Unclassified

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

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20181021

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

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

Our Sonic Adventure20180930

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

Slow Beats, Sweeping Strings20181014

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

The Blue Hour20181007

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

This Scenic Journey20181021

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

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

0101Let'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.

010288 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.

0103Women 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.

0104The 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.

0105Let 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.

0106 LASTSlow Motion Closing Party20180513
0201This Magical Hour20180916

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

Following the great success of the first series of her late-night show “Unclassified”, Elizabeth Alker returns with another run of six programmes trawling the underground world of genre-defying composers with roots in both pop and classical music. Unclassified is about music being made right now and will feature exclusive first plays from artists including Bryce Dessner, Richard Reed Parry and Edmund Finnis. Elizabeth will bring the latest news and brand new recordings from live events such as the recent PEOPLE festival at the Funkhaus in Berlin, the Erased Tapes Neon Workshops showcase and the Hexagonal Experiment at the Great Exhibition of The North. “Unclassified” will also feature a special celebration of a pioneer of this music Johann Johannsson, featuring music made by a new generation of artists he inspired and there'll be the chance to hear all the latest releases from the likes of Aphex Twin, Anna Meredith, Olafur Arnalds, Four Tet, Daniel Avery and many more.

Following the great success of the first series of her late night show "Unclassified", Elizabeth Alker returns with another run of six programmes.

Settling back into this magical last hour, the last one of of the weekend, Elizabeth will usher listeners past midnight with more blissful, brand new and unconventional music.

The first ever radio play of a brand new work for solo violin by Edmund Finnis, performed by Daniel Pioro brings shimmering, cyclical patterns of sound moving in and out of focus, James McVinnie creates a musical trick with a 17th Century organ, Anna Meredith's response to Vivaldi's The Seasons results in a sublime call and response through the centuries and new work from Aphex Twin whets the appetite for a rare performance in Bilbao.

"Unclassified" is a home for composers who are exploring new musical terrain and bringing back all kinds of shimmery, glitchy, expansive and joyful sounds from their sonic travels. Musicians who might have formal classical training or who are inspired by traditional classical music but who are blurring the lines between what is classical music and what is pop, rock or new experimental music.

0202Disappear Into The Night20180923
0203Our Sonic Adventure20180930
0204The Blue Hour20181007
0205Slow Beats, Sweeping Strings20181014
020620181021

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