Primal Counterpoint

Music that celebrates and questions the role of rhythm.

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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Rhythm is often experienced in a very primal way, and perhaps it is because of its organic presence within our own existence. It may first go unnoticed, yet underneath the deafening chaos of life, one cannot help but notice the soft, undying murmur of a certain pulse, carrying on like an agent of order. This week's Cued Up orbits around the rhythms of composers Andy Akiho, John Adams, Daniel Wohl, Julian Day and Filippo Perocco.

In music, the concept of tension and release is all about timing. Sensitive to its primitive nature and potent effect, composers obsessively experiment with rhythm both on the micro- and macrocosmic levels, in order to generate tension and release within their works. Hence one encounters many instances in contemporary music where rhythm is employed not just as an order-inducing ingredient, but also as a way to introduce chaos.

Tune in Sunday at 2 p.m. as we bring you music by some of today’s composers who experiment with rhythms in imaginative and intriguing ways. We encounter ongoing and evolving rhythmic ostinati that shape the structure of a piece over time, as well as instances of extreme tension through a counterpoint of rhythms.

Hosted by:

Gity Razaz

Comments [4]

Jack & Nancy Foster

What a fresh, delightful, engaging new voice Gity Razaz is! A pleasure to listen to. Perhaps even more important, she obviously knows what she's talking about—her little intros (we wish they were longer) are full of insights and learning. Here's hoping we'll hear more and more of Ms. Razaz,

Jack & Nancy Foster

Aug. 28 2011 12:00 PM

Dear Gabriela,

All of the works and composers are listed on the player window as it streams the respective audio you are listening to. You can also visit the "Playlists" section of our website, and recall the date/time of the music you heard in order to get further information, including the artist's name, title, record label, etc.

Thanks for your concern,

Aug. 02 2011 01:54 PM
Frank Feldman

No so-called "complex" rhythm written in Western notation can compete in subtlety or flexibility with what a good jazz or African drummer does intuitively.

Jul. 31 2011 06:11 PM
Gabriela Nicolau

Why don't you provide specific information on the pieces one listens to, before you are transmitting them, such as at least the name of the composer, rather than listing them bunched together at the very end : Akiho, Adams, Wohl, Day etc. ? It is very difficult to remember each composition and to connect it to the respective composer.

Jul. 31 2011 02:29 PM

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