Transistor Radio for the week of December 16-January 6, 2015

This week on In Store: Selections From Transistor’s Live Performance Archive, host Jon Monteverde has a 2015 set from Berlin contemporary classical trio XelmYa. For this Chicago performance, XelmYa presented a wild and very mixed program, unusual contemporary classical music with some additional electronics. XelmYa (Alexa Renger, violin; Sylvia Hinz, recorder; Ulrike Ruf, violoncello) was founded in 2008. One of their goals: to push, foster and develop the instrumentation of the baroque trio sonata into contemporary music and modern times. Since their formation, they performed numerous premieres composed especially for this trio. The promotion of contemporary music and music by female composers are two of the main topics of XelmYa.

Depth of Field has an interview with Konstantin Jace, who will be playing a 78 RPM DJ set at Transistor’s holiday party Saturday night December 19. When Konstantin is not one-third of Chicago art-pop band Moritat, he is an avid collector, historian and listener of 78 records. One of only a few 78 RPM DJs around the world, he fell in love with that era of music (1899-1960) at the age of 22 and has been curating his own personal collection of 78s, in all genres, ever since. Last week Andy Miles spoke to Konstantin and listened to some of his 78 RPM records in his Chicago living room. We have that conversation.

On The Good Music Show, Scott & Odie have a set of ditties filled with tears and joy…with a side of sorrow, and Stereo Hysteria’s Charlie Crane talks to producer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Michael Carpenter.

We hope you’ll have a listen.


In Store

Depth of Field

Stereo Hysteria

The Good Music Show


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