Overlooked: Bard College Young Composers (Audio)

Jun 11, 2024

In this very special edition of WGXC’s “Overlooked,” listeners will be treated to performances of works by young composers from Bard College. With the help of composer and Bard Music Conservatory Professor of Composition Joan Tower and Bard Music Conservatory Production Coordinator Marc Mancus, “Overlooked" host Rob Saffer has compiled recordings of young composers from their year-end concert, the Bard Da Capo Spring Concert, in which professional musicians play student works. Taught composition by many of Bard Music Conservatory’s esteemed faculty, including Tower, Sarah Hennies, Angelica Sanchez, Missy Mazzoli, Jessie Montgomery, Erica Lindsay, George Tsontakis, Kyle Gann, and Matt Sargent, many of the compositions are the young composers' earliest pieces and were among the first public performances of their music. This will be the first time their music is being broadcast on radio.

The show will feature 11 student compositions and three by Bard faculty composers performed at a second concert on April 17, 2024, "Bard Music Alive! Dynamic Women," featuring music by Tower (who curated the concerts), Hennies, Sanchez, Mazzoli, Montgomery, and Lindsay, played by Bard Conservatory and Music Department student performers.

April 13, 2024 - Da Capo Chamber Players & Guests: 11 Student Premieres:
Merry Christmas, Mr. Piazzola -Magdalena Teisler
i am just a girl - Elena Hause
Maternal Wrath - Santiago Mieres
Wheel - Pamela Zhang
Decimal Undulations - Emily Ta
Suspensions - Faisal Jones
The Night Clown’s Jig - Niall Ransford
starlights - Artemy Mukhin
Party Town - Patrick Toohey (premiere)
Burying Hallaj - Lili M. Namazi
Dust Devil - Manar Hashmi

April 17, 2024 - Music Alive! Featuring Dynamic Women Faculty:
Lake (2018) - Sarah Hennies
Small Plus (2018) - Joan Tower
For Jessie (2024, premiere) - Angelica Sanchez (performed with Jessie Montgomery)
Further Explorations (2015) - Erica Lindsay
(Missy Mazzoli and Jessie Montgombery also had pieces in this concert)

After the local news at noon, “Overlooked” is a show focusing on overlooked and under-heard jazz, improvisational, and other fringe music, from early roots to contemporary experiments, a mix of familiar to rare, classic to weird. Live from the shadow of Overlook Mountain in Ulster County.

Host Rob Saffer is the former Executive Director and Producer of the Creative Music Foundation. While living in Brooklyn for 25 years, he served on advisory boards for Celebrate Brooklyn and Symphony Space. He also curated the Brooklyn Museum’s summer jazz series and helped found The Mingus Big Band.

Overlooked Playlist Archive

  • Los Ejes De Mi Carreta (Instrumental) / El Cuarteto
  • Printemps / Antonio Vivaldi
  • Der Frühling - 3. Ländlicher Tanz / Rolf Zuckowski
  • Vitis Labrusca / Ben LaMar Gay
  • Potatoland / János Nagy Trio
  • The Mooch / Larry Fuller