Brad Balliett

Brad Balliett appears in the following:

Special Ks

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Does your last name have to start with "K" to write awesome new music? No, but apparently it helps! This show pays homage to the eleventh letter of the alphabet and the remarkable composers who are filed under this symbol. Listen today at 3 pm.

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The Brothers' Bastille Day Special

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Hot on the heels of their America the Dissonant show, the Brothers move to la France to explore the wealth of the nation's great new music. Celebrate Bastille Day a few days early with music from Tristan Murail, Pascal Dusapin and Henri Dutilleux. Today at 3 pm.


America the Dissonant

Thursday, July 04, 2013

America's the birthplace of plenty of musical styles, from jazz to hip-hop to minimalism, and today American music is as varied as its human landscape. Let's celebrate the Fourth with some home-grown American tunes. Fire up that B-B-Q.


Recent Acquistions to the Brothers Balliett Library

Thursday, June 27, 2013

One of the best things about hosting a new-music radio show is the implied permission to blow a lot of one's own money on tons of new CDs. This week's show is built entirely from new additions to our ever-growing library, and includes music by Harbison, Wuorinen and Haladyna.

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State of the String Quartet

Thursday, June 20, 2013

One of the best things about hosting a new-music radio show is the implied permission to blow a lot of one's own money on tons of new CDs. This week's show is built entirely from new additions to our ever-growing library, and includes music by Harbison, Wuorinen and Haladyna.


The Brothers Balliett Talk to Eric Nathan

Thursday, June 13, 2013

This week the Brothers kick off a new series that invites composers to play and discuss their own music, and help to curate the rest of the show. The inaugural guest in this new series is 2013 Rome Prize-winner and Chelsea Music Festival composer-in-residence Eric Nathan.


Krazy Koncertos

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Two samples from America and two from Europe are on the roster this week as The Brothers Balliett investigate that most wily of musical forms—the chamber concerto. Featuring music of Charles Wuorinen, Brian Ferneyhough, Ezra Sims and Beat Furrer. Listen at 3 pm.

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Early Music...Again??

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The sonic possibilities of historic instruments are indeed immeasurable. Today's composers have recently realized this—and with this realization came an entire orchestra of new sound colors. Today's Brothers Balliett episode tackles early instruments in modern music and the art of the new-music remix.


State of the Woodwind Quintet

Thursday, May 23, 2013

How does a composer approach writing a piece for five instruments that are so different in sound production that creating a perfectly blended sound is almost an impossible task? This week focuses on that most unusual among the standard chamber groups: the woodwind quintet.

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Outright Blinged-Out New Music from The Brothers

Thursday, May 16, 2013

What is the blingiest thing going on in new music? This week, The Brothers take an opportunity to look at some of the most glittering, exciting, unusual, and outright blinged-out music on the market. Listen Thursday at 3 pm.


The Electric Guitar Show

Thursday, May 09, 2013

The electric guitar: symbol of rebellion, youth, and danger or legitimate color to be used in serious composition? Perhaps it's both. The Brothers Balliett takes a critical look at the myriad uses of this hundred-year-old instrument.

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Paging Dr. Feldman, Dr. Morton Feldman

Thursday, May 02, 2013

On the fence about American composer Morton Feldman? Let the Brothers Balliett make you a fan with this week's episode featuring quintessential Feldman works. Listen today at 3 pm.

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The Young and the Restless

Thursday, April 25, 2013

New York City has always been a haven for ensembles dedicated to new music, but the scene seems to have exploded recently. This week's program shows off a handful of great new music ensembles, demonstrating an unceasing and thriving New York scene.

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Imaginary Beasts and the Composers Who Love Them

Thursday, April 18, 2013

What is it about imaginary animals that captures the human imagination? Borges imagined many monsters, as did Lewis Carroll, Maurice Sendak, and other literary luminaries. This week the Brothers Balliett wonder, how do imaginary animals impact today's music?

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Bizarre Instruments

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Last January, the Brothers Balliett presented the Grown-Person's Guide, examining the orchestra one section at a time. By popular request, this week, they add more recent and usual instruments to their rundown. Featuring the ondes martenot, barrel organ and a music box ensemble. Listen today at 3 pm.


The Big Bad Madrigal Throwdown

Thursday, April 04, 2013

What does the word "madrigal" bring to mind for you? Close harmony on charming texts? Italian chromaticism? This week, the Brothers Balliett listen to a handful of living composers offering their own unique stamp on this ancient form.


A Kaleidoscopic Array of Colorful Curiosities

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Whether you have full blown synesthesia, or you've just always thought that D Major sounds kind of blue, humans have associated color with music for ages. This week, the Brothers Balliett serve up colorful music from Dalbavie, Torke and Thompson.


The "Out of Tune" Hour

Thursday, March 21, 2013

What happens when composers abandon the traditional equal division of the octave into twelve parts? This week the Brothers explore some music that might be considered 'out of tune' by equal-tempered standards, but are in fact performed according to rigorous sonic ideas.



Thursday, March 14, 2013

Fred Lerdahl writes music that is thumping, harmonically interesting, and full of groove, and to listen to his music is to understand his process. The Brothers Balliett have been fans of Lerdahl's work for some time now, and this week they pay homage to the composer with a one-hour festival.

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Where's Gesualdo?

Thursday, March 07, 2013

It's become almost a cliche to hear a wiseacre remark about a particularly pungent Carlo Gesualdo madrigal: 'That's crazier than most new music you hear these days, and it's over 400 years old!' Today at 3 pm, the Brothers trace his influence on 20th and 21st Century music, from Stravinsky to Sciarrino.