New Amsterdam is proud to partner with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series, currently in its fourth season. Liquid Music perpetually seeks to connect increasingly intrepid audiences with innovative new projects and iconoclastic artists through any means within reach. Now through a new partnership with McNally Smith College of Music, Liquid Music has found a new platform to reach the masses via the fertile realm of audio podcasting with Liquid Music Playlist.
Over the course of the 2015-16 Liquid Music season host Steve Seel from Classical Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) will speak with some of the most adventurous and genre-defying composers, musicians and performers in New Music today. Each conversation will have two parts: first, artists talk about their music and career; then, in the spirit of discovery that defines Liquid Music, artists will recommend music of another artist that inspires them. It’s all part of the mission of Liquid Music, where the exploration of new ideas and the celebration of new sounds never stops.
The series begins with composer NewAm co-artistic director William Brittelle, who recently visited the Twin Cities for the premiere of Spiritual America. He explores “Noise as an emotional tool” with the music of London-based producer/electronic musician Arca. Upcoming episodes include Poliça’s Channy Leaneagh investigating the grinding analogue sounds of Hamburg-based DJ/electronic artist Helena Hauff, violinist/violist Miranda Cuckson recommending work of jazz pianist/composer/Harvard professor Vijay Iyer, and Berlin-based conductor, arranger and musician André de Riddertalking about his life-long love of the music of lo-fi rocker Lou Barlow, with additional 15.16 Liquid Music artists to be announced throughout the season. Each episode manifests the breaking down of barriers between artist and audience and will provide deep rabbit holes for audiophiles to unearth and explore – both accomplishments integral to the mission of Liquid Music.
A guest blog post by Steve Seel about Liquid Music Playlist can be found here on the Liquid Music Series website.