Music of Week

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Leonard Bernstein is a treasure of American music.  The son of Ukranian immigrants he was a prolific composer, pianist, educator, and conductor associated with New York Philharmonic for forty-seven years. The conservative culture of classical music wouldn't let a gay man hold a prestigious conducting position so he lived his whole life in the closet. Leonard Bernstein was born in 1918.  in honor of his 100th birthday pianist Lara Downes has released a tribute to Lenny, twenty-eight tracks which beautifully encapsulate the spirit of the man and his music.

Stephen Ruppenthal is a versatile trumpeter known for his work with experimental contemporary music and sound art. His latest album, Flamethrower, evolved over eight years and contains world premiers of five pieces for trumpet with interactive electroacoustics. Ruppenthal extends his instrument from its traditional sound using digital audio processing, demonstrating the limitless possibilities of the genre of classical electronic music. Stephen Ruppenthal’s album is called Flamethrower, the track we’re hearing is Misty Magic Land.

Take a trio of the finest griot musicians from Mali and put them in a studio with western music’s most revolutionary string quartet and the resulting album is of the most rewarding musical collaborations you’re likely to hear. The musicians are Trio Da Kali, and the Kronos Quartet. Both groups have acknowledged this collaboration as among the best of their respective careers. The music speaks for itself. The album is Ladilikan the track we’re hearing is Garaba Mama.

Anti-Flag has just released their tenth album, American Fall. The Pittsburgh punk band is well known for its anti-capitalist stance and has been a strong advocate for class struggle and civil rights for over 20 years. The latest album delivers the same quick melodic punch as previous albums and the anti-imperialist lyrics are as sharp as ever. Anti-flag rages on at an ugly unfair world. The new album is American Fall the track we’re hearing is the Criminals.

Sean McConnell released his first album at the age of fifteen. Since then he's written songs for stars of country and pop music, and put in his time on the road. His latest album Undone is an acoustic version of last years self-titled release. The album was recorded live and alone, on analog tape. The bare bones of the music reveal his vocal prowess and allow the stories in the songs to shine through. Sean McConnells album is called Undone, the track we're hearing is Bottom of the Sea

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