/// Episode 10 - Christopher Adler Part 2 of 2 ///

Andrew Bliss chats with composer, pianist, and improviser Christopher Adler in Episode 9 / 10, focusing specifically on his works Signals Intelligence, Pines Long Slept in Sunshine, and his new piece for solo drumset entitled Plenum Vortices. Christopher will be the featured composer-in-residence at the first annual nief-norf Summer Festival this June at Furman University in South Carolina.

/// Episode 9 - Christopher Adler ///

Andrew Bliss chats with composer, pianist, and improviser Christopher Adler in Episode 9, focusing specifically on his works Signals Intelligence, Pines Long Slept in Sunshine, and his new piece for solo drumset entitled Plenum Vortices. Christopher will be the featured composer-in-residence at the first annual nief-norf Summer Festival this June at Furman University in South Carolina.

/// Episode #8 ///

Andrew Bliss chats with Bill Sallak about John Zorn’s Cobra, the upcoming nnSummer Festival, and a bit about the music of Stuart Saunders Smith.

The nief-norf podcast, renamed nief-norf Chronicles (sad to see nnTV go for a variety of reasons) is back and kicking! Please consider subscribing on iTunes and visiting the community at www.andybliss.tumblr.com where you can leave your thoughts and comments!

4000 Holes

Spending this cold winter weekend preparing for a performance of John Luther Adams’ 4000 Holes later this winter. This work, one of his newest pieces, is written for piano, percussion, and electronic soundscape and will be performed at Northern Illinois University in March with my Nothing in Common duo partner, Mabel Kwan. The piece, which references the Beatles, should be a wonderful close to this JLA portrait concert we are preparing. I can’t wait to put it together.

Found: Performance of Steve Reich’s Drumming from my residency at Roots & Rhizomes at the Banff Centre. This video brings back so many wonderful memories and reminds me of the great friends that I made through this experience. Hope you all enjoy this!

I’d love to hear when and where anyone else has played Drumming. I enjoyed Steve discussion regarding the kind of community that is built between strangers while preparing this piece…

Heard: iPad Commericial Song (Chilly Gonzales)

Anyone else digging this? Somebody fill me in on this guy. Does anyone listen to any of his other stuff? Here is the original instrumental version that I found online.

Found: I was very fortunate to participate in Mark Applebaum’s Metaphysics of Notation this past January. Here is a great Robert Arnold documentary that I highly recommend checking out. 

Discuss: Heard from a good friend today…

A Hypothetical three strike system when considering the quality of a piece of new music…strikes are as follows:

  1. Music is printed on 8 1/2 x 11 paper.
  2. That paper is in portrait rather than landscape format.
  3. Music is engraved in either Finale or Sibelius rather than a custom font.

Any thoughts?

Discuss