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:
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
New music to look out for this season.
Thursday, October 05, 2017
Feeling sound travel at a rare performance of 'Répons,' by the late French composer Pierre Boulez at the Park Avenue Armory.
Monday, September 25, 2017
This week, a film score premiere, a Balkan brass band collaborates with an underground rapper, and a report from Chicago’s South Side.
Monday, September 11, 2017
Week of Sept. 11, 2017: This week, a host of collaborations including Mount Kimbie & King Krule, Daniel Luppi, Karen O, & Parquet Courts, new Moses Sumney, & an ode to a T-shirt.
Tuesday, September 05, 2017
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet John Ashbery passed away on Monday at the age of 90. Listen to an archival performance of his work, set by some of America's most renowned composers.
Monday, August 07, 2017
Week of August 7: This week, Neil Young's brand new 41-year-old album, Afrocentric music from the Souljazz Orchestra, new music from the London Contemporary Orchestra and more.
Monday, July 10, 2017
Week of July 10: This week, Ke$sha Becomes Kesha; Dollshot premiere "Lalande," and Webster Hall Is About To Become History
Thursday, June 08, 2017
John Schaefer wraps the New York Guitar Festival with performances by Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, singer-songwriter Steve Gunn and Grammy Award-winning folk artist Dom Flemons.
Friday, June 02, 2017
It's been 100 years since the first piece of commercial jazz was recorded by The Original Dixieland Jazz Band.
Thursday, June 01, 2017
John Schaefer hosts an evening of performances by indie rocker Trixie Whitley and guitarist-composer Marc Ribot.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
John Schaefer hosts performances by indie rocker Margaret Glaspy and Julian Lage, one of the most formidable jazz guitarists of his generation.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
New Sounds' John Schaefer hosts a diverse cast of guitar slingers performing newly commissioned works and special collaborations.
Monday, May 15, 2017
On Jan. 9 we kicked off the 2017 Ecstatic Music Festival with a live stream of the Bang on a Can All-Stars annual People's Commissioning Fund Concert. Listen to the full show.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
There is a Jonathan Demme-sized hole in both the worlds of film and music worlds. We revisit this 2015 conversation with the director on Soundcheck.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
On the heels of their performance at the LA Phil's Reykjavík Festival, we invited Icelandic quartet Nordic Affect in for an intimate in-studio performance.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Carnegie Hall is kicking off a concert series curated by the Pulitzer Prize winning composer that shows how contemporary music has changed over the last half century.
Monday, February 13, 2017
Steered by composer David Moore, the group Bing & Ruth is equal parts chamber and ambient music. Watch the release party for their latest album from The Greene Space at WQXR.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
On Jan. 25 at 7:30 pm, tune in for a live stream of indie rockers San Fermin and new-music mainstays Now Ensemble live from the Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Concert Hall.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Jaga Jazzist is a Norwegian ensemble that draws inspiration from jazz, vintage funk and Krautrock. We join the members backstage at Le Poisson Rouge for an interview and performance.
Tuesday, January 03, 2017
Bruce Brubaker and Francesco Tristano, two virtuoso pianists from very different musical backgrounds, take the music of Philip Glass in an entirely new direction.