CT Summerfest Interview Series: Apple Orange Pair

15Jun

Greetings!

Welcome to the return of the Pushing The Envelope Podcast!  PTE and CT Summerfest are pleased to bring you the fourth in a series of interviews with the CT Summerfest ensembles-in residence and composer faculty. Today's podcast features an interview with CT Summerfest ensemble-in-residence, Apple Orange Pair.

Don't forget, PTE's radio presence continues for it's 27th year, airing on Saturdays from 11am to 2pm EST on WHUS / Storrs, CT (http://www.whus.org/listen-live).

  

Enjoy!

Joel

 

CT Summerfest Logo

 

CT SUMMERFEST is a weeklong contemporary music festival for the education and career advancement of emerging composers and performers. The festival is comprised of seminars, lessons, rehearsals, and recording sessions for participants, as well as a free concert series open to the public, featuring ensembles-in-residence and new works by participant composers!  

The concerts will take place from June 16-20 at The Hartt School's Berkman Concert Hall on the campus of the University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT.

All of Connecticut Summerfest's concerts are free to attend and open to the public. No advanced ticket reservation is required, and live streams are available!

Apple Orange Pair

 

Apple Orange Pair (Emily Boyer, horn, and Colleen Potter Thorburn, harp) is a duo committed to engaging audiences through a growing repertoire for this unexpected pairing. Since its founding in Connecticut in 2010, the duo has premiered fourteen new works by emerging composers. Five of these new works are featured on their debut album, “Seeds,” released in 2013. Apple Orange Pair regularly serves as an ensemble-in-residence at new music festivals and universities, where they present workshops on contemporary composition for their instruments and bring to life new works by student and faculty composers.

They have performed as ensemble-in-residence at Connecticut Summerfest at Hartt School of Music in Hartford, where they are returning for a second season this June, and are serving as ensemble-in-residence for Central Connecticut State University’s music department for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Apple Orange Pair has been honored as the recipient of commissioning grants from the American Harp Society and the Yale School of Music’s alumniVentures program. They have also participated in several chamber music residencies at Avaloch Farm Music Institute in New Hampshire.

For further information, please visit http://www.appleorangepair.com

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CT Summerfest Interview Series: Gilda Lyons

11Jun

Greetings!

Welcome to the return of the Pushing The Envelope Podcast!  PTE and CT Summerfest are pleased to bring you the third in a series of interviews with the CT Summerfest ensembles-in residence and composer faculty. Today's podcast features an interview with CT Summerfest composer faculty member, Gilda Lyons.

Don't forget, PTE's radio presence continues for it's 27th year, airing on Saturdays from 11am to 2pm EST on WHUS / Storrs, CT (http://www.whus.org/listen-live).

  

Enjoy!

Joel

 

CT Summerfest Logo

 

CT SUMMERFEST is a weeklong contemporary music festival for the education and career advancement of emerging composers and performers. The festival is comprised of seminars, lessons, rehearsals, and recording sessions for participants, as well as a free concert series open to the public, featuring ensembles-in-residence and new works by participant composers!  

The concerts will take place from June 16-20 at The Hartt School's Berkman Concert Hall on the campus of the University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT.

All of Connecticut Summerfest's concerts are free to attend and open to the public. No advanced ticket reservation is required, and live streams are available!

 

Gilda1476F_JPEG.jpg

 

GILDA LYONS, composer, vocalist, and visual artist, combines elements of renaissance, neo-baroque, spectral, folk, agitprop Music Theater, and extended vocalism to create works of uncompromising emotional honesty and melodic beauty. An active vocalist and fierce advocate of contemporary music, Dr. Lyons has commissioned, premiered, and workshopped new vocal works by dozens of composers.

She received her Ph.D. in Music Composition from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and Bard College. Dr. Lyons made her professional debut as composer and vocalist with the American Symphony Chamber Orchestra in 1997, performing the world premiere of her orchestral song cycle "Feis." 

As composer, current recording projects include the release of Lyons’ work by Quince and Entelechron in the upcoming season. Lyons’ vocal collaboration with Laura Ward will be released on Lyric Fest’s all-Hagen CD. Sing for Hope featured Lyons' Hold On on their most recent release, An AIDS Quilt Songbook. Lindsey Goodman's tour de force performance of Lyons' Chrysalis was released on Goodman's debut CD, reach through the sky. As composer and vocalist her works and performances are available on the Clarion, GPR Records, Naxos, New Dynamic Records, and Roven Records labels.

Dr. Lyons serves on the Board of Advisors of Composers Now and teaches composition at The Hartt School, University of Hartford. In addition, she is Artistic and Executive Director of The Phoenix Concerts, New York's "intrepid" and "plucky Upper West Side new-music series" (The New Yorker). Their mission is to offer excellent contemporary concert music of a broad stylistic range, commission new works by emerging and established composers and to remain committed to the inclusive nature of musical performance.

For further information, please visit  www.gildalyons.com.

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CT Summerfest Interview Series: Ken Steen

2May

Greetings!

Welcome to the return of the Pushing The Envelope Podcast!  PTE and CT Summerfest are pleased to bring you the second in a series of interviews with the CT Summerfest ensembles-in residence and composer faculty.

Don't forget, PTE's radio presence continues for it's 27th year, airing on Saturday mornings from 10am – 1pm EST on WHUS / Storrs, CT (http://www.whus.org/listen-live).

 

Enjoy!

Joel

 

 CT Summerfest Logo

 

CT SUMMERFEST is a weeklong contemporary music festival for the education and career advancement of emerging composers and performers. The festival is comprised of seminars, lessons, rehearsals, and recording sessions for participants, as well as a free concert series open to the public, featuring ensembles-in-residence and new works by participant composers!  

The concerts will take place from June 16-20 at The Hartt School's Berkman Concert Hall on the campus of the University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT.

All of Connecticut Summerfest's concerts are free to attend and open to the public. No advanced ticket reservation is required, and live streams are available!

 

Ken Steen

 

Ken Steen is a composer, sound artist and educator living in Glastonbury, CT. His music sits squarely on the frontier between the acoustic and electronic domains of musical expression; often combining traditional orchestra, chamber ensemble or soloist with electronic instruments or processed sound and noise.  He is currently Professor of Composition and Theory, director of Studio D at the Hartt School, University of Hartford and member of the 2017 CT Summerfest composition faculty.

In addition to composing concert music in many forms, Steen has composed a wide variety of works both acoustic and electronic for sound installation, dance, theater and web-distribution. His music and soundworks have been featured on concert and radio programs throughout the U.S.A., Canada, Italy, Belgium, Romania, Australia, Cuba and Japan among others.

Steen's music can be found on the Capstone, Vienna Modern Masters, Auralit and CRI CD labels, as well as at www.kensteen.com, and is published by University of Arizona Publications, Harrock Hall Music as well as American Composers Edition.  

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CT Summerfest Interview Series: Xelana Duo

26Apr

Greetings!

 

As the phoenix rises from the ashes, so returns the Pushing The Envelope Podcast!  PTE's radio presence continues for it's 27yh year, airing on Saturday mornings from 10am – 1pm EST on WHUS / Storrs, CT (http://www.whus.org/listen-live).

PTE and CT Summerfest are pleased to bring you the first in a series of interviews with the CT Summerfest ensembles-in residence and composer faculty.

Enjoy!

Joel

 

 

CT Summerfest Logo

 

CT SUMMERFEST is a weeklong contemporary music festival for the education and career advancement of emerging composers and performers. The festival is comprised of seminars, lessons, rehearsals, and recording sessions for participants, as well as a free concert series open to the public, featuring ensembles-in-residence and new works by participant composers!  

The concerts will take place from June 16-20 at The Hartt School's Berkman Concert Hall on the campus of the University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT.

All of Connecticut Summerfest's concerts are free to attend and open to the public. No advanced ticket reservation is required, and live streams are available!

 

https://youtu.be/JrzF8r9vrxE

 

Xelana Duo balances the refinement of classical music while zigzagging through hip-hop, blues, flamenco, bollywood, and rock n' roll. The Duo surprises you with an unexpected instrumentation filled with vibrant shades, that are each dazzling on their own, but simply breathtaking when joined together. Daring these two instruments to have a conversation, Xelana Duo commissions electrifying works, creating an ice-breaker for this unusual collaboration of bassoon and saxophone.

Get to know Ana García Caraballos and Alex Davis, the artists behind Xelana Duo!

 

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Episode 18: The Return of the Return of Pushing The Envelope Podcast (2-1-2014)

8Feb

Greetings!

Hi....remember Pushing The Envelope?  The radio program version on WHUS / Storrs, CT (http://www.whus.org/listen-live) has continued on, but the rigors of graduate school put the brakes on the podcast. That period of my life has ended and so the return of the podcast.  Any questions, let me know.

Best wishes,

Joel

2-1-2014 PTE Playlist

Landler Land      composer: Daniel Goode      Annbling   New World Records (2014) http://www.newworldrecords.org/album.cgi?rm=view&album_id=92396

The Ballad of Sweeney Todd       Lea DeLaria  Play It Cool Warner Bros. (2001) http://www.delariadammit.com

13 Houses   Joe Frawley    13 Houses and The Mermaid Time Released Sound (2012) http://joefrawley.bandcamp.com/album/13-houses-and-the-mermaid

Threefold Vision (three motets for three voices)   composer: Robert Kyl / Ensemble PAN   Unseen Rain     New Albion (1996)               http://www.newalbion.com/NA075/index.htm

Track 2 DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist            Product Placement ONE29 Recordings (2001)

Memories  Material feat. Whitney Houston   One Down O.A.O. (1982)

"Soul Killer" [Remote Control Mix by Terre Thaemlitz]    Material feat. William S. Burroughs         Seven Souls   Virgin (1997)

Ground    Barry Schrader   EAM   Innova (2002)                                                http://www.innova.mu/albums/barry-schrader/eam http://barryschrader.com/

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Episode 17: PTE Podcast (3/16/13), Joe Frawley / Michelle Cross Interview

17Mar

Greetings!

You'll be glad to know that I'm almost done with grad school and hopefully will be gainfully employed soon.  Hopefully, that will result in more regular postings.

For your listening pleasure, an interview recorded March 16, 2013- Joe Frawley and Michelle Cross discuss the creation of Dolls Come To Life with Joel Krutt on his program Pushing The Envelope.

Check the interview out on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/joefrawley/sets/dolls-come-to-life-interview

Check out "Dolls Come To Life" here:  http://dollscometolife.bandcamp.com/

Enjoy!  I'll be back soon.

Joel

Episode 16: John Cage 100th Birthday PTE Podcast (9-8-12)

11Sep

Greetings!  Remember me?

While “Pushing The Envelope” has continued with its radio presence, airing on Saturday mornings from 10 – Noon EST on WHUS / Storrs, CT (tune in: http://www.whus.org/listen-live ).  The podcast, on the other hand, has had to take a back seat to grad school.  That being said, it’s not every day we have the opportunity celebrate John Cage’s 100th birthday.

Enjoy!

Joel

Episode 16: John Cage 100th Birthday PTE Podcast (9-8-12)

  • Dream / A Room         composer: John Cage / piano: Bruce Brubaker           Glass Cage Arabesque Recordings (2000)

  • The Seasons    composer: John Cage / American Composers Orchestra, cond. Dennis Russell Davies            The Seasons    ECM New Series (2000)

  • Five / Songbooks        Singer Pur       Electric Seraphim       KuK (1998)

  • 4'33" - live radio performance            composer: John Cage

  • Suite for Toy Piano     composer: John Cage / toy piano: Stephen Drury                 In A Landscape       Catalyst (1994)

  • Williams Mix (1952)  John Cage        OHM: the early gurus of electronic music Ellipsis Arts (1999)

  • Six (1991)       composer: John Cage / percussion: Glenn Freeman    Three2 / Twenty-Three / Six / Twenty-Six         Ogre Ogress (1999) http://ogreogress.com/

  • One6 A (1990)            composer: John Cage / violin: Christina Fong       ONEviolin            Ogre Ogress (1998) http://ogreogress.com/

  • In A Landscape           composer: John Cage / piano: Margaret Leng Tan Musicworks #52      Musicworks (1992)   http://www.musicworks.ca/

  • Sonatas I - IV for prepared piano        composer: John Cage / prepared piano: Boris Berman            Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano      Naxos (1999) http://www.naxos.com
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Pushing the Envelope 2011 Favorite Recordings – Part 1

2Jan

Pushing the Envelope 2011 Favorite Recordings – Part 1

Considering the rigors of being a middle-aged grad student, I’m not surprised that a lot of my picks were closer to my personal listening palette, a bit more prog, percussive, and minimal.  A number of these releases were like comfort food for my addled brain.

Morgan Agren / Henry Kaiser / Trey Gunn                     Invisible Rays                        7d Media  http://www.7media.com

- Wow!  A year’s end surprise, to say the least!  Three guys I wouldn’t have thought of to be playing together in one place. Avant-prog improvs, both brief and extended, with each player bringing his A game.

Jakko Jakszyk, Mel Collins, & Robert Fripp                      Scarcity of Miracles             Discipline Global Mobile http://www.dgmlive.com/

- Two King Crimson alumni (Fripp & Collins) and one once removed (21st Century Schizoid Band which featured Jakszyk and Collins) unite to create a fascinating fusion of Fripp’s searing leads and washes of sound, Collins dynamic and lyrical reed work, along with Jakszyk’s gorgeous multi-tracked vocals and guitar work. Beautiful to listen to though a bit homogenous in tone by album’s end.  Still, highly recommended.

The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra                                        All Out of Peaches               New Folk Records http://www.galacticcowboyorchestra.com

- Prog-fusion is not dead, to say the least.  Kind of Mahavishnu meets the Dixie Dregs.

Agents of Mercy                                                                  The Black Forest                   Foxtrot Music http://www.agentsofmercy.com

- The label name’s Genesis reference should give you a hint where these Swedish prog guys are coming from.  Led by TheFlower King’s Roine Stoldt, Agents of Mercy harken back to that classic progressive sound with dynamic guitar work reinforced with that great melloton and analog synths sound courtesy of keyboard players, Nad Sylvan and Lalle Larsson.

Peter Gabriel                                                                        New Blood                             Real World/Virgin http://petergabriel.com/newblood/

- A representative sample of PG’s catalog recontextualized via new and original vocals coupled with new orchestral arrangements, brilliantly adding greater gravitas to both the music and the lyrics.

Episode 15: The Return of the Pushing The Envelope Podcast (11-4-2010)

16Dec

Greetings!

Yes, it's been a while.  I just finished my first semester of grad school this morning and this is the first nano-second I've had to devote some time to getting a new podcast up here.  Thanks to all the new listeners and subscribers who've arrived in my absence and also to those folks who've been so patient in waiting for the arrival of Episode 15.

I am particularly fond of this show since it's got a bunch of things that are my favorites.  Let me know what you think.

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for a Happy & Healthy New Year!

Joel

Episode 15: Pushing The Envelope Podcast

Dead Elvis - composer: Michael Dauhgerty / bassoon: Charles Ullery - London Sinfonietta cond. David Zinman - American Icons - Argo (1998)

http://www.michaeldaugherty.net/

Matchmaker - composer: Jerry Bock (R.I.P.) / The Residents - Knitting On The Roof - Knitting Factory Records

http://www.ink19.com/issues_F/00_03/wet_ink/music_im/085_knitting_on_the_roof.shtml

Scenes From The Electric Circus -Djam Karet - Reflections from the Firepool - HC Prod. (1989)

http://www.djamkaret.com/disc-rftp.php

Duck Blind - Paul Dresher Ensemble - Slow Fire - Minmax (1993)

http://www.dresherensemble.org/

Frog A le Peche - Charles Carpenter - Frog A Le Peche - Caterwaul (1994)

http://www.charlescarpenter.net/index.html

Hyperballad - Travis Sullivan's Bjokestra - Enjoy! - KOCH (2008)

http://www.bjorkestra.com

Sabbath Prayer - Uri Cane - Knitting On The Roof - Knitting Factory Records

http://www.ink19.com/issues_F/00_03/wet_ink/music_im/085_knitting_on_the_roof.shtml

She Said - T  - Naive - Galileo Records (2002)

http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=4855

Anchor - Lonely Universe - A La Plage - Rant (1993)

http://www.nette.ca/rantjazz/biolu.htm

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence - Ryuichi Sakamoto - Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (OST) -Milan (1994)

http://www.sitesakamoto.com/

Fugue for Sam (1989) - Michael Horwood - Motility - Furiant Records (2000)

http://www.horwoodcomposer.com/

The Fog Of War - Philip Glass - The Fog of War (OST) - Orange Mountain Music (2003)

http://www.philipglass.com/

From the North - Philharmonie - Nord - Cuneiform Records (1994)

http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=5214

Stub - composer: Gram Fitkin / Dleta Saxophone Quartet - Facing Death - FMR Records (2002)

http://www.fitkin.com/

Ground Zero -Tom Heasley - Where the Earth Meets the Sky - Hypnos (2001)

http://tomheasley.com/

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Episode 14: Pushing The Envelope Podcast (7-1-2010)

10Sep

Greetings!

Those of you who are new to this podcast are starting to notice that the audio for the earlier shows are disappearing.  Unfortunately, there's only so much room I have to work with, so as each new program goes up, the 'low man on the totem pole" comes off.  In the words of Kurt Vonnegut, "So it goes."

In this episode you will hear "The $27 Set" where you can experience how one lowly music junkie can purchase a decent amount of high quality music with relatively limited funds.

As always, let me know what you think!

Unitl next time,

Take care.

Joel

Episode14: Pushing The Envelope Playlist

Sempiternal - Sandor Szabo / Kevin Kastning - Returning - Greydisc (2010)

http://www.kevinkastning.com or http://www.sandorszabo.com

Bucato - Paolo Angeli - Tibi - ReR (2010)

http://www.reusa.com

Calonyction Girl - Kayo Dot - Coyote - Hydrahead (2010)

http://www.kayodot.net

Concrete, Glass, Steel -    Incandescent Sky - Four Faradays In A Cage - Noisynoise (2010)

http://www.incandescentsky.com

Severed - composer: Jonathan Pieslak / Kiev Philharmonic, cond. Robert Ian Winstin - Masterworks of the New Era #4 - ERM (2005)

http://www.myspace.com/jpieslak

Lester -    Accordo dei Contrari - Kinesis/AltRock Productions (2007)

http://www.myspace.com/accordodeicontrari

Losing The Middle - Emily Bezar - Angels Abacus - Demivox Records (2004)

http://www.emilybezar.com

Robot Boy - Jen Olive - Warm Robot - Ape House (2010)

http://www.jenolive.com

Ahriman -Mehran - Angels of Persepolis - self-release (2010)

http://www.angelsofpersepolis.com

The $27 Set

Untitled (1986) -    Rhys Chatham -    Impala Eardrums: A Radium Sampler - Radium (2008)

http://www.tableoftheelements.com

What I have done - Mike Keneally - Nonkertompf - Exowax (1999)

http://www.keneally.com/discography/nonkeroni.html

Three Movements for Orchestra (1986) - composer: Steve Reich / London Symphony Orchestra, cond. Michael TIlson Thomas - Tehillim / Three Movements - Elektra/Nonesuch (1994)

http://www.stevereich.com/

Tate House (Early Morning) - composer: John Moran - The Manson Family: An Opera - Point Music (1992)

http://www.artistdirect.com/nad/store/artist/album/0,,134177,00.html

Tinge - composer: Michael Gordon / viollin: Todd Reynolds - Light Is Calling - Nonesuch (2004)

http://www.michaelgordonmusic.com/bio.php

Distant Hill - Brian Eno -    Future Perfect: Gyroscope Sampler - Gyroscope (1994)

http://www.eno-web.co.uk/

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