John King http://wrti.org en Reinvention http://wrti.org/post/reinvention <p>New things are created out of old on <strong>Now Is the Time, Saturday, May 17th at 9 pm</strong> at wrti.org and WRTI-HD2. David Gompper worked with Austrian violinist Wolfgang David on a new concerto before it was a concerto. For violin and piano, the work evolved through rehearsals and performances until Gompper felt it was ready, and then he orchestrated it as his Violin Concerto.<br /><br />John King began four movements of <em>AllSteel</em>, for the string quartet Ethel, on September 10th, 2001. After the attacks of the following day, he added four more. A violent electric-guitar sound-world breaks through in the four 9/10 movements, but the even-numbered post-9/11 movements all have the word Peace in their titles. <em>AllSteel</em> ends with Peacerises.<br /><br />Dan Becker&nbsp;pours Bach inventions through a post-minimalist filter into an electronically processed keyboard to come up with wonderfully twisting pieces. Energy and humor accompany the sand shifting under our feet in <em>ReInvention 2C</em>.<br /> Fri, 16 May 2014 16:08:02 +0000 Kile Smith 7303 at http://wrti.org Reinvention Smoke and Mirrors on Now Is the Time http://wrti.org/post/smoke-and-mirrors-now-time <p>Heat isn't all there is to summer on <strong>Now Is the Time, Sunday, July 21st at 10 pm</strong>. Gao Hong not only composed <em>Guangxi Impressions</em>, but also plays the pipa, or Chinese lute, on her work, along with the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet. It includes Summer Cicada and Celebrating the Harvest. Ronald Perera follows with <em>Five Summer Songs of Emily Dickinson</em>, looking at changing gardens, jostling winds, and reveries.<br><br>Two composer/guitarists round out the program. Van Stiefel always wondered why there weren't more violin/guitar duos in the literature, so he wrote one, <em>Smoke and Mirrors</em>, using violin with electric guitar. John King's <em>Lightning Slide</em> imagines blues for the string quartet Ethel. Its movements are Swing, Sweet, and Sweat: if heat isn't all there is to summer, sometimes it just seems that way.<br> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 17:08:20 +0000 Kile Smith 6214 at http://wrti.org Smoke and Mirrors on Now Is the Time