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Modern Notebook for March 26, 2023

 Composer Du Yun.
Photo credit: Xiao Nan (Elle China).
Composer Du Yun.

On this week’s Modern Notebook with Tyler Kline: “Black Iris” by Reena Esmail was composed at the height of the “Me Too” movement, and she says that when writing this piece she was “filled with rage, seeing the injustices that plagued even the strongest, most powerful women among us.” It’s a work in which Esmail seeks to use her platform to start real, honest discussions about how each one of us can contribute to a better future for everyone.

Then: individuals affected by “Alice in Wonderland” syndrome often report feeling that different parts of their body are disproportionate in size and proximity, and that their overall surroundings are “warped.” This syndrome is, in part, the inspiration for Du Yun’s piece titled “i am my own achilles’ heel.” It’s a work which seeks to address mental health, and also explore her own fascinations with fantastical worlds.

Plus music by Hannah Boissonneault, Beata Moon, Paola Prestini, Carolyn Goodwin, Hilda Parades, Emily Adby, Emma O’Halloran, Susanna Hancock, and others; and performances by cellist India Gailey, Unheard-of//Ensemble, fivebyfive, Copenhagen Clarinet Choir, Brooklyn Rider, ~Nois, and more.

Tune in: Sunday night from 8 to 10 ET on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9. Streaming online at wsmr.org.

Hour 1
ko’u inoa by Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti.

Hannah Boissonneault’s As I Sit In Stillness.

Illusions by Beata Moon.

Reena Esmail’s Black Iris (#metoo).

Variations on a Spell by Paola Prestini.

Edie Hill’s Blue Jewel.

Movement 3 from Carolyn Goodwin's Three Movements.

Hour 2
Demente Cuerda by Hilda Parades.

Emily Adby’s Ruminant.

i am my own achilles’ heel by Du Yun.

Emma O’Halloran’s Penciled Wings.

HIATUS by Susanna Hancock.

Each week, Tyler Kline journeys into new territory and demystifies the music of living composers on Modern Notebook. Listen for a wide variety of exciting music that engages and inspires, along with the stories behind each piece and the latest releases from today’s contemporary classical artists. Discover what’s in store on Modern Notebook.

Tyler Kline is a composer whose music has been performed across the United States, and internationally in Canada, Brazil and Romania. His compositional interests encompass a wide variety of styles and mediums, from acoustic chamber and large ensemble works to electronic and electroacoustic music. A native of Kentucky, he earned his Master of Music degree in Composition from the University of South Florida. Learn more at tylerklinemusic.com.