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01Sound Frontiers: Anoushka Shankar20161003

As part of Radio 3 live at Southbank Centre, London, Donald Macleod speaks to five members of a new generation of British composers about their work. Featuring music by Anoushka Shankar, Gwilym Simcock, Helen Grime, Anna Meredith and Daniel Kidane.

Donald's first guest this week is composer and sitar player Anoushka Shankar (1981-). Trained from the age of 9 by her father Ravi Shankar in the classical style of sitar playing, Shankar has made her mark internationally as a performer and as a composer. An instinct for musical collaboration and crossing musical boundaries has resulted in her own distinctive brand of composition, demonstrating the versatility of the sitar, and the art of blending traditional forms with world and folk influenced music.

Music includes:

Anoushka Shankar, Nitin Sawhney

Traces of you

feat. Norah Jones, vocal

Anoushka Shankar, sitar

Tanmoy Bose, tabla

Manu Delago, glockenspiel

Nitin Sawhney, guitars, percussion, ukulele and programming

Anoushka Shankar

Raga Manj Khamaj (excerpt)

Kenui Ota, bass and treble tanpura

Red Sun

Bikram Ghosh and Tanmoy Bose, vocals

Jesse Charnow, drums

Bikram Ghosh, percussion

Ajay Prasanna, bansuri

Kevin Cooper, bass

Anoushka Shankar, keyboards

Sukanya Shankar, tanpura.

02Sound Frontiers: Gwilym Simcock20161004

Donald Macleod is in conversation with composer and jazz pianist Gwilym Simcock.

As part of Radio 3 live at Southbank Centre, London, Donald Macleod speaks to five members of a new generation of British composers about their work. Featuring music by Anoushka Shankar, Gwilym Simcock, Helen Grime, Anna Meredith and Daniel Kidane.

Donald's joined today by composer and jazz pianist Gwilym Simcock (b 1981). Primarily a jazz artist, his ability to combine the art of improvisation with formalised structure has enabled him to straddle jazz and classical spheres in his compositions. His influences are equally wide ranging, from jazz legends including Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea and Pat Metheny, to classical composers including Maurice Ravel, Béla Bartók and Mark-Anthony Turnage.

Music includes:

Gwilym Simcock

Those Are The Good Days

Gwilym Simcock, piano

Gwilym Simcock and Mike Walker

It Could Have Been A Simple Goodbye

The Impossible Gentlemen

A Kind of Red

Delta Saxophone Quartet.

03Sound Frontier: Helen Grime20161005

As part of Radio 3 live at Southbank Centre, London, Donald Macleod speaks to five members of a new generation of British composers about their work. Featuring music by Anoushka Shankar, Gwilym Simcock, Helen Grime, Anna Meredith and Daniel Kidane.

Today Donald's talking to the young British composer Helen Grime (b 1981). Acclaimed at an early age, and championed by Oliver Knussen, who featured himself last week on Composer of the Week and other influential figures, among them Pierre Boulez, Helen has already amassed a body of works written for leading orchestras both in Britain and abroad. Appointed Associate composer of the Halle in 2011, this year sees her take up a new challenge as Composer in Residence at Wigmore Hall in London.

Music includes:

Oboe Quartet

The Berlin Oboe Quartet

Virga

Halle,

Mark Elder, conductor

Near Midnight

04Sound Frontiers: Anna Meredith20161006

As part of Radio 3 live at Southbank Centre, London, Donald Macleod speaks to five members of a new generation of British composers about their work. Featuring music by Anoushka Shankar, Gwilym Simcock, Helen Grime, Anna Meredith and Daniel Kidane.

Today Donald is in conversation with composer Anna Meredith (b 1978). Classically trained, Anna writes, produces and performs acoustic and electronic music. Her sound is unique, naturally straddling the diverse worlds of contemporary classical, art pop, electronica and experimental rock. Whether it's writing for the Proms or for an art installation or a flashmob on the M6, or making a bassoon into a rock god, her music consistently defies categorisation.

Music includes:

Nautilus

Anna Meredith (electronics, clarinet, vocals)

Gemma Kos (cello)

Jack Ross (guitar, vocals)

Sam Wilso (drums, xylophone, vocals)

Fin like a flower

Anna Meredith (electronics)

Lucy Wakeford (harp)

Michael Chance (counter-tenor)

Smatter hauler

Auroa Orchestra

Nicholas Collon (conductor)

Hands free

National Orchestra of Great Britain

Barchan

Donal Bannister (trombone)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Andrew Gourlay (conductor)

Blackfriars

Oliver Coates (cello)

Vapours

Jack Ross (guitar)

Sam Wilson (drums)

Gemma Kost (cello).

05Sound Frontiers: Daniel Kidane20161007

As part of Radio 3 live at Southbank Centre, London, Donald Macleod speaks to five members of a new generation of British composers about their work. Featuring music by Anoushka Shankar, Gwilym Simcock, Helen Grime, Anna Meredith and Daniel Kidane.

Today Donald is in conversation with Daniel Kidane (b 1986). Currently undertaking a doctoral degree under Julian Anderson at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Daniel is a contributor to the LSO's creative collective Soundhub. The broad scope of his soundworld spans works for large orchestras, chamber groups in a range of different combinations, in particular establishing close relationships with Riot Ensemble, the Fournier Piano Trio, the harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, and Manchester Camerata.

music includes:

Sirens

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

Andrew Gourlay, conductor

Tourbillon

Michaela Petri, recorder

Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord.