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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:

Jherek Bischoff Plumbs New Depths

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The idiosyncratic multi-instrumentalist returns to the studio with a string ensemble for a live set.

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Weekly Music Roundup: Peter, Bjorn, Bon, and Frank

Monday, August 22, 2016

This week, Frank Ocean’s flood of music, Bon Iver’s two-fisted return, and a human domino game from Sweden.

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Passenger's Wandering Heart

Monday, August 22, 2016

Mike Rosenberg brings his deft and subtle songwriting to the Soundcheck studio. 

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Etienne Charles: Afro-Caribbean Jazz in Service to a Big Idea

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The trumpeter and bandleader plays a live streaming set in the Soundcheck studio.

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Weekly Music Roundup: Nick Drake Works Blue

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

This week, a presidential playlist, a hip hop anachronism, and a rootsy world premiere. 
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Guitar's Not Dead: How the Instrument is Making a Comeback

Monday, August 15, 2016

After a long absence in popular music, the six-stringed instruments — both the acoustic and electric variety — are having a revival.

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The UK Post-Punk Trio Shopping Refuses to Choose

Monday, August 15, 2016

British post-punk trio with giddy energy and timely ideas visits the Soundcheck studio.

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Savoir Adore: What Remains When Everything Changes

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The newly recalibrated dream-pop duo returns to the Soundcheck studio.

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Jamie Lidell and The Royal Pharaohs

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

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Weekly Music Roundup: In Search of Ocean

Monday, August 08, 2016

This week, a powerful protest song, Norah Jones and Regina Spektor reappear, and where the heck is that Frank Ocean record?
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Femi Kuti: Social Conscience with a Beat

Monday, August 08, 2016

The Afrobeat icon returns to the Soundcheck studio with his 11-piece band.

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El Perro del Mar: A Swedish Salty Dog Looks East

Thursday, August 04, 2016

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Sara Watkins Plays a Guitar Named 'Pat'

Thursday, August 04, 2016

The Nickle Creek founder and genre-hopping artist plays new songs live in the Soundcheck studio. 

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Weekly Music Roundup: Existential Dread with Catchy Packaging

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

This week, a Bowie tribute from his last band, a song you won’t be able to avoid, and a possible super-group.
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The Irresistible Lera Lynn

Monday, August 01, 2016

The torchy singer-songwriter visits the Soundcheck studio to play a live set.

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Miss Sharon Jones Gets Her Close-Up

Thursday, July 28, 2016

The funk and soul powerhouse visits Soundcheck with director Barbara Kopple to talk about the new documentary 'Miss Sharon Jones!'

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Weekly Music Roundup: Hidden Sounds, Strange Looks

Monday, July 25, 2016

This week, one of America’s most popular voices is stilled; one of England’s most distinctive voices returns; and Bowie’s “lost album” is on the way.
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Joseph Arthur Reanimates the Family Piano

Monday, July 25, 2016

The prolific songwriter and visual artist visits the Soundcheck studio to sing songs about 'The Family.'

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The Many Layers of Bayonne

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The electronic composer and performer visits the Soundcheck studio.

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At Trans-Pecos, Musical Life After Brooklyn

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Just over the county line in Ridgewood, Queens, this music venue pursues a quixotic quest: to offer the arts affordability, without causing gentrification.

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