Practicing What They Preach

Mining the Fertile Musical Ground of Composer-Performers

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Monday, August 29, 2011

So I’m currently tropical storm-stranded in Vermont. I had several intricate travel ideas which were aborted in turn and now I’ve found myself extremely far uptown the day after a friend’s birthday party/lamb roast in an absurdly idyllic setting made all the more romantic by torrential rainfalls and book reading and red wine-drinking and the consuming of the livers of some very giving chickens. There are worse things. 

In advance of hurricane-pocalypse, I’d recorded a pair of shows to ensure your continuous listening pleasure, exploring the lovely creature known as the composer/performer. And good thing I did! There are crazy road closures and bridges are being brushed away by flash floods and hopefully I can get back to New York on Monday but maybe Tuesday seems more likely?

Anyway, composer/performers are my favorite. It’s incredible to watch someone see a work of art through from inception to performance. I am also, p.s., obsessed with interpretation, but still, composers who can “practice what they preach” are lovely to watch in action.

This week’ll be full of Derek Bermels and Nico Muhlys and Colin Jacobsens and Missy Mazzolis. Which composer-performer would you like to hear more from? Maybe we can get all of your favorites into the programming later on this week!

Hosted by:

Nadia Sirota

Comments [4]


yr selection of silvestrov + rzewki = heaven

another practice preach comes to mind: edgar varése's poéme electronique is performed as he composed it.

( don't know about his acolyte frank zappadoupolos but he may turn up on Q2 somehow some time )

conlan nancarrow's piano rolls might be a similar phenomenon : performed & played "as is"

lou harrison never composed for an instrument he couldn't himself play

harry partch was seldom performed by anyone else ... moondoog too

yoko ono ? meredith monk ?

my tea is steeped ... gotta dash —————

take care thank you

Aug. 31 2011 04:11 PM

So cool to hear Corey Dargel's "Other People's Love Songs" on today's show, thank you. Corey, the NOW Ensemble, and Nathan Koci, brilliant at the Merkin back in January, when we were all younger.

Wondering if we've heard any of Todd Reynolds or Zoe Keating this week? (If so, my bad for letting silly and tone-deaf people interrupt me during the show a couple of times.) Remember that super Le Poisson Rouge outing with Zoe & Todd, live-streamed by Q2 this spring?

Excellent theme this week, and glad you're back safely from the weather zone, Nadia.

Aug. 31 2011 03:20 PM

Nadia, hope the wine supply is holding out in Vermont, and thanks for the cool storm-shows. Hope we hear some of our guy Corey Dargel among the composer-performers de la semaine, and loved getting started with Caleb Burhans, of course. Keep your theme dry. :-)

Aug. 29 2011 12:18 PM
nobodhi from high & dry

nobody plays rzewski like rzewski, or terry riley like terry riley; haven't heard better performance of valentin silvestrov's bagatelle's than his own. then too johnny greenwood, slow six, etc.

Aug. 29 2011 11:43 AM

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