Composers At Play Podcast
By Sophocles Papavasilopoulos
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Composer/performers come in a variety of shapes and sizes. In each episode, Sophocles Papavasilopoulos chats with a musician who both writes and performs music. It's a wide collection of talented artists, each with a unique approach to creating their work. We explore process, personal history, individual pieces, art politics, and a plethora of other topics. Join us on the web at composersatplay.com.
||ExplicitCAP27 Max Kutner||On the heels of the release of the Evil Genius album “Bitter Human,” Max Kutner talks about how the trio came together and how it fits into a stunningly wide musical landscape that, for him, includes folk, rock, jazz, improvisation, and general ass-||11/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCAP26 Writing About Music||It’s a listener request! In a slight deviation from our usual format, we convene a panel of three composers and one writer to discuss how people write about music: the words they use to describe the sounds, the instruments, and the process of composit||2/25/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCAP25 Lauren Elizabeth Baba||Communal music-making, stylistic extremes, the importance of song titles, and the relativity of musical time. On omni-present fixture of the LA chamber scene, Lauren joins me and Max for some, as she calls it, “mumbling outside of your brain,” or as||1/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCAP24 Stephanie Cheng Smith||Following the (pre-)release of her first physical album, “Night Travels,” Stephanie Smith reveals how these tracks came together, starting from Bach chorales arranged on a Dark Energy Synth and then dipping into her musical mainstays of violin and v||1/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCAP23 Louis Lopez||I relentlessly attempt to force Louis Lopez to circumscribe his expansive musical identity only to be justifiably rebuffed. It’s akin to a very polite and effusive wrestling match. And why should he rein in an impressive collection of activities that||12/8/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCAP22 Andrew Rowan||Enthusiasm and open ears are a mainstay for composer, arranger, and trumpeter, Andrew Rowan. Max and I invade his work area and inadvertently reveal some secrets behind his process of writing an as-yet-unwritten string quartet (no pressure, AR!). Also d||11/23/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCAP21 Steven Kai Van Betten||Max and I sit down with the ever-amiable, earnest, and buoyant Steven Van Betten. We spend the better part of the hour transfixed as he chronicles his recent adventures in Ghana and his harrowing bout with malaria. Along the way, we get the skinny on th||11/16/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCAP20 Maxwell Gualtieri||Heralding a new chapter in CAP, I ambush Maxwell Gualtieri with a request to become my co-host (he ultimately says yes!). But not before he and I hash it out over issues like project diversity, influence saturation, and the potential (both good and bad)||11/8/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCAP19 Chris Kallmyer||I'm joined by the super insightful, generous, and dynamic presence that is Chris Kallmyer. Punk rock fostering community, the social architecture of classical music, creating "platforms for intimacy and exchange," the challenge and necessity of document||1/8/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCAP18 Andrew Tholl||Andrew and I talk about the difficulty of incorporating "feelings" and other ethereals into academic research, the power of titles, LA's own crossover chamber group wildUp, and the joys of mixing notatation with improv with recordings to create an exper||10/31/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCAP17 Franz Nicolay||I speak with Franz about putting the "show" back in show business, "intelligent hedonism," the importance of the extra-musical within a music persona, the freedom that comes from working as a producer, and the Anti-Social Music collective.||2/16/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCAP16 Andrew Shapiro||Andrew and I talk about haters and lovers, artists moving beyond the biggest hits, Michael Reisman, the score to Truman Show, and of course McDonalds.||6/13/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCAP15 Gabriel Kahane||Mohammed on stage, February House at the Public Theater, and love songs to buildings. Gabriel Kahane has the world in his hands as he flexes his talents in the areas of song, stage, and symphonic music (I might have forced the alliteration on that last||5/27/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCAP14 Jamie Drake||I catch up with Jamie (the) Drake on a visit to NYC. She tells me about setting up crazy ambitious challenges for herself (like playing a weekly gig for 7 months!), going unwittingly electric, the advantages of co-writing songs, and in a CAP podcast fir||4/25/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCAP13 Corey Dargel||We talk about how getting ear tubes emotionally damaged me, escaping South Texas with your soul intact, the pros and cons of growing up gay with and without the internet, the power of detachment as a form of expression, and his upcoming shows. Intro: Wh||4/18/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCAP12 Caleb Burhans||Speaking from his vaulted music lair in upper Manhattan, Caleb Burhans and I discuss the multiple multis that he inhabits, absolute music as a logical outgrowth of being a performer/improviser who composes, Ligeti as punk rocker, why Caleb hates both Br||3/30/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCAP11 Sleeping Giant||I'm joined by 5 of the 6 members of the composers collective, Sleeping Giant: Ted Hearne, Christopher Cerrone, Robert Honstein, Jacob Cooper, and Timothy Andres (we missed you, Andrew Norman). We tackle the new music scene (or scenes or lack of any su||3/24/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCAP10 Conrad Cummings||In the throes of orchestrating his luminous opera "The Golden Gate" (about which the opera world is all abuzz), I join Conrad to talk "twinkling, shining, clanging" San Francisco nights; harpsichord kits; 1950's marriage manuals, and good advice from Ph||3/16/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCAP9 Bobby Previte||He’s done it all and with everybody who’s anybody. When talking to Bobby Previte, it’s hard not to use the phrase “giants in their field” when discussing his work (I used it twice). We talk about New York as “one big yes,” along with the u||3/9/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCAP8 Ben Vandermeer (aka Ben Mundane)||Renegade composer, keyboardist, producer, and all around good guy, Ben Vandermeer (aka Ben Mundane) talks with me about setting up a new studio, fun with foley, the brilliance of Talk Talk and Scott Walker, Gen- Xers as a transition generation, and mast||2/25/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCAP7 Paula Matthusen||The non-stop musical force that is Paula Matthusen and I discuss electro-acoustic music, growing up around radio tech and chamber ensembles, my penchant for yelling at strangers, spacialization, and her pieces Forgiveness Anthems and Lathyrus. Listen||2/15/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCAP6 Jenny Olivia Johnson||Coming to you from a very spotty, super compressed (but listenable) Skype feed (apologies!), I speak with Jenny Johnson about the life of a newly minted tenure track professor (assistant professor of composition and theory at Wellesley College). We also||2/9/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCAP5 Clara Latham||I'm joined by Clara Latham and her friend, Mike, who, among many other musical ventures, form part of the group Starring. We discuss the well-worn of path of musicians who move through "music schools" and into the broader indie pop world, creating music||2/1/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCAP4 Mary Bragg||At the tail end of the production for her third album, I speak with Mary Bragg about working with the producer Lee Alexander (Norah Jones, Amos Lee), the joys of Kickstarter and cooking for your fans, and Type A techniques for organizing the life of a s||1/25/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCAP3 David Nelson||Featuring David Nelson: trombonist who's stomping grounds include Broadway and on Sufjan Stevens' lastest album. He's also an active composer and songwriter. We discuss serendipitous dwellings, West Side Story, A Soldier's Tale, Louis Andriessen as muse||1/17/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCAP2 Alex Ness & Jim Altieri||I speak with Alexander Ness and Jim Altieri. We discuss their work as part of the band Glissando bin Laden along with their individual compositions. We also talk about the use of video in live (or recorded) performances and the joy of baffling New Y||1/4/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCAP1 Matthew Quayle||Welcome to the inaugural podcast. I interview pianist and composer, Matthew Quayle. We discuss his current projects — including a woodwind trio and a set of cabaret-style songs — along with pieces from the recent and distant past. Topics include t||12/22/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
great start, good for fellow composers!
Really interesting to hear young composers talk about their processes-- haven't been able to find anything like it on iTunes. I especially liked how the fella's music was woven throughout. Sophocles seems very smart, knows his field. Nicely produced. Looking forward to hearing more!