John Schaefer

John Schaefer appears in the following:

The Greene Space

Andrew Bird performs "Orpheo" Live on Soundcheck

Friday, March 30, 2012

2:00 PM

Chicago-based film score composer, multi-instrumentalist and lyricist Andrew Bird joins John Schaefer in The Greene Space to play songs from his new album, "Break It Yourself" live on Soundcheck.

Terry Riley Remembers In C

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

In this 2009 episode of WNYC's New Sounds, Terry Riley speaks with host John Schaefer about his landmark 1964 work In C which helped usher in the style known as minimalism.

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Lou Harrison Tunes the Gamelan for Western Ears

Monday, March 26, 2012

In this 1997 New Sounds with host John Schaefer, Lou Harrison talks about composing for the Indonesian gamelan, the associated complexities of intonation and his recollections of instrument building and experimentation with fellow West Coast maverick, Harry Partch. 


Songs for a Future We Hope to Never See

Friday, March 23, 2012

Great songs for terrible futures

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Accordions And Prison Music - a followup

Friday, March 23, 2012

More listener comments on recent Soundcheck shows

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Frederic Rzewski and DIY Music-Making

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

In this 2002 episode of WNYC's Soundcheck, host John Schaefer talks to maverick American icon Frederic Rzewski as well as fellow pianist-composers Michael Hersch and Russian-born Lera Auerbach about performing their own pieces, and working outside the musical mainstream.


Listen Now: Dan Deacon, NOW Ensemble and Calder Quartet

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Listen now to indie heavyweight Dan Deacon's compositions performed in Merkin Concert Hall's Ecstatic Music Festival.


The Best Wedding Bands May Not Be Wedding Bands

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

John Schaefer's search for a "cool wedding band"

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The Greene Space

Soundcheck Live

Monday, February 27, 2012

2:00 PM

Robert Glasper draws together his parallel passions for hip hop and jazz on his latest release, “Black Radio.” In addition to his formal jazz training, the pianist has long navigated the nebulous territory between the two genres – working with artists like Q-Tip, Mos Def, and Erykah Badu. For this ...

Living On Borrowed Sounds

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Reactions to yesterday's segment about a controversial film score

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Whitney Houston, A Bright Star Gone Out

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Whitney Houston, who ruled as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, ...
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Nick Zammuto & Jason Treuting: Live at Merkin Hall

Friday, February 10, 2012

Tonight at 7:30 pm ET, join us for a live audio Webcast from Merkin Concert Hall featuring composer-performers Nick Zammuto (The Books) and Jason Treuting (So Percussion).

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The Super Bowl: the questions keep coming

Monday, February 06, 2012

Overheard at John Schaefer's Super Bowl party...

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Richard Reed Parry, Son Lux and yMusic: Live from Merkin Concert Hall

Monday, February 06, 2012

On Wednesday, February 8 at 7:30 pm ET, Q2 Music presents a live audio Webcast of Son Lux, Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry, and new-music heavyweights yMusic as part of the Ecstatic Music Festival.

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Michael Gordon's Decasia: Live from World Financial Center Winter Garden

Friday, February 03, 2012

On Friday at 7:30 pm, enjoy a live Webcast of composer Michael Gordon's live scores to the silent films of acclaimed American filmmaker Bill Morrison.

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Jóhann Jóhannsson's The Miners' Hymns: Live from World Financial Center Winter Garden

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tonight at 7:30 pm, Q2 Music and New Sounds Live present a live Webcast of Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson's visceral score to filmmaker Bill Morrison's silent film, "The Miners'...


Grappling With The Ultimate Question

Monday, January 30, 2012


When You're Gone, You're Gone.  Or not...

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Great Minds Think Alike

Thursday, January 26, 2012

John Schaefer hears something familiar in two of today's three picks.

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Super Bowl Snack, or "The Great Chili Disaster of 2012"

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


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Downton Abbey: To Watch Or Not To Watch

Friday, January 20, 2012

John Schaefer wrestles with the viewer suggestion that he should start watching Downton Abbey.

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