Planting the Seeds: Saturday, Jan. 23 | 9pm

by Maggie Molloy

Photo by Danny Strutt.

If you listen closely, you might just discover music amid the leaves of your favorite plant or tree. An entire orchestra of sounds awaits those who listen with open ears.

On this Saturday’s episode of Second Inversion, we’re planting the seeds. We’re exploring music inspired by—and in some cases, performed on—living plants. We’ll find music amid cactus needles, wooden planks, and gentle leaves. Plus, music inspired by the fastest-growing plan in the world.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, January 23 at 9pm PT.

Musical Postcards: Saturday, Jan. 16 | 9pm

by Maggie Molloy

The French cellist Vincent Segal and the Malian kora player Ballaké Sissoko are featured in this week’s episode.

Second Inversion is now airing in a NEW TIME SLOT: Saturdays at 9pm.

The best trips are the ones you can’t wait to write home about. You send a postcard saying, “You’ll never believe what I saw, did, touched, and tasted while I was exploring this new place…”

On this Saturday’s episode of Second Inversion, we’re exploring musical postcards. We’ll hear composers’ impressions of new and familiar places. From the Amazon jungle to the Arctic tundra and the rooftops of Bamako, Mali, we’ll hear musical snapshots from all around the world.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, January 16 at 9pm PT.

Listening to the Birds: Saturday, Jan. 9 | 9pm

by Maggie Molloy

The red-whiskered bulbul is one of the birds that inspired composer Olivier Messiaen. Photo by Prasanna Venkatesh G.

Second Inversion is now airing in a NEW TIME SLOT! Catch us every Saturday night at 9pm on Classical KING FM.

You can learn a lot from the birds—when you’re quiet enough to listen.

The freedom and spontaneity of birdsong has inspired composers across the ages, including many composers today. Each one has its own unique melody, rhythm, timbre, and tune.

This week on Second Inversion, we’re listening to the birds. From mourning doves to evening vespers, we’ll hear music written for an entire orchestra of birds. Plus, a piece that brings together birdsongs from all around the globe.

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

Finding the Groove: Saturday, Jan. 2 | 10pm

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, Jan. 2 at 10pm PT.

Sweet Dreams: Saturday, Dec. 26 | 10pm

Max Richter is among the featured artists in this week’s episode. Photo by Mike Terry.

by Maggie Molloy

We’re all in need of a little extra tenderness this year—a lullaby to help calm and quiet our restless minds. As this whirlwind of a year draws to a close, we’ll wind down with some introspective music.

On this Saturday’s episode of Second Inversion: music to lull you to sleep. We’ll hear modern lullabies that’ll have you counting sheep. Tune in for music inspired by sweet dreams, starlit evenings, and the quiet hum of midnight.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, Dec. 26 at 10pm PT.