Miranda Cuckson Sun Propeller Video Premiere by Liquid Music

Videographer Patrick Pelham captures some of the magic of Liquid Music's recent 'Sun Propeller' concert with violinist/violist Miranda Cuckson and composer Nina Young in these stunning new videos: 

Composer Nina C. Young elaborates on her multifaceted contribution to violinist Miranda Cuckson’s Liquid Music performance from November 14th at Amsterdam Bar and Hall.

Read more about Sun Propeller on the Liquid Music Blog.

Miranda Cuckson harnesses the physicality and unique technicalities of her repertoire to “go organically with what the music needs” making her, as Downbeat Magazine notes, “One of the most sensitive and electric interpreters of new music.”

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Twitter: @MirandaViolin


Nina Young:

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Special thanks to Patrick Pelham for putting these stunning videos together. Find more of his work here:


Dessner, Friends and Spaces by Liquid Music

BY VIDEO PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/EDITOR NATE MATSON                                                                                                                              

I don’t know of another program quite like Liquid Music. It’s fresh. It’s edgy. It pushes creative boundaries. It challenges artists—and sometimes audiences.

When Kate Nordstrum, the curator and producer of Liquid Music, approached me about creating video content for its series, I didn’t have to put much thought to it.

Drummer Glenn Kotche’s excellent show last year sealed the deal. I went as a Wilco fan, but as the evening progressed, and the songs were performedusing household items and toolsI gained a new perspective on his artistry. About midway through the show, as I took in the eclectic repertoire and visuals, I realized what I was experiencing was not an everyday concert. It was chance for an artist, in this case Mr. Kotche, to showcase a different side of his creativity. I left feeling like I’d just eaten a gourmet meal by an award-winning chef. And in Saint Paul, Minnesota, no less!

I was a fan then. I’m a fan now. 

Very rarely is someone in my positiona videographer with a musical background, hungry for artistic pursuitsgiven such intimate access to such a wide caliber of talented and respected artists. Although Liquid Music focuses on orchestral music, it’s much bigger than that. Nearly every musical genre is represented, from Indie Rock to World Music.

Yet there is always a twist.

More recently, Bryce Dessner’s show at the Walker Art Center is a perfect example. Known as the guitar player for the Grammy nominated band The National, Dessner brought along so many friends with so much content, he booked 2 concerts with completely different programs. Night 1 focused on strings. Night 2 focused on percussion. Dessner allowed his friendsnotably Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire and vocalist Caroline Shawto try new things, debut new music, and in one case, debut new music on invented instruments.

Again, this is a rare opportunity.

My team, Spaces, and I will be present for many performances, watching as fans with the audience, and filming from the shadows on stage. But we’ll also be behind the scenes capturing conversations, tearing down walls traditionally built between the artist and the fans, and exposing the creative underbelly of artists and the passion driving them beyond their norm.

So, needless to say, I am pleased as punch to help out Liquid Music for the 2015-16 season.

Please enjoy the Bryce Dessner highlights video and keep an eye out for more of Spaces’ work on the Liquid Music blog and on social media.

Season four video launch and reflection by Liquid Music

A note from Liquid Music curator Kate Nordstrum

Each summer I eagerly anticipate working with video editor Justin Staggs on the new Liquid Music season trailer, designed to give viewers a series overview and glimpse of past and future projects—a snapshot of where we’ve been and where we are going. This revs me up at the onset of a new season and is a good reminder to me of all we’ve accomplished so far, even in “start up mode.” Liquid Music’s growing family of forward-leaning artists and audiences—a dynamic mutual appreciation society—have much to anticipate in 2015.16 with more premieres, feature venues, represented art forms, new collaborations, notable partners and opportunities to follow projects-in-progress than ever before. We even commissioned an album that releases in January

2015.16 Liquid Music season trailer produced by Justin Staggs with support from LM intern Patrick Marschke

Liquid Music is unique in its support for artist-initiated projects that defy category and are heavy on risk/reward, making for thrilling performance experiences. The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra believes in music’s power to transform and viscerally illuminate, which is why Liquid Music—focusing on vigorous, compelling new work and collaboration across genre-lines—is such a great fit for the organization and compliment to one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras. Via the concert hall or one of Liquid Music’s smaller stages, traditional music or contemporary, the SPCO celebrates artistic exploration and discovery independent of label.

Please share the Liquid Music 2015.16 video and schedule with friends, and start counting down the days to October 14 —a new season of dream projects by some of today’s most fascinating music makers await! 

Wild Sound Highlights by Liquid Music

To kick off the 2014-15 Liquid Music season, Wilco’s Glenn Kotche joined Third Coast Percussion to present Kotche’s expansive Wild Sound, a work featuring the onstage construction and destruction of instruments custom-designed by Kotche and University of Notre Dame engineers. In case you missed your chance to see it in person, here’s a new video of highlights from the performance.

What’s next for Liquid Music? Berlin-based keyboardist Nils Frahm and instrumental trio Dawn of Midi, sharing an evening on November 15. (The concert is sold out, but you can join a waiting list.)

Counting Down to Liquid Music by Liquid Music

Originally posted on the SPCO Blog on AUGUST 12, 2014

As we approach the third season of Liquid Music, curator Kate Nordstrum shares some of her thoughts and a new video preview of the upcoming season.

In less than two months, SPCO’s boundary-defying Liquid Music series will open its third season with a collaborative performance by composer/Wilco percussionist Glenn Kotche and Third Coast Percussion, who the Chicago Reader called “one the country’s finest new music ensembles.” It will be an amazing start, and I’m ecstatic about the robust season that will follow — once again full of musical discovery, surprises and dynamic artistry.

Today, we’re releasing our new video trailer on YouTube (embedded below). Talented editor Justin Staggs was able to capture the energy and excitement of past Liquid Music events and give you a first look at the upcoming season’s projects and performers. (Thanks to McNally Smith College of Music for their support of the trailer project.)

I consider it to be a real privilege to serve as curator of the Liquid Music series. I tell people that in this role I “invite adventurous audiences of all ages to explore the new and the fascinating in the colorful landscape of classical music today.” And while that’s absolutely true, it’s also starting to become a bit of a stump phrase. Among friends, I simply say – this is cool stuff, just trust me and check it out. Artists of varying backgrounds are collaborating and composing in very exciting ways and the Liquid Music performance experience is decidedly without pretense. We are all learning together and reveling in the social and communal pleasure of live music and the birthing of new, forward-thinking projects. Let’s open our ears, eyes and hearts together. New music is a cause for celebration!

In 2014-15, our roving series will hit the Music Room at SPCO Center, Walker Art Center’s William and Nadine McGuire Theater, Amsterdam Bar & Hall, and the NEW Ordway Concert Hall. Season tickets recently went on sale, so now is your best chance to lock up seats for the most popular events before they sell out. Read all about the individual projects and artists on our Liquid Music page.