FEATURES FOR THE WEEK
AN ECHOES VERNAL EQUINOX WITH THE PAUL WINTER CONSORT
Echoes welcomes the sun with a live performance by the house composer for Seasonal Shifts
Echoes welcomes spring with a Vernal Equinox performance from The Paul Winter Consort. Paul Winter is acclaimed for his Summer and Winter Solstice shows performed at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. Our show was recorded in the more intimate space of the Whitaker Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where Winter and his Consort enthrall an audience ready to welcome back the light. Winter and his trademark soprano saxophone are accompanied by cellist Eugene Friesen, percussionist Jamey Hadad and pianist Paul Sullivan. With Echoes host John Diliberto on stage in conversation with the musicians, the Consort works through their repertoire inspired by the seasons and natural environments, enticing back the sun. Join us on this special broadcast for the Vernal Equinox with the Paul Winter Consort. View Playlist
MARK ISHAM: CRASHING IN AMBIENCE
Innovative ambient score crashes into Best Picture Academy Award winning film
Mark Isham began his film composing career in a small, backroom apartment near San Francisco where he wrote the electronic score to NEVER CRY WOLF, almost all on one synthesizer. A quarter century later, Isham is a top tier Hollywood composer whose resume includes orchestral scores for A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT, THE MAJESTIC and MIRACLE. But Isham metaphorically returns to the back room apartment for the haunting, dream-like ambient soundtrack to Paul Haggis's acclaimed film, CRASH. We talk to Isham about his powerful score.View Playlist
DEAN DE BENEDICTIS: DIGGING BELOW THE SURFACE
Surface Ten veteran excavates for links between space music and electronica
Dean De Benedictis makes an introspective brand of electronica full of literary and mystical references. He records under his own name and as Surface 10 and has also started an electronic community in Los Angeles called the Fateless Flow Collective. His latest CD, SALVAGING THE PAST (Spotted Peccary) is a recording of emotional resonance as De Benedictis looks back at his music, fusing elements of German space music, glitch electronica, operatic vocals and his Native flutes. In his studio, with jets from LAX overhead and Rte 405 outside his window, De Benedictis reflects on his latest album.View Playlist
A LIVING ROOM CONCERT WITH ZOE KEATING
One woman, one cello, and 16 virtual accompanists
Zoe Keating spends much of her time wearing a bustier and playing with the cello-gothic rock band, Rasputina. But on her own, she dresses down and electrifies her cello to create serene, layered compositions with up to 16 cello lines, all played in real time through her looping system. Zoe Keating comes into the Echoes living room to play music live from her recent CD, NATOMA, named for her former residence in San Francisco.View Playlist
Playlists for previous weeks can be found at our Playlists Archive.
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