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.
Great songs for terrible futures
More listener comments on recent Soundcheck shows
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 to indie heavyweight Dan Deacon's compositions performed in Merkin Concert Hall's Ecstatic Music Festival.
John Schaefer's search for a "cool wedding band"
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 ...
Reactions to yesterday's segment about a controversial film score
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, has died. Soundcheck Host John Schaefer recalls the pervasive reach Houston had during her heyday in the late '80s and '90s.
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).
Overheard at John Schaefer's Super Bowl party...
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.
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.
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' Hymns."
When You're Gone, You're Gone. Or not...
John Schaefer hears something familiar in two of today's three picks.
Football fans: YOUR SUPER BOWL PARTY NEEDS MY KILLER RECIPE FOR CHILI!
John Schaefer wrestles with the viewer suggestion that he should start watching Downton Abbey.
One moment in 25 years of Bang On A Can