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A Day's Journey Through Music With Paul Rudy

Composer Paul Rudy
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Composer Paul Rudy

Experience a full day through music on Sound Currents. Start in slumber with a piece for cello quartet before awakening with a piece by this week's guest, Paul Rudy — dubbed “The High Priest of Sound" — and watch the sun rise and fall with two different female composers.

From sunrise to sunset, we're experiencing a full day of music on this week's Sound Currents.

This week's guest is composer Paul Rudy.

Be sure to answer this week's "favorite piece" poll down below and check out an online-only feature!

Sascha Groschang
Laurel Parks

Paul Rudy, composer

When the Night
by Paul Wiancko
Paul Wiancko, cello

by Paul Rudy
JoDee Davis, trombone; Dan Velicer, piano

Piano Trio
by Jennifer Higdon
Anne Akiko Meyers, violin; Alisa Weilerstein, cello; Adam Neiman, piano

Fat Sunset
by Christine Burke
NewEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble

Degrees of Separation, Grandchild of Tree*
by Paul Rudy
Nathan Davis, Cactus

*Online only

Bonus Content
If you had to play a vegetable as an instrument, what would you choose? For Paul Rudy, he was inspired by John Cage to incorporate cactus into this work. Hear him go through his compositional process with this unconventional component.

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Sascha Groschang is a host for Sound Currents on 91.9 Classical KC.
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