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Saturday, December 11, 2010

ACP #23

This week on All the Cool Parts, I have a great conversation with California Guitar Trio members Bert Lams and Paul Richards.  Specifically, we talk about the classical music that they've recorded over the past 20 years.

Also on this week's All the Cool Parts Idol, I decided to present my own recording of my Etude #3 for classical guitar.

Friday, December 3, 2010

ACP #22

This week on All the Cool Parts - we present Newspeak's brand new CD Sweet Light Crude, as well as interview the groups founder David T. Little.  We discuss music by composers Oscar Bettison, Stefan Weisman, David T. Little, Missy Mazzoli, Pat Muchmore and Caleb Burhans.  You can also purchase Sweet Light Crude HERE.

In addition, we present Carl Schimmel's Elemental Homunculi for saxophone and piano as part of our continuing All the Cool Parts Idol series.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

ACP #21

This week on All the Cool Parts, we present Laureate Series #3 - classical guitarist Jerome Ducharme, winner of the Guitar Foundation of America International Guitar Competition in 2005.  I talk about the guitar world, and the music on the CD with our returning friend Dr. Jonathan Kulp.

Also, I am very happy to announce our first sponsor!  Tomas Borobia classical guitars is the first sponsor of All the Cool Parts Podcast!  Please check out his web site, which includes information on his wonderful guitars (of which I play), and free sound samples.  Check it out at

Thursday, October 7, 2010

ACP #20

This week on All the Cool Parts, we present two different recordings of nuevo tango master Astor Piazzolla.  The first, a live recording from a 1982 concert in Buenos Aires, Argentina of Piazzolla's own quintet - the second, the 1997 recording The Soul of the Tango, featuring cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

Also, we present composer and improvisor Gregory Hall on this week's All the Cool Parts Idol.  I talk about improvisation in classical music, and we listen to Greg's classical piano improvisation Woodstock 8_14_10.  You can go to Greg's Soundclick site to hear more of his improvisations HERE, and visit Greg's personal web site HERE.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

ACP #19

This week on All the Cool Parts - our very first edition of Hard Core Repertoire!!  I talk about music as language, and then get hard core with Pierre Boulez and the Ensemble InterContemporain.  We listen to their performances of Sur Incises, Messagesquisse and Anthems 2.  Open your ears and rock out to the hard core sounds of these awesome pieces!

Also, on this week's edition of All the Cool Parts Idol, we present composer David Farrell, and his 8BIT_CHACONNE.

Friday, August 13, 2010

ACP #18

This week on All the Cool Parts, I'm presenting the 1995 Argo release Dance Mix.  This is a compilation CD of dance inspired pieces by living composers (except Mr. Bernstein).  I play excerpts from pieces by John Adams, Aaron Jay Kernis, Libby Larsen, John Harbison, Michael Torke, Robert Moran, Michael Daugherty and Christopher Rouse.

Friday, July 30, 2010

ACP #17

This week on All the Cool Parts, I'm taking you back in time 800 years to present the music of Perotin, performed by the amazing vocal quartet the Hilliard Ensemble.  During the show, I talk about the history of the music, as well as the style of music that Perotin wrote - mainly organum, discant and conductus.  I also talk about our source for information on Perotin, Anonymous IV.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

ACP #16

This week on All the Cool Parts, we interview multi-talented guitarist Bert Lams and discuss his CD of music by Johann Sebastian Bach called Nascent.  We also discuss at length his background and training under the tutelage of prog rock guitar guru Robert Fripp and Fripp's guitar school called Guitar Craft.  Bert mentioned a few extensions of what has come out of Guitar Craft, including his own California Guitar Trio, and the Seattle Circle.

Bert was also kind enough to grant me an exclusive preview of the forthcoming California Guitar Trio album Andromeda, which is set for a September 2010 release.  We are pleased to be able to present the new track Hazardous Z from that album.

I also told the story of the first time I saw Bert in 1995 opening for King Crimson.  Here is the actual ticket stub from that show:

Yes, I know I'm a nerd.  

As always, we are looking for more All the Cool Parts Idol submissions, so musicians - please send! 

Thursday, July 15, 2010

ACP #15

This week on All the Cool Parts, we present the second podcast in our Naxos Laureate Series with the CD of classical guitarist Denis Azabagic.  In this episode we are once again joined by ACP friend and favorite Dr. Jonathan Kulp, and we discuss and play guitar music from composers Federico Moreno Torroba, Augustin Barrios, Manuel Maria Ponce, Antonio Jose, and Carlos Rafael Rivera.

Also, Jon and I talked about many other people in the classical guitar community, so instead of having you all in the dark about who these people are, I thought I would list them and link their names to some information about them.  These people include:

Steve Kostelnik
Matthew Hinsley
Adam Holzman
Klondike Steadman
Andrew Zohn
Nicholas Ciraldo

Here is a video of Azabagic performing the Allegro Solemne movement of Barrios' La Catedral:

Sunday, July 4, 2010

ACP #14

On this week's special 4th of July edition of All the Cool Parts, we are presenting the oft over-looked music of Carl Stalling, who wrote the music for Warner Brothers cartoons from 1938-1958.  I wanted to present something quintessentially American - something that would encompass the American experience, fireworks and childhood memories.  It was the perfect opportunity to talk about Stalling's brilliant and innovative scores for Warner Brothers cartoons.

Also on this week's edition of All the Cool Parts Idol, we present classical guitarist and composer Bret Williams, and his piece Head of Flowers that is wonderfully evocative of Summer.  You can learn more about Bret HERE.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

ACP #13

This week on All the Cool Parts, I present the 2006 release of the Los Angeles Philharmonic of music by composers Arvo Pärt and Louis Andriessen.  I play and talk about excerpts from Pärt's Tabula Rasa and Andriessen's Racconto dall'Inferno as well as De Staat.

On this week's installment of All the Cool Parts Idol, I present composer/musician Charlie McCarron and music from his album The Mysteries of Grey Matters.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Friday, May 28, 2010

ACP #12

This week on All the Cool Parts - Fugue-O-Rama #1!!!!!  We present a show of all fugues and nothing but fugues.  Most of the fugues were suggested by our listeners - the fugues and composers (and links to the recordings I used) are as follows:

Also this week, as part of our All the Cool Parts Idol series, we present Action Items for two bass clarinets by composer James Holt, and performed by Sqwonk.

Friday, May 21, 2010

ACP #11

This week on All the Cool Parts, I'm presenting John Eliot Gardiner's 1987 recording of Claudio Monteverdi's Orfeo.  This, one of the very first operas, features many interesting moments and some awesome music.  I walk you through the interesting points and guide you through the story as I play the excerpts.

Also on this weeks ACP Idol we feature percussionist John Astaire performing the second part of Iannis Xenakis' Rebonds.

Friday, May 14, 2010

ACP #10

This week on All the Cool Parts, I'm starting a new series of presenting the Laureate series of CD's put out by the Naxos label.  The first disc I chose to present is that of classical guitarist Steve Kostelnik.  Joining us as our special guest co-host this week is musicologist and composer Dr. Jonathan Kulp.  We had a great time recording this one!

Also, this week we feature City Walks for string quartet by composer Michael Kaulkin as part of our All the Cool Parts Idol series.

As always, please send us feedback or questions at allthecoolparts (at) gmail (dot) com.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Friday, April 30, 2010

ACP #9

This week on All the Cool Parts - in honor of the recent announcement of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in music going to composer Jennifer Higdon, we're presenting the 2006 Naxos release of some of her more intimate chamber music.

We also present Nick Vasallo's Expand the Hive for orchestra for our latest installment of All the Cool Parts Idol.  You can learn more about the composer at his web site.

Keep those Idol submissions and emails coming!  And leave us a review in iTunes - dooo it!!!  :)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

ACP #8

This week on All the Cool Parts we have a very special guest - Randy Jordan from the #1 World of Warcraft podcast on the internet, The Instance.  Randy kindly joined us for an in depth discussion on the music being written for video games - and in particular the music of Jason Hayes and Russell Brower for the MMORPG, World of Warcraft.  This might surprise some of you - I mean - video game music??

The music for video games is really coming into its own (much like film music did in the last century), and is becoming a real outlet for new classical music to be written.  Millions of young new fans are being made daily because of this music, and I felt it was something worth presenting, and definitely time to stop ignoring.

This is our longest podcast yet, but well worth it.  Randy and I had a blast recording this episode, and are talking about doing it again in the future, when the next WoW expansion Cataclysm is released and we have a whole new cache of music to talk about.

If you like the music in this episode, I highly recommend going to Blizzards web site and watching the short movies from each incarnation of the game.  View the original cinematic HERE.  View the Burning Crusade cinematic HERE.  View the Wrath of the Lich King cinematic HERE.

Due to the length of this week's episode, I'm not doing an All the Cool Parts Idol installment - but look out for another one next week!  As always, if you're an emerging composer, performer or ensemble - send me music!  We actually just got our first submission from a performer, which is fantastic.  I love getting music from composers, but performers, don't be afraid to submit - I'd love to get more music from performers!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

ACP #7

This week on All the Cool Parts, we present the choral music of Eric Whitacre, as performed by the Polyphony chorus directed by Stephen Layton.  Whitacre's music has become extremely popular, especially in the choir and concert band worlds, and he is rapidly becoming one of the most performed living American composers period.

Also, we present our All the Cool Parts Idol #2.  In this installment, we hear Prologue by Seattle based composer J.C. Combs.  Prologue is part of a larger work entitled Minstrel Nomadic, and can be purchased HERE.  J.C. also runs Improv Friday, and is the founder of this weekly event.

Here is the virtual choir of Eric Whitacre that I mentioned in the show.  This is his piece Lux Aurumque:

Friday, April 9, 2010

ACP #6

This week on All the Cool Parts, we present the 2008 recording of Avant Pop band Electric Kompany, and feature our very first interview with guitarist and EK founder Kevin Gallagher!  We talk about many interesting and varied things - among them the music on the disc and the composers who wrote that music - Jacob T.V., Marc Mellits, David Langanella and Nick Didkovsky.  I also said I would put a link to more information on spectral music in the show notes, so here it is :)

Here are some you tube videos of Kevin and Electric Kompany - check them all out!!

Friday, April 2, 2010

ACP #5

This week on All the Cool Parts, I present the 2008 release Go Crystal Tears - a collaboration of counter tenor Andreas Scholl, lutenist Julian Behr, and the viol consort Concerto di Viole.  The disc features music by English renaissance composers John Dowland, John Ward, John Benet, Robert Johnson, William Byrd and Alfonso Ferrabosco the younger.

In Addition - we finally have the first installment of All the Cool Parts Idol!!  Our first submission comes from composer Jessica Rugani.  We present her piece Nymphshadow, for flute and bowed piano.  You can learn more about the bowed piano here.

Also, here are links to some of the things featured and talked about during the show:




As always, we need more submissions for All the Cool Parts Idol.  Please - up and coming musicians and composers - send your recordings to allthecoolparts at gmail dot com.  Help me promote your music and your careers!

Tune in next week for something completely different!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

ACP on hiatus this week

Just a note for the listeners - I'll be out of town most of this week, so there will be no new ACP this Friday.  Expect a new episode on Friday, April 2nd!

ACP #4

This week on All the Cool Parts, I'm presenting four concertos of Japanese composer, Takashi Yoshimatsu.  First up is his guitar concerto titled Pegasus Effect, and written for Japanese super guitarist Kazuhito Yamashita.  Second is his trombone concerto Orion Machine, followed by his concerto for Soprano Saxophone Cyber-Bird.  We end with his piano concerto Memo Flora.

I also wanted to mention that we still have not received any submissions for All the Cool Parts Idol.  Up and coming artists - I want to promote your music - please submit!  Also, our listener email has been light since the first episode.  Please don't hesitate to ask me some questions for me to include on the show.  Email me at allthecoolparts (at) gmail (dot) com.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

ACP #3 - Zappa

This week on All the Cool Parts, I discuss the Ensemble Modern recording, The Yellow Shark, and the classical music of composer Frank Zappa.  I talk about his music, and the misconceptions, and realities of Zappa and the perception of him and his legacy in popular culture.

Here are a few links to a few terms I use in the show:


Theme and Variations

I did reference Zappa's 1986 appearance on CNN's Crossfire - here it is:

I also thought this was interesting - Zappa's son Dweezil carrying his father's legacy in a recent series of concerts - previewed here:

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Episode #2 - Requiem by Maurice Durufle

On this episode of All the Cool Parts, I discuss the St. Jacob's Chamber Choir's recording of the Requiem by Maurice Durufle.  This choir is one of the best in the world - it is said by many that Sweden has the best choirs period - and the St. Jacob's Chamber Choir prove it on this recording.  All this plus our first installment of listener email!

Here are links to more explanations of musical terms I used in this episode:

Requiem Mass

Sylvius Leopold Weiss

In our listener email, I answer a few questions sent to us by John A. and Jerry G..  I also reference the following scene, and thought it only fair that I post it in the show notes.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

ACP #1!!

Welcome to the first show notes of the first All the Cool Parts Podcast! In this inaugural episode, I present you with Paul Galbraith's 2000 recording of the complete Lute Suites of Johann Sebastian Bach.

The basic premise of All the Cool Parts is to introduce recent classical music recordings through some light commentary (with my own feelings and opinions thrown in) with excerpts from the CDs. It's my hope that you'll take what I present as a springboard for your own further discovery of this music. The main reason I decided to start All the Cool Parts is that I felt this genre of music just ins't being promoted enough - not even close. I'm not here as a representative for any record label, or music web site trying to sell CDs. My only goal is to promote classical music. As a result, I'll be presenting a wide array of styles, genres and periods. Some will be on major classical labels, others might be independently released by the artists themselves.

During this weeks show, I use a lot of music terminology that might be foreign to many listeners. In the interest of not having anyone in the dark, I'll post some key words below, with links to more thorough explanations.





Baroque Dance Suite

Da Capo Form

And of course, I can't forget to link you to the man himself, Paul Galbraith.

Please contact ACP with feedback! Email us at AlltheCoolParts (at) gmail (dot) com.

All the Cool Parts Idol

On this episode, I announced our program, All the Cool Parts Idol. This is a program where I want emerging classical music performers, ensembles and composers to submit recordings. I will listen to these and choose the best ones to present on the podcast. Please email your submissions to AlltheCoolParts (at) gmail (dot) com.

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