Simple Gifts: Saturday, Sept. 11 | 9pm

by Maggie Molloy

The ensemble yMusic is featured in this week’s episode. Photo by Graham Tolbert.

Classical music doesn’t always have to be so complicated.

There is beauty in simplicity—and there is music, too, if you slow down to listen! This Saturday on Second Inversion: Simple Gifts. From dainty macaroons to afternoons spent at the piano, we’ll hear music inspired by life’s simple pleasures. Join us as we take a moment to appreciate the little things.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, Sept. 11 at 9pm PT.

Luck of the Irish: Saturday, Sept. 4 | 9pm

by Maggie Molloy

Derrynane Abbey in Ireland. Photo by Marcus Rahm.

“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.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, September 4 at 9pm PT. 

Sonic Art Museum: Saturday, Aug. 28 | 9pm

by Maggie Molloy

The artwork of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Běla Kolářová inspired the music on this week’s episode.

Have you ever looked at a piece of art and wondered: What would this painting sound like?

Well, so have a lot of composers! On this Saturday’s episode of Second Inversion, we’ll hear music inspired by famous works of art. We’re taking a stroll through a sonic art museum—from the splatter-painted canvases of Jackson Pollock to the meditative hues of Mark Rothko and the visceral street art of Jean-Michel Basquiat.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, August 28 at 9pm PT.

Finding the Groove: Saturday, Aug. 21 | 9pm

by Maggie Molloy

Eighth Blackbird is among the featured artists in this week’s episode.

Classical music can be a little stuffy. You don’t typically see a lot of classical concertgoers movin’ and groovin’ along to the music in their seats.

But in the 21st century, composers have taken a cue from funk, jazz, folk, and the blues—and they’re learning some new moves. On this week’s episode of Second Inversion, we’ll hear music you can groove to. Tune in for toe-tapping, finger-snapping tunes from today’s top composers.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, August 21 at 9pm PT.

Celebrating Women’s Voices: Saturday, Aug. 14 | 9pm

by Maggie Molloy

Reena Esmail, Nathalie Joachim, and Caroline Shaw are featured in this week’s episode.

Throughout history, the classical tradition has been made richer by women’s contributions—even if they didn’t always receive proper credit.

On this Saturday’s episode of Second Inversion, we’re celebrating women’s voices. We’ll hear music from women who have helped shape, inspire, and expand the world of classical music. From the modal musings of Hildegard von Bingen to the ear-expanding experiments of Pauline OIiveros and the vibrant, cross-cultural folk songs of Nathalie Joachim, we’ll hear music from women who have made a mark on classical music history. Plus, we’ll talk about why women composers have been historically underrepresented in classical music—and how that’s changing in the 21st century.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, August 14 at 9pm PT.