A new podcast featuring some of classical music's leading luminaries.

Hosted by Los Angeles-based violist and composer Brett Banducci

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A conversation with Brooklyn-based composer Christopher Cerrone, a 2015 Rome Prize winner and 2014 Pulitzer Prize finalist.

(1:04) High Windows

(1:22) String Orchestra of Brooklyn

(1:26) Toomai String Quintet

(1:33) concerto grosso

(3:53) St. Ann Church, Brooklyn

(4:22) Donald Crockett, composer

(4:42) affect in music

(8:09) Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra

(9:38) Pittsburgh New Music

(10:06) Eric Jacobs, clarinet

(10:23) Memory Palace

(14:51) Ted Hearne, composer

(18:02) Kendrick Lamar, 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Music

(18:42) To Pimp a Butterfly

(18:59) Pulitzer Prize in Music

(20:36) McDowell Colony

(24:57) Cynthia Yeh, principal percussionist,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra

(28:38) Max software

(28:46) Samuel Adams, composer

(30:26) Ian Rosenbaum, percussion

(32:20) The Industry

(32:58) Yuval Sharon

(36:58) WildUp

(37:58) Theo Bleckmann, tenor

(38:12) Present Music, Milwaukee

(38:30) New Amsterdam Records

(39:11) Lindsay Kesselman, soprano

(39:48) Nick Tipp, audio engineer

(58:03) Violin Concerto, Jennifer Koh, violin, Detroit Symphony

(59:12) Violin Sonata

(1:03:15) Robert Fripp, guitarist, composer

(1:03:45) Roderick Cox, conductor; Minnesota Orchestra

(1:04:36) LA Phil, 50 commissions for the centennial


A conversation with award-winning composer Jimmy López. He has been described as "one of the most admired among the younger generation of South American composers" (Chicago Tribune) and "one of the most interesting young composers anywhere today" (Chicago Sun-Times). 

(1:53) Esa-Pekka Salonen Dreamers; Washington Performing Arts

(1:53) librettist and author Nilo Cruz

(2:00) Dreamers (DACA)

(4:21) Dreamers Oratorio with Anna Maria Martinez

(8:55) Lima Music Scene

(10:00) Miguel Harth-Bedoya

(12:25) Enrique Iturriaga, composer

(14:30) on conductors

(17:40) on practicality in contemporary music (vs. early 20th c., i.e., Alban Berg)

(20:45) LACO sponsored break

(22:18) counterpoint with Iturriga

(22:40) on his idiom (percussion, song cycles, setting text)

(23:46) Why is form so challenging?

(24:06) Sibelius, master of symphonic form

(24:50) Sonata Form

(25:29) vertical vs. horizontal

(26:28) golden ratio

(27:36) Bel Canto (on structuring and not working chronologically)

(28:33) the action/the arias

(29:46) Renée Fleming Initiative; PBS Great Performances

(30:26) Andrew Davies, conductor

(31:26) 1996 Japanese Consulate Hostage Crisis

(32:35) Ann Patchett “Bel Canto”

(32:53) Kevin Newberry, director

(34:08) Nilo Cruz, author, playwright, and librettist

(36:00) Monteverdi, and early opera

(36:66) Benjamin Britten, Turn of the Screw

(37:23) break

(37:54) rehearsing Bel Canto


An in-depth conversation with pianist, composer, and author Adam Tendler.

Adam has been called a “remarkable and insightful musician... who made his piano sound like its legs were nowhere near the ground” by the LA Times, “a virtuoso pianist” by The Village Voice, a “musical mastermind” by the Houston Press, a “quietly charismatic...intrepid...outstanding...maverick pianist” by The New Yorker, a "modern-music evangelist" by Time Out New York, and a pianist who "has managed to get behind and underneath the notes, living inside the music and making poetic sense of it all," by The Baltimore Sun, which continued, "if they gave medals for musical bravery, dexterity and perseverance, Adam Tendler would earn them all."

(0:51) 88x50: A Memoir of Sexual Discovery, Modern Music and The United States of America

(2:41) Indiana University (Jacobs School of Music)

(8:06) John Cage, Charles Ives, Aaron Copland

(see spotify playlist)

Copland Piano Variations

(9:30) John Cage Sonatas and Interludes

(11:05) Ives Three-Page Sonata

(11:11) Beethoven Waldstein Sonata

(18:13) on coming out of the closet

(21:15) Break (sponsored by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra)

(25:50) Pepperdine University, Malibu

(26:04) prepared piano

(27:00) circuit parties

(29:46) The John Cage Trust

(31:53) John Cage and mushrooms

(32:25) Anton Bruckner

(33:11) targets in Jasper Johns

(35:53) “Begin Again” Kenneth Silverman

(41:40) Ned Rorem

(42:36) John Cage (1961) “Where are we going, and what are we doing?

(43:36) John Cage Cheap Imitation

(51:20) 4’33” No. 2: 0’00”

(1:01:46) The Broad Museum: Cross-Hatched

(1:02:06) Jasper Johns: Something Resembling Truth (The Broad Museum 2018)

(1:03:28) on meeting Jasper Johns

(1:03:34) Ellsworth Kelly memorial, Philadelphia Museum of Art

(1:12:47) Merce Cunningham Dance

(1:14:18) Jasper Johns and the orange flag

(1:18:40) John Cage Telephones and Birds (1977)

(1:18:54) on chance composition

(1:21:29) clear intent orchestrates its own fulfillment (paraphrased) from Clark Falconner

(1:21:30) Cunningham on movement

(1:22:13) Johns and the American flag motif

(1:24:53) The New York School and homosexuaality


(1:38) The Los Angeles Philharmonic

(2:15) Maestro James Conlon

(2:37) The piccolo

(2:58) Sibelius notation software

(3:08) Bass Clarinet transposition

(3:48) Nadia Sirota, violist

(5:12) Two Boys at English National Opera

(5:33) Marnie trailer for the Metropolitan Opera production

(6:35) Register for Organ and Orchestra

(7:13) organ registration

(7:50) on his organ works, and organist James McVinnie

(8:01) Cycle (James McVinnie)

(8:44) Orlando Gibbons, the Renaissance Pavan, Pavan in g minor

(11:08) Reverend Mustard his Installation Prelude

(11:29) quick break (

(12:03) Concerto

(12:40) Major/minor relations in Renaissance music

(12:51) Chaconne

(13:57) Toccata

(14:41) Celesta (in case there was any doubt)

(15:00) The Bedroom Community

(15:09) Valgeir Sigurðsson

(15:16) Ben Frost and Sam Amidon

(16:07) Seven O Antiphon - Nico Muhly and James McVinnie

(16:40) Andrew Hammond, Chaplain of King’s College Cambridge

(17:31) Puzzle Muteson

(17:49) Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano

(18:11) Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano

(18:55) Winston Graham “Marnie”

(19:08) Tippi Hedren, Interview with Larry King on Hitchcock and #metoo

(20:20) Nicholas Wright, playwright and librettist

(20:44) Sitzprobe

(21:33) Chamber opera, Proto-type Theater

(21:59) Gotham Chamber Opera

(25:20) Michael Mayer

(25:28) Peter Gelb

(25:43) Sir Gabriel the Donkey

(27:42) Turn of the Screw Benjamin Britten

(27:55) Librettists: Stephen Karam, Craig Lucas, Nicholas Wright

(30:58) Salome Richard Strauss (Final Scene)

(31:07) Dolly Parton “Jolene”

(34:04) Salome, Wozzeck, Turn of the Screw, Billy Budd, Peter Grimes, Götterdämmerung, Tosca, Einstein on the Beach, Walküre

(see Spotify playlist: Classical Chops Studio, Episode 1)

(35:27) Robert Wilson Pelléas and Mélisande

(38:56) Hindemith Viola Sonatas

(see Spotify playlist: Classical Chops Studio, Episode 1)

(38:60)  works for viola by Nico Muhly

(see Spotify playlist: Classical Chops Studio, Episode 1)

(39:39)  viola concertos: Bartók, Hindemith (Der Schwanendreher), Walton, Stamitz

(see Spotify playlist: Classical Chops Studio, Episode 1)

(40:23) John Adams, Esa-Pekka Salonen

(see Spotify playlist: Classical Chops Studio, Episode 1)

(40:57) Nixon in China (John Adams, Metropolitan Opera)

(41:25) Thomas Adès In Seven Days

(43:53) 2nd break

(47:19) Dutilleux: Correspondances, Les Citations

(see Spotify playlist: Classical Chops Studio, Episode 1)

(47:59) Muhly Spiral Mass; Stravinsky Mass; William Bird Mass in 4 Voices

(see Spotify playlist: Classical Chops Studio, Episode 1)

(49:12) Ligeti Etudes for Piano

(50:28) Scrolling scores

(50:43) César Franck

(51:26) “...extended technique queen!”

(52:28) Herbert Howells

(52:50) Jean Sibelius Symphony No. 7 in C Major

(54:56) Bernard Hermann

(56:36) Stravinsky Petrouschka

(57:07) Stravinksy Rite of Spring

(57:17) Guirro

(58:58) Boulez, Pärt, Ashley Fure, Moondog

(59:16) Christopher Rouse (Nielsen Symphony No.4, Ruggles (Sun Treader), Sessions, Hovhaness, Carl Orff (cantatas other than Carmina Burana)

(see Spotify playlist: Classical Chops Studio, Episode 1)

(1:01:36) on scoring a film or TV show

(see Spotify playlist: Classical Chops Studio, Episode 1)

(1:04:20) Harmonium (John Adams)

(1:05:40) Harmonielehre (John Adams)

(1:06:50) Hexachord

(1:07:11) Steve Reich Four Organs

(1:07:36) Hindemith Kleine Kammermusik op. 24/2

(1:08:54) Passacaglia