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Modern Notebook for March 24, 2024

Composer and violist Carrie Frey.
Photo credit: Titi Ayangade.
Composer and violist Carrie Frey.

On the next Modern Notebook with Tyler Kline: Sun Keting’s acapella work, “Mang Gu,” draws on the Yunnanese tribal dance of the same name. It’s music that incorporates elements of the song and dance that people in the ethnic minority areas of China would use to communicate with one another through the echoes of the mountains.

Then, we’ll hear new saxophone music from composer Maria Kaoutzani as well as a duet for cello and electric guitar by Rose Connolly. And Carrie Frey’s “Seagrass/Reed:” it is music full of sparkling, fleeting, and noisy gestures, exploring the array of techniques and sounds that the viola is capable of making.

Tune in for that plus music by Robyn Jacob, Bosba Panh, Amy Rooney, Clarice Assad, Anna Appleby, Maria Eugenia Luc, and others; and performances by guitarist Jamie Monck, National Youth Choir of Great Britain, harpist Elisabeth Remy Johnson, Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble, ~Nois Saxophone Quartet, Duo Entre-Nous, cellist Kate Ellis with guitarist Barry O’Halpin, and more.

Listen Sunday night from 8 to 10 ET on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9. Stream recent episodes on-demand at modernnotebook.org.

Hour 1

Bosba Panh’s Dizzy Night.

Breaking Bread by Nkeiru Okoye.

Clarice Assad’s Triptych.

Máng Gǔ by Sun Keting.

Freya Waley-Cohen’s Skye.

Fluctus by Robyn Jacob.

Amy Rooney’s Phosphenes.

Hour 2

Sonnet 43 by Anna Appleby.

Maria Kaoutzani’s Shore to Shore.

Seagrass/Reed by Carrie Frey.

Maria Eugenia Luc’s Air Mirrors.

And the Moses Drowned by Mahdis Golzar Kashani.

Rose Connolly’s Who are we now?

Each week, Tyler Kline journeys into new territory and demystifies the music of living composers on Modern Notebook. Listen for a wide variety of exciting music that engages and inspires, along with the stories behind each piece and the latest releases from today’s contemporary classical artists. Discover what’s in store on Modern Notebook.

Tyler Kline is a composer whose music has been performed across the United States, and internationally in Canada, Brazil and Romania. His compositional interests encompass a wide variety of styles and mediums, from acoustic chamber and large ensemble works to electronic and electroacoustic music. A native of Kentucky, he earned his Master of Music degree in Composition from the University of South Florida. Learn more at tylerklinemusic.com.