Brad Turner

Brad Turner is a digital editor at Colorado Public Radio. He hosts Centennial Sounds, a podcast about contemporary classical music featuring exclusive performances and conversations with composers. Brad oversees digital content for CPR Classical and CPR's OpenAir, and contributes music and arts coverage to CPR News.

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LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST:

Here is a music video in which the things you don't see or hear are almost as important as the things you do.

Call it a percussionist's answer to Flight of the Bumblebee — with a twist. "Filigree," by composer Robert Honstein, is a rapid-fire workout for solo vibraphone. The instrument's bars, however, are partly covered in tinfoil, which adds a unique layer of color to the music.

At first, there's just a drip: a gentle pulse from a marimba. Then a bewitching melody played on a set of tuned cowbells enters and the music comes into focus. The four musicians in the Chicago-based Third Coast Percussion let the piece unfold deliberately. They play as if they're a single, eight-armed organism.

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