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.
John Schaefer appears in the following:
Thursday, May 05, 2016
The trail-blazing cellist and folk singer visits the Soundcheck studio.
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
This week, an exclusive video premiere, the return of Minneapolis hip-hop, and a gospel apocalypse.
Monday, May 02, 2016
The ebullient Arcade Fire violinist returns to the Soundcheck studio.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
The "American Primitive" guitarist performs live on Soundcheck.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
This week, musical takes on James Bond and Surrealism, and Beyonce reminds us there is life after Prince.
Monday, April 25, 2016
The existentially-inclined rock band plays songs from its latest record.
Friday, April 22, 2016
Soundcheck's John Schaefer reflects on an epic career — and life.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Brooding, booming electronic rock outfit plays live on Soundcheck.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
This week, a “Space Oddity”from The Flaming Lips, epic storytelling from a long-absent Boston rapper, and Rosanna Arquette’s bad (but musical) trip.
Monday, April 18, 2016
Large Canadian ensemble with a big staff and bigger hooks plays live on Soundcheck.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
The electronic musician brings his video-inspired arsenal into the Soundcheck studio.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
This week, Bob Dylan’s in a “melancholy mood,” Rhiannon Giddens is on TV, and Matt Bennett no longer is.
Monday, April 11, 2016
The road-warrior Toronto rock band visits the Soundcheck studio.
Thursday, April 07, 2016
A brassy take on the treasures of the Alan Lomax American roots music archive.
Monday, April 04, 2016
This week, a musical take on the immigrant experience, a new addition to the canon of male/female duets, and Kanye West is STILL releasing his new album.