, and so on.  Listen between 3:00 and 5:00 pm on KTRU, Houston, 91.7 FM.





Songs of the Earth – Zhou Long with Da Camera – Sat. 1/31

28 01 2009

Below is copied from Da Camera’s website.

 

“Saturday, January 31, 2009, 8:00 PM

Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center

Pre-concert conversation with composer Zhou Long and Sarah Rothenberg, 7:00 PM, 6th Floor

Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun (chamber version)
Zhou Long The Farewell for pipa, erhu and chamber orchestra
Gustav Mahler Abschied from Das Lied von der Erde (chamber version)

Susanne Mentzer, mezzo-soprano; Da Camera Chamber Orchestra; Music From China (Susan Cheng, yangqin; Min Xiao-Fen, pipa; Wang Guowei, erhu); Gregory Vajda, conductor; Zhou Long, guest composer

This concert celebrates over 100 years of cross-fertilization between the Asian and Western classical traditions. European composers were inspired at the turn of the century by their discovery of poetry and music from Asia; in our day, Asian composers have come to America and found new musical voices by bringing their musical traditions together with their classical Western training.

Da Camera welcomes composer Zhou Long in his Houston debut. A world-class chamber orchestra with members of the Houston Symphony and other leading Houston musicians, led by acclaimed young conductor Gregory Vajda, collaborates with virtuosos from Music From China on the erhu and pipa.”