Second Inversion hosts share a favorite selection from their playlist. Tune in during the indicated hours below on Friday, November 11 to hear these pieces. In the meantime, you’ll hear other great new and unusual music from all corners of the classical genre 24/7!
Olga Bell: Altai Krai (New Amsterdam Records)
Olga Bell’s album Krai explores different federal subjects (states, basically) of Russia. The track exploring Altai Krai is engrossing, with its use of jaw harp and folk-influenced vocal style. This track imitates the throat singing native to this area. Personally, I’m always up for throat-singing. Altai Krai blends the traditional sounds with modern ones, including the sound of an air-raid siren temporally stretched almost to the point of imperceptibility. This is a pleasing musical combination for this moment in time: exotic (for me) escapist music with just hint of doom on the horizon. – Seth Tompkins
Tune in to Second Inversion in the 9am hour today to hear this piece.
Sam Sadigursky: The Dream Keeper / text by Langston Hughes (New Amsterdam Records)
I wish I could share this music with everyone everywhere, right now. It feels like a personal address spoken by one human directly to another, but really it should serve to envelop whole groups of people in the arms of its melody and message. Monica Heidemann’s vocals provide just the right warmth and smoothness, and the dark wisps of Sadigursky’s clarinet sound provide the perfect accompaniment. Here is the text of Langston Hughes’ poem:
Bring me all of your dreams,
Bring me all your
That I may wrap them
In a blue cloud-cloth
Away from the too-rough fingers
Of the world.
Tune in to Second Inversion in the 1pm hour today to hear this piece.
Andrea Mazzariello: Symmetry and Sharing (Unreleased recording shared by the composer and performers)
In what could possibly be the world’s first SATB percussion quartet, Andrea Mazzariello has created a work that completely transports me to another world. A world where I feel comfort, peace, and want to stay for a long time. Symmetry and Sharing utilizes tuned metal pipes and wood slats, two deconstructed drum kits, a shared vibraphone, while the performers sing in four independent parts. Written specifically for Mobius Percussion, who take a keen interest in utilizing their voices and whose ranges happen to fit the SATB model, this piece is a very unique and special collaboration and definitely one to close your eyes and immerse yourself in. (Unless you’re watching this video, then keep your eyes open!) – Maggie Stapleton
Tune in to Second Inversion in the 5pm hour today to hear this piece.
Ed Carlsen: Cage (Moderna Records)
“Courage” is my silent mantra, the guiding word I whisper to myself and the driving force pushing me toward every intimidation I face. Given the current division in our country it seems like the perfect word for many people to cling to and gain strength from. In Ed Carlsen’s “Cage,” it’s used in repeating lyrics amid electronic sounds, orchestral arrangements, and mechanical clicks and ticks. It’s the perfect 5ish minute song to tenderly combat your insecurities, whatever their source. – Rachele Hales
Tune in to Second Inversion in the 6pm hour today to hear this piece.