5 episodes

Soundweavers explores the triumphs and tribulations of the chamber music community through conversations with emerging and established performers, composers, and educators. Through dialogue, trialogue—and sometimes even tetralogue—with guest artists and ensembles, we delve into what it means to present contemporary and traditional classical, jazz, and folk music in today’s ever-shifting gig economy.

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Soundweavers explores the triumphs and tribulations of the chamber music community through conversations with emerging and established performers, composers, and educators. Through dialogue, trialogue—and sometimes even tetralogue—with guest artists and ensembles, we delve into what it means to present contemporary and traditional classical, jazz, and folk music in today’s ever-shifting gig economy.

    S1.E4 - JACK Quartet

    S1.E4 - JACK Quartet

    John Pickford Richards of the JACK Quartet joins us to discuss the evolution of the ensemble from a fledgling student group to an international powerhouse for contemporary music; navigating personnel changes; strategies for working with both new and familiar collaborators; recording over forty-one albums; managing JACK Studio for commissions, workshops, and recording projects; and approaches toward improving inclusivity with careful programming and personnel.

    Hailed by The New York Times as “our leading new-music foursome”, the JACK Quartet is one of the most acclaimed, renowned, and respected groups performing today. JACK has maintained an unwavering commitment to their mission of performing and commissioning new works, giving voice to underheard composers, and cultivating an ever-greater sense of openness toward contemporary classical music. Over the past season, they have been selected as Musical America’s 2018 “Ensemble of the Year”, named to WQXR’s “19 for 19 Artists to Watch”, and awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant.

    Resources discussed in today’s episode:

    - JACK Studio

    The transcript for this episode can be found at here.

    For more information about the JACK Quartet, please visit them at their website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, Soundcloud, and Vimeo.

    • 48 min
    S1.E3 - Michael Frazier

    S1.E3 - Michael Frazier

    Composer Michael Frazier joins us to discuss his compositional philosophy and methods, whether the ensemble or the idea comes first, the conflict between using specific techniques versus writing what you hear, Takemitsu’s concept of ma, repurposing different types of music, and the need to explore the many musical styles beyond traditionally European classical music. Michael also talks with us about making electronic music accessible to new audiences and incorporating novel sounds, styles, and approaches in performance.

    Michael Frazier is a composer of acoustic, electronic, and electroacoustic music currently residing in Rochester, New York. Frazier’s works are an amalgamation of a variety of sound worlds and aesthetic backgrounds where slowness, patience, and a focus on harmony guides his compositional approach. He received a Bachelor of Music in Composition from the University of South Florida and Master of Arts in Composition at the Eastman School of Music, where he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Composition.

    Resources discussed in today’s episode:


    Michael Frazier, Melic Silhouettes (Trio Alexander)

    The transcript for this episode can be found here.

    For more information about Michael Frazier, please visit him on Soundcloud.

    • 44 min
    S1.E2 - WindSync

    S1.E2 - WindSync

    Anni Hochhalter and Julian Hernandez of WindSync join us to discuss their work connecting with listeners by exploring various modes of performance beyond the traditional sit-down-and-play model learned in school. We talk about the ways in which they engage new audiences through outreach initiatives and chamber music festivals. Anni and Julian also chat about how they manage touring and scheduling while also balancing freelance careers, and the path that led them to where they are today.

    WindSync has established itself as a vibrant chamber ensemble performing wind quintet masterworks, adapting beloved music to their instrumentation, and championing new works by today’s composers. The quintet eliminates the "fourth wall" between musicians and audience by often performing from memory, creating an intimate connection. This personal performance style, combined with the ensemble’s three-pronged mission of artistry, education, and community-building, lends WindSync its reputation as ”a group of virtuosos who are also wonderful people, too" (Alison Young, Classical MPR).

    Resources discussed in today’s episode:

    - Erberk Eryilmaz, Raki Havasi for Woodwind Quintet and Davul

    You can find the transcript for this episode here.

    For more information about WindSync, please visit them at their website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

    • 48 min
    S1.E1 – loadbang

    S1.E1 – loadbang

    Andy Kozar and Jeff Gavett of loadbang join Soundweavers to discuss their role in cultivating a new sonic landscape. We explore loadbang’s promotion of their eclectic instrumentation through commissions from a diverse array of emerging and established composers, their call for score competition, partnerships with a wide range of presenters and other ensembles, and their YouTube Power Chats. We also chat about Andy’s and Jeff’s approach to balancing two ensembles with other freelancing and teaching, the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on their work, and the musical styles bleep bloop, squeaky gate, fire in a pet shop, and space whale noises.

    New York City-based new music chamber group loadbang is building a new kind of music for mixed ensemble of trumpet, trombone, bass clarinet, and baritone voice. Since their founding in 2008, they have been praised as ‘cultivated’ by The New Yorker, ‘an extra-cool new music group’ and ‘exhilarating’ by the Baltimore Sun, ‘inventive’ by the New York Times and called a 'formidable new-music force' by TimeOutNY. Creating 'a sonic world unlike any other' (The Boston Musical Intelligencer), their unique lung-powered instrumentation has provoked diverse responses from composers, resulting in a repertoire comprising an inclusive picture of composition today.

    Resources discussed in this episode: loadbang’s Power Chats, Longy Divergent Studio

    You can find the transcript for this episode here.

    For more information about loadbang, please visit them at their website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

    • 51 min
    S1.E0 – What is Soundweavers?

    S1.E0 – What is Soundweavers?

    Founders Adam Cordle, Blaire Koerner, and Rosanna Moore discuss the launch of Soundweavers, a podcast exploring the triumphs and tribulations of the chamber music community through conversations with emerging and established performers, composers, and educators. This episode previews the structure of each episode and introduces the team.

    • 21 min

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Soundweavers - hits a high note

What a great opportunity for musicians to hear/learn from chamber groups how they have created their own successes and managed the hiccups along the way. Well done!

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