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With The Touré-Raichel Collective

For this New Sounds, hear performances by Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré and Israeli pianist Idan Raichel, known as the Touré-Raichel Collective, plus other global acoustic music.

Tangled Web of Fiddling

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma has fingered Irish music and its Celtic fiddling of being the connection between American folk music and classical music. In the North Sea region, the influence of the Scandinavian tradition with its Norwegian farmers and Vikings permeated the Celtic culture, more in Scotland than in Ireland.  The roots-web is even more tangled than that once the Italian contribution to the development of the violin is considered  (Antonio Stradivari in Cremona.) For this New Sounds program, listen to the shared musical territory between Celtic, Scandinavian, “early music,” & Appalachian fiddle music.

 

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Global Collaborations

Saturday, November 22, 2014

This New Sounds program highlights some unexpected global collaborations- including but not limited to- Uzbeki bluegrass, musicians based in Italy who meld North African and Bollywood music, and Mardi Gras marching bands coupled with Argentinean tango flair. Listen to a Creole tango from the Boston-based Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, who regularly ride the party train down to Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

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Gated Music

Friday, November 21, 2014

Hear music made using noise gates on this New Sounds program.  How does it work?  Basically, when open, a gate allows you to hear the sound behind it, but when closed, you don’t.  (Here’s a handy tutorial about gates.) Listen to music from A. Leroy (Dick Connette) as he takes a recording of a Mardi Gras Indian song and through the use of gating, turns it into a rhythm track.  Also, hear Joshua Fried’s musical shoes, as played with drumsticks in the service of Linda Fisher’s piece, “Big Mouth,” featuring cartoon music and sound effects, from a live performance recorded back in 1990.

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New Sounds Live: Tubular Bells

Thursday, November 20, 2014

From the New Sounds Live Concerts, hear a new arrangement of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells by guitarist and singer Grey Mcmurray, with the Wordless Music Orchestra, as recorded this past October, at Brookfield Place. Oldfield's 1973 proggy, ambitious, almost symphonic set of variations on a theme is perhaps best known for its inclusion in the soundtrack to The Exorcist, which became a global hit for the then just-launched Virgin Records. Mcmurray’s world premiere arrangement of "Tubular Bells" uses an unreleased ending to the piece (narrated by our own host, John Schaefer, impersonating a drunk Vivian Stanshall) and supplements the original orchestration with electric violin and cello.

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Dispatch from the Metal Trenches

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Sometimes the New Sounds All-Purpose Assistant stumbles upon really wonderful music and sounds that might not EVER get airplay on New Sounds. Perhaps because they are too easily categorized as metal. We already know that Schaefer is a Black Sabbath fan, but this latest crop of music goes beyond that classic heavy metal sound, drawing from chamber music (smaller than an orchestra, played in a room), and male / female choral writing, in addition to incorporating traditional folk instruments (hammered dulcimer and banjo.) Despite many of the artists below possibly being able to comfortably wear a cloak of black metal, these works could definitely straddle some genre fences, in the way that New Sounds should.

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Black Mountain Songs

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

For this New Sounds, Richard Reed Parry and Bryce Dessner, the co-curators of “Black Mountain Songs,” along with Dianne Berkun-Menaker, the director of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, join John Schaefer in the studio. Richard Reed Parry is a member of the Grammy-winning rock group Arcade Fire, as well as the chamber post-rock band Bell Orchestre. Bryce Dessner is also known as the guitarist for indie-rock band the National, as well as the improvising new music quartet, Clogs.

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Music With Echoes of the Near East

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

For this New Sounds show, listen to music redolent of the near East, with echoes of Turkey, Israel, Armenia, Persia and Egypt. Hear music from the French-born Klezmer clarinetist Yom, and his record “Silence of the Exodus.” The music tells the story of the departure of the Jews from Egypt by way of the sounds of Iranian percussion, the double bass and the clarinet, and modal cellos. 

 

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Fair Play for Women

Monday, November 17, 2014

Thematically, this New Sounds program goes for works by women. Listen to Juliana Barwick's recent record, “Nepenthe,” featuring countless fragments of her voice electronically layered to create soaring choral music.  Then, listen to selections from a song cycle by Leah Kardos based on themes of technology, loneliness and the human condition. All of the texts have been taken from a few years of collected spam emails.  

 

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Piano Plus...

Sunday, November 16, 2014

For this New Sounds, hear music from the duo Moon Ate the Dark, which is Anna Rose Carter (piano) and Christopher Brett Bailey (treatments.) Carter provides soft peals of piano and Bailey weaves them together with dark washes of reverb, and other subtle electronic processing. There's also glitchy ambient music from Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto along with music from the Hilary Hahn & Hauschka release, "Silfra." And more.

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Afrofunk, Afrojazz & Afropop

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Hear the Ghanaian-rooted Afrofunk band KonKoma, (now based in the U.K.), along with recent releases and/or reissues of music from South, East, and West Africa. Sample selections from Zambian miners and minstrels, music from street musicians in Malawi, and some gorgeous acoustic Afropop from Mali.

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New Music for Duos

Friday, November 14, 2014

Listen to music for duos on this New Sounds show, including stunning and inviting works from harpist Mary Lattimore & synth/guitarist/producer Jeff Zeigler from their recent collaboration, "Slant of Light."  Also, hear music from Xylouris White, comprised of Cretan singer and lute player George Xylouris and drummer/percussionist Jim White (The Dirty Three, Cat Power, others), recorded and engineered by Guy Picciotto (Fugazi, Rites of Spring). Then, hear music by Paola Prestini from a new record by cellist Jeffrey Zeigler (formerly of Kronos Quartet), which features percussionist/composer Jason Treuting (So Percussion). Prestini's Listen, Quiet is a conversation between cello passages and drums, blocks, marimba, and what sounds like glockenspiel all layered over cuts of chattering groups of female voices.  Plus, music from the recent record by Piers Faccini & Vincent Segal, and more.

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New Sounds Live: The Knights & Bryce Dessner

Thursday, November 13, 2014

From the New Sounds Live Concert Series, listen to new music from a collaboration between guitarist/composer Bryce Dessner and the flexible NY-based orchestral collective, The Knights. Dessner is best known as one of the twin guitarists in the rock band The National, and when he composes, he draws on Baroque and Folk music, late Romanticism and Modernism, Minimalism and the Blues, winding these elements together with the urgency and directness of a guy in a top-notch rock band. Hear a new arrangement of Tenebrae, a piece originally composed for Kronos Quartet with vocals from singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens (appearing here via tape.)

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El Camino - a Musical Pilgrimage

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

For this New Sounds, listen to music inspired by El Camino, the ancient pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, thought to be the final resting place of the Saint James. There’s music from the late Canadian violinist Oliver Schroer, who took the journey to “Finis Terra” (the end of the earth) on foot. He wrote pieces about it and took field recordings. 

 

 

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New Blues

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Hear new blues on tonight's New Sounds, including music from the likes of Bobby McFerrin and the recent record "Spirityouall."  McFerrin takes two lines from Psalm 25, "'You know my eyes are ever on the Lord, for only He will release my feet from the snare," and turns them into a deeply bluesy spiritual.  Also, listen to arrangements of Skip James and Charlie Patton blues by Chris Thomas King and the Soldier String Quartet.

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More All Over the World Music (Special Podcast)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Listen to music that brings together sounds of the Mediterranean, Southern Italy, and India, with Morocco, and the sounds of Balkans and Scandinavia. There’s music from the NYC-based band Dálava and their arrangements of folk songs, folksongs meticulously transcribed over 100 years ago by biologist and ethnomusicologist Dr. Vladimir Úlehla from one village in the Slovácko region of the Moravian countryside. Dalava is led by vocalist Julia Ulehla (Vladimír’s American great granddaughter) and guitarist Aram Bajakian, and features violins and the Moroccan gimbri. 

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Sax Leads the Way

Monday, November 10, 2014

Hear some sax players leading the way on this edition of New Sounds, including new music from sax player Tamar Osborn and her London-based Afro-Eastern-space-jazz band, Collocutor.  Listen to their dreamy Turkish & Middle Eastern percussion meets Sun Ra jazz with electronics.  Then, there's lyrical and swinging new music from sax & clarinet wizard/composer Ken Thomson and his outfit Slow/Fast. 

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Voices and Soundscapes

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Hear music from the duo, White Canvas, whose world of sound moves between song, avant-garde and improvisation, with vocal lines over guitar-based soundscapes. The title of their record is taken from texts by the Sufi mystic and poet, Jalaluddin Rumi - “There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.”  Also, Jocelyn Montgomery (Miranda Sex Garden) and David Lynch arrange music by the 12th-century abbess Hildegard von Bingen. Listen to Montgomery’s sublime renditions from a recording called Lux Vivens.  And more.

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World Music Mixtures

Saturday, November 08, 2014

This New Sounds program stirs some more mixtures into the global music melting pot with traditional Macedonian folksong performed by Polish band with African name – Dikanda, and some Balkan brass band music from Boban Markovic. There’s also something from Hanggai, a Chinese band that combines traditional Mongolian overtone singing with Western rock and jazz.

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New Sounds of Black Sabbath

Friday, November 07, 2014

Hear an hour of Black Sabbath arrangements on tonight's New Sounds show.  Listen to arrangements of "Iron Man" by heavy-jazzers The Bad Plus, a gamelan-inflected version by Charming Hostess, a folktronica version by Four Tet, and the Columbian cumbia take from Ondatrópica.  Then hear Portuguese jazz trio TGB from their record "Evil Things" (Clean Feed) covering "Planet Caravan," along with another attack on "Iron Man" by the Misfit Toys- a banjo, clarinet, drums and electric marimba.  Also, hear a giant marching band doing "War Pigs," a Bhangra-dub take on "Heaven and Hell," an intricate jazz guitar duet of "Paranoid," and a Thai version of "Iron Man." Feel free to sound off on why so many from the Ozzy oeuvre vs. just one from the Dio era.

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New Sounds Live: Julia Wolfe's 'Steel Hammer' at Brookfield Place

Thursday, November 06, 2014

If you missed the New Sounds Live concert of Julia Wolfe's "Steel Hammer," hear it tonight. Recorded live from October 14, 2014 at the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, the Bang On A Can All-Stars and vocalists Emily Eagan, Katie Geissinger, and Molly Quinn take on Wolfe's piece based on the legend of John Henry and the many contradictory versions of his tale. Wolfe based her text on over 200 versions of the John Henry ballad. The score calls for wooden bones, mountain dulcimer, jaw harp, harmonica, and banjo which are essential to the Appalachian and folk sound of the work.

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