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September Update

Posted on September 13, 2016 by Classical KING FM 98.1 / Second Inversion

Summers in the Pacific Northwest are pretty unbeatable – the rain goes on vacation and the mountains come out and become the ultimate playground. We even got to go on an outdoor adventure with our Artistic Advisor, Joshua Roman, to Camp Muir at Mt. Rainier – the highest point on the mountain that you can get to without a climbing permit! Read about that and some of Joshua’s other favorite outdoor adventures on our blog.

Meanwhile, we’ve been channeling the creative energy indoors, too – our video production studios have been busy! Our latest video (above) is the world premiere recording of Movement for String Quartet and Piano by Andrius Žlabys, featuring Žlabys at the piano along with Arnaud Sussman, Johnny Gandelsman, Kyle Armbrust, and Joshua Roman. This piece was commissioned by Town Music at Town Hall Seattle and premiered on May 24, 2016.

And to round out our eclectic mix of videos, check out these recent productions that our support from New Music USA has made possible:

György Kurtág: Hommage à R. Schumann (Decoda)

Radiohead (arr. Scott Teske): Nude (Seattle Rock Orchestra Quintet with Tamara Power-Drutis)

Jeremy Enigk (arr. Scott Teske): Ballroom (Seattle Rock Orchestra Quintet with Tamara Power-Drutis)

Beck Hansen (arr. Jherek Bischoff & Scott Teske): Do We? We do.(Seattle Rock Orchestra Quintet with Tamara Power-Drutis)

Stay tuned for more updates from Second Inversion!

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We are over the moon to receive support from New Music USA! Our team has been busy all year with video productions filmed in our studios and some iconic locations around Seattle. 

Our most recent video, “In/Exchange,” by Andy Akiho features San Francisco-based Friction Quartet with Akiho on steel pan. It was filmed at the Chapel Performance Space at the Good Shepherd Center, one of the go-to venues for new music in Seattle. This is Akiho’s first piece for steel pan and string quartet and we can’t get enough of the unusual and beautiful timbres that result.

We also want to share some of the other videos that New Music USA’s support has made possible:

Steve Reich: New York Counterpoint (Rachel Yoder, clarinet and prerecorded clarinets) 

Steve Reich: Violin Phase (Luke Fitzpatrick, violin; Marcin Paczkowski, live electronics)

Joshua Roman: we do it to another (Jessica Rivera, soprano)

Melia Watras: Berceuse (2015) (Michael Jinsoo Lim, violin; Melia Watras, viola)

Stay tuned! More videos soon to come from Decoda, a world premiere by Andrius Zlabys, the Seattle Rock Orchestra Quintet, and more!


Since April 2014, Second Inversion has provided a platform for the new music performers, record labels and presenters to connect with the audience in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Born from Classical KING FM’s desire to reach out to a younger and more diverse audience, Second Inversion rethinks classical music for the next generation of listeners. It features all that is new, different and creative in the new music world. Joshua Roman contributes to the project as Artistic Advisor, inspiring Second Inversion with his passion for new music, creativity, and desire to share this music not only with Seattle but all over the world. Our goal is to reach 10,000 listeners / followers each month and expose them to musical content they might otherwise not have discovered.

Second Inversion is also rethinking the public radio format of the 21st century – incorporating on-demand videos recorded in our studio as part of that offer. We make the Classical KING FM resources – professional equipment, crew and recording space – available for artists to record and film their latest and most adventurous projects. This content is created with multiplatform users in mind: the videos are available on-demand on our website and mobile app, but are also integrated in our streaming channel, blog, and social media outlets, as well as the artists’ own communication platforms. This multichannel presentation connects the artists with audiences beyond the concert hall and expands Second Inversion’s reach to the new music community.

Eleven performances have been lined up between January and May 2016, featuring a variety of musical forms and inspirations that reflect Second Inversion’s wide repertoire and Seattle’s vibrant new music scene. In January, we recorded three Steve Reich performances, in collaboration with On the Boards Ambassador James Holt, each filmed in a different Seattle location: New York Counterpoint (January 7) with clarinetist Rachel Yoder, Cello Counterpoint (January 24) with cellist Rose Bellini and Violin Phase (January 31) with violinist Luke Fitzpatrick. On February 1, Gabriel Kahane and Brooklyn Rider joined us in the studio to record a preview of the program they later performed at the Tractor Tavern, an unusual setting for a classical music performance. That same day, we also filmed So Percussion after their concert for UWWorld Series. On February 24, we recorded Joshua Roman’s we do it to another, which was premiered the following day at Town Hall. Our upcoming sessions in April and May in the KING FM studio include performances with Michael Lim & Melia Watras, Friction Quartet, Decoda, and a world Premiere by Andrius Zlabys (Joshua Roman and friends). We’ll also record the performance of Seattle Rock Orchestra Quintet for our KING FM On Stage series (live performances presented by Classical KING FM in Bellevue, Washington).

You guys are one of the best things going on in our world right now.” Adam Sliwinski, So Percussion

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Gabriel Kahane: “Bradbury (304 Broadway)” from “The Ambassador” excerpt (with Brooklyn Rider)
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Gabriel Kahane is a pianist, composer, singer-songwriter, poet…the list goes on, but the Fiction Issue” is his first full-length album of chamber music, featuring the inimitable talents of Brooklyn Rider and Shara Worden. The album is something of a mashup between classical chamber music, creative musings, pop music, and poetry. It features a chamber deconstruction of Kahane’s brooding, cinematic pop song “Bradbury”. In this special performance, Kahane and Brooklyn Rider offer a more straightforward arrangement of the original song.

Steve Reich: Cello Counterpoint (Rose Bellini, cello)
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To celebrate Steve Reich’s 80th birthday, On the Boards produced a limited seating performance of his music in this quirky, mural-clad rehearsal hall. Second Inversion was able to capture videos of New York Counterpoint, Cello Counterpoint andViolin Phase behind the scenes. While we love the personable nature of our studios, we also like to take advantage of showing off some unique, eclectic Seattle venues. Cellist Rose Bellini’s focus and finesse shines in this video of a work that is so characteristic of Steve Reich’s output.

Jason Treuting: Life is [ ] excerpt (So Percussion)
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Life is [ ] is a quartet made from words found in the newspaper. The performers create their own score using words of specified lengths from articles of similar topics and then transform the words into the rhythms and melodies that make up the piece. It’s become something of a signature piece for So Percussion and the tick tocks and jingling tinkles make for a bright addition to our video collection. This session was an exclamation point on their recent residency with the UW School of Music, also including a live broadcast on Second Inversion.

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