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Joe Chesterman-March chats and laughs with the composers, players and organisers doing exciting things in the world of classical music today.

Expect insights into the creative process, career paths, cross-disciplinary chat, and an honest look at the the classical music industry for the people in it.

A No Dice Collective podcast. New episodes released on the 1st of each month.

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Joe Chesterman-March chats and laughs with the composers, players and organisers doing exciting things in the world of classical music today.

Expect insights into the creative process, career paths, cross-disciplinary chat, and an honest look at the the classical music industry for the people in it.

A No Dice Collective podcast. New episodes released on the 1st of each month.

    How to Write Music for Dance w/ Lara Agar

    How to Write Music for Dance w/ Lara Agar

    Lara Agar is a composer, violinist, and collaborator who recently caught my eye with a credit on Shades of Blue, a dance piece performed at Sadler’s Wells and broadcast on the BBC. We talk about how the piece came about, curating nights, and the different relationship musicians, dancers, and actors have with their art. Also in the episode:


    The benefits of long-term creative partnerships
    Lara’s accidental rock opera
    Lara’s love of chaos
    Music’s uniquely non-visual role in today’s world

    https://www.laraagar.com/


    This episode is sponsored by Dorico: the next-generation music notation software from Steinberg.


    Educational & crossgrade versions available at significantly discounted prices.
    Get your 30-day free trial version of Dorico that will allow you to try out all of the features Dorico has to offer with no restrictions.


    Links and Show Notes
    Joe and Lara’s pretty faces
    Rosalie Warner
    Kantos – In The Field
    EXAUDI vocal ensemble
    SET


    Music played in this episode
    Shades of Blue (intro bed and breakbeat example)
    Anima Rose
    JABBERWOCKY - performed by EXAUDI (excerpt and in full at the end)
    Accidental Rock Opera




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    A Classical Marketing Masterclass w/ Aubrey Bergauer

    A Classical Marketing Masterclass w/ Aubrey Bergauer

    Aubrey and I geek out about marketing in the classical realm.


    Why classical’s core product will always be live music
    Why we shouldn’t be streaming whole concerts for free
    Plus Aubrey gives her advice on how new groups should approach finding and keeping new listeners, and how to get around the fear of the unknown with newly written music.

    If you’re a musician or arts administrator of any kind, this is an essential listen. If you fall outside of that, enjoy looking behind the curtain at what an orchestra exec spends her time thinking about.

    Some Aubrey bio fun facts: she grew Seattle Opera’s BRAVO! Club to the largest group for young patrons in the US, led the Bumbershoot Festival to achieve an unprecedented 43% increase in revenue, and propelled the California Symphony to double the size of its audience and nearly quadruple the donor base. 

    https://www.aubreybergauer.com/ 


    This episode is sponsored by Dorico: the next-generation music notation software from Steinberg.


    Educational & crossgrade versions available at significantly discounted prices.
    Get your 30-day free trial version of Dorico that will allow you to try out all of the features Dorico has to offer with no restrictions.


    Links and Show Notes
    💿 Get our CD Stillness with 25% off when you order before Christmas 💿

    It’s a CELLO-BRATION! - California Symphony (Available till Dec 11 2020. Emphasis mine.)

    The referenced LSO video. Click ‘show chat replay’ to see Maxine Kwok in action.

    Jill Robinson at TRG

    Aubrey’s excellent blog. This post is California Symphony’s ‘Public Commitment to Diversity’, which I love.

    Geffen Playhouse’s Zoom play: The Present

    San Francisco Symphony: Throughline (free!)

    Live with Carnegie Hall: Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg (also free!)



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    • 53 min
    Ellie Slorach: A Conducting Check-in for 2020

    Ellie Slorach: A Conducting Check-in for 2020

    Ellie and I have a really open chat about our experiences with choral conducting and running a music group. Plenty of golden advice from Ellie, plus she explains why conductors shouldn’t silo into orchestral or choral, the weirdness of masterclasses, and creative administration.

    Ellie is a conductor, and founder of Kantos Chamber Choir (who I sing with). She recently debuted with the Hallé and toured with Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet production as the Young Associate Conductor. She is musical director with the Hallé Youth Orchestra, Radius Opera, Stafford Choral Society; and associate conductor with Manchester Chamber Choir and Huddersfield Choral Society.

    Ellie Slorach https://www.ellieslorach.co.uk/



    This episode is sponsored by Dorico: the next-generation music notation software from Steinberg.


    Educational & crossgrade versions available at significantly discounted prices.
    Get your 30-day free trial version of Dorico that will allow you to try out all of the features Dorico has to offer with no restrictions.



    Links and Show Notes
    In The Field - Kantos Chamber Choir

    Royal Opera House - Opportunities for Women Conductors

    Jamulus

    Ellie’s Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme masterclass with Marin Alsop

    Ellie conducting the Hallé Youth Orchestra

    National Theatre Live (online screenings have now finished)

    Piece of the Month blog series - No Dice Collective


    Music played in this episode
    Robert Nathaniel Dett – O Holy Lord
    Rory Wainwright Johnston – Ave Maria

    Available to hear as part of Kantos’s In The Field project



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    • 51 min
    Shruthi Rajasekar’s Fascinating Position

    Shruthi Rajasekar’s Fascinating Position

    Shruthi Rajasekar is a composer from Minnesota USA who straddles the worlds of Western contemporary music and south Indian Carnatic music from a truly unique position. Having grown up in the US with prominent Carnatic musician Nirmala Rajasekar as a mother, Shruthi is a joy to talk with as we cover:


    Choral culture and education in the US vs UK
    How the pandemic is actually improving conversations around pieces in the rehearsal process
    Shruthi’s experience at SOAS and RNCM
    We also get super into the weeds discussing how despite its insane cross-rhythms, Carnatic music never changes time signature – plus how Shruthi breaks those rules in her piece, Numbers.

    Shruthi Rajasekar https://www.shruthirajasekar.com/


    This episode is sponsored by Dorico: the next-generation music notation software from Steinberg.


    Educational & crossgrade versions available at significantly discounted prices.
    Get your 30-day free trial version of Dorico that will allow you to try out all of the features Dorico has to offer with no restrictions.


    Links and Show Notes
    Many thanks to NMC for allowing Shruthi’s piece Numbers to be played in this podcast. Find out more about their great Young Composers Scheme album on their website or stream the piece.

    Shruthi’s ‘German and Sanskrit’ piece, Devotee (played throughout)

    Shruthi’s mum, Nirmala Rajasekar

    Out of Context #1: Diversifying Programming with Integrity – Shruthi’s article for I Care If You Listen

    B C Manjunath's Instagram:
    “My mood for few days has simply been in Triplets, Sextuplets and Duodeciplets” 😅
    Transcribed madness. 42:28s anyone?


    Music played in this episode
    Devotee
    Numbers



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    • 44 min
    Good Habits: Captivating an Audience

    Good Habits: Captivating an Audience

    or Picking Weird Enough Instruments That People Can’t Look Away

    Cello/singer–accordion duo Good Habits perform live for us all the way from New Zealand. We chat musical storytelling, capturing attention, and moulding a bar gig into a full blown concert by playing the room right. We also hear about their experience writing pop songs for a Chinese media company!

    Good Habits https://www.facebook.com/goodhabitsband/


    Links and Show Notes
    Classical evolution

    The Trouble Notes

    The Unthanks

    The Fitzgeralds - amazing!

    Silkroad Ensemble

    A great series on mixing basics by Dan Worrall for Fabfilter

    Benjamin Marrington-Reeve

    Hugh Morris

    Bonus link: https://www.facebook.com/goodhabitsband/videos/841706926030804/ (for context https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Klhfo6sB4N4)


    Music played in this episode
    Under My Nose (PODCAST EXCCCLLUSIVE)
    Forget It (also EXCCLUSSSIVE)
    Hitch



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    • 43 min
    The Vijay Iyer Interview: Deconstructing Classical Music

    The Vijay Iyer Interview: Deconstructing Classical Music

    ⭐ Revolutionary alternatives to tokenistic diversity programmes
    ⭐ Deconstructing boundaries between jazz and classical and freeing yourself to make the music you want to make
    ⭐ Methods for sneaking improvisation in front of classical musicians without them freaking out

    Vijay Iyer is an ECM-signed artist. He has worked with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, written violin concertos for Jennifer Koh, and music for the LA Phil New Music Group. He has been ‘Jazz Artist of the Year’ more times in more magazines than it is polite to count and it is my immense honour to welcome him to Classical Music Now.

    If you want to access the work for yourself and check go to https://en.schott-music.com/shop/autoren/vijay-iyer


    Links and Show Notes
    MixTape by Vijay’s students

    Wadada Leo Smith

    Fluxus movement

    Mutations – Vijay Iyer

    Shepard tone demonstration
    Probably the most famous use of it in music

    Time, Place, Action – Vijay Iyer (extracts)

    Still Life With Commentator – Mike Ladd, Vijay Iyer

    Vijay Iyer presents Ritual Ensemble at Wigmore Ensemble

    Vijay’s conversation with Georgina Born

    We didn’t really dig into Vijay’s views on genre and community, but they're really good so if you're interested you can hear him talking about it in an interview for the Ojai Music Festival, where he was musical director in 2017 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUtV9E5AB_I


    Music played in this episode
    Emergence – Vijay Iyer

    Read Hugh’s article on Emergence that sparked this episode!



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    Acknowledgements
    Vijay Iyer EMERGENCE
    Published by Schott Music Corporation, New York NY

    Emergence was commissioned by the National Forum of Music in Wroclaw, Poland which organizes Jazztopad Festival. It was premiered by the NFM Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra in April 2016.

    • 47 min

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