9 Feb 2019

Sound Lounge: More 2019 Grammy-nominated works; Carol Shortis's setting of a Gaelic death dirge

From Sound Lounge, 9:45 pm on 9 February 2019


More 2019 Grammy-Nominated works for Best Classical Contemporary Composition

MISSY MAZZOLI: Vespers for Violin
Olivia De Prato (violin), Missy Mazzoli (electronics)
New Focus Recordings FCR 193

This video contains brief nudity.

MASON BATES: (R)evolution of Steve Jobs (excerpts)
Edward Parks (baritone), Sasha Cooke (mezzo), Garrett Sorenson (tenor), Wei Wu (bass), Jessica E. Jones (soprano), Santa Fe Opera Chorus and Orchestra/ Michael Christie
Pentagon American Operas PTC 5186 690

AARON JAY KERNIS: Concerto for Violin
James Ehnes (violin), Seattle SO/ Ludovic Morlot
Onyx Classics ONYX 4189

Du Yun

We celebrate the Chinese New Year with music by Shanghai-born, New York-based composer Yu Dun - multi-instrumentalist, performance artist, activist and curator for new music.

DU YUN: Vicissitudes Alone; Improvisation A, The Griffin; Improvisation B, The Nāga
International Contemporary Ensemble
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SOUNZ Resound audio of the week - An Tuiream Bais by Carol Shortis

Carol Shortis

Carol Shortis Photo: Carol Shortis

The Carmina Gadelica, known in Gaelic as Ortha nan Gaidheal, is a six-volume collection of orally-transmitted prayers, poems, blessings and other material, collected by the folklorist Alexander Carmichael in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland in the second half of the nineteenth century. Carmichael subsequently translated this material, and edited the first two volumes. The death dirge, An Tuiream Bais, was published in the third volume, edited by Alexander’s grandson, James Carmichael Watson. I have set the first, fourth, fifth and sixth verses in the original Gaelic language. – Carol Shortis

Commissioned by Baroque Voices with funding from Creative New Zealand.

CAROL SHORTIS: An Tuiream Bais
Baroque Voices

Works for Loudspeakers - Spring 2018

Works For Loudspeakers is a quarterly listening party showcasing emerging and established composers. Every edition is different, and curated to give a platform for non-performative sound-based composition - music that would usually not have a public outlet. The audience is given an opportunity to exercise close listening in a friendly environment.  

Alexa Casino (electronics)
Works for Loudspeakers Spring 2018

Also by Wellington experimental musician  & vocalist Alexa Casino.


11:00 Relevant Tones: Generations

Lukas Ligeti

Lukas Ligeti Photo: Creative Commons

Although a famous name can open some doors, it’s not always easy following in the footsteps of a great artist. Many children of great composers and performers have chosen to go a different route altogether, but others have found their own artistic identity. (WFMT)