Join hosts Anna Linvill, and Tarik Ghiradella for conversations with contemporary composers about music, life, and what’s happening in the genre defying world of classical music today. The Composer’s Studio is a place where living art is made, a place without boundaries where inspiration can come from anywhere from birdsong to heavy metal, Vivaldi to the hum of a vacuum cleaner. Classical composers today are no longer confined to the concert stage or the cathedral but contribute to film scores, television commercials, video game soundtracks and beyond. From graduate students to Grammy winners, this is a classical music show like none you have ever heard. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to join the conversation and find out about upcoming guests and performances.
Mara Keen - The Essence of Emotion
Mara Keen's talents shine through in her music, particularly when it comes to capturing the essence of time and motion. Her compositions are uniquely attuned to the emotions depicted on screen, seamlessly blending with the language of film.
Son of Saul Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qOl7HtZc1c
Thomas Little: A Complex Intuition
From algorithms to Youtube, Thomas Little bridges the intuition of a composer with the heart of a teacher. With a deep understanding of music and music history, Little is not only a prolific composer but also an influential educator who shares his knowledge and passion for music with others on his successful Youtube channel Classical Nerd.
Annie Nikunen - Embodied Music
Composer, flutist, choreographer, sound artist, and radio broadcaster Annie Nikunen's music is an embodiment of her humanity. Join Tarik and Anna for an exploration of the physicality of sound with this lovely, creative spirit.
Paul Moravec - From the Underground to Freedom, to the Overlook and the Tempest.
From the kind-natured city of Buffalo, NY to the vibrant energy of Long Island; from being the Head Chorister in the Choir of Men and Boys at St. Pauls Cathedral to being the 2004 recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in Music, Music has always been at the heart of who Paul Moravec is.
In this episode of the Composer's Studio, Moravec speaks so eloquently about the personal intention of his music, its lyricism and the connection he feels to some of his most important pieces.
Douglas Boyce - The Speed of Time
With a fascination with language and mythos, Douglas Boyce composes music that draws on Medieval and Renaissance traditions but sits firmly within a modernist aesthetic. Building rich rhythmic structures that shift between order, fragmentation, elegance, and ferocity, many of his works have a direct historical touchstone. Other works draw on sources from antiquity, literature, and philosophy. Join Tarik and Anna for a deep dive into a fascinating, modernist mind.
Christopher Dietz “My Manifesto”
Award winning Composer Christopher Dietz is a stargazer, his compositions moving through the darkness of spacetime in whirling constellations of sound. With instruments standing in for celestial bodies, Dietz engages in a philosophical contemplation of dualities and opposition, changing seasons, beginnings and endings. The individual, in relief against the unfathomable mass of the Universe, turns from the broader view to the comforting safety of self-made limitations. Dietz’ reworking of The Rifleman’s Creed is a sympathetic, yet unflinching examination of humanity’s rigid, defensive attachment to its personal manifestos, though they lead us astray or into unwinnable conflicts. Join Tarik and Anna for a conversation that takes us from the deepest depths of the Universe to the mysteries of the human soul.
The Paul Moravec interview is top-shelf material. Great questions and great music examples. Informative and insightful. Really good show.
Inspiring podcast about living composers and their work creating on the frontier of music.
Thank you for bringing us this wonderful podcast week after week, each time bringing on a guest whose work both inspires and challenges our thinking about music in the world.
Wonderful and informative show!