Imagination Radio

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Imagination Radio investigates the ways we search for meaning through music and life, and why people are compelled to create.

Hosted by Contemporaneous co-artistic directors David Bloom and Dylan Mattingly, this podcast ventures into walks of life as diverse as rock climbing, neuroscience, cartography, and music with a curiosity about the forces that drive people to do things that have never been done.

The first season of Imagination Radio features three episodes that pursue monumental questions and three episodes that dive deep into works that Contemporaneous has commissioned. Subscribe today to catch the whole season, to be released November 13, 2018!

Season 1

 November 13, 2018

November 13, 2018

Episode 1: What does it mean to work without limits?

Limitations are a reality in every part of our lives, but how do we push past those and make today's impossibilities into tomorrow's inevitabilities? Composer Samuel Adams, American Composers Orchestra president Ed Yim, and rock climber/BASE jumper Steph Davis tell their stories of doing the impossible in their everyday lives.

 November 20, 2018

November 20, 2018

Episode 2: The joy of creation — Katherine Balch on New Geometry

Discovery is the catalyst for composer Katherine Balch's creativity, and 

 November 23, 2018

November 23, 2018

Bonus Episode: Katherine Balch's New Geometry

Contemporaneous performs Katherine Balch's captivating New Geometry.

 
 November 27, 2018

November 27, 2018

Episode 3: How do you become a creator?

We all have creativity within us, but how can we feed the flames of the creative impulse? Composer Missy Mazzoli, [choreographer] ______, and social design artist Sara Hendren offer their experiences becoming full-time makers.

 December 4, 2018

December 4, 2018

Episode 4: Between sound and silence — Kristofer Svensson on Si beatitudo aeterna non est malo in somniis versari

Working at the cusp of sound and silence, Swedish composer Kristofer Svensson weaves a musical fabric entirely of his own and incorporates the influence of Classical Roman pastoral poetry into a stunning work for Contemporaneous.

 December 7, 2018

December 7, 2018

Bonus Episode: Kristofer Svensson's Si beatitudo aeterna non est malo in somniis versari

Find a quiet place, and dive into Kristofer Svensson's spellbinding music.

 
 December 11, 2018

December 11, 2018

Episode 5: What can/cannot music do?

Music can give us chills, move us to tears, make us dance, but what are the limits of what music can actually say? Musical activist Eun Lee, opera/theater director Ashley Tata, and neuroscientist Aniruddh Patel contribute their thoughts on this question.

 December 18, 2018

December 18, 2018

Episode 6: The permanence and impermanence of growing up — Finnegan Shanahan on The Two Halves

An 1852 railroad map of Contemporaneous member Finnegan Shanahan's native Hudson Valley sparks his imagination, and into his genre-defying debut album, he pours not only his own story but the story of growing up.

 December 21, 2018

December 21, 2018

Bonus Episode: Finnegan Shanahan's The Two Halves

Enjoy these two songs from the heart of Finnegan Shanahan's lush and driving record.

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