Unclassified

Elizabeth Alker with music by a new generation of composers who defy classification.

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Let go20180506

Elizabeth Alker shares music by a new generation of composers who defy classification.

Elizabeth Alker with music by a new generation of composers who defy classification.

Elizabeth Alker takes listeners on a sonic exploration into uncharted musical territory, delving further into an emerging scene of composers and performers whose music reaches beyond old fashioned and established ideas of classification.

These artists are unburdened by tradition and genre. They are meeting the demands of a growing international audience with eclectic tastes and open minds by taking a fresh approach. Elizabeth will glide seamlessly with them between the sounds of electronic dance music clubs, art house films, grimy basement venues and classical concert halls. Expect ambient soundscapes, electronic experimentation, surprising collaborations and brand new sound worlds to get completely lost in. Discover composers who are rewriting the rules and changing the way we think about contemporary and traditional forms of music.

Slow Motion Closing Party20180513

Elizabeth Alker shares music by a new generation of composers who defy classification.

Elizabeth Alker with music by a new generation of composers who defy classification.

Elizabeth Alker takes listeners on a sonic exploration into uncharted musical territory, delving further into an emerging scene of composers and performers whose music reaches beyond old fashioned and established ideas of classification.

These artists are unburdened by tradition and genre. They are meeting the demands of a growing international audience with eclectic tastes and open minds by taking a fresh approach. Elizabeth will glide seamlessly with them between the sounds of electronic dance music clubs, art house films, grimy basement venues and classical concert halls. Expect ambient soundscapes, electronic experimentation, surprising collaborations and brand new sound worlds to get completely lost in. Discover composers who are rewriting the rules and changing the way we think about contemporary and traditional forms of music.

The inner margin20180429

Elizabeth Alker shares music from a new generation of composers who defy classification.

Elizabeth Alker with music by a new generation of composers who defy classification.

Elizabeth Alker takes listeners on a sonic exploration into uncharted musical territory, delving further into an emerging scene of composers and performers whose music reaches beyond old fashioned and established ideas of classification.

These artists are unburdened by tradition and genre. They are meeting the demands of a growing international audience with eclectic tastes and open minds by taking a fresh approach. Elizabeth will glide seamlessly with them between the sounds of electronic dance music clubs, art house films, grimy basement venues and classical concert halls. Expect ambient soundscapes, electronic experimentation, surprising collaborations and brand new sound worlds to get completely lost in. Discover composers who are rewriting the rules and changing the way we think about contemporary and traditional forms of music.

01Let's Slow Things Down20180408

Elizabeth Alker presents music by an exciting new generation of composers.

Elizabeth Alker takes listeners on a sonic exploration into uncharted musical territory, delving further into an emerging scene of composers and performers who feel at home in both a traditional concert hall and a grimy basement venue.

These artists are unburdened by tradition and genre and they're meeting the demands of a growing international audience who have eclectic tastes and open minds. Join Elizabeth as she follows musicians such as Gabriel Prokofiev, Johann Johannsson, Flying Lotus, Bonobo, Nils Frahm and Christina Vantzou from electronic dance clubs onto windswept Nordic landscapes, into the world of art house cinema and on stage in some of the world's most reputable concert halls.

Disconnect from all devices and escape into soothing ambient soundscapes, rewire your brain for gorgeous electronic experimentation and let surprising collaborations transport you into as yet undiscovered sound worlds. We're hoping to get completely lost. This is music by composers who are rewriting the rules and changing the way we think about contemporary and traditional forms of music.

Elizabeth Alker takes listeners on a sonic exploration into unchartered musical territory, delving further into an emerging scene of composers and performers who feel at home in both a traditional concert hall and a grimy basement venue.

These artists are unburdened by tradition and genre and they're meeting the demands of a growing international audience who have eclectic tastes and open minds. Join Elizabeth as she follows musicians such as Gabriel Prokofiev, Johann Johannsson, Flying Lotus, Bonobo, Nils Frahm and Christina Vantzou from electronic dance clubs onto windswept Nordic landscapes, into the world of art house cinema and on stage in some of the world's most reputable concert halls.

Disconnect from all devices and escape into soothing ambient soundscapes, rewire your brain for gorgeous electronic experimentation and let surprising collaborations transport you into as yet undiscovered sound worlds. We're hoping to get completely lost. This is music by composers who are rewriting the rules and changing the way we think about contemporary and traditional forms of music.

Elizabeth Alker introduces music by an exciting new generation of classically trained composers and performers who are breaking free of the constraints of practice rooms and concert halls and finding new international audiences for their brand of seriously engaging music. They are part of an innovative, emergent scene which defies categorisation.

Over the last decade new tech has empowered these artists and their fledgling record labels, driven by the confident demands of internet savvy audiences, to independently create and distribute this music.

Some of the artists covered include Nils Frahm, Olafur Arnalds, Oliver Coates and Valgeir Sigurosson each developing armies of listeners hungry for new sounds. These artists, with their classical backgrounds, glide with ease from being, say, a soloist with the BBC Philharmonic to improvising in a club with an electronic DJ, or writing soundtracks for film and theatre.

Elizabeth traces the composers' artistic journeys, and looks at the labels, promoters, characters and venues they connect with. She looks at how this new contemporary music scene has taken shape and puts the spotlight on brand new artists, introducing Radio 3 listeners to an eclectic mix of exciting new music.

0288 Keys - 88 Days20180415

Elizabeth Alker looks back at some of the highlights of this year's Piano Day.

In part two of Unclassified, Elizabeth Alker looks back at some of the highlights of this year's Piano Day.

Piano Day was started in 2015 by Nils Frahm but it has since taken on a life of its own, becoming an international phenomenon with special one-off events and recordings happening all over the world. Since there are 88 keys on a piano, Piano Day is always celebrated on the 88th day of the year, and from Leeds to Lisbon, Shanghai to Shropshire and St Petersburg to Seoul, musicians and composers of all different disciplines came together this year on March 29th.

Elizabeth will celebrate and explore the possibilities of the piano, whether that's covering strings inside the piano with paper, hitting them with a £1 Ikea toilet brush or arranging new music for as many as eight pianos and tape loop. Expect the strange and the blissful, music that is freaky and gorgeous and definitely some sounds you've never heard before. There'll be brand new beautiful and experimental recordings from artists such as Nightports with Matthew Bourne, Poppy Ackroyd, Laurence Crane, Peter Broderick, Four Tet and Simeon Walker.

03Women Of Perfect Ambience20180422

Elizabeth Alker with music by classically inspired composers.

Elizabeth Alker takes listeners on a sonic exploration into uncharted musical territory, delving further into an emerging scene of composers and performers whose music reaches beyond old fashioned and established ideas of classification.

These artists are unburdened by tradition and genre. They are meeting the demands of a growing international audience with eclectic tastes and open minds by taking a fresh approach. Elizabeth will glide seamlessly with them between the sounds of electronic dance music clubs, art house films, grimy basement venues and classical concert halls. Expect ambient soundscapes, electronic experimentation, surprising collaborations and brand new sound worlds to get completely lost in. Discover composers who are rewriting the rules and changing the way we think about contemporary and traditional forms of music.

If girls really do rule the world then they especially rule the quiet, contemplative, strange and beautiful corners of it. Elizabeth introduces Unclassified music by an all female line-up of composers daring to plough their own unique furrow. Hear Hannah Peel's journey to space transformed into a slow dance by Hinako Omori, experience the weather-beaten west coast of Scotland through the organ music of Claire M Singer; Lara Sarkissian gives ideas of memory and recognition a different beat and the sound worlds of Bruckner and Bjork collide in the music of Lucy Claire. All that plus an exclusive sneak preview of Julia Kent's forthcoming album and brand new music from Sophia Jani and Anna Meredith.

04The Inner Margin20180429

Elizabeth Alker shares music from a new generation of composers who defy classification.

Elizabeth Alker takes listeners on a sonic exploration into uncharted musical territory, delving further into an emerging scene of composers and performers whose music reaches beyond old fashioned and established ideas of classification.

These artists are unburdened by tradition and genre. They are meeting the demands of a growing international audience with eclectic tastes and open minds by taking a fresh approach. Elizabeth will glide seamlessly with them between the sounds of electronic dance music clubs, art house films, grimy basement venues and classical concert halls. Expect ambient soundscapes, electronic experimentation, surprising collaborations and brand new sound worlds to get completely lost in. Discover composers who are rewriting the rules and changing the way we think about contemporary and traditional forms of music.

05Let Go20180506

Elizabeth Alker shares music by a new generation of composers who defy classification.

Elizabeth Alker takes listeners on a sonic exploration into uncharted musical territory, delving further into an emerging scene of composers and performers whose music reaches beyond old fashioned and established ideas of classification.

These artists are unburdened by tradition and genre. They are meeting the demands of a growing international audience with eclectic tastes and open minds by taking a fresh approach. Elizabeth will glide seamlessly with them between the sounds of electronic dance music clubs, art house films, grimy basement venues and classical concert halls. Expect ambient soundscapes, electronic experimentation, surprising collaborations and brand new sound worlds to get completely lost in. Discover composers who are rewriting the rules and changing the way we think about contemporary and traditional forms of music.

06Slow Motion Closing Party20180513

Elizabeth Alker shares music by a new generation of composers who defy classification.

Elizabeth Alker with music by a new generation of composers who defy classification.

Elizabeth Alker takes listeners on a sonic exploration into uncharted musical territory, delving further into an emerging scene of composers and performers whose music reaches beyond old fashioned and established ideas of classification.

These artists are unburdened by tradition and genre. They are meeting the demands of a growing international audience with eclectic tastes and open minds by taking a fresh approach. Elizabeth will glide seamlessly with them between the sounds of electronic dance music clubs, art house films, grimy basement venues and classical concert halls. Expect ambient soundscapes, electronic experimentation, surprising collaborations and brand new sound worlds to get completely lost in. Discover composers who are rewriting the rules and changing the way we think about contemporary and traditional forms of music.