WFMT Radio, Chicago

Performance on MusicNOW at the Harris Theater, The Chicago Symphony's New Music Series
15 January 2009

Lee Hyla made his Chicago debut, both in hilariously introducing his piece “Polish Folk Songs”, and in presenting the piece itself. The piece is a kind of deconstruction/reconstruction of the composers own memories of Polish music, from the singing of friends of his grandmother’s, to his own investigations of a wide array of music from classical to ethnic folk, to off-beat rock. Hyla, I think, is going to be a very interesting and, I would be pretty sure, provocative presence now on the Chicago scene.