Like any great work of art, a piece of music comes together one stitch at a time.
This Saturday on Second Inversion: Sonic Textiles. Join us for music threaded with vibrant color, texture, and pattern. From quilts to needlework and woven tapestries, we’ll hear from artists who explore the very fabric of music. Composer Gabriela Lena Frank traces the vivid threads of her Peruvian heritage, Ghanaian-American pianist William Chapman Nyaho explores the mesmerizing rhythm of the loom, and Caroline Shaw stitches together a musical patchwork quilt.
Monsters and witches and werewolves, oh my! The spooky season is upon us—and nothing sets the scene for All Hallows’ Eve quite like some ghostly music.
Let us provide the soundtrack for your Halloween haunts. On this Saturday’s episode of Second Inversion: music of ghosts, goblins, and things that go BUMP in the night. Listen along as we visit a musical Frankenstein, spend a night at the Bates Motel, dance with an army of skeletons, and step inside a composer’s nightmare.
Vampires never die—and there’s one in particular who keeps coming back to bite us.
When Bram Stoker first penned the immortal tale of Dracula back in 1897, even he probably couldn’t have imagined the coffin he was opening. The vampire novel has spawned over 200 movie adaptations, not to mention theatre, TV, literature—and of course, music.
On this Saturday’s episode of Second Inversion, we’re sinking our teeth into the music of Dracula. We’ll explore four spine-chilling Dracula film scores, from the haunting to the hypnotic—and the just plain scary. Plus, the story of one actor who took the role of Dracula to the grave…literally.
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 moonlit stroll. We’ll hear music inspired by dark skies, starry nights, and the mysterious lure of midnight.
Love, betrayal, corruption, murder—all crucial ingredients in any great film noir. And so is a swingin’ soundtrack.
On this Saturday’s episode of Second Inversion: New Music Noir! We’ll hear cinematic sounds that beckon us to a world of black and white. From the dizzying twists and turns of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo to the smoky streets of Aaron Copland’s Quiet City, we’ll hear music that embodies the ominous world of film noir. Plus, music from a black and white movie that’s all about color—and an imaginary film score that invites you to be the director. Settle in for an evening of moody strings, soulful trumpets, and the sultry swing of the city streets.