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Harmonious World

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Chatting with musicians, composers and producers across all genres, from jazz to classical, from folk to rock and everything in between.

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Chatting with musicians, composers and producers across all genres, from jazz to classical, from folk to rock and everything in between.

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Harmonious World

Latest release on Jan 18, 2021

Best weekly hand curated episodes for learning

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Rank #1: Harmonious World #29 Jane Ira Bloom

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I was joined by American saxophonist and composer Jane Ira Bloom for episode 29.

Jane's new album - 'Some Kind of Tomorrow' - features improvisations with bassist Mark Helias. The tracks were recorded through 2020 as the musicians' responses to the Covid-19 pandemic. "We just had to play - to connect with each other across a distance in whatever way we could," said Jan.

Our conversation was fascinating and I hope you enjoy it. The album is available now on bandcamp.

To find out more about Jane, click here.


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Jan 18 2021

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Rank #2: Harmonious World #28 Luna Pearl Woolf

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Episode 28 features an interview with my second Grammy-nominated guest of 2021, composer Luna Pearl Woolf.

'Fire and Flood' is nominated for Best classical compendium and we now have to wait until 14 March to find out if it's successful. Even the nomination is a huge accolade for this wonderful album. There's lots of laughter, and discussion of growing up playing clarinet in band, which is how I, too, start my much less significant musical career. This was another joyful interview and I hope you enjoy it.

To find out more about Luna, click here.

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Jan 11 2021

37mins

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Rank #3: Harmonious World #27 Richard Danielpour

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The first episode of Season 3 (and 2021) features an interview with composer Richard Danielpour.

Richard has had a productive lockdown, composing prolifically and working hard on a new opera, which he hopes to finish in 2021. This interview focuses particularly on 'The Passion of Yeshua', which is a stunning oratorio. The recording has been nominated for three Grammys - Best engineered album - classical; Best choral performance; and Best contemporary classical composition.

To find out more about Richard, click here.

Richard mentioned some videos, which are available on YouTube here

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Jan 04 2021

50mins

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Rank #4: Harmonious World season 3 trailer

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Happy New Year!

I have some great musicians lined up for season 3 and I wish you all the very best for 2021.

The first episode will appear on Monday 4 January 2021.

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Jan 01 2021

1min

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Rank #5: Harmonious World #26 Avi Avital

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For the last episode of 2020, Hilary interviewed mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital.

Avi has a new album out - 'Art of the Mandolin' - which feature music composed specifically for the instrument. There are some stunning performances and this is a great album to end 2020 with. Avi was the first mandolin soloist to be nominated for a classical Grammy, and you can hear why for yourself.

To find out more about Avi, click here.

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Dec 28 2020

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Rank #6: Harmonious World #25 Jeni Slotchiver

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It was Beethoven's 250th anniversary when Hilary interviewed pianist Jeni Slotchiver.

'American Heritage' is Jeni's latest album and it's a stunning collection of 18 pieces of American music of all genres, with influences from folk, jazz, blues and gospel. It's a launch pad album - you can follow any number of routes into some really fascinating American composers.

To find out more about Jeni, click here.

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Dec 21 2020

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Rank #7: Harmonious World #24 Robin Spielberg

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Hilary interviews pianist Robin Spielberg.

Listen to Robin's latest album - her 20th - if you can. It features some beautiful classical pieces reimagined. My favourite is undoubtedly 'Skater's Waltz'.

To find out more about Robin, click here.

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Dec 14 2020

38mins

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Rank #8: Harmonious World #23 Aleksi Glick

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Hilary interviews guitarist and bandleader Aleksi Glick.

Aleksi's two latest singles with band Snack Cat are available now and we discuss 'Breaking Point' and 'Fight or Flight', as well as the pandemic, looking forward to live shows and how the band got its name.

To find out more about Aleksi, click here.

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Dec 10 2020

23mins

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Rank #9: Harmonious World #22 Yuri Liberzon

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Hilary interviews classical guitarist Yuri Liberzon.

Yuri has just released an album that collects his expressive interpretations of three of JS Bach's violin sonatas. This is a stunning album, and our conversation was fascinating about the complexity of Bach's compositions and the implications for a performer..

To find out more about Yuri, click here.

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Nov 30 2020

25mins

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Rank #10: Harmonious World #21 Sarah McKenzie

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Hilary interviews pianist and composer Sarah McKenzie.

There's a brilliant story behind Sarah's latest compositions, produced in lockdown in the UK, while Sarah was stranded at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. The fantastic 'Schneller!' has four trumpets interweaving, performed by the magical Kenny Rampton and then the sublime 'Waiting Here For You' features more outstanding musicians from around the world. Hear Sarah tell the story of those recordings and more.

To find out more about Sarah and her latest releases, click here.

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Nov 23 2020

22mins

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