The life of a musician is filled with many travels: glamorous nights spent performing in cities all over the world, and long days spent—well, at the airport.
On this Saturday’s episode of Second Inversion, we’re exploring music inspired by the thrill of travel—and the tedious process of actually getting to your destination. We’ll hear music of airplanes, airports, and of course, the accompanying jet lag. Please place your seat backs and tray tables in their full, upright position.
Reflection is an important part of any spirituality or faith, whether that takes the form of prayer, meditation, or—for many people—music.
On this Saturday’s episode of Second Inversion: heavenly voices. We’re exploring sacred and spiritual works from contemporary composers. From the strum of the harp to the ringing of bells, we’ll hear songs of the angels and stories of the divine. Plus, one composer’s “postcard” from heaven.
The spring season is all about change. It’s a time to clean your space, refresh your wardrobe, maybe switch to iced coffee. And while we can always find inspiration in the past, spring is really more about looking to the future.
Every year spring brings new beginnings, new growth—and especially new music. This Saturday on Second Inversion: spring fever. We’re taking a stroll in the garden, with music inspired by chirping birds, budding flowers, and the spring breeze blowing through your hair. From super blooms in the South African desert to the salty seas of Japan, we’ll hear music inspired by the sweet sounds of spring.
“The older the fiddle, the sweeter the tune,” as they say in Ireland. Well, the age-old folk music of the Emerald Isle is still inspiring new composers today.
This Saturday on Second Inversion: luck of the Irish. We’ll hear music from the rolling hills and ramshackle pubs of Ireland. Pour yourself a pint and join us as we toast the Emerald Isle, with music inspired by the sounds, spirit, and folklore of Ireland.
Music is all about contrast: light vs. dark, fast vs. slow, loud vs. soft, bold vs. subdued. Often times the most beautiful, most visceral moments are found at these two extremes—but sometimes, it’s the moments between them that leave the most lasting impression.
The composer Robert Honstein explores the full spectrum of sound in his new piece Middle Ground for solo violin and electronics. Cast in three movements—“Too Far,” “Too Close,” and “Bridging the Gap”—the piece searches for a middle ground amid opposites. Airy, ethereal melodies are contrasted against gritty, snarling rhythms, the music growing in tension and drama before finding the most human dimension between them.
We’re thrilled to premiere a brand new video for Robert Honstein’s Middle Ground, performed by violinist Kate Stenberg and captured by Four/Ten Media.
Robert Honstein’s Middle Ground is out now on Other Minds Records. For more details, click here.