On this episode of All Ears, Terrance McKnight explores the notion of cross-cultural friendships, and how exchanges beyond boundaries have been showcased in music. Because New York is one of the largest melting pots in the world, sometimes it's easy for residents to identify with this, and other times take this idea for granted. Come along with us and meet some new friends on the show this weekend!
We start off with a triptych of pieces – Golijov's Oceana: Call, Meredith Monk's Do You Be, and Bach's Prelude & Fugue No. 20 in A minor – which mix ethnicity and sound.
John Zorn, a difficult-to-classify composer, is heard in his Time Travel from the surrealist film, "The Last Supper." With voice and percussion, Zorn excels at expressing ethnic ritual with classical training.
A regular on the show, William Chapman Nyaho performs Joshua Uzoigwe's Talking Drums on piano. A native of Nigeria, Uzoigwe was an ethnomusicologist and composer who created pieces that incorporated traditional sounds of his homeland.
The string trio of violinist Aaron Berofsky, violist David Harding and cellist Tom Rosenberg bring to life Aaron Jay Kernis' Mozart en route (A Little Travel Music). A peer of John Adams, Kernis composed this modern tune in 1991. It seems to dart in and out of traditional Romanticism, Americana and perhaps some jazz.
Join in the discussion: What are your favorite cross-cultural friendships in music?