For the 69th opus of TRILLOQUY, the guys decide to spend some time at the intersection of music and sex, featuring a few of Scott's favorites by Donna Summer. Special guest, Derek Menchan talks with Garrett about how he utilizes Afro-centrism and his ability to overlay his multi-talents to create new recordings of the "classics", and a scene from the film, "The Prince of Egypt" serves as the frame for pretty difficult conversation between the hosts.
The Sphinx Organization has celebrated and brought together Black and brown musicians for over two decades, but because of COVID, the organization's annual gala is going digital. This online event will include a performance of a work by composer Carlos Simon, who talks with Garrett about the gala, his music, and how he engages the issue of police brutality as an artist. Scott offers his opinion on the music of Alanis Morissette (and Beyoncé's cover of her most famous song), followed by a conversation concerning this year's Presidential Election.
When it comes to hosting radio, some things just can't be taught. WUOT-FM's Todd Steed talks about this, some of the challenges of working in management at a radio station, and what made Garrett the "right person" for his spot on the afternoon airwaves, despite his not having any radio experience at the time. Scott weighs in on how he deals with rude listeners, and Garrett takes a cue from Kanye West.
Making music is the second most intimate thing that two people can do together. Garrett chats with Abe Hunter from the Lied Society about the intimacy of art song, and their upcoming collaboration of an audio-only broadcast that will include the premiere of a work written in honor of the late George Floyd. After the guys read their official statements following Garrett's termination from APM/MPR, Scott talks about some of his most intimate moments on stage, and they both explore music written in the spirit of freedom.
***A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS SUPPORTED GARRETT MCQUEEN DURING THIS VERY DIFFICULT TIME.***
Franklin Willis teaches elementary music in Nashville, but in his words, he's much more than a music teacher! He speaks with Garrett about teaching culture, teaching life skills, and teaching joy with hip-hop as the foundation. Scott continues to settle into old(er) age with "post-yacht rock", and with a new look! And Garrett responds to the allegation that white men and their music is being "erased" by diversity and equity initiatives.
Tea Sierra's dedication to Blackness fueled their entry into orchestral music, their journey through earning an MIS in Urban Studies, and their decision to move up to Minnesota to continue the journey. Garrett and Tea talk about this, the importance of Trap Music, and why the "Wakanda industrial complex" won't save humanity. Scott honors the late Chadwick Boseman with a "then and now" look at Black Panther, and Garrett shares why he was taken off the air at his radio gig.
Maya Stone believes that power comes from within - it's something that's grounded her over the course of her very dynamic music career. She chats with Garrett about this, her experiences as a bassoon professor in the world of collegiate academia, and her return home to New York. Scott honors Women's Equality Day by reflecting on the music of Sarah Vaughan, and Garrett gets honest about spiritual and emotional fatigue.
Christine Gangelhoff challenges the Euro-centric nature of "classical" music by promoting the work of not only Black composers, but Afro-Caribbean composers. She joins Garrett to talk about her experiences as a teacher and performer in the Bahamas, and the album, Tour de Force. Scott shares some of the contemporary classical music that he thinks can help deal with the day to day of 2020, and Garrett recounts one of his own experiences dealing with racism while teaching in the Bahamas.
This opus of TRILLOQUY is sponsored by The Lewis Prize for Music, announcing their 2nd annual Accelerator Awards. Applications are open until Friday, August 21st, with winning applicants receiving a multi-year prize of $500,000 beginning in January of 2021. For more information visit: thelewisprize.org.
RUN DMC - "It's Tricky"
Bobby Shmurda - "Hot N---a"
Bob Marley - "Jammin"
Heitor Villa Lobos - Guitar Concerto
Mikhail Mikhaylovich Ippolitov-Ivanov - Caucasian Sketches Suite No. 1
Sufjan Stevens - "Year of the Tiger"
Judd Greenstein - "Clearing, Dawn, Dance"
C Force - Tour de Force
Bahamas Junkanoo Shakers
Orchestra is Racist
2 Men Charged In Long-Unsolved Killing Of Run-DMC's Jam Master Jay
Bobby Shmurda audition
Julian Bream passes away
Tour de Force: A Musical Journey of the Caribbean
**Disclaimer: This opus of TRILLOQUY was composed before the announcement of Joe Biden's running mate.
Being Black is being a part of a very diverse community that exists both across time and around the globe. Garrett and Scott explore this idea with works by Beyoncé, William Grant Still, Victoria Monét, Cardi B/Megan Thee Stallion, and many others. Portia Dunkley shares her COVID-era experiences as a mother, teacher and business owner, and the guys talk about coping with current events/politics as "classical" music professionals.
Issam Rafea/Gao Hong - "Mother's Plea"
Mary Kouyoumdjian - Bombs of Beirut
Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion - "WAP"
Ludwig van Beethoven - Scherzo from Symphony No. 9
2 Live Crew - Pop That Pu--y
Victoria Monet - "Touch Me"
William Grant Still - Africa
Beyoncé - "Water", "Brown Skin Girl"
India Arie - "Brown Skin"
Unsung America Fund
Philadelphia Orchestra rehearses in person for the first time since pandemic
Meet The Medical Professionals Playing Classical Music Together Online
Orchestras Are Totally Safe. Just Stay Away From the Flute Player
HUGE THANKS to Mary Kouyoumdjian for offering information on Lebanese artists. Find the full listing in the "EXTRAS" at TRILLOQUY.org.