The Takeover

On Second Inversion’s The Takeover, we surrender the airwaves to composers, performers, and new music enthusiasts who curate playlists of their favorite tracks to share with you.  Airs Wednesdays at 3pm PT – tune into the Second Inversion stream. 

Sarah Bassingthwaighte


On this edition of the Takeover, Sarah shares a playlist of her favorite pieces with a few running themes: orchestration, reduction, what happens in the first few moments of a piece, how a piece moves through time, and the piece’s relationship to being expressive.

Qasim Naqvi

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On this edition of The Takeover, Qasim Naqvi (from Dawn of Midi) presents his brand new album, “Preamble,” released on Friday, November 13 on NNA Tapes Records.

Melia Watras and Michael Jinsoo Lim


Join Melia Watras and Michael Jinsoo Lim for an hour of some of their favorite composers and recordings and a sneak peek at Ispirare, Melia’s brand new album on Sono Luminus, released on October 30!


Paige Stockley of Saint Helens String Quartet, Ken Benshoof, and Bern Herbolsheimer


The Saint Helens String Quartet is celebrating the release of their brand new album, “American Dreams” on Navona records. Paige Stockley, cellist in the quartet stopped by with two of the featured composers, Bern Herbosheimer and Ken Benshoof, to share their stories and insights about all of the pieces on the album. Be sure to check out our album review of the disc, too!


Conrad Winslow, Artistic Director of Wild Shore New Music

4786297_origTune in for a special edition of The Takeover featuring Wild Shore New Music. Wild Shore is dedicated to bringing adventurous new chamber music, with an emphasis on living composers, to the communities in and around Kachemak Bay, Alaska. Their 2015 festival kicks off August 5 and runs through August 11 in Homer and Kenai, Alaska. Conrad’s program features some the past and upcoming works from the festival, including works by Steven Mackey, John Luther Adams, Conrad Winslow himself, and more! Don’t miss it!



Sarah Mattox and Dan Wallace Miller

hm flyerlogo_bigOn this edition of The Takeover, we previewed Sarah Mattox’s brand new chamber opera, Heart Mountain, which was presented as a workshop on July 10 and 11 by Vespertine Opera Theater, conducted by Grammy Award-winning Stephen Stubbs!


Kate Soper, composer and vocalist


On this edition of The Takeover, award-winning composer Kate Soper shares four of her compositions as a preview of her upcoming collaboration with Seattle Modern Orchestra! SMO will perform a chamber version of her 2012 work for voice and orchestra, Now is Forever, along with another work by Soper, Door for voice, flute, sax, electric guitar on Friday, June 6 at 8pm.




Hanna Benn and Ben Marx

Hanna Benn (vocalist and former band member of Pollens) and Ben Marx share their favorite music by genre-crossing Northwest composers on this edition of The Takeover!

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Michael Gordon, composer and co-founder of Bang on a Can

On February 15, the Bang on a Can All-Stars are performing a marathon at The Moore. This entails six hours of live music by some of the most innovative musicians from across the country alongside some of Seattle’s most pioneering artists, in an incomparable super-mix of boundary-busting music from around the corner and around the world.  On this edition of The Takeover, Michael Gordon gives us a preview of some of the music to be performed.  Don’t miss it!


Angelique Poteat, composer and clarinetist

Angelique Poteat has made a huge splash on the new music scene in Seattle and all over the country. Seattle Symphony has premiered two of her works in the last year (including one on a program with Mike McCready and Chris Cornell on the Sonic Evolution show).  On this edition of The Takeover, Angelique gives us some insight into some of her smaller works for winds, strings, and piano, performed live on January 16, 2015.

Mina Miller

Mina Miller is the Artistic Director of Music of Remembrance.  On this edition of The Takeover, Mina presents MoR’s most recent performance at Benaroya Hall (in conjunction with Spectrum Dance Theatre) featuring works by Leo Smit, Dick Kattenburg, and Arnold Schoenberg.

Heather Bentley & Beth Fleenor 

Heather Bentley has created an electro-acoustic, semi-improvised opera about the Babylonian Goddess Ishtar (goddess of sex and war) and her journey to the Underworld.  “The Ballad of Ishtar” features twelve amazing collaborators and will be performed three times – January 22, 23, 24, all at 8pm, all at the Good Shepherd Center.  These performances are sponsored by Nonsequitur.


 Wayne Horvitz, composer, keyboardist, and producer

On this edition of The Takeover, Wayne shares a collection of some of his favorite tunes from all corners of the classical genre, the jazz spectrum, and plenty in between.  This show is in anticipation of a very exciting world premiere on the inaugural Universal Language 21st Century Music Project performance on Friday, January 9 at 7:30pm at the Velocity Dance Center!


Michael Nicolella, guitarist and composer and professor at Cornish

Michael Nicolella is equally comfortable playing Bach as he is Steve Reich.  On this edition of The Takeover, Michael shares a mix of his own performances – pieces by his favorite composers and some of his own original works.


Cristina Valdes, pianist and professor at Cornish

Committed to both contemporary and standard repertoire, Cristina Valdes is known for presenting innovative concerts with repertoire ranging from Bach to Xenakis.  This Sunday, November 23 at 7pm she will present a versatile program at Cornish and on this edition of The Takeover she shares music for solo piano by Boulez, Berio, Sciarrino, Ives, and Dutilleux, including some of her own recordings!


Jeremy Jolley, co-Artistic Director of Seattle Modern Orchestra

Seattle Modern Orchestra kicks off its FIFTH season on Saturday, November 15!  Jeremy Jolley, gives us a preview of the entire 2014-15 season on this edition of The Takeover, including works by Boulez, Sciarrino, and Romitelli!


Andrew Joslyn, violinist, composer, arranger, and founder of the Passenger String Quartet

Classically trained violinist Andrew Joslyn is making a career by living his dream – playing violin in rock bands and crossover settings!  He has worked and toured with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, David Bazan (Pedro the Lion), Mark Lanegan (Queens of the Stone Age), Duff McKagan (Guns N Roses), Doug Martsch (Built to Spill), Tim Lopez (Plain White T’s), and the Seattle Rock Orchestra.  Tune in for his playlist chock full of “fringe classical” music on The Takeover!


Brian Chin, Founder and Artistic Director of the Universal Language 21st Century Music Project

Brian Chin is easily one of the most dynamic and versatile musicians in the Northwest. He’s the co-founder of an early music ensemble, the Seattle Trumpet Consort, principal trumpet for the Tacoma Symphony, Associate Professor of Music at Seattle Pacific University, Band member of TORCH, and creator of the Universal Language 21st Century Music Project (open your calendars NOW and mark January 9, March 13/14, and May 15/16 for the inaugural season concerts for the series!)  He shares a wide, eclectic range of music on this edition of The Takeover!


Scott Teske, Founder and Artistic Director of Seattle Rock Orchestra

Scott Teske shares some of his favorite tunes from the rock world, classical world, and all sorts of places in between!  Be sure to tune in for this show of music by Jherek Bischoff, Samantha Boshnack, Hanna Benn, and one of SRO’s studio recordings!


Eric Banks, Artistic Director of The Esoterics

Just prior to The Esoterics’ first concert series of the season, AETHERIA, Eric Banks shared a few words about some of The Esoterics’ recordings from recent years.  Tune in for some great local choral music on this edition of The Takeover!


Huck Hodge, composition professor at the University of Washington

UW Composition professor Huck Hodge has already won more prestigious composition awards than many renowned composers twice his age – the 2014 ISCM League of Composers Competition (JUST announced!), the 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship, 2010-2011 Rome Prize, 2008 Gaudeamus Prize and the Aaron Copland Award from the Bogliasco Foundation.   Hodge presents 3 of his own works on this edition of The Takeover.  Find out how to pronounce “re[(f)use]”  and more fun facts about his music!


Leaha Maria Villarreal, composer & co-founder and Artistic Director of Hotel Elefant

Leaha was in Seattle a few months ago for a performance of some of her works alongside Nat Evans.  The two of them stopped by our studio for a chat, and she shed some insight on a few of Hotel Elefant’s live recordings, featured on this edition of The Takeover!


A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra

The fun and innovative chamber orchestra, “A Far Cry,” performed on the UW World Series in January 2014 and some of the Criers stopped by our studios for some fun conversation about the music!  You’ll hear the concert broadcast with their comments, including music by Ljova, Karl Doty, Charles Ives, and more!


yMusic: Rob Moose and CJ Camereri

yMusic performed at the Kirkland Performance Center in March and we have the audio recording of their concert!  Rob Moose and CJ Camereri stopped by the studios to chat about some of the pieces on the program, including Beautiful Mechanical by Son Lux, Bladed Stance by Marcos Balter, Safe Travels by Timo Andres, and more!


The Westerlies: Riley Mulherkar, Zubin Hensler, Andy Clausen, Willem de Koch,

If you missed the chance to stream The Westerlies’ “Wish The Children Would Come On Home,” earlier this month alongside our review, you can catch it in this archived edition of The Takeover!  The personalities of Riley, Zubin, Andy, and Willem come out in all sorts of fun colors as they curate the entire album of Wayne Horvitz’ music arranged for brass quartet.


Derek Bermel, composer and clarinetist

Derek Bermel was in Seattle recently for the premiere of Death with Interruptions, performed on July 14 at the Seattle Chamber Music Society.  He stopped by to chat about the project, but also shared some insights on some of his recordings performed by Alarm Will Sound and Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP).  Tune in to hear his insights!


Missy Mazzoli, composer and founder of Victoire

In this episode of The Takeover, NYC-based Missy Mazzoli takes us on a journey of Victoire’s album Cathedral City, sharing thoughts between a few of the tracks.  This eclectic mix of music is powerful, fun, unique, and impossible to pin into a category.


Matt Haimovitz, cellist and professor at McGill University

Matt Haimovitz stopped by our studios last November to share insights about some of his recording projects, which we have compiled into an edition of The Takeover!  Matt shares Luna Pearl Woolf’s Sarabande, Du Yun’s San, Paul Moravec’s Cello Concerto, and more!


Andrew C. Smith, composer and co-founder of the record label Indexical

With experience in multiple aspects of the music industry from composition to production to promotion, Andrew C. Smith is on his way to a well-rounded career!  His playlist highlights selections from Indexical’s first release, Index 0, as well as a live recording by Jim Tenney.

Sean Osborn, clarinetist and composer 

Sean Osborn takes us on a solo clarinet journey through the 20th and 21st centuries traveling through Igor Stravinsky, William O. Smith, Eric Mandat, Derek Bermel, and Sean Osborn, each piece pushing the boundaries of the instrument more than the piece before.


Madeleine Cocolas, composer

Australian born, Seattle based composer Madeleine Cocolas recently completed the daunting task of composing a new piece every week for a year, blogging each week in conjunction with adventures and photos documenting her first year in Seattle.  Second Inversion couldn’t wait to get an “earshot” and some recorded commentary about her progress, so this show highlights some of her favorite projects from Week One through Week Forty-Five.


Joshua Kohl, Degenerate Art Ensemble

Joshua delves into music that breaks down boundaries and builds exciting new structures.  Music written and performed by Dawn of Midi, Dirty Projectors, Samantha Boshnack’s B’snhorkestra, Jherek Bischoff, Sarah Kirkland Snider are represented in this curated list.


Jim Holt, My Ears Are Open

Jim shares a playlist of music of Northwest-based artists and performers, including Roger Briggs, Gamelan Pacifica, Tom Baker, Nat & Roos, Madeleine Cocolas, and John Cage.


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