Not Your Cookie-Cutter Carols: Dec. 19 | 10pm

Music of Phil Kline, Jherek Bischoff, and the DePue Brothers is featured in this week’s episode.

by Maggie Molloy

After years of the same old Christmas carols, the holiday hymns do start to run together. But whether you’re the world’s biggest Santa-fan or a grouchy Ebenezer Scrooge, there’s still a little magic to be found in every classical Christmas tune.

On this Saturday’s episode of Second Inversion: not your cookie-cutter Christmas carols. We’ll hear music from composers who like to bend the rules, break the mold, and spike the eggnog. From a Twin Peaks Christmas mashup to a very UNsilent night, we’ll hear how composers today are reimagining holiday music.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 10pm PT.

Heavenly Voices: Saturday, Dec. 12 | 10pm

by Maggie Molloy

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 visions of divine. Plus, one composer’s “postcard” from heaven.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 10pm PT.

U.S. Road Trip: Saturday, Nov. 21 | 10pm

by Maggie Molloy

America is a melting pot—and so is our music. From folk to jazz, pop, classical, and the avant-garde, American music has always been a merging of different cultures, influences, and ideas. And as you travel to different parts of the country, you find each region has its own unique music to share and story to tell.

On this week’s episode of Second Inversion, we’re taking a road trip around the U.S. We’re exploring music from the people and places that make up our country. We’ll hear music inspired by coal miners in Pennsylvania, stories of slavery in the American South, sounds from the Pacific Crest Trail, and songs of the Alaska Natives.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 10pm PT.

Music of Change: Saturday, Nov. 14 | 10pm

by Maggie Molloy

Clarinetist and composer Don Byron is among the featured artists in this week’s episode.

Music is rooted in change: chord change, tempo change, dynamic change. But music can also ignite change. It can bring people together, create a dialogue, and make you listen just a little bit differently.

On this week’s episode of Second Inversion, we’re exploring music that celebrates and embodies change. We’ll hear moments of innovation in the classical tradition, discover works that challenge the established order, and listen to a piece of music that changes every time you play it.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 10pm PT.

Midnight Music: Saturday, Nov. 7 | 10pm

by Maggie Molloy

Music of Meredith Monk, Arnold Schoenberg, and Valgeir Sigurðsson is included in this episode.

If there’s one thing fairy tales and fantasy novels have taught us, it’s that there is something magical about midnight.

That’s always when the portal to another world closes, when humans turn to monsters, and when monsters wreak havoc. If you have any magical business to take care of, midnight is always the deadline. No matter what, Cinderella’s carriage always turns back into a pumpkin at midnight.

On this Saturday’s episode of Second Inversion, we’re taking a little midnight stroll. We’ll hear music inspired by dark skies and the mysterious secrets they hide.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 10pm PT.