Take a listen to Wynton Kelly Stone Guess' thesis, the brilliant Kontra-Funkt:

"The central idea behind Kontra-Funkt is a melting pot of different styles of music and trying to find a common ground between them. Just as bands like Funkadelic groove, so does the music of Pierre Boulez. The opening features a duet between the viola and cello, which is based on the first verse of Nas' "NY State of Mind" from his debut album Illmatic. From there, each instrument in the ensemble enters at very specific points as everything grows from this opening Nas. The piece also features quotes from Kool and the Gang, Funkadelic, Graham Central Station, A$AP Ferg, and Kendrick Lamar.

Flute - Leia Slosberg
Clarinets - Stephanie Clark
Saxophones - Connor McLarrin
Trumpet - Kevin Natoli
Trombone - Cameron Perry
Electric Bass - Daniel McDowell
Piano/Electric Keyboard - Matthew Lowy
Percussion - Una Cheng, Ayami Okamura, Saki Kurata
Harp - Anna Ellsworth
Violin - Lara Ciaccio
Viola - Eric Hollander
Cello - Nathaniel Taylor

Conductor - Jonathon Heyward"

Happy birthday Britten!

Today, the inimitable Benjamin Britten turns 100! If you're unfamiliar with his music, I highly recommend you listen to some, as Britten was one of the most original and refreshing voices of the middle 20th century. Click this link for an introduction to his music. And to cap this post off, here's the excellent 3rd movement from his String Quartet No.3, Op. 94: