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John Schaefer

John Schaefer has hosted Soundcheck since the show’s inception in 2002. He has also hosted and produced WNYC’s radio series New Sounds since 1982 (“The No. 1 radio show for the Global Village” – Billboard) and the New Sounds Live concert series since 1986.

Schaefer has written extensively about music, including the book New Sounds: A Listener’s Guide to New Music (Harper & Row, NY, 1987; Virgin Books, London, 1990); The Cambridge Companion to Singing: World Music (Cambridge University Press, U.K., 2000); and the TV program Bravo Profile: Bobby McFerrin (Bravo Television, 2003). He was contributing editor for Spin and Ear magazines, and his liner notes appear on more than 100 recordings, ranging from “The Music of Cambodia” to recordings by Yo-Yo Ma and Terry Riley. 

In 2003, Schaefer was honored with the American Music Center's prestigious Letter of Distinction for his "substantial contributions to advancing the field of contemporary American music in the United States and abroad." In May 2006, New York magazine cited Schaefer as one of "the people whose ideas, power, and sheer will are changing New York" in its Influentials issue.  He began blogging for WNYC when accompanying the New York Philharmonic on its historic (and apparently very weird) trip to North Korea in 2008 and continues to blog at soundcheck.org.

He is a regular contributor to the World Science Festival and the White Light Festival at Lincoln Center; he has also written about horse racing (Bloodlines: A Horse Racing Anthology, Vintage NY 2006) and was a regular panelist on the BBC’s soccer-based program Sports World.  

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John Schaefer appears in the following:

TEEN Brings the Love

Friday, February 12, 2016

Top-of-form sister act plays songs from its new album 'Love Yes,' live on Soundcheck.

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Carrie Rodriguez's Chicana Americana

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Americana songwriter plays new songs partially inspired by her ancestry, live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Ezra Furman Connects, Loud and Clear

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The genre-busting and gender-bending singer visits the Soundcheck studio.  

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Listen Live: Composer-Pianist Rachel Grimes and Longleash Piano Trio

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 pm, Q2 Music and New Sounds Live present a live stream of composer-pianist Rachel Grimes with the piano trio Longleash from Merkin Concert Hall.

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Hey Marseilles Flies a New Flag

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

The sweeping Seattle rock band visits the Soundcheck studio to play songs from its self-titled new record.

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Weekly Music Roundup: Roma, Celts, Dunedin, and Queen Bey

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

This week, revisiting a great gypsy singer, updating a classic rock sound, and the real winner of the Super Bowl.
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Monsieur Periné's Music Box

Monday, February 08, 2016

The musical polymaths bring their box of tricks to the Soundcheck studio.

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Listen Live: Bang on a Can Perform Shaw, Shouwang

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Saturday, Feb. 6 at 7:30 pm, join Q2 Music for a live stream of the Bang on a Can People's Commissioning Fund at Merkin Concert Hall. The program includes music of Caroline Shaw.

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Trixie Whitley's Hypnotic Return

Friday, February 05, 2016

The powerful vocalist and songwriter returns to the Soundcheck studio to play songs from 'Porta Bohemica.'

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Robyn Hitchcock Channels the Man Upstairs

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Veteran post-punk troubadour plays live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Johnny Gallagher's Most Personal Role Yet

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

The actor, singer, and playwright visits the Soundcheck studio to play songs from his new rock album, 'Six Day Hurricane.'

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Sonya Kitchell Returns With a 'Hurricane'

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

The acclaimed singer-songwriter plays new music in the Soundcheck studio.

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Weekly Music Roundup: Russia Swings and England Shakes Again

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

This week, PJ Harvey returns, Leon Bridges’s musical prayer draws from the Baltimore Uprising, and an irresistible video from a group of Russian swing dancers.
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shirlette ammons Defies Musical Barriers

Monday, February 01, 2016

Genres cease to have meaning on the powerful new album from ammons.

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Walter Martin: Arts, Leisure, and Rhythm

Monday, February 01, 2016

A shuffling education in art history, live from the Soundcheck studio.

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The Mighty Swirl of The Besnard Lakes

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Listen to a live set and interview with the Montreal rock outfit from the Soundcheck studio.

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Watch: Man Forever and Tigue Launch 2016 Ecstatic Music Festival

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Q2 Music helps kick off the 2016 Ecstatic Music Festival with a videostream of percussion projects Man Forever and Tigue live from The Greene Space at WQXR. John Schaefer hosts.

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Weekly Music Roundup: Savages Invade, Bach Does String Theory, Iggy Pop Covers Up

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

This week, a sartorial surprise from Iggy Pop, string theory a la JS Bach, and the impending invasion of Savages. 
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No, Today's Music Doesn't Suck

Monday, January 25, 2016

Rock and pop critic Jim Fusilli talks about his new book, 'Catching Up: Connecting With Great 21st Century Music.'

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Ron Pope and The Nighthawks: Nashville, Ragtime, and Everything in Between

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The re-energized rock and folk singer plays live with his new band.

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