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Podcast: Meet the Sound Out Loud ensemble

The new contemporary-classical group joins us for an interview and in-studio performance.


Sound Out Loud's members include, from left to right, Garrett Mendelow, Kyle Johnson, and Satoko Hayami.

Sound Out Loud’s members include, from left to right, Garrett Mendelow, Kyle Johnson, and Satoko Hayami.

On April 29, the new-music outfit Sound Out Loud made its debut with a free lunchtime performance of Steve Reich’s “Music For 18 Musicians” at the UW-Madison Humanities Building. This event drew a much more diverse crowd than you would expect, and added some modern-classical music to a town that really could use some. (Currently, the only other group playing this kind of music, at least in any accessible and visible way, is Clocks In Motion, which shares a couple of members with Sound Out Loud.) The group also played an April 30 concert that included works from mid-20th-century French composer Andre Jolivet and UW School of Music grad student Yunkyung Hong.

Members Kyle Johnson, Satoko Hayami, and Garrett Mendelow joined me recently to talk about their motivations and plans for the new ensemble, and to perform Tristan Perich’s “qsqsqsqsqqqqq,” for toy pianos and electronics. Give it a listen below. Sound Out Loud’s next show is this Friday (tonight) at the Steinway Gallery on the West Side.

Don’t forget to subscribe to our podcast on iTunes and catch WORT-FM’s weeknight news show In Our Backyard, which partners with us to produce these. Thanks to Dylan Brogan for producing this interview.

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