CLASSICAL MUSIC has been misappropriated as a musical genre and a culture rooted in the aesthetics of Western Europe.
TRILLOQUY is the weekly podcast built to DECOLONIZE the traditional definitions and conversations surrounding CLASSICAL MUSIC.
Opus 135 - "Parisian Individuals"
Black equity, musical neurotechnology, and new paths for artist funding are just a few of the things that Bryan Crumpler is interested in as a composer. He joins Garrett this week to talk about his life, his music, and the impact that Europe's "Black Pete" has had on one of his compositions. Scott digs into the nuance of "woke racism", Garrett honors the lives of legends who the world has recently lost, and they both highlight musical performances that showcase the sounds of home and far away from home. This week's TRILLOQUY focuses on Florida's new "white guilt" law and how it could impact music education moving forward.
Meat Loaf - "Hot Patootie - Bless My Soul"
Jay-Z and Ye - "N****s in Paris" (perf. Kaleidoscope Orchestra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1Uk3-kMm-Y)
21 Savage - "A Lot"
Omar Thomas - "I Am"
Rilo Kiley - "The Execution of All Things"
Koji Kondo - "Potion Shop" (perf. Super Guitar Bros.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFw-FrYmAEw&t=1479s)
SARIPUTRA - "Raag Ahir Bhairav" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AN2rcbIwqrc)
Bryan Crumpler - Clarinet Concerto No. 1
Bryan Crumpler - "Lift Every Voice and Sing"
Frederick Delius - "Florida Suite"
Bryan Crumpler: https://ahmadeus.bandcamp.com/
Downbeat (Mitch McConnell on "Americans" and "African-Americans"): https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2022/jan/21/mitch-mcconnell-under-fire-after-saying-african-americans-vote-as-much-as-americans-video
Free At-Home COVID Testing: https://www.cms.gov/how-to-get-your-at-home-OTC-COVID-19-test-for-free
André Leon Talley Was Black Excellence in Action: https://www.vogue.com/article/andre-leon-talley-was-black-excellence-in-action
Jay-Z and Meek Mill Team Up to Block Rap Lyrics From Being Used in Court: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/jay-z-meek-mill-big-sean-fat-joe-back-law-limiting-rap-lyrics-at-criminal-trials-1286594/
John McWhorter Talks About His New Book, 'Woke Racism': https://news.columbia.edu/news/john-mcwhorter-talks-about-his-new-book-woke-racism
Inside The Black Pete Tradition Of Christmas Blackface In The Netherlands: https://allthatsinteresting.com/black-pete
Florida Advances Bill That Would Band Making White People Feel Bad About Racism: https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2022/01/florida-sb-148-racism-discomfort
Opus 134 - Non-Violent Direct Action
"The Seven Last Words of the Unarmed" put composer Joel Thompson on the map, and his recent collaboration with the Houston Grand Opera showcased his ability to write a much more joyous piece of music. He joins Garrett to talk about his opera, "The Snowy Day", life in the shadow of his more famous work, and walking in the footsteps of those who came before him. Scott explores jazz's influence overseas and looks back at the activism of Louis Armstrong, Garrett highlights Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s ideas on a renewed economic system, and the guys wrap up by revisiting Dr. King's ideas on "the white moderate" and "the white liberal".
perf. Tracy Cox - "Senza Mamma" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGieOvISKdM)
Louis Armstrong - "Black and Blue"
Joséphine Baker - "The Times They Are a-Changin" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ripFfYKy6EY)
Duke Ellington - "Three Black Kings"
Django Reinhardt - "Nuages"
perf. Sphinx Symphony Orchestra - "Glory" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=364nYNHPULQ)
perf. Amp'd String Quartet - "Leave the Door Open" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dB8XVQnAiDE)
Joseph Schwantner - "New Morning for the World"
Joel Thompson/Houston Grand Opera Collab: https://www.houstongrandopera.org/events-tickets/2021-22-season/2021-22-cast/joel-thompson/
Garrett Speaks on the Apollo Stage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NVkPEWm6e0
Downbeat ("The Economic Problem Is The Most Serious Problem"): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmauhsmcY2c
Documentary Exposes How The FBI Tried To Destroy MLK With Wiretaps, Blackmail: https://www.npr.org/2021/01/18/956741992/documentary-exposes-how-the-fbi-tried-to-destroy-mlk-with-wiretaps-blackmail
Charlottesville Opera Company Celebrates Soprano in "Fat Pig": https://www.wvtf.org/news/2022-01-14/charlottesville-opera-company-celebrates-soprano-in-fat-pig?fbclid=IwAR3VOsOtTmEJAsoF6sO8bECro95KNr4Z6C1J18vj_lhr6adCz5LL1_DbwhE
What Louis Armstrong Really Thinks: https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/what-louis-armstrong-really-thinks
Society for the Preservation of Western Music Message: https://twitter.com/SpencerArias/status/1482868437106020353?s=20
To Find a COVID Test, "Google It": https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2022/01/13/vp_kamala_harris_to_figure_out_how_to_get_a_covid_test_google_it.html
Opus 133 - Slap Heard 'Round the World
Andrea Davis Pinkney is a New York Times-bestselling author whose work recently earned her an invitation to create the libretto for an opera adaptation of "The Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats. She joins Garrett to talk about her life as an author, her experience writing for an opera, and the importance of Black joy in art. Scott offers the story of a church that's paying reparations to local Black institutions, Garrett celebrates reggae-inspired video game music by Nobuo Uematsu, and the guys honor the late Sidney Poitier. For the weekly TRILLOQUY, Garrett and Scott explore the relationship between anti-racism and anti-capitalism.
Quincy Jones - Music from "For Love Of Ivy"
Sir Mix-A-Lot feat. Seattle Symphony - "Baby Got Back" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w59e20ijOpE)
Howard Roberts Chorale feat. Jonas Gwangwa - "Let My People Go"
Nobuo Uematsu (perf. The Consouls) - "The Oppressed" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnQdBqtb9Hw)
Fred Neil - "Dolphins"
Joel Thompson/Andrea Davis Pinkney - "Mama's Misgivings"
Steven Reineke - "New Day Risings"
Dmitri Shostakovich - Piano Concerto No. 2
Andrea Davis Pinkney: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrea_Davis_Pinkney
The Snowy Day: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/08/arts/music/snowy-day-ezra-jack-keats-opera.html
Stop Wasting COVID Tests, People: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2022/01/covid-test-shortage/621149/
Downbeat (Charles Woods on Sidney Poitier's On-Camera Slap): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrTkqxPeJVY
Ahmaud Arbery's Murderers Sentenced to Life: https://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/sentencing-hearing-men-convicted-ahmaud-arbery-murder
Seattle Symphony Music Director Steps Down: https://www.seattletimes.com/entertainment/classical-music/thomas-dausgaard-seattle-symphonys-music-director-abruptly-steps-down/?fbclid=IwAR3YCFTb3cdQaAM394jOOKTdDub3JYNMclNTeZAcgU2fwwjynNgD9QClcTc
This Is Why I Ended My Career In Classical Music: https://zachmanzi.medium.com/this-is-why-i-ended-my-career-in-classical-music-88ecad8ae7da
Some White Congregations Are Paying To Use Hymns Written by Enslaved African People: https://www.npr.org/2022/01/08/1071542936/some-white-congregations-are-paying-to-use-hymns-written-by-enslaved-african-peo
Angela Davis on Racism and Capitalism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhh3CMkngkY
Opus 132 - "Mad Accomplished"
María Isa Pérez-Hedges is a musical artist and lifelong Minnesotan whose activism has inspired her to make the big decision of running for Minnesota State Senate! She joins Garrett in-studio to talk about her journey, her music, and her goals as a potential representative for countless Minnesota-based artists and citizens. Scott shines a light on an all-Black, Nashville based wind symphony, Garrett honors the anti-racism of Betty White, and the guys spend the final movement unpacking the idea of "losing friends to CRT".
perf. Arthur Duncan - "Sing, You Sinners, Sing" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQRdsXU1Mok)
perf. Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding - "Footprints" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLVlpk46dP8)
Kevin Day - "Pyrotechnics"
Sean O'Loughlin - "Imani"
Wes Montgomery - "Besame Mucho"
María Isa - "Mad Accomplished"
María Isa - "By My Side"
Carmen Brouard - "Baron Lacroix"
María Isa for State Senate: https://www.mariaisa.org
María Isa Music: https://www.iammariaisa.com
Downbeat (Andy Cohen New Year's Eve Rant): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuELqOhSjgM
Betty White Once Helped Launch the Career of a Black Tap Dancer: https://people.com/tv/betty-white-once-helped-launch-the-career-of-a-black-tap-dancer-by-hiring-him-for-her-variety-show/
Wayne Shorter/Making Resistance My Ally: https://www.worldtribune.org/2021/12/making-resistance-my-ally/
Nashville's New Black Symphony: https://wpln.org/post/nashvilles-new-black-symphony-is-powered-by-a-love-of-classical-music-and-hopes-to-make-it-more-representative/
R.I. Representative Slammed for Tweeting She Lost "a black friend" to Critical Race Theory: https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/12/28/metro/ri-representative-slammed-tweeting-she-lost-black-friend-critical-race-theory/?event=event25
Opus 131 - "A Pimp Named Slickback"
Context can be an important aspect of experiencing music, but The Honorable Elizabeth A. Baker believes in offering audiences an opportunity to experience sound free from external description. She joins Garrett to talk about her unique approach to artistry, her recent collaboration with the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians/American Composers Forum, and more. Scott questions new approaches to "The Messiah", Garrett highlights notable "classical" moments of 2021, and the guys spend the final movement drawing. comparisons between "The Matrix: Resurrections" and the future of diversity, equity and inclusion in the arts.
Tyler, the Creator - "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch"
Margaret Bonds - "Oh, Sing of the King Who Was Tall and Brown"
Julius Eastman - "Femenine"
Mamadou Diabaté - "Tunga"
perf. Aimee Mann - "Hold On"
Asheru - Main Title from "The Boondocks"
The Honorable Elizabeth A. Baker - "Remain Calm."
perf. Brass Against - "Wake Up"
The Honorable Elizabeth A. Baker: https://elizabethabaker.com
Downbeat (R.I.P. Desmond Tutu): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uo2LGGqtjqM
The Grinch Arrested: https://www.themarysue.com/cops-arrest-the-grinch-copaganda/
Handel’s ‘Messiah’ Today: https://theconversation.com/handels-messiah-today-how-classical-music-is-contending-with-its-colonial-past-and-present-173218
Best Classical Music of 2021: https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/music/best-classical-music-2021/2021/12/07/fbc982f6-4bbe-11ec-b0b0-766bbbe79347_story.html
Opus 130 - "Santa Claus Goes Straight To The Ghetto"
Hip-hop can be transformed with a heightened awareness of "classical" music, but the converse may be even more true! Garrett is joined by the hosts of the Speaker Geekers podcast to unpack the art of marketing orchestral music to Black audiences, hip-hop culture's larger role in society, and the notion of Christmas rap. Scott shares a relatively unknown fact and piece of music by Florence Price, and celebrates an ally to anti-racism within the country music industry. And the guys wrap up the show by responding to a video published by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra's former principal clarinetist.
Cherrelle - "Saturday Love"
Henry F. Gilbert - "The Dance In Place Congo"
Jason Isbell - "Maybe It's Time"
The Jackson 5 - "Give Love On Christmas Day"
The Jackson 5 - "Give Love On Christmas Day" (perf. Lex Von Sumayo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1x8-sPF1rc)
Florence Price - Quintet in A Minor (perf. members of Symphony of Northwest Arkansas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFMgDI5CEd0)
Snoop Doggy Dogg - "Santa Claus Goes Straight To The Ghetto"
Zaytoven feat. Deitrick Haddon - "Greatest Gift"
Adam Shugar - "Hanukkah Overture" for String Orchestra and Clarinet
Speaker Geekers Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/speaker-geekers-podcast/id1487345283
Downbeat (R.I.P. bell hooks): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2bmnwehlpA
Minnesota Orchestra Presents "Joyful Echoes": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmrl-C_IUGA
Classical Music and the Color Line: https://bostonreview.net/articles/classical-music-color-line/#
Jason Isbell Is Tired Of Country’s Love Affair With White Nostalgia: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/elaminabdelmahmoud/jason-isbell-ryman-country-music-mickey-guyton
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The conversations on this podcast are an essential guide for our times. That they are opening our eyes to the diversity in classical music is just a bonus: windows into the wisdom of Garrett and Scott is the real gem here.
Nobody on earth talks about music like Garrett
I’ve been listening to Garrett regularly for a year now. His choice of music is always pleasurable. From classical to contemporary you will be informed, educated, and filled with enjoyment by his musical taste and knowledge.
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