Making and Appreciating Music without Borders: Getting to Know Tulsa-Based Musician Noam Faingold
On this edition of StudioTulsa, an interesting discussion with the diversely talented Tulsa-based composer, performer, conductor, and music educator Noam Faingold. He serves as director of the Barthelmes Conservatory, teaches in the Department of Music at TU, is on the board at Chamber Music Tulsa, and is also the curator for the OK Electric Music Festival, which will happen this weekend (April 8th and 9th) at Living Arts of Tulsa (at 307 East Brady in downtown Tulsa). Faingold tells us all about this year's OK Electric, which will bring together exciting musicians and sound artists from around the world and across the state -- all of whom are focused to varying degrees electronic and electro-acoustic music. And as Faingold explains, along with engaging live performances and hybrids of classical/chamber/groove-music, this year's festival will also feature music-history lectures and film-music spontaneous creations. Faingold also tells us about his remarkable Burning City Orchestra, a rock chamber orchestra that he founded several years ago. This collective released its first full-lentgh album in November of last year, and it consists of noted contemporary musicians who also take part in The Royal Ballet Orchestra, The BBC Concert Orchestra, The American Symphony Orchestra, Alarm Will Sound, and Bang on a Can. The debut CD by the Burning City Orchestra, as noted at Faingold's personal website, is "inspired by traditional and experimental classical, rock, and jazz...[and] reflects a deep commitment to diversifying the art of songwriting."