New York City-based bassoonist and composer Brad Balliett is gaining a reputation for unusual and thought-provoking programming, performance and composition. As a bassoonist, Brad performs as a member of several groups around New York City, including The Declassified, Metropolis Ensemble, Signal, the Sinfonietta of Riverdale, Anthony Braxton's Trillium Orchestra and Ensemble ACJW, and is a founding member of The Declassified, DZ4 and the Deviant Septet.
Brad has appeared as principal bassoonist with the Hartford Symphony, Houston Symphony, American Ballet Theater, and the Wordless Music Orchestra, and has performed with the New York City Ballet, International Contemporary Ensemble, International Sejong Soloists, Sequitur, and Argento New Music Project. Devoted to expanding the bassoon's role in contemporary music, Brad performs frequently on the electric bassoon and has performed alongside Zakir Hussain and Miguel Zenon.
Raised in Massachusetts, Brad graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University in 2005, where he studied composition with Elliot Gyger and John Harbison. He completed a Master's degree in bassoon performance as a student of Benjamin Kamins at Rice University, and spent the following year playing bassoon in the Houston Symphony. A devoted teaching artist, Brad is a performer and teacher for Carnegie Hall's Musical Connections and the New York Philharmonic's School Partnership Program. Brad completed a fellowship through Carnegie Hall's program The Academy in 2009, through which led composition projects for students in the South Bronx. More information can be found at bradballiett.com.
Brad Balliett appears in the following:
Thursday, March 26, 2015
More and more composers are retaining the old, beautiful, ritualistic form of the liturgical Mass, but jettisoning certain aspects to keep it fresh. Like, for instance, the words.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
This week, the Brothers Balliett listen to composers who use extended techniques and bizarre instruments to achieve new and unusual sounds.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
This week, the Brothers Balliett are joined by pianist David Kaplan for a listen to modern musicians who scribble all over great Romantic chamber music with astounding results.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
This week, the Brothers Balliett are joined in the studio by Gregory Spears – a composer of unearthly beautiful music, from operas to song cycles to neo-Baroque compositions..
Thursday, February 12, 2015
You can do a lot with a woodwind instrument. This week, The Brothers Balliett explore wind players fluent in multiple styles, from Indigenous Australian music to Latin jazz.
Thursday, February 05, 2015
Continuing their mini-series of music that is so OLD, that it actually begins to sound NEW, the Brothers Balliett listen to pre-1200 AD "passion plays." Thursday at 3 pm.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
For this installment of ancient music that might very well be mistaken for new music, The Brothers Balliett listen to music of the troubadours. Thursday at 3 pm.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Continuing their mini-series investigating music that is so old that it actually sounds new, the Brothers Balliett listen to instrumental dance music from c. 1000-1500.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Have you ever heard a piece of VERY early music and thought, "that could easily have been written today"? Today the Brothers Balliett explore music that's so old it sounds new.
Thursday, January 08, 2015
The American-born, Germany-based composer Gloria Coates is the most prolific female symphonist of all time. Today at 3, the Brothers Balliett take a listen.
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Happy holidaze! This week, the Brothers Balliett pay homage to that great holiday tradition of seemingly-endless travel; two airplane-centric works take centerstage today.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Today at 3, The Brothers Balliett hear Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber perform Stravinsky, Thomas Adès take on Schubert and Philip Glass and Steve Reich jam on Four Organs.
Saturday, December 06, 2014
For the sixth day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download a Christmas treat called Cantique de Noel for solo bassoon, by Brad of the Brothers Balliett.
Thursday, December 04, 2014
Today at 3 pm, the Brothers Balliett present their favorite releases of 2014 (so far), including performances by The Cellar and Point, Miranda Cuckson and more.
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Continuing their series of 'Guerrilla Composer Portraits', the Brothers Balliett settle into the Q2 Music studios with the music of American composer Arthur Levering.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
You heard it here first, folks. That's the theme of today's show, as the Brothers dive into the rich ocean of new releases from spring, summer, and fall of 2014.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
This week, the Brothers Balliett are joined in the studio by Jonathan Dawe, a composer driven by a profound love of Baroque music and an obsession with fractals. Listen Thursday at 3 pm.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
There is no greater Fall pleasure than taking in some refreshingly crisp air and putting on music that is both beautiful and brooding. Join the Brothers Balliett Thursday at 3.
Thursday, October 02, 2014
Have you ever heard a piece of new music that made you go... "Huh?" Thursday at 3 pm, wrap your head around some joyfully confusing music with the Brothers Balliett.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Is the appropriation of the past (as material for a new work) any less creative than all-new material? Thursday at 3 pm, the Brothers Balliett listen to new takes on old music.