Summer Fiction Books Introduction

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Unsure what to read this summer? Listen to the following interviews with authors of fiction.


At 60, 'Challenges Are Opportunities' For John Zorn

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

At 60, New York City composer John Zorn is wiser, sure, but no less prolific, thoughtful and antagonistic than before. He tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that, at his age, "there are no more doubts."


Rolywholyover A Circus

Monday, September 10, 2012

In 1989, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles invited John Cage to create a new artwork based on his life. As a result, Cage composed a four movement composition for museum, Rolywholyover A Circus, which toured from 1993 to 1995. Hundreds of artworks, objects, and pieces of ephemera were subjected to a chance-derived computerized score called ROVER resulting in a kind of living composition which travled to five cities (LA, Houston, Philadelphia, New York and Mito, Japan).


Music Is Everywhere: John Cage At 100

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Cage's most lasting influence may be in his ideas — about the boundaries between noise and music and the artistic freedom that comes from breaking the rules.

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Silence And Sound: Five Ways Of Understanding John Cage

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Watch and hear a handful of clips that form an introduction to the master provocateur's work.


33 Musicians On What John Cage Communicates

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

We asked musicians from Yoko Ono to Nona Hendryx to Lou Reed what they've taken from the late composer's musical and philosophical ideas.

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Candidate Up By 4.33 Points

Friday, August 31, 2012

Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.


The Ring and I: The Passion, The Myth, The Mania

Friday, April 06, 2012

It might seem hyperbole to claim, as many Wagnerites do, that The Ring Cycle is "The Greatest Work of Art Ever." But the grandeur and power of this monumental work have permeated our culture from Star Wars to Bugs Bunny to J.R.R. Tolkien.

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New Sounds Listener Poll 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011


This is the 2011 New Sounds Listener Poll from WNYC, New York Public Radio.

We are just about 86% sure that this is the 26th annual such poll. Then again, it just might be the 27th.  The rules are simple: choose 5 (five) entries, released in 2011 (and preferably aired on New Sounds.)  To have your vote count, choose at least one release, but no more than five. One submission per person, please.


John Schaefer's own highly-opinionated best-of 2011 list airs at 11PM on Jan. 11, 2012.
The Listener Poll closes at 12 noon E.S.T. on 1/12/12.  Listen to the results of the poll at 11PM on Jan. 12, 2012.



Gig Alert: Kermit Ruffins

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Kermit Ruffins, trumpeter and modern-day New Orleans music legend, brings his BBQ Swingers to Hiro Ballroom on Thursday evening. Download his bouncy, good-time "Panama" here.


Gig Alert: Melvin Van Peebles with Laxative

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Musician, filmmaker and counter-cultural legend Melvin Van Peebles brings his new band to Zebulon's stage at the tender age of 78. Download "Play It As It Lays," which has never been released, here.

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Gig Alerts: Ava Luna

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The electro-soul outfit perform at Shea Stadium tonight. Download their seductive track "Clips."


New Sounds Live

Friday, April 30, 2010

New Songs
Elizabeth & the Catapult, Ed Pastorini and Gabriel Kahane


New Sounds Live

Friday, February 26, 2010

"The most bad-ass quartet around,” ETHEL, teams up with Dutch multi-media composer JacobTV for the next New Sounds Live concert at 7:30 on March 11, 2010 at Merkin Hall. Hear the U.S. premieres of Dolly Shot and Syracuse Blues along with new versions of works specially arranged for and dedicated to ETHEL: Capriccio, Jesus is Coming, Take A Wild Guess, Body of Your Dreams, Grab It! and String Quartet No. 3.


New Sounds Live

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

BANG ON A CAN PEOPLE’S COMMISSIONING FUND CONCERT: The Bang on a Can All-Stars perform 4 world premieres *commissioned by the people*, plus works by Nyman and Eno.


Silent Film Series

Thursday, January 28, 2010

New Sounds Live Silent Film Series
Live performances of original scores by Lori Goldston, Wayne Horvitz, and Robin Holcomb. ALL PERFORMANCES WILL HAPPEN, SNOW or no snow.


A Beautiful Symphony of Brotherhood: A Musical Journey in the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010


Martin Luther King, Jr. grew up listening to and singing church songs, and saw gospel and folk music as natural tools to further the civil rights movement. In this hour-long special from WNYC, host Terrance McKnight interweaves musical examples with Dr. King's own speeches and sermons to illustrate the powerful place that music held in his work--and examines how the musical community responded to and participated in Dr. King's cause.

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The Jonathan Schwartz Christmas Show

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Tune in December 20th at 12 PM on 93.9 FM or go to to watch the 40th anniversary broadcast of Jonathan’s special holiday gathering with friends--and the first time the show will go live from WNYC’s The Greene Space.

Special Guests
Mandy & Gideon Patinkin
Jessica Molaskey
John ...

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WNYC and WQXR Holiday Programming

Thursday, December 03, 2009

To usher in the holidays, Classical 105.9 WQXR and 93.9 WNYC Radio will present music from a range of musical and cultural traditions honoring the season.

WNYC Specials

12/13-- 8pm on AM 820: A Great Miracle Happened There

A conversation between Rabbi Ismar Schorsch and host Larry Josephson about the ...


Harold Rosenbaum's New York Virtuoso Singers

Sunday, October 25, 2009

David Lang's little match girl passion