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Jane Rigler’s essential listening

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Jane Rigler is undeniably adventurous: The flutist, composer and UCCS faculty member is co-founder of the local Peak FreQuency experimental music collective, has performed with Anthony Braxton and Either/OR, and recorded her first solo album for Neuma Records, a label that’s released works by John Cage, Charles Dodge and Morton Subotnick.

On Sept. 30 at the campus’s Centennial Hall Auditorium, she’ll be performing “Lullabies and Sleepless Dreams,” a duo concert with fellow UCCS instructor Haleh Abghari, featuring works by George Crumb, Henry Cowell and Brian Ferneyhough.

“Haleh and I are also composing some original songs and combining them with arrangements inspired by lullabies from all over the world,” she says. “Sahar Lotfi’s version of ‘Lay Lay,’ a Kurdish lullaby, is currently stuck in my head. I love it so much.”

Following are a few of Rigler’s other eclectic favorites.

Most important album I ever bought: Eric Dolphy’s Other Aspects. As a young classical flutist, studying orchestral music at Northwestern University in the late ‘80s, listening to this music for the first time on the radio blew me away. I immediately ran to the closest record store, bought this completely unfamiliar artist’s album, and discovered that there was this world of music filled with so much color, harmonics, depth and grit. It started my slow but eventual walk away from an orchestral career toward experimental, world and avant-garde music.

Artist more people should know about: Last year I met a very special musician, Benedicte Maurseth, a Hardanger fiddle player and singer. She’s carrying on the Norwegian tradition to stunning new levels.

Essential Sunday morning listening: Actually, silence is the best for me on a Sunday morning. Or nature, just going out and listening to the birds, wind, a creek, etc. Taking a walk is one of my favorite listening experiences. Or if I’m stuck inside, I might be listening to Pauline Oliveros or other Deep Listening artists.

Song I wish I could unhear: There’s very little music that I don’t like or can’t find something in it that’s at least a little fascinating. The issue is more about timing. There are some moments I don’t like to listen to certain music, like when I was in a yoga class and the instructor insisted on playing Broadway musicals loudly. How could anyone find Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Music of the Night” appropriate in a yoga class?!

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