Musical Postcards: Saturday, Jan. 16 | 9pm

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by Maggie Molloy

The French cellist Vincent Segal and the Malian kora player 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.

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.

Listening to the Birds: Saturday, Aug. 22 | 10pm

by Maggie Molloy

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

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, August 22 at 10pm PT.

Voice as an Instrument: Saturday, Aug. 1 | 10pm

Pamela Z is among the featured artists in this week’s episode. Photo by Lori Eanes.

The human voice may be the original musical instrument, but in the 21st century composers are taking it to new heights—literally.

On this week’s episode of Second Inversion, we’ll hear new and novel approaches to vocal music, including music that loops, layers, and transforms the human voice—plus artists who speak volumes without ever using words.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, August 1 at 10pm PT.

Music of the People: Saturday, June 20 | 10pm

by Maggie Molloy

Connor Chee, the Danish String Quartet, and Nathalie Joachim are among the musicians featured in this week’s episode.

We often think of classical music as kind of the opposite of folk music. Classical music values complexity, precision, and perfection—it runs counter to some of the warmth, immediacy, and community-oriented aspects that are so central to folk music.

And yet, classical composers across history have found inspiration in folk traditions the world over. On this week’s episode, we’ll explore modern takes on classic folk tunes from around the globe. Tune in for a Navajo corn-grinding chant, folk songs from the women of Haiti, traditional wedding tunes from the Danish island of Fanø, and an instrument used to communicate with the ancestral spirits of the Shona people.

To listen, tune in to KING FM on Saturday, June 20 at 10pm PT.


The Westerlies’ rendition of the old English ballad “Pretty Saro” is included in this week’s episode.