VIDEO PREMIERE: ‘William Wilson’ by Melia Watras

by Maggie Molloy

Violist/composer Melia Watras and violinist Michael Jinsoo Lim. Photo by Michelle Smith-Lewis.
Duality is a common theme in both literature and music: good and evil, light and dark, tension and release. Sometimes these dualities are represented by opposite characters—and sometimes, they are one and the same.
 
Doubles, doppelgängers, and duplicity drew the Seattle-based composer and violist Melia Watras to the works of Edgar Allan Poe, a writer whose poetry is quite musical in its own right. Her new piece William Wilson draws on excerpts from Poe’s short story of the same name: the twisted tale of a man and his dark shadow—two sides of the same coin.
 
Watras wrote the piece for her own kindred spirit: her husband Michael Jinsoo Lim, who sings and performs the piece on violin. We’re thrilled to premiere the music video for William Wilson, which appears on Watras’s brand new album of compositions Firefly Songs.
Music by Melia Watras, performance by Michael Jinsoo Lim, video by Michelle Smith-Lewis.

Watras’s new album Firefly Songs is a collection of original compositions exploring themes of community and personal folklore, with performances from some of her closest friends and collaborators. Firefly Songs is out now on Planet M records. For more details, click here.

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.

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.