Schubert Club: https://schubert.org/
Gateways Radio: https://www.gatewaysmusicfestival.org/gatewaysradio
The Sphinx Organization has been a leader in diversity and equity in the arts for 25 years. The organization's President and Artistic Director, Afa Dworkin, alongside the organization's founder, Aaron Dworkin, join Garrett to discuss the past, present and future of Sphinx.
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Molly Joyce is a composer and performer whose work focuses on disability as a creative source. She joins Garrett in this week's third movement to talk about her work and her new album, "Perspective". This, the week in "accidentals", and more!
· Black Administrators of Opera Release Letter in Support of Afton Battle: https://operawire.com/black-administrators-of-opera-release-letter-in-support-of-afton-battle/
· Young musicians keep showing up on concert stages. It’s not clear they’re ready: https://datebook.sfchronicle.com/music/young-musicians-keep-showing-up-on-concert-stages-its-not-clear-theyre-ready?fbclid=IwAR3hIysCFSu52hGEXu__-xWKw_lOMofAJdXm19oSdXClWOod2rdva4sfMbI
· Danger Mouse and Black Thought – “No Gold Teeth”
· SZA – “Too Late”
· Molly Joyce: https://www.mollyjoyce.com
· “Perspective”: https://mollyjoyce.bandcamp.com/album/perspective
· Accessibility in the Arts – A Promise and a Practice: https://promiseandpractice.art
· Schubert Club: https://schubert.org
· Salastina: https://www.salastina.org
· “Capitolio” by Maria Isa: https://music.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_k8EaGWmdVD-Noiamc4-a4gosknhV1Id1E
· Antonín Dvořák - Symphony No. 9 ‘From the New World’ - Klaus Mäkelä | Made in America: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXcU7h3uVlg
· Chaka Khan - Through the Fire (Piano Cover by Gabriella Miranda): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ludXTpP1Wg
Garrett and Scott wrap up the year discussing the Met Opera's budget woes, call-out of a Black opera singer coined as "the op", and music by Mongo Santamaría, Counting Crows, Black Thought & Danger Mouse, and more. Special guest Vijay Iyer joins in the third movement.
Support for TRILLOQUY comes from Salastina.
Garrett and Scott offer a holiday-themed opus, featuring a Rudolph breakdown, music by Mariah Carey and Fleet Foxes, a conversation with special guest, Takesha Meshé Kizart-Thomas, and lots more! TRILLOQUY is made possible, in part, by Salastina: https://www.salastina.org.
Soprano Maria Clark and pianist Maria Thompson Corley navigate intense emotion, scars of suffering, and religious passion through hymns, spirituals, and gospel tunes on their latest album, "Soul Sanctuary". They both join Garrett (1:09:00) to discuss the album, the importance of the spiritual, and the cultural narratives that are drawn from this form of Black classical music. Garrett and Scott kick off the show with a nod to the tradition of Jewish music and discuss music that bridges the east and west, a racial slurs in the concert hall, and building cross-cultural unity through the theater. This, lots of great music, and more!
Support from TRILLOQUY comes from Salastina: https://www.salastina.org
Experiments in Opera is focused on re-writing the story of opera, with one of their latest projects fusing contemporary subject matter and musical aesthetics with opera serialized for TV! The organization's Executive Director, Aaron Siegel, joins Garrett (1:07:00) to talk about the TV opera, ideas on dismantling the status quo of opera, and insights on how to cultivate younger audiences. Garrett and Scott offer commentary on WFMT's new radio program geared toward younger audiences, take a look at the programming of a southwest US symphony, and share music by Jackson 5, Margaret Bonds, Gladys Knight, and more.
TRILLOQUY is made possible, in part, by Salastina.
Garrett and Scott kick things off with a welcome to the holiday season and move into the New York Times' take on Sphinx, and the latest from "I Care If You Listen". The guys share music by Dear Silas, Blanco Brown, and more. Multi-time Grammy-nominated artist Curtis Stewart returns to TRILLOQUY to discuss his upcoming performance of Julia Perry's violin concerto, his approach to playing and understanding music, and how musical languages can connect and create communities. Garrett and Scott wrap things up by offering their opinions on a holiday favorite by Handel.
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For the past several years, the South Dakota Symphony has engaged local Indigenous communities through dialogue, music making, and recently, with a new recording! The ensemble's Music Director, Delta David Gier, and resident artist, Bryan Akipa join Garrett and talk about racial relations in South Dakota, the formation of the Lakota Music Project, and what the impact has been for white and Indigenous communities. Garrett and Scott celebrate Esperanza Spalding and offer feedback on the upcoming film, "The Chevalier", and share music by Nina Simone, Ned Rorem, and many others.
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This week Garrett and Scott highlight the power of inter-disciplinary blending and collaboration and the benefits therein with the help of an HBCU band inspired article by Katie Brown and a profile on cellist and "clown" Karen Hall. The guys highlight compositions by James Lee III, Shawn Okpebholo, Ludwig Göransson, and many others. Composer Elijah Daniel Smith returns to the third movement to talk more about life as an emerging composer, as well as the importance of respecting the diversity of Blackness and artistically being true to oneself.
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Elijah Daniel Smith is a composer whose star is rising, with performances and commissions from orchestras across the country. He joins Garrett (57:00) to talk about the rock band origins of his musical trajectory, the vital nature of artist service organizations, and his reactions to being critiqued in a previous opus of TRILLOQUY. Scott honors Orchestra Noir's recent performance with Rick Ross and the late singer, Mimi Parker, Garrett speaks to the new movie, "Tár" and shares a cover of an Anita Baker song, and more.
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Rocky, Lee, and Paige, hosts of "The Score" from Minnesota Opera return for part 2 of their conversation with Garrett in the third movement (58:00). Garrett and Scott honor Dia de los Muertos with Mexican music of different shades, engage conversation about the affordability of opera, and consider the nuance behind teaching music students who will likely never "make it" in the field.
TRILLOQUY is made possible, in part, by Schubert Club.
Minnesota Opera's Rocky, Lee, and Paige have been innovating the classical field with their hit podcast, "The Score". They join Garrett (56:30) to talk about the musical inspirations of the podcast, the issues they're working to engage within the opera field, and the nuances of leaving those who don't want to change behind. Scott offers music by Matisyahu, Garrett highlights a string quartet by Michael Laster, and the guys recount their week away from the studio, from the good to the bad.
Support for TRILLOQUY comes from Schubert Club: https://schubert.org
Louis Armstrong - "Spooks"
Inbal Segev - "Room to Move" for Cello Octet
The Verve - "Bitter Sweet Symphony"
Michael Laster - "Graffiti for Idealists"
Matisyahu - "One Day"
The Fugees - "Ready or Not"
Lauryn Hill - "I Gotta Find Peace of Mind"
Heitor Villa-Lobos - Trio for Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon
The Score Podcast: https://mnopera.org/edi/the-score/
Louis Armstrong Museum: https://www.louisarmstronghouse.org
Glenn Alexander II Makes Carnegie Hall Debut: https://www.msmnyc.edu/news/msm-doctoral-student-glenn-alexander-ii-makes-carnegie-hall-debut-conducting-jon-batistes-american-symphony/
Talent Exodus in Classical Music: https://www.classicfm.com/music-news/report-classical-industry-parents-women-carers/
Michael Laster: https://www.michaellaster.com/listen
Garrett and Scott offer a pre-recorded opus this week that features conversations about social media's role in "classical" audience development, organ music by Black composers, and the alleged connection between AirBnB and midwest orchestras. Violinist Asher Laub is featured in the third movement to unpack his unique journey and career creating covers as an electro-violinist, and the guys spend the final movement discussing their perspectives on the latest Kanye West sagas.
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Shelley Washington lives at the intersections of many "boths" and has written a piece that explores it. She joins Garrett (1:02:00) to discuss the duality of her existence, mental health, and what it's like being a composer at these intersections. Scott celebrates Indigenous Peoples' Day with "Navajo Piano", Garrett shares some African drumming, and the guys discuss the week in news.
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Brian Raphael Nabors is described as a composer of emotionally enriching music that tells exciting narratives with its vibrant themes and colorful harmonic language. He joins Garrett (1:04:00) to talk about his southern upbringing, his upcoming premieres, and his perspective on a slowly evolving "classical" music ecosystem. Scott honors Kate Bush and celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with music by Manuel Ponce, Garrett shares his weekend of theater and choirs, and the guys unpack some of the newest data collected on orchestra programming around the world.
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Following a critically acclaimed debut, the second iteration of the album "White Power Outage" includes everything from classically-stylized Latin music to hip hop to spoken word. Nick Cooper, Karega Ani, and Michele Thibeaux are among the collaborators on the album, and they join Garrett (1:13:00) to unpack some of the music featured on the album as well as the sentiments and stories that inspired them. Scott offers a "sharp" that challenges concert hall "shushers", Garrett recounts his latest trip to New York, and the guys celebrate the sounds of Alicia Keys, Abel Selaocoe, Felix Mendelssohn, and more.
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The debate over opera's use of skin-darkening makeup has triggered many conversations, and even more opinions. Opera superstar Limmie Pulliam returns to share his idea on this issue and to highlight the growing need for unity among musicians of color. Scott shares music inspired by his recent trip home to Omaha, NE, Garrett introduces the idea of racism in computer music to TRILLOQUY, and the guys celebrate Imani Winds, Ray LaMontagne, and more. The guys close the show with a TRILLOQUY movement themed around their personal relationships with Disney and the company's recent decision to platform an Afro-mermaid.
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After leaving the performance industry for many years, Limmie Pulliam has returned and is considered, among many, an up-and-coming superstar. With upcoming performances at the Metropolitan Opera, he's notable at the very least. Limmie joins Garrett (1:00:00) to offer insights into his start with music, his departure, and the unlikely situation that brought him back. Scott offers new by Björk and shines a light on Maestro Ofentse Pitse, Garrett returns to music by Kanyé West and speaks to The Proms, and the guys offer their opinions on reactions to the death of England's Queen Elizabeth II.
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Karen Slack is not only one of the nation's most celebrated sopranos, but a leading voice in changing-making spaces in classical music, as well as the host of one of the industry's most popular digital talk shows: #KikiKonvos. She joins Garrett (59:00) to offer her ideas and opinions on arts activism, what it takes to traverse a predominantly white industry as a person of color, and fostering unity across generational lines. Scott honors Irma Thomas and shares his experiences presenting at the Public Radio Program Director's National Conference, Garrett highlights musical arrangements by Hubert Laws and shines a light on the newly formed San Antonio Philharmonic, and the guys "connect the dots" between Schubert and the rest of the world.
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Decolonizing ideas and structures require an engagement of educational systems, and Decolonizing the Music Room is uniquely poised to do that work. The organization's Founder and Executive Director, Brandi Waller-Pace, joins Garrett (1:01:00) to unpack the idea of decolonization, the process of building the organization, and her ideas on unity and reparations. Scott celebrates Chastity Brown while criticizing FN Meka, Garrett shares his experiences at a Rammstein show, and the guys weigh in on the student loan cancellation conversation.
The Waves Cafe is a new kind of venue: a pop-up cafe where the menu features live poetry and new music. Described as small, fresh, ephemeral, and unpredictable, you never know what you’re going to hear through this refreshed approach to live music. The Waves Cafe's founder, Maura Bosch, joins Garrett (1:05:00) to talk about what inspired The Waves Cafe, the importance of this unique space in today's arts ecosystem, and more. Scott and Garrett celebrate Solange's collaboration with New York City Ballet, speak to the fall of Plácido Domingo, and offer music from the silver screen.
After meeting at a Buddhist-inspired creator convening, New York-based artists HUNT DAWG and YOUAGOODKID have joined forces to disrupt violence and hate with an album called RADICAL HAUS. They join Garrett (1:01:00) to talk about their musical inspirations, Buddhism's impact on their radical approach, and what they think about "classical" music. Scott shares music by Danger Mouse & Black Thought, Garrett celebrates the symphonic sounds of Brent Faiyaz, and the guys unpack the diversity conversation in Europe, orchestra data collected by Women's Philharmonic Advocacy, and what it could look like to inspire political conservatives to join the cause of centering American music in concert halls.
Many don't know that the United States military offers training for composers, but Greg LeGette is a living example. He joins Garrett 1:01:00 to talk about life in the military, traversing the industry as a living, white male composer, and his ideas on American classical music. Garrett celebrates music from Rick and Morty and recounts his weekend at a Buddhist commune, Scott reports on classical music's diminishing audiences, and the guys discuss the idea of cancelling Russian in light of recent events.