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Sound Off with Katy Henriksen

Critical Frequency

11 episodes

Dec 3, 2020

Oracle Hysterical 

Join host Katy Henriksen for insight into the genre-bending world Oracle Hysterical, a music group whose tagline is part rock band part book club that occupies the fluid space between classically inclined song cycle and art rock concept album. Henriksen speaks with baroque bass/viola da gamba member Doug Balliet about the connection between Schumann's classical song cycle "Dichterliebe" to The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band, about what it's like to play the Baroque viola da gamba for crowds more attuned to indie rock and how his band turned an issue of a literary journal into a song cycle with the help of chamber ensemble A Far Cry.


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Nov 19, 2020

Nathalie Joachim 

In today's episode of Sound Off I talk with composer, singer and instrumentalist Nathalie Joachim. She's a Julliard-trained flutist, half of the flute & electronics duo Flutronix and creator of the Grammy-nominated Fanm d’Ayiti featuring the Spektral Quartet, an album described by WNYC’s New Sounds host John Schaefer as "a kind of chamber folk electronic celebration of the voices of Haiti.” Learn about how a listening station at Tower Records informs her unclassifiable sounds as much as both her conservatory training and her Haitian grandmother have, as well as spend time with some of her music.

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Oct 8, 2020

Qasim Naqvi 

Qasim Naqvi is a drummer and composer based in Brooklyn. As the drummer for acoustic trio Dawn of Midi, he’s toured with Radiohead. As a film score composer his sounds have been featured on HBO, The Sundance Channel and at art institutions such as The Guggenheim. He composes for contemporary chamber ensembles like yMusic and for symphony orchestras. He’s also an analog synths wizard. In this episode I talk to Qasim about how his lifelong pursuit of music began with a middle school crush, how composing with analog synths is like working with an improvising performer and so much more. Plus! I get to play some full tracks handpicked from his recordings.

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