Programming works involving improvisation would be one way to encourage ensembles to make classical music more inclusive. Why won’t big American orchestras improvise? The answer might have [...]
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People are still talking about OM Festival 24, which presented rarely performed and luminous works of Ivan Wyschnegradsky, a pioneer microtonalist composer. Guest artists, the Arditti String Quartet, and a quartet of international new music pianists gave several American premieres. Also presented at the festival was The Pressure, a musical horror tale by Brian Baumbusch. Meanwhile, our series The Nature of Music has presented artists from a variety of disciplines whose work combines environmentalism and the arts. Our Special Events included piano music by Terry Riley, performed by Gloria Cheng and the composer, and Dmitri Shostakovich’s arrangements of his Symphony No. 4 and Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms performed by duo pianists Maki Namekawa and Dennis Russell Davies.
The microtonal compositions of composer Ivan Wyschnegradsky (1893-1979) were the focus, along with the world-premiere of an OM commission “The Pressure,” by Bay Area composer Brian Baumbusch.
Matthew Burtner records glacier sounds from his native Alaska, with a brash disregard for his own safety, and uses the sounds in music he composes for concert instruments. What we do for art!
Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 4 is the centerpiece, arranged for two pianos. Dennis Russell Davies & Maki Namekawa perform it in conjunction with the release of their recording for Supertrain Records.
This year we produced a text-sound recording by composer Beth Anderson; the tracks are sound poems based on the names of artists that are important to her. We also released three new albums and one single in our Modern Hits series of digital-only albums by electronic and radio artists. Click on any image below to get the details.
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Music From Other Minds is a weekly two-hour radio program of new and unusual music by innovative composers and performers around the world. Produced by Other Minds for KALW 91.7 FM in San Francisco. and presented by Other Minds staff members Liam Herb, Randall Wong, Mark Abramson and Charles Amirkhanian.