Second Inversion – 2017/2018 On-Demand Videos
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Joshua Roman and JACK Quartet – ‘Tornado’
Joshua Roman is a native of Oklahoma, where the gentle beauty of spring is routinely dismantled by the awesome and destructive power of tornadoes.
His newest composition is inspired by just that. Composed for cello quintet, Tornado paints a musical portrait of his childhood storm experiences, using chaotic string textures to conjure up the stunning and terrifying natural imagery of tornado season. We’re thrilled to premiere our video of Roman performing Tornado with the JACK Quartet.
Third Coast Percussion – ‘Paddle to the Sea’
Third Coast Percussion performs an entire ocean of sounds in their new film score for the 1966 classic Paddle to the Sea. From skittering wood blocks to water-filled wine glasses, each instrument adds its own unique shimmer to the sound of the sea. We’re thrilled to premiere our videos of the group performing Acts I and II of their original score.
The Oscar-nominated film Paddle to the Sea is based on Holling C. Holling’s 1941 children’s book of the same name, which follows the epic journey of a small wooden boat that is carved and launched by a young Native Canadian boy. Third Coast Percussion’s new film score is inspired by and interspersed with music by Philip Glass and Jacob Druckman, along with traditional music of the Shona people of Zimbabwe.
Ashley Bathgate – Martin Bresnick’s ‘Parisot’
Cellist Ashley Bathgate is a one-woman orchestra in Martin Bresnick’s Parisot, a piece that was originally written for 12 cellos. In our in-studio video, Bathgate (who you may know from the Bang on a Can All-Stars) forms an ensemble all on her own by playing live over 11 backing tracks she recorded herself.
Portland Cello Project – ‘Paranoid Android’ by Radiohead and “Tomorrow, Tomorrow,” by Elliott Smith
Equally at home in rock clubs and concert halls, Portland Cello Project is an ensemble known for pushing the boundaries of the classical cello tradition. While they were visiting Seattle, we filmed a video of the group performing their own original arrangements of Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android” and Elliott Smith’s “Tomorrow, Tomorrow.”
Second Inversion was created in 2014 as a platform to connect new music performers, record labels, and presenters to listeners both in the Northwest and worldwide. The project developed from a key part of the Classical KING FM strategic vision to connect to and foster the next generation of classical music listeners. Second Inversion does this through its content production: a 24/7 online streaming channel, social media outreach, blog, and on-demand videos and concerts. Through these projects, Second Inversion works to position itself as a leader for new classical music in our region and looks to engage a wide array of listeners who may not otherwise know where to look to explore new music.
Second Inversion uses the resources of Classical KING FM’s successful public radio station to create content and videos for 21st century audiences. We offer our resources – professional camera equipment, crew, and recording space – and make them available to our collaborating artists. These videos are displayed on the Second Inversion website, integrated into our online stream, and are made available to the artists for their own use. These projects are advantageous for performers who may not have access to professional grade camera equipment or editing capabilities. This multichannel presentation connects the artists with audiences beyond the concert hall and expands Second Inversion’s reach to the new music community and beyond.
In 2017 and 2018 we plan to make eight on demand videos, three of which have already been completed. These performances feature a diversity of musical groups and repertoire. In March 2017, as part of our On-Stage with KING FM series, we produced two videos of the Seattle Marimba Quartet performing Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F and their own arrangement of Sleep by Eric Whitacre. On April 19 we recorded PROJECT Trio when they performed at Town Hall Seattle as part of Joshua Roman’s Town Music series. We recorded one of their original compositions, “Sloeberry Jam”, and their rendition of the Charles Mingus song “Fables of Faubus.” In September, Second Inversion recorded the world premiere of John Luther Adam’s “there is no one, not even the wind…” performed by Emerald City Music.
This December we will film the Portland Cello Project performing two songs from their production of 20 Years of Radiohead’s OK Computer at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall. Our first video of 2018 will be of Third Coast Percussion in their concert Paddle to the Sea, performed at Meany Hall in January. In addition to these video projects, Second Inversion will be producing on-demand videos for two of Joshua Roman’s Town Music series concerts: Roomful of Teeth in in March and the JACK Quartet with Joshua Roman in May.
“The high quality videos created by Second Inversion allow audience members all over the world from all backgrounds to experience new concert music. They are an incredibly valuable resource for the composers, performers, pedagogues, and learners of all ages in the new music community.”
– David Skidmore, Executive Director and member of Third Coast Percussion
Seattle Marimba Quartet thinks way outside the box when it comes to percussion—and classical music. Last spring Second Inversion recorded videos of the group performing their own arrangement of Eric Whitacre’s Sleep as well as their rendition of Ravel’s String Quartet, read straight from the original score. We also presented the group in a live performance as part of the On Stage with Classical KING FM concert series.
Comprised of three classically-trained musicians with an ear for eclecticism, PROJECT Trio brings humor, charisma, technical prowess, and clever arrangements to classical repertoire and pop music alike. We recorded videos of the group playing their rendition of Charles Mingus’s “Fables of Faubus” as well as their own original tune “Sloeberry Jam.” We also produced a live broadcast of their concert as part of the Town Music concert series curated by Joshua Roman.
Second Inversion captured Emerald City Music’s sold-out, world premiere performance of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams’ “there is no one, not even the wind…” Inspired by the stillness and light of the American Southwest, the 25-minute chamber work is an immersive desert soundscape scored for two flutes, strings, piano, and percussion. In addition to the world premiere, we also recorded audio from Emerald City Music’s full 2017-2018 opening night concert for later broadcast on our online stream.
Start and End Dates
03/11/2017 — 04/28/2018