Playlist 8: String Waves

Welcome to a world where anything with a ‘string’ rules. This month it is our pleasure to feature new music written for stringed instruments in solo and chamber settings. As you journey through the sounds we hope you enjoy the variety of works for string quartet, guitar and laptop, guitar and ensemble, strings and vocals, piano trio, violin bass piano and percussion, retuned violin, erhu, cello, voice and bells.

Composers, Submit your recordings for consideration, and keep us up-to-date about your best or latest work!

Hear something that catches your attention? To find out more about a musical work, click on the track name in the playlist and then again on ‘view track’. To find out more about a particular composer, click on their name in the ‘Details’ section below.


  1. Nicholas Ng & Julian Wong, On an Ocean Deep
    Performed by Nicholas Ng (erhu, bells) and Julian Wong (voice, cello).
  2. Liza Lim, Philtre
    Performed by Ashot Sarkissjan (UK premiere), 2014.
  3. Andrew Aronowicz,  Admitting the Passage of Light
    Performed by the Silo String Quartet.
  4. Luke SerranoAspettando L’Alba (Awaiting Dawn)
    For Chamber Orchestra, from the larger work AEOLUS.
  5. Samuel SmithBleed-through
    For guitar and laptop (2013). Performed by Cal Henshaw.
  6. Chris Williams, Birds (unfalling)
    Performed by Sinead O’Kelly (soprano), Sean Riley, Algirdas Galdikas, Joana Valentinaviciute, Mercè Escanellas (violins), Jennifer MacCallum (viola), Jane Lindsay (cello).
    Recorded at RCM Studios, produced by Matt Parkin, engineered and mastered by Stephen Harrington.
  7. Nicole Murphy, Surface II
    Performed by Dennis Kim (violin), Jonah Kim (cello), Sheridan Seyfried (piano), 2013.
  8. Catherine Likhuta, Smuggling Methods
    Performed by Tim Ball (violin), Jane Lazarovic (bass), Colleen Clark (percussion) and Catherine Likhuta (piano).

We’d love to hear about your listening experience! Share your thoughts or send messages of support to our featured composers and performers in the comment box below. We also encourage you to click through to Soundcloud to like, comment and subscribe to Making Waves as well as the composers, performers, and presenters featured.

The String Waves playlist will be featured until 30 September, 2015, when we add our next listening journey. All previous playlists will be available in our blog archives for the life of the project, so please do explore the website for previously featured sounds.

2 thoughts on “Playlist 8: String Waves

  1. David John Lang says:

    I’m not sure how much thought you put into the order of the playlist, but I just wanted to say that I particularly loved the pairing of Chris Williams’ piece followed by Nicole Murphy’s – that minor third becoming a major third; the floatiness of the first one, then the gravity of the second.


    • Making Waves says:

      Thanks for listening in and for sharing your thoughts David! We do consider track order carefully , so it’s great to see that acknowledged by our listeners. Stay tuned for our next playlist at the end of the month.


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