In A Minute! (...Or Two): Ep. #79

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Ep. #79 Featuring String Sensations Mixtape
"Best Part of Appalachian Spring"

The art of a musical mashup requires knowledge, skill, and a deep sense of music history. These days, our sophisticated technology allows artists to easily blend different music by superimposing vocal lines from one piece over melodic fragments from another. With the emergence of DJs and the internet, these mashups and remixes have continued to evolve and reach ever-increasing audiences. The most interesting of these mashups occur when songs of vastly different genres are merged to make something new and exciting; for example - classical and pop.

Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland is one of the most beloved pieces of the American repertoire. Starting as a ballet written for the dancer/choreographer Martha Graham, it blossomed into one of the most recognizable pieces of the 20th century. One would think that pairing this American orchestral standard with a modern-day R&B #1 hit from a Canadian singer-songwriter would be a bit of a stretch. However, the harmonic simplicities of Appalachian Spring and “Best Part” by Daniel Ceasar allow for a masterfully intertwined new composition.

Highlighting not only expert playing of their respective instruments but also their creativity in arrangement, we welcome Mixtape; Michael Siess and Misha Vayman on violin, Juan-Salvador Carrasco on cello and Nathan Ben-Yehuda on piano.