WDIY interview with Paul Salerni

Every once in a while, we find a new internet tool to play with – and willing partners to try new experiments. We figured out a way to share an interview done on local public radio.  If you might have missed it, here’s your chance to hear it. We’ve also split up the interview into eight sections, so you can go right to the music, or your can review a section without having to scan the entire (nearly hour long) program.

Deepest thanks to our friends at WDIY, 88.1 fm – especially Waldemar Vinovskis and Paul Salerni.

This interview is extracted from WDIY Classics programming, recorded and aired Friday, January 6, 2012 from WDIY, 88.1 fm in the Lehigh Valley.

Classical music host, Waldemar Vinovskis interviewed Dr. Paul Salerni, composer and faculty member at Lehigh University. Dr. Salerni’s composition, Fables was commissioned by the Pascal Rioult dance company, currently in residence at the Zoellner Arts Center of Lehigh University.

Highlights of the interview include composer perspective on the writing process as a commission. Musical examples of the upcoming performance are featured. Some of the musicians in the recording also teach at Lehigh University: Deborah Andrus (clarinet) and Larry Wright (trumpet). The music also features Domenick Salerni, violin and Miles Salerni, timpani.

The performance of Pascal Riout’s Fables and Small Steps, Tiny Revolutions is Sunday, January 15th at 3pm. Tickets are available by calling the Zoellner Arts Center Box Office at 610-758-2787.

Here is the playlist for the entire interview. Click the link highlighted for and direct path to that part of the interview. Happy listening!

1 – introductions and first part of Fables

2 – music selection “The Oak and The Reed” from Fables

3 – interview continues with second part of Fables

4 – music selection “The Crow and The Fox” from Fables (featuring Deborah Andrus (clarinet) and Larry Wright (trumpet)

5 – interview continues with more conversation about Fables

6 – Interview focus changes to discuss music to be heard at the January 6th, 2012 First Night performance at Fox Optical

7 – musical selection of First Friday feature – steel drum and violin, featuring Domenick Salerni (violin)

8 – final words of interview

Listen to the entire interview without interruption: Grab a cup of tea and enjoy the whole interview here.

While you’re listening, you may also want to browse a back story on both dances on this Sunday’s program.