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Modern Notebook for April 21, 2024

Composer Anthony Cheung.
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Composer Anthony Cheung.

On this week’s Modern Notebook with Tyler Kline, tune in for a new recording from composer Nova Pon, with a piece called “World Within.” It’s music that melds Romantic and Post-Minimalist sounds and derives its entire thematic material from a well-known symphonic theme.

Then: While it might not necessarily sound like jazz on the surface… Anthony Cheung’s “All Roads” is music that draws on jazz influences, like Billy Strayhorn’s song “Lotus Blossom.” It’s a work full of complicated harmony, jaunting rhythms, and - in the composer’s words - “distant transformations and ‘detours’.”

Also on the program, music by Curtis Stewart and Elektra Stewart, Jasnam Daya Singh, Nicholas Batina, Jenni Watson, Gabriel Vicéns, Fjóla Evans, and others, as well as performances by Sybarite5, pianist Andree-Ann Deschenes, Turning Point Ensemble, Unheard-of//Ensemble, flutist Jennifer Grim, saxophonist Heidi Radtke, Nu Quintet, and more.

Listen Sunday night from 8 to 10 ET on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9. Streaming at wsmr.org.

Hour 1

Mangas by Curtis Stewart and Elektra Stewart.

Jasnam Daya Singh’s Chardi Kala.

World Within Nova Pon.

Nicholas Batina’s En Route (to an installation in Brooklyn).

Alma by Tania León.

Nico Muhly’s Fallings.

Hour 2

Arabesque y Jenni Watson.

Anthony Cheung’s Arabesque.

Ficción by Gabriel Vicéns.

Fjóla Evans’ Universal Veil.

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.