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John Tavener

Extra Eclectic: John Tavener's "Mahashakti"

The Sanskrit word "Shakti" signifies a celestial feminine energy that allows man to enter into contact with the divine. Composer John Tavener says that although Shakti is a Hindu concept, Shakti-ism has a universal significance, since "the concept of the eternal feminine is present in all great primordial traditions." Steve Seel features Tavener's work "Mahashakti" as one of the major works on this week's program, in addition to music by Einojuhani Rautavaara, Hannah Kendall, and others.

Ayers Rock.

Extra Eclectic: Aboriginal Dreaming

In native Australian culture, the Dreaming is a term devised by early anthropologists to refer to a religious cultural worldview attributed to Aboriginal beliefs. Since the term's inception, there's been argument as to whether or not it accurately reflects true Aboriginal culture, or is merely a western misunderstanding of them. Either way, today it's part of the lexicon in popular culture when describing Aboriginal mysticism, and thus, an attractive and interesting concept to Australian musicians and composers as well. Steve Seel explores some on this week's show.

Brooklyn Rider

Extra Eclectic: Stillness and Motion

Composer Kyle Sanna says that the best still photographs tell a story about motion. He wanted to pay tribute to that quality in music, and he called his piece, "Sequence for Minor White" - named after one of the most influential American photographers of the mid-20th century. Steve Seel features that work on this week's episode, played by the quartet Brooklyn Rider. In the second hour, Steve explores works that embody a sense of stillness and motion at the same time.

Philip Glass

Extra Eclectic: Philip Glass' Latest Piano Concerto

Philip Glass wrote his Piano Concerto No. 3 for pianist Simone Dinnerstein, who is universally known for her interpretations of Bach. In 2016, Glass saw Dinnerstein perform a concert of his piano etudes, and he instantly knew she was the pianist for whom he wanted to write his new work. Steve Seel features that concerto as the centerpiece of the first hour of this week's show, which also features works on the subject of birds by composers John Luther Adams and Somei Satoh.

Analog clock.

Extra Eclectic: Meditations on Time

While Michael Gandolfi's "Imaginary Numbers" uses mathematical concepts as the centerpiece of the first hour, music about time and its passing make up a philosophical second hour on this week's program. Steve Seel shares Jason Thomas' "Time's Timeless," Maria Huld Markan Sigfusdottir's "Clockworking" and Bartosz Chajdecki's "Clockwork," and Norman Dello Joio's "Meditations on Ecclesiastes" offers a path to meaning amidst our powerlessness to stop time.