Sunday, February 12, 2012

Show for Feb 12, 2012. The Living Music of Elena Kats-Chernin.

Despite an old-school classical education in the Soviet Union, where she grew up before emigrating to Australia as a teen, composer Elena Kats-Chernin is anything but tradition-bound. Her influences run the gamut from ragtime to nuevo tango to minimalism and pop. Her work is powerfully evocative and unabashedly listenable. She says for her, “music is a living thing.” She writes daily, and a lot of her own life inevitably makes its way into her compositions. In this interview, we listened to some exquisite tunes and dug deep into the sources of her music, including the very personal story behind some of her most affecting works.

Note: I previously interviewed Elena prior to the U.S. premiere of her Astor Piazzola tribute Re-Collecting ASTORoids at last year’s Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.

Click the Play arrow above to listen to the show, or you can download the MP3 here (if using a Mac, control-click the link and choose “Save Link As…” If using a PC, right-click and choose Save Target As…”)