Composer Caleb

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Monday, January 25, 2010

You may have noticed we've got a thing for composers over here at Q2. It was, ergo, really only a matter of time before we started our new Composer Intoduction series.

Over the course of a week, we'll do our best to get you acquainted with our featured living composer, chosen from a pool of voices new and old, male and female, hyper-local and far-removed. Q2's New Music Cocktail Party! (Any suggestions for composer-themed signature cocktails in the comments are much appreciated!)

This week, we explore the music of Caleb Burhans. Caleb's one of these aggressively multi-instrumental types; I think I caught a glimpse of a business card that read: Composer/Arranger, Tenor/Countertenor, Violin/ Viola. He's also got guitar and some keyboards, has a band called itsnotyouitsme, and is a member of New Music groups including ACME and Alarm Will Sound. Busy kid.

This week, we'll focus on Composer Caleb. We've got our mitts on a whole bunch of exclusive, unreleased recordings, which you'll hear throughout the week. He's written his own introduction for his music exclusively for Q2. And! There's a limited-time free download available HERE courtesy of Innova Records and pianist Danny Holt.

Happy inaugural Composer Introduction everybody! There's much more to come. Oh, and which composers would you love to see us feature in the future?

Hosted by:

Nadia Sirota
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Comments [6]

Sean Hickey

How about Rautavaara? Especially as part of Ondine's 25th anniversary year.

Feb. 08 2010 02:19 PM
Vic

Again, check out more FRANK ZAPPA ~>
Dig that >
1. "Studio Tan"
2. "One Size Fits All"
3. "Fillmore East, June 1971"

"This is the swingin'est place in New York City" "No sh-t." - Fillmore East, June 5, 1971

No profanity...(?) "Very agile"

Feb. 04 2010 09:40 PM
Vic

Dear Nadia,
It would be, "real far out & groovy," to include FRANK ZAPPA on your list of composers and their music to explore..."Ever been to a Holiday Inn...?"
(just kidding)
Check out:
Ensemble Modern - The Yellow Shark
Ed Palermo Big Band - Take Off Your Cloths
When You Dance
Frank Zappa - Imaginary Diseases
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Best regards ~>

Feb. 04 2010 03:10 AM
Paul Epstein from Downtown NYC

Larry Bell? What a good choice! You mean I'm not the only U2 listener who's a fan of Larry's music?

But to say his music is not "far out" is not to say it's not interesting or adventurist enough for Q2. Take his "Mahler in a Blue Light," for example, for saxophone, piano, & cello. Definitely a cool piece. Any composer who has appointments at BOTH the NE Conservatory & Berklee has got to be interesting. (BTW, his opera was staged at Berklee, with its electronic band and, oh yeah, the snake handlers!)

Jan. 26 2010 12:56 AM

Great inaugural entry in this cool new series -- a fine idea and a fine composer to start us off, too. Is it possible to have "Composer Caleb" on the air, live or taped, to talk a bit with you, Nadia, about some of his work? His blog entry at Do You Q2 makes a good point about how today we have so much music from so many sources at our fingertips (not least, here at Q2). Even short comments, as we heard from Steve Reich during his week, would be illuminating. Could we hear the guy talk?

As for other living composers for possible focus in this series, may I suggest three (as about 14 more occur to me!):

Morten Lauridsen -- one of the greats, a dean among us, and beautifully eloquent in talking about his grand, mystical work. I've heard he may be working on a new book of Madrigali.

Chris Theofanidis -- engaged, passionate creations, for symphony, chorus and ballet, and part of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra's new Brandenburg Concerti project. (Q2 will stream the premiere from Carnegie in February, right?)

Michael Nyman -- he moves so deftly between film work and pure music, and he's performing a lot this year in Europe.

But in fact, so rich is the realm of film composition these days, is it possible to think of a special series of such composers, starting with Nyman?

Jan. 25 2010 02:08 PM
SuzanneF from Lower Manhattan

Just discovered this is where you've gone, Nadia! So happy to have found you again!!!

My suggestion: while his music is not as "far out" as some of the stuff you play, how about Larry Bell? Boston-based, North Carolina-born, recently had his first opera produced ("Holy Ghosts," libretto based on the play of the same name by Romulus Linney). More traditional scoring in general, but worth listening to more.

Jan. 25 2010 01:57 PM

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