All American music is Black music - even if people don't think so. Garrett and Scott explore this idea as it applies to the music of Shea Diamond, Megan Thee Stallion, Kane Brown, and many others. Titus Underwood, Principal Oboe of the Nashville Symphony, talks about Black enlightenment, his recent furlough, and the events that prevented his previous appearance on TRILLOQUY. Scott challenges an opinion by Sheku Kanneh-Mason, and Garrett lays out his frustrations with Grammophone and NPR Classical.
Shea Diamond, "American Pie"
Modest Mussorgsky, "Night on Bald Mountain"
Matthew Tyler, "Etude for Elijah McClain"
Megan Thee Stallion, "Girls in the Hood"
Eric Whitacre/Joby Burgess, "Sleep"
Starbuck, "Moonlight Feels Right"
Kane Brown, "Heaven"
Meet the American Composer's Forum's High School Next Notes Artists
Riccardo Muti Looks to Re-Open the American Classical Music Scene
Someone Finally Remembered William Levi Dawson's 'Negro Folk Symphony'
Garrett and Scott wrap up Pride month with an opus featuring Marvell Terry, who brings an interesting conversation at the intersection of HIV awareness, music, and the Black queer experience. Rob Deemer offers a verbal response to recent critique, Scott reminds non-Black people to "read the room", and Garrett recalls his experiences exploring Black thought leaders of years past.
John Corigliano - Symphony No. 1
Lichens - "The Psychic Nature of Being"
Shea Diamond - "American Pie"
Sister Souljah on "good" white people
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Sometimes organizations, individuals, and institutions get it right. Other times, they just get it...white. Garrett and Scott explore this idea as it applies to the Institute for Composer Diversity, the police, and more. Garrett chats with Stephanie Matthews about transitioning into pop music as a classically trained violinist, and Scott drags Zachary Woolfe.
Gustav Holst - Japanese Suite
Nina Simone - "Ain't Got No/I Got Life"
Mary J. Blige - "I'm Goin' Down"
Rachel's - Music for Egon Schiele
NWA - "Fuk Da Police"
"The Sheku Effect"
Everyone knows the name Derek Chauvin at this point, but do you know about the Black piano player named Louis Chauvin? The guys explore the more nefarious side of his legacy, and his relationship with Scott Joplin. Scott (Blankenship) reacts to the idea of white tears being violent, and offers a challenge to white-led orchestras. In honor of Black Music Appreciation Month, Garrett chats with Alicia Waller about her latest album, "Some Hidden Treasure", and Garrett and Scott unpack "The Birdcage" in honor of Pride Month.
"Some Hidden Treasure" - Alicia Waller & The Excursion
"Heliotope Bouquet" - Louis Chauvin/Scott Joplin
"The Birdcage" (dir. Mike Nichols)
"Scott Joplin" (dir. Jeremy Kagan)
The season two premiere of TRILLOQUY features a conversation between the Garrett and Scott about the current unrest in the Twin Cities, and across the country. Garrett speaks with Chicago-based composer Adrian Dunn about Black ownership in classical music, and his relationship with a piece of music that everyone is listening to in light of George Floyd's murder.
Aaron Copland - Our Town
Joel Thompson - Seven Last Words of the Unarmed
Traditional - Soon Ah Will Be Done
Adrian Dunn's website
CONTRIBUTE TO THE CAUSE
The season one finale of Trilloquy features a conversation between Garrett and Am're Ford, who works as a composer, educator and founding director of a nonprofit arts organization. Ford shares his perspective on music education and discusses what he’s learned from starting a summer arts program. Garrett and Scott also share some big news about the future of Trilloquy.
Naughty by Nature - "O.P.P."
Steely Dan - "Black Cow"
Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz - "Deja Vu"
Drake - "Emotionless"
J. Cole - "Middle Child"
Arts in Action
After fighting against classical music’s rigidly outdated practices as a music teacher, composer and euphoniumist John DelVento decided to take his talents into the world of commercial film and TV music. He chats with Garrett and Scott in this opus about what led to that shift, and he offers his advice for music educators seeking a relevant way to introduce new students to instrumental performance. In honor of 4/20, Garrett and Scott spend the prelude exploring the intersection of classical music and cannabis.
Sergei Lyapunov – ‘Hashish’ Symphony
Hector Berlioz – ‘Symphonie Fantastique’
Hildegard von Bingen – ‘Alleluia’
Hugo Schmidt – ‘The Devil’s Tongue’
“Cannabis and coronavirus: What you need to know”
John DelVento’s website
This opus of Trilloquy features part two of a conversation with Maestro Brandon Keith Brown, who filed a racial discrimination suit after he was fired as Brown University’s music director back in 2017. Since then, he’s conducted orchestras in several countries, and he chats with Garrett about how racism in classical music isn’t just an American issue – it’s a global one.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 10
”Former Brown University Orchestra Director Alleges Racial Discrimination in 2017 Firing” (Diverse Issues in Higher Education, May 13, 2019)
“Black People Don’t Like Talking About Racism” (Brandon Keith Brown, Medium, April 7, 2020)
American Composer Forum’s Response to Covid-19
In 2017, Maestro Brandon Keith Brown was named music director at Brown University. A few weeks later, he was fired. The resulting racial discrimination suit that he filed in 2019 has opened up some interesting conversations in the world of classical music. In this opus, Brandon shares his side of the story with Garrett. Garrett and Scott open up this opus with a look at the ongoing impact of social distancing.
”Brown University music director claims racial bias in 2017 firing” (Providence Journal, May 12, 2019)
American Composer Forum’s Response to Covid-19
Orchestras are starting to program more works by women and composers of color, but today those performances are nearly outnumbered by the programming of works by a single composer: Beethoven. That's just one of the surprising statistics professor Rob Deemer has discovered through his work with the Institute for Composer Diversity. He joins Garrett and Scott in this opus to talk numbers and explore why orchestras may want to program “a little less Beethoven.”
My Favorite Things (arr. John Coltrane)
Support the Institute for Composer Diversity
Resources for artists impacted by COVID-19