We often think of classical music as being stodgy, elitist, or irrelevant. But in fact classical music is all around us, and informs much of our cultural context. Many musicians with classical background breathe new life into this art form by blurring the lines, either by using instruments in innovative ways, or pushing the boundaries of what we consider to be common practice.
This is certainly true in the ambient music genre as well — artists blur classical sensibilities and make new sounds and atmospheres, while still somehow remaining grounded in the tradition that they bring forward.
Today’s program lives in those blurred lines, with recent works from Joe McMahon, Daniel Robert Lahey, and Takashi Suzuki. And what classically based program would be complete without a track from Doc and Lena Selyanina?