Contempora: The Contemporary Classical Music Podcast
Ben Hjertmann is a composer and singer involved in a variety of genres. In his upcoming self-produced album, Angelswort, we hear his myriad musicalinterestsin concurrence, as well as conflict. Ben explains the inspiration behind the album and talks us through several of the movements.Enjoy the album artwork below and study the entire score here.Complete recordings of tracks will be available soon.
Preview - Ben Hjertmann
For the next episode of Contempora, Ben Hjertmann introduces his upcoming album Angelswort. Ben is a composer, singer and member of the Grant Wallace Band. This album is an unusual combination of classical and pop music in a style he calls "chamber metal." Enjoy this preview and be sure to listen to the entire episode when it is released on May 1st.
Composer and percussionist Nathan Davis joins us this time on Contempora. Nathan is a member of the renown International Contemporary Ensemble and the New York Times describes his work as "music that deals deftly and poetically with timbre and sonority." As a percussionist, Nathan has performed music from around the world and he sometimes incorporates these musical traditions into his writing. We explore a work that does just that—his thrilling duoKebyar Untai,for hammered dulcimer and...
Larry Alan Smith
Dr. Larry Alan Smith, "a young composer of great gifts," according to the New York Times, joins us this time to discuss his recent song cycle of Emily Dickinson poems, A Slash of Blue! A Sweep of Gray!Learn about what draws him to Dickinson's poetry and his life-long work as an arts administrator.Be sure to subscribe to Contempora in the iTunes storehere.
Eliza Brown's music has been described by Symphony Magazine as "Haunting, delicate and introspective." Eliza speaks about her inspirations and the compositional process for her work A Tune Refractedfor harp and wind ensemble. Excerpts from aperformanceof the work are featured and one of the musicians who gave this performance, oboist Kevin Scott, speaks about the experience.You can also listen toA Tune Refracted in its entirety below.Be sure to subscribe to Contempora in the iTunes store...
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