Garrett McQueen and Scott Blankenship
Garrett McQueen is a professional bassoonist turned arts activist. With the help of his friend Scott Blankenship, the two explore what it looks like when the so-called “classical” genre meets music, conversations, and cultures from outside of the concert hall.
Opus 76 - "You Have The Right To Remain Silent"
Anthony Davis' career has been marked by his musical responses to the Black experience, with critically acclaimed compositions about the life and times of Malcolm X, the murder of George Floyd, and one of his own experiences with police in a work called "You Have The Right To Remain Silent." He won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his composition portraying the story of the Central Park 5, and he joins Garrett to talk about it. Scott unpacks Pulitzer Prize-winning music by other Black composers, and the guys offer words of encouragement (and warning) as the holiday season commences. Playlist: Florence Price - Piano Sonata in e minor (excerpt, "From the Top") Traditional - "I'll Fly Away" (New Birth Brass Band) Zero 7 - "Destiny" Sia - "Bird Set Free" Megan Thee Stallion - "Movie" George Walker - "Tangents" George Walker - Violin Sonata George Walker - "Lilacs" Kendrick Lamar - "Humble" Kendrick Lamar - "Love" Kendrick Lamar - "Element" Kendrick Lamar - "Fear" More: WATCH - "You Have The Right To Remain Silent": Curtis Institute names pianist Michelle Cann to new chair honoring legendary professor Eleanor Sokoloff: Make Music NOLA: Autism Rights Activists Ask Sia to Cancel ‘Music’ Movie:
Nov 25
1 hr 43 min
Opus 75 - Straßen sind fertig
In 2017 composer Tyshawn Sorey teamed up with writer Terrance Hayes and tenor Lawrence Brownlee to create a song cycle called "Cycles of My Being". It's a work that showcases the troubled relationship between America and its Black men that will have its digital premiere on the Opera Philadelphia Channel on November 20th. Tyshawn speaks with Garrett about this, and his broader perspective on writing Black-centric music. Scott honors the space-age music of another Black composer, and Garrett teases a move away from Minnesota. Playlist: Deniece Williams - "Let's Here It For The Boy" Blue Ivy Carter - "Lift Ev'ry Voice" ("Homecoming" excerpt) Johann Strauss - "Thunder and Lightning" Polka William Grant Still - "Ennanga" Antonin Dvorak - String Quartet No. 12, "The Negro" M. Piečaitis - Catcerto ( Ozie Cargile - "Creation of the Universe" Fannie Lou Hamer - "Walk With Me" Margaret Bonds - "Montgomery Variations" Tyshawn Sorey - "Cycles of My Being" More: Malcolm X's "By Any Means Necessary": Blue Ivy narrates "Hair Love": Ann Hobson Pilot: Austria COVID Lockdowns:
Nov 18
1 hr 29 min
Opus 74 - Record Keeping
The Gateways Music Festival is one of only a few classical music gatherings that center Black people, making it a very important part of the industry for countless musicians. The man who's taken up the responsibility of documenting those gatherings through photography is violinist David Caines Burnett. He talks with Garrett about how classical music's relationship with race has evolved over the decades, and why we keeps "records" - in more ways than one! Garrett and Scott honor the late Alex Trebek with a mini-round of Jeopardy!, and offer their responses to this year's election results. Playlist: Goldfrapp - "Strict Machine" Will Gregory - "Orbit" Martha and the Vandellas - "Dancing in the Street" Mary J. Blige - "Work That" Drake & Future - "Jumpman" Florence Price - Symphony No. 3 Jennifer Higdon - "Blue Cathedral" Gil Scott-Heron - "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" David Baker - Quintet for Piano and Strings More: Gateways Music Festival: Legal Weed 2020: Oregon Decriminalizes Small Amounts of Heroine and Cocaine: Jeopardy! Clue Archive: Who Is Alex Trebek's Favorite Rapper?:
Nov 11
1 hr 21 min
Opus 73 - "Whitey on the Moon"
Have you ever thought about the relationship between corporate money and equitable arts initiatives? Percussionist Sidney Hopson has dedicated his career to convincing for-profit institutions that investing in the arts for Black and brown communities can impact their bottom line in a positive way. He speaks with Garrett about this, and lots more! Garrett and Scott remind you that music is not an escape with a few very timely selections, and former manager of Classical Minnesota Public Radio gets a special shout-out. This opus is dedicated to Kansas City's KJ Brooks, and is made possible, in part, by Derek Menchan and BluKlok Records presenting, "The Incredible". Playlist: Negro National Anthem, perf. Southeast Symphony: Kenny G - Silhouette Beach Boys - Good Vibrations John Adams - The Chairman Dances Gil Scott-Heron - Whitey on the Moon John Legend/Common - Glory Common/Lenny Kravitz - Riot In My Mind Frederic Rzewski - Coming Together Rammstein - Du Hast Rammstein - Amerika Christopher Rouse - Der gerettete Alberich Joseph Schwantner - Percussion Concerto More: Derek Menchan, The Incredible: The Roast of Kansas City Police Commissioners: Vibrating Suit Allows Deaf People to Feel Music: Violinist Arrested for Trafficking Minor: Brian Newhouse Appointed Minnesota Orchestra Vice President of Individual Giving:
Nov 4
1 hr 44 min
Opus 72 - "Making Demons and Devils Your Allies"
When Wayne Shorter tragically lost his wife in an airplane crash, he vowed to live an even happier life with the help of an ancient philosophy: Nam Myōhō Renge Kyō. He talks with Garrett about Buddhism, what it means to find "zero gravity", and what it means to make allies out of demons and devils. Johnathan Gibbs is the special guest co-host, and helps Garrett tackle the topics of #EndSars, the MET's inability to pay its musicians, and more. In the final movement, the guys re-address Daniel Elder and "Keith". Playlist: George Gershwin - "My Man's Gone Now" from Porgy and Bess Kanye West - "Nah Nah Nah" Wynton Marsalis - Abyssinian Mass (Processional/Recessional) Ellington Jordan - "I'd Rather Go Blind" (perf. Beyoncé) Thelonious Monk - "Crepuscule With Nellie" More: Johnathan Gibbs: This QPOC Life: #EndSARS, Explained: MET Opera Musicians Haven't Been Paid Since April: Equity Silences the Muse: The Firing of Garrett McQueen:
Oct 28
2 hr 1 min
Opus 71 - The Pattern
Ensemble Pi has operated at the intersection of music and social justice since 2015, and in an upcoming concert the group will tackle the need for Black reparations head on! Allison Loggin-Hull talks to Garrett about "The Pattern", which is a piece of music she wrote specifically for this virtual performance. The ensemble's pianist, Idith Korman, offers her thoughts and experiences as both a musician who centers social justice, and the recipient of Jewish reparations. Garrett and Scott honor the legacy of the late John Brim, and the guys respond to an anti-racist statement made by WUOL-FM. Playlist: Michael Jackson - "Dirty Diana" John Brim - "Ice Cream Man" George Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue Offset/Metro Boomin - "Ric Flair Drip" Body Count - "Cop Killer" Julio Racine - Voodoo Jazz Sonata Amy Marcy Cheney Beach - "Hermit Thrush at Morn" Adolphus Hailstork - Adagio for Strings Adolphus Hailstork - Seven Songs of the Rubaiyat Ludwig van Beethoven - Violin Concerto Flutronix - "Type Writer" More: Ensemble Pi: Allison Loggins-Hull: Idith Korman performances: John Brim: Christine Gangelhoff plays Julio Racine: Black Information Network: New York Philharmonic Cancels the Rest of Its Season: Ice Cube Responds to Being Called a Sell Out:
Oct 21
1 hr 39 min
Opus 70 - 'Les Biches'
COVID is continuing to shut down traditional performance spaces, so the hip-hop Illharmonic Orchestra is taking their next show to the virtual stage! The group is led by rappers Jeffrey McNeill (Thee Phantom) and his wife, Andrea (The Phoenix), who talks with Garrett about gender equity in the arts, and how classical institutions can survive 2020. Scott highlights the late Eddie Van Halen's connections to race, after the guys unpack Bill Burr's latest performance. Playlist: Francis Poulenc - Rondeau from "Les Biches" Johnny Nash - "What A) Wonderful World" Van Halen - "Cathedral" Van Halen - "Ice Cream Man" Van Halen - "Runnin' with the Devil" Michael Jackson - "Beat It" Mariah Carey ft. O.D.B. - "Fantasy" Mariah Carey - "Obsessed" Drake - "Emotionless" Indigenous - "Things We Do" Indigenous - "Waiting" Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 5, mov. 1 Walter Murphy - "A Fifth of Beethoven" Robin Thicke - "When I Get You Alone" Thee Phantom - "B-Boy Meets Beethoven" Thee Phantom ft. The Phoenix - "Maybe Next Time" More: Land Acknowledgment: "Spirit Horses" album: Interview with Queen Latifah: Illharmonic Virtual Concert:[%7B%5C%22surface%5C%22%3A%5C%22share_link%5C%22%2C%5C%22mechanism%5C%22%3A%5C%22share_link%5C%22%2C%5C%22extra_data%5C%22%3A%7B%5C%22invite_link_id%5C%22%3A1778601915631911%7D%7D]%22%7D Lied Society Society Presents "We Are The Change": Lexical Tones Podcast: Black Music Experience: WUOT-FM hosts conversation on Beethoven: Bill Burr SNL Monologue: R.I.P. Johnny Nash: Eddie Van Halen endured a 'horrifying racist environment' before becoming a rock legend: The Thought Leaders Issue, Mariah Carey:
Oct 14
1 hr 38 min
Opus 69 - People Are Still Having Sex
For the 69th opus of TRILLOQUY, the guys decide to spend some time at the intersection of music and sex, featuring a few of Scott's favorites by Donna Summer. Special guest, Derek Menchan talks with Garrett about how he utilizes Afro-centrism and his ability to overlay his multi-talents to create new recordings of the "classics", and a scene from the film, "The Prince of Egypt" serves as the frame for pretty difficult conversation between the hosts. Playlist: Terence Blanchard - "Ron's Theme" from Blackkklansman arr. Justin Holland - "Rochester Schottische" Addison H. Douglass - "Go Gopher Victory" Richard Strauss - "Dance of the Seven Veils" Maurice Ravel - "Bolero" Aram Khachaturian - "Dance of the Young Kurds" Thomas Adès - Overture to "Symphonic Dances from Powder Her Face" Ariana Grande ft. Lil Wayne - "Let Me Love You" Donna Summer - "Love to Love You Baby" Donna Summer - "I Feel Love" Foxy - "Get Off" LaTour - "People Are Still Having Sex" Prince and the New Power Generation – "Gett Off" George Michael - "I Want Your Sex" George Michael ft. Steve Gregory (sax) - "Careless Whisper" Divinyls - "I Touch Myself" Jeremih - "Fuck You All the Time" Derek Menchan - "The Griot Swings the Classics" More: Derek Menchan: The Prince of Egypt: For the Met Opera, the Pandemic Could Be a Necessary Reset: Orchestras Are Rushing to Add Black Composers. Will It Last?: Gopher band returns with instrument wraps:
Oct 7
1 hr 39 min
Opus 68 - "Burn All This Sh*t Down"
The Sphinx Organization has celebrated and brought together Black and brown musicians for over two decades, but because of COVID, the organization's annual gala is going digital. This online event will include a performance of a work by composer Carlos Simon, who talks with Garrett about the gala, his music, and how he engages the issue of police brutality as an artist. Scott offers his opinion on the music of Alanis Morissette (and Beyoncé's cover of her most famous song), followed by a conversation concerning this year's Presidential Election. Playlist: Jerry Goldsmith - "Star Trek" score (excerpt) Astor Piazzolla - Estaciones Porteñas (feat. Lara St. John) arr. Mari-Pitout - "Ndikhokhele Bawo, Xhosa" (feat. Exigence) Engelbert Humperdinck - Hansel and Gretel Alicia Keys ft. Khalid - "So Done" Alanis Morissette - "Uninvited" arr. Beyoncé - "You Oughta Know" Chris Rogerson - Thirty Thousand Days Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No. 9 Ulysses Kay - Sonata for Bassoon Carlos Simon - Amen! Carlos Simon - Elegy Carlos Simon - Loop More: Carlos Simon: Sphinx Gala: Shirley Chisholm: Top Music School Finds Sexual Abuse Allegations From Violinist 'Credible': Equity Silences the Muse: Joe Rogan vs. Spotify: Dmitri Shostakovich and Ulysses Kay: MPR Music Union:
Sep 30
1 hr 34 min
Opus 67 - Kobayashi Maru
When it comes to hosting radio, some things just can't be taught. WUOT-FM's Todd Steed talks about this, some of the challenges of working in management at a radio station, and what made Garrett the "right person" for his spot on the afternoon airwaves, despite his not having any radio experience at the time. Scott weighs in on how he deals with rude listeners, and Garrett takes a cue from Kanye West. Playlist: Nina Simone - "Mississippi Goddam" Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 7, mov. 2 Eric Whitacre - "When David Heard" Meara O'Reilly - Hockets for Two Voices Joe Hisaishi - "The Rain" Kronos Quartet/Meklit - "The President Sang Amazing Grace" William Levi Dawson - "Hope in the Night" (from his Negro Folk Symphony) ​Drake - "Energy" Nina Simone - "Love Me or Leave Me" ​arr. Robert Grasper - "Reckoner" Alex Laing: Michelle Cann: "Improvisations to Go": Charges Dropped Against Curtis Flowers:,pursuing%20murder%20charges%20against%20Mr. Classical Music Can Change the Racial Conscience of Society: Beethoven, Classical Music, Etiquette, and White Supremacy: More on "Hockets for Two Voices": ​
Sep 23
1 hr 30 min
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