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:
Monday, May 13, 2013
Before Kaizers Orchestra disbands this week, watch the Norwegian band's creepily infectious video for its song "Begravelsespolka."
Monday, May 13, 2013
Join Q2 Music and Soundcheck to mark the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring.
Monday, April 29, 2013
On Monday, a star-studded line-up celebrated John Corigliano's 75th birthday at LPR. Listen to the archive of Q2 Music's live audio webcast of the event.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Join NPR Music and WNYC's Soundcheck for a First Listen Live concert from proto-punk band Iggy & The Stooges, broadcast from New York City. Watch the group rip through songs from its new album, Ready to Die, as well as a handful of old favorites.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Soundcheck host John Schaefer recalls when the unpredictable rock icon appeared on The Dinah Shore Show.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Who says kids have to listen to "kiddie music"? Soundcheck host John Schaefer shares a playlist of some songs he played for his own daughters.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Soundcheck host John Schaefer remembers his first time watching a music video, and it was an "Aha!" moment.
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Tonight at 8 pm, Q2 Music streams the next installment of the New York Philharmonic's CONTACT! series, with premieres of works by Unsuk Chin, Poul Ruders, Yann Robin and Anders Hillborg.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The legendary pianist and Cold War icon Van Cliburn died of bone cancer in his Fort Worth, Texas, but leaves behind a powerful legacy.
Thursday, February 07, 2013
On March 14, Q2 Music and New Sounds Live presented a live webcast of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, featuring new works by Anna Clyne, Dan Deacon, Tyondai Braxton and others. Listen to the whole show on demand.
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
On Feb. 6, Q2 Music presented a live webcast of indie favorites Clogs and Orchestra for the Next Century, and the premiere of Sarah Kirkland Snider's new song cycle, Unremembered. Listen to the full show.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Check out this 6-minute animated tale of mayhem, poultry, and rhythm.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Tonight at 7:30 pm, Q2 Music presents a live audio webcast of singer-instrumentalist Carla Kihlstedt with the International Contemporary Ensemble, live from the Ecstatic Music Festival.
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
David Bowie unveils a birthday surprise for his fans, a new song and his first album in nearly ten years, The Next Step.
Friday, December 21, 2012
Soundcheck host John Schaefer says the best “End of the World” songs are the ones that leave you to imagine what’s happening.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Scott Walker found early success as part of the Walker Brothers, who were one of the biggest pop acts in the U.K. in the mid-1960's. But over the years, Walker has moved further and further from the harsh glare of the pop spotlight and into someplace far darker. The musician joins us in the studio to discuss his first new album in many years, Bish Bosch.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
As part of our Remixing the Holidays series, we invited John Schaefer, host of WNYC's Soundcheck to give us a playlist of holiday songs. He recently asked his audience to name their top picks, but he didn't ask for just their favorite feel-good tunes.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Beck's new sheet music album Song Reader reminds John Schaefer of the old days, the 1970s.