Recent Episodes and Articles
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
It's the most wonderful time of the month - the showcasing of new releases! On this New Sounds program, listen to the music that won this year’s Pulitzer Prize: “Become Ocean” by John Luther Adams. We'll only have time for an excerpt from the work, but will feature it in full this coming Friday, October 3. Also, hear music from a special commemorative release issued by the Metropolitan Museum for an exhibit, "The Sacred Lute," about the Iranian musician and mystic Ostad Elahi.
Monday, September 29, 2014
It’s Turkish and Turkish-inflected music on this New Sounds, with many examples of traditional Turkish rhythms, melodies, and instruments. Listen also to musicians who incorporate Turkish musicians, including a number of outfits from Canada. Hear music from a forthcoming release by Montreal-based Esmerine, a chamber rock band which includes the likes of Sarah Neufeld (of Arcade Fire), members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and a quartet of Turkish musicians.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
This New Sounds is the companion program to last night's show, where we'll not be limited to English-language poets. Look forward to texts by Rumi (Persian poet and mystic), set by Philip Glass. Also, listen for poetry by Pablo Neruda in a setting by Osvaldo Golijov. Plus, music by 17th century Alevi-Bektashi poets, as rendered by the band Niyaz and their vocalist Azam Ali, and more music with poetry by Pablo Neruda, and perhaps text by Rainer Maria Rilke, and more.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
From the classical art songs of Schumann and Schubert that used as their text words by great poets of the day to brand-new Appalachian blues music just recorded by Martha Redbone set to works of William Blake, this New Sounds program explores poetry in song. Sample from Redbone’s album, “The Garden of Love - Songs of William Blake” and its hollered melodies, lullabies, and folky mountain takes on the Romantic 18th century English poetry.
Friday, September 26, 2014
For this New Sounds, listen to new music from Scandinavia, including brand-new music from the Swedish-English-Norwegian group, FatDog (the three Swedes, two Norwegians and an Englishman), who draw from folk traditions of Scandinavia and Britain, and the exploration and experimentation in Nordic jazz. Hear both a Swedish polska dance, and a halling, a dance found in Norway and Sweden- from FatDog. Listen to Norwegian trio Building Instrument, jazz, folk, world music with electronics led by singer/sampler/zither player Mari Kvien Brunvoll along with music from the curious Norwegian trio 1982 who fall somewhere between chamber music and Nordic jazz.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
For this New Sounds, Tibetan devotional singer Yungchen Lhamo and Russian pianist and composer Anton Batagov discuss their recent musical collaboration. Their beautiful and unusual record, "Tayatha" (a Sanskrit word that means literally, “it is like this,”) is a striking and meditative dialogue between Lhamo’s voice and Batagov’s spacious, well-chosen piano melodies. Referencing their shared practice of Buddhism, and their shared belief in music’s power to shift the world, Batagov and Lhamo make post-minimalist music that has a sense of offering.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Whether it’s piano-driven, horn-driven, or interlocking rhythms of guitar music, listen to music with a steady groove on this edition of New Sounds. Hear the Blue Cranes, who are a keyboard trio and dueling saxophones from Portland with a from a new record, “Swim.” Also, listen to music from keyboardist Marco Benevento with his playful arrangement of an early Pink Floyd song, recorded live at Tonic. Hear a groove-based instrumental piece from the gifted guitarist Kaki King. Plus, music from three-ohs Medeski, Martin & Wood, The Bad Plus, and the Neil Cowley Trio, and more.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
For this New Sounds, listen to works for violin, cello, and the 10-stringed Hardanger d’Amore fiddle. There’s brand new music from Irish cellist Kate Ellis, (who is also Artistic Director of the Crash Ensemble,) from her solo record, “Jump,” a collection of new music for solo cello and electronics by 5 Irish composers. Listen also to an atmospheric mix of cello and voice from the Icelandic cellist/composer/singer Hildur Guðnadóttir. One of the tunes features the bass player Skúli Sverrisson, Guðnadóttir’s eerie whisper, and a fretted cello, resonated through two grand pianos, for a hypnotic thrum, that skirts a line between gentle menace and blissful escape.
Monday, September 22, 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.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
This New Sounds offers music from a few of the eight member Common Sense Composers Collective (San Francisco/New York City-based.) From a collaborative recording with the New Millennium Ensemble, listen to a lovely work with some sighing glissandos, “Alternative Music” by Randall Woolf. Also from the collective, there’s a chamber music work by Carolyn Yarnell, “Lapis Lazuli.” Plus, hear music by Canadian composer and guitarist Tim Brady, featuring electric guitar, electronics and the Penderecki String Quartet.
Saturday, September 20, 2014
This New Sounds explores music that plays with ideas of texture, drone and space. Hear Norwegian composer/drummer Erland Dahlen conjure dark experimental soundscapes mostly based around his Slingerland Rolling Bomber drum kit from World War II. Dahlen plays with an arsenal of electronics, small percussion, and even a saw, overlaying them into haunting and hypnotic atmospheres, enhanced by the drum tones of the rosewood drum kit.
Friday, September 19, 2014
On a funereal edition of this New Sounds, hear musical moods that one might not expect to be associated with a funeral from the world over, from West African funeral drumming to a jazz march from Norwegian musician Stian Carstensen. Listen to music from Brooklyn Rider by Ljova paying tribute to the violinist from Tarafs de Haidouk, Culai. There’s also Michael Gordon’s setting of Emily Dickinson poetry, as recorded live on Soundcheck, along with a funeral dance by Swedish jazz musician Bengt Berger’s “Bitter Funeral Beer.” Plus, listen to the post-rock ambient duo Stars of the Lid, along with music by Henry Purcell arranged by Wendy Carlos used in “A Clockwork Orange.” And more.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
For this New Sounds, listen to dances for the piano, including works by G.I. Gurdjieff, Francesco Tristano, John Adams, and Tim Hecker on this New Sounds. There are combinations of piano and cello, piano and electronics, music for two pianos, and more. Hear music from the early 20th century mystic, composer, and philosopher Armenian G.I. Gurdjieff, who together with his disciple, the Russian composer Thomas deHartmann, created several cycles of piano works. Listen to an arrangement of Gurdjieff/de Hartmann’s music from cellist Anja Lechner and pianist/composer Francois Couturier, from their forthcoming record, “Moderato Cantabile.”
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Listen to world music that veers into psychedelic territory on this New Sounds, with Native-American inspired percussive drone music and Afrobeat from Brazil in music by Bixiga 70. Hear a mix of Afro-Ethiopian rock and jazz from the Brazilian band, Bixiga70, whose name is clearly a nod to the Afrobeat pioneered by Fela Kuti and drummer Tony Allen (with whom Mauricio Fleury from the band studied with.) This brass-heavy sound bounces through boundaries to harvest textures of Guinean and Malian mandingo from Guinea and Mali, soukous from the Congo and ethio-jazz. Also, there’s music from a Chinese string band, Red Chamber, and their pipa, zheng, zhongruan, among other Chinese lutes and zithers. On this tune,"Ah Ya Zein," they accompany oud player Gordon Grdina, and are augmented by all kinds of percussion from other traditions.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Hear so-called “indie classical” works on this New Sounds - music which is at home in both the contemporary classical music world and the indie rock/pop music halls, basements, and dive bars. Listen to the “NYC garage-chamber septet” The Cellar and Point, who use acoustic instruments and electronics to create a sound that is winningly melodic, thoughtful in its balance, groove-heavy, sometimes glitchy, and delightfully unpredictable as the septet straddles all kinds of genres. Members of the group also currently perform with JACK Quartet, Mivos Quartet, Ensemble Signal, and Mantra Percussion.
Monday, September 15, 2014
Listen to ensemble pieces which incorporate or draw from the folk music of several different parts of the world on this New Sounds program. There’s music by the Alaev Family band from Tajikistan collaborating with Israeli musician Tamir Muskat from the band Balkan Beat Box. Also, hear music that simulates the sound of Norwegian folk fiddling. It’s the work of Princeton University professor Dan Trueman, founder of the Princeton Laptop Orchestra and a Norwegian hardanger fiddle specialist together with So Percussion.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
For this New Sounds program, listen to the blistering horns of party bands from the world over. There’s Afro-pop from veteran of Ghanaian highlife Ebo Taylor and his German band, featuring the godfather of Afro-beat drumming, Tony Allen. Hopefully we'll hear something from the marching band madness that is the Chicago-based outfit Mucca Pazza (P.S. - you HAVE to check their outfits when they perform!), Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-Stars, some Ethiojazz, and maybe something from Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
For this New Sounds program, sample a globetrotting set of acoustic music with guitar as the starting point. There’s music by Stephane Wrembel, who visits everything from blues to flamenco to rock on his record “Origins.” Listen next to South African guitarist Derek Gripper, who has also studied and mastered the kora, the instrument of the Malian griot.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Hear the trombone, sometimes by itself, sometimes in a world music setting, sometimes with electronics, and for a mass of 77 trombones, for this New Sounds show. There's music from a recent record, "The Incredible Honk" by the exceptional trombonist/composer Roswell Rudd, with many notable collaborations. Listen to Roswell Rudd together with the Cajun legends Michael Doucet & Beausoleil, featuring singer Emily Haines (Metric), as well as a work with Malian maestro Bassekou Kouyate, and several Malian musicians.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
It’s almost a theme and variations edition of New Sounds, taking John Dowland’s “Flow My Tears” as a starting point and playing on the theme of tears and melancholy. Hear mostly instrumental works based on Dowland’s “Lachrimae” pieces, the best known of which is probably "Flow my Tears," - and it eventually had words. There’s multiple moods and variations on tears from Austrian trombonist Christian Muthspiel and an all-star quartet of musicians who “are at home in the worlds of both composed music as well as improvisation and jazz.”