Blinding sun, shimmering sands, prickly plants and an endless, open sky—there is something magical about the desert.
It’s difficult to put it into words, to capture it on paper, or to sum it up in a song. The music of the desert slips through your hand like sand, evaporates like a mirage—but composers have never stopped trying to capture it. This Saturday on Second Inversion: Desert Mirage. From singing sands to desert duets, cactus needles to cricket songs, we’ll hear music and stories from deep within the desert.
We live in a fast-paced world, and it can be a real challenge sometimes to turn off our minds, switch off the lights, and just rest.
Music can help with that. This Saturday on Second Inversion: Sweet Dreams. Music to lull you to sleep! We’ll hear modern lullabies that’ll have you counting sheep. Snuggle up and join us for music inspired by gentle dreams, starlit nights, and those quiet moments just before you drift off to sleep. Plus, music from a real all-nighter of a concert—a piece dreamt up for audiences to listen to in bed!
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.
Here in Seattle, the longest day of the year brings about 16 hours of daylight—and we’re celebrating the summer solstice this weekend on Second Inversion.
On this Saturday’s episode: the Sun and the Moon. We’ll hear music inspired by day and night, darkness and light. One composer traces the mythic struggle between the Sun Lion and the Moon Bull. Another explores the four suns of the Arctic sky. Plus: night music from the land of the midnight sun, and moonlight shimmering over Guan Mountain.
Music is rooted in change: chord change, tempo change, dynamic change. But music can also ignite change.
This Juneteenth, we’re celebrating the ways in which Black artists continue to shape and enrich American music. On this Saturday’s episode: Songs of Liberation. From intimate folk songs to sprawling musical manifestos, we’ll explore cutting-edge new music by Black composers—all culminating in a live recording of Julius Eastman’s radical 1973 composition Stay On It.