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Second Inversion speaks with Mark Abel about what art song is and why it's music for the 21st century

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Interview with KING - Second Inversion, Dacia Clay

Composer Mark Abel has been a lot of things in his life: a classical musician, a denizen of the post-punk music scene in New York in the late '70s and early '80s, a newspaper journalist, and a classical musician and composer again. All of these things have a home in his creative glossary. As with much of Abel's music, his latest album, Time and Distance, uses the centuries-old vehicle of art song to engage with contemporary issues-both the global and the personal.

In this interview, Second Inversion's Dacia Clay speaks with Abel about what art song is, why it's his musical form of choice, and what he's doing to bring it into the 21st century. They also talk about the pieces on his new album which deal with everything from Medusa and the #MeToo movement to his own personal "disgruntlements," and his first go at making a music video.