Now is the Time

Saturday, 9 to 10 pm on HD-2 and the Classical Stream

Contemporary American music is being recorded all the time, and Now is the Time to take a listen and explore the music of American composers today. All types...all styles...listen to contemporary American music every Sunday night with host and composer Kile Smith.

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Playlist

August 26, 2012

10:01 PM
Renewing the Myth
Artist : John Sampen
Album : Shadows & Dawning
Composer : Marilyn Shrude
Label : Albany Records
10:11 PM
Brink
Artist : Jeremiah Baker
Album : Emerge
Composer : Keith Kramer
Label : Navona
10:21 PM
Sonata for Soprano Saxophone and Piano, Alpine
Artist : Paul Cohen
Album : Quiet City
Composer : Lawson Lunde
Label : Sono Luminus
10:30 PM
Leafless Trees
Artist : Prism Quartet
Album : The Calls of Gravity
Composer : David Laganella
Label : New Focus
10:38 PM
Suite for Trumpet, Alto Sax, and Piano
Artist : Christopher Brellochs
Album : Quiet City
Label : Sono Luminus
10:45 PM
Crossroads Songs
Artist : Quorum
Album : Cold Water, Dry Stone
Composer : Evan Chambers
Label : Albany Records

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Now is the Time
2:44 pm
Sat December 8, 2012

The River Within, on Now is the Time

from Jay Reise: The River Within

It is the remembrance of things past—or which never were—on Now is the Time, Sunday, December 9th at 10 pm. Troy Peters recollects a taste of Vermont summer, and the string quartet Ethel riffs through a lost flight over the Sahara in Raz Mesinai's La Citadelle. Betty Wishart contemplates the romantic piano and Joel Harrison pays homage to jazz drummer Paul Motian.

Also with shades of jazz in its rhythmic polyphony, along with Eastern influences, is Jay Reise's The River Within, a brilliant concerto for violinist Maria Bachmann, with Orchestra 2001.

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Now is the Time
8:28 pm
Sat December 1, 2012

Simple Songs of Birth and Return on Now is the Time

Sidiki Conde

from Sidike Conde: Moriba Djassa

We search for roots of different kinds on Now is the Time, Sunday, December 2nd at 10 pm. Jeremy Gill bases his Book of Hours for piano on the ancient observances of the monastery. The birth of an orchestral season is trumpeted by Tomas Svoboda. Robert Lombardo entrances with mandolin and marimba, and Nathan Davis, with the mbira, or African thumb piano.

The roots of the banjo are also in Africa. Sidiki Conde is joined by banjo while he sings and drums, on his infectious Moriba Djassa.

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Now is the Time
4:55 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Lonely Motel on Now is The Time

from Steven Mackey: Lonely Motel, Music from Slide

It’s the composer/electric guitarist Steven Mackey on Now is the Time, Sunday, November 25th at 10 pm. Performed by eighth blackbird, Lonely Motel: Music from Slide considers isolation and self-delusion. A psychologist whose fiancée has abandoned him contemplates his fate while looking at his research slides.

The theater piece also rocks, with homages, Mackey says, to Dowland, Mozart, Stravinsky, Piazzola, and The Beatles.

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Now is the Time
11:34 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Wayfaring Stranger on Now is the Time

From Daron Hagen: Piano Trio No. 3, "Wayfaring Stranger"

We travel over different paths on Now is the Time, Sunday, November 18th at 10 pm. Sebastian Currier's Static, the 2007 Grawemeyer Award winner, illuminates the two meanings of the title, from stillness to electricity. Saxophonist and composer Mark Engebretson evokes fresh and engaging melodic inventions in SaxMax.

Daron Hagen walks us from grief to a bright land in the piano trio he calls Wayfaring Stranger.

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Now is the Time
11:26 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

National Anthem on Now is the Time

from Randall Davidson: Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity

No matter how you feel about the presidential election, there’s music for you on Now is the Time, Sunday, November 11th at 10 pm. There’s Privilege, New Beginnings, Deploration, or perhaps Vernacular Dances. Maybe you Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

Above all, there’s the National Anthem, in a fascinating construction for solo piano.

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Now is the Time
9:07 pm
Sat November 3, 2012

Rippling the Lamp on Now is the Time

from Bertolozzi: "Meltdown" from Bridge Music

It’s flickering light and melting images on Now is the Time, Sunday, November 4th at 10 pm. Eric Moe channels the Nightingale ode of Keats by way of flute and piano, and Joseph Waters rocks Vivaldi to a fare-thee-well through a violin and band.

Bertolozzi makes a very large object (the Mid-Hudson Bridge) sing, Stucky does the same with an orchestra, and Neuburg and Amirkhanian mesmerize one violin into receding reflections of shimmering voices.

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Now is the Time
10:05 am
Sun October 28, 2012

Sounding Landscapes on Now is the Time

from Stephen Scott: Sounding Landscapes

It's ten people hovering over a piano on Now is the Time, Sunday, October 28th at 10 pm. Stephen Scott wrote Paisajes Audibles, Spanish for "Sounding Landscapes," for his Bowed Piano Ensemble and soprano Victoria Hansen. The Spanish, French, and English texts are inspired by the physical landscape Scott has seen on the Canary Islands, and the inner landscapes of imagination.

The "bowed" piano, played with guitar picks, horsehair, fishing line, and percussion mallets, sings like an orchestra. Or a steel drum band. In it you'll hear the voice of jazz, flamenco, West African music, and Terry Riley. It is fun, it is evocative, it is mesmerizing.

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Now is the Time
10:33 pm
Sat October 20, 2012

Under the Rainbow on Now is the Time

Patti Monson

It’s exotic with a touch of pop on Now is the Time, Sunday, October 21st at 10 pm. Gandolfi writes tangos for wind ensemble, Hulse is rhythmic and quirky, Rosenblum bends the flute of Patti Monson with electronics, and Coleman dips into the orchestra and tips her hat to the Great American Songbook.

Host Kile Smith brings you Now is the Time, American contemporary music on WRTI-HD2 and the all-classical stream at wrti.org.

PROGRAM:
Michael Gandolfi: Vientos y Tangos

Now is the Time
2:14 pm
Sat October 13, 2012

Tru'a on Now is the Time

It's music with clarinet on Now is the Time, Sunday, October 14th at 10 pm. Tru'a is Hebrew for "fanfare," and the work by the Israeli-American Amos Elkana is one of three pieces clarinet virtuoso Richard Stoltzman plays on this program, along with those of the neo-Romantic McKinley and Davidson.

From Panama, the composer and guitarist Emiliano Pardo-Tristan now lives in the Philadelphia area. His Ludus No. 1 is rich and colorful, as is all his music.

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Now is the Time
6:14 pm
Sat October 6, 2012

Angles of Repose on Now is the Time

It’s geology and music on Now is the Time, Sunday, October 7th at 10 pm. When you’re on the verge of slipping down a hill, you’re flirting with the angle of repose, and Ethan Wickman slides all around it on this Zeitgeist CD. An intercalation is a time insertion (such as February 29th) or an unexpected layer between strata, and Richard Wilson plays with those ideas in his piano work.

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