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Near East/South Asian Connections

For this New Sounds, listen to music that mixes together the traditions of South Asia and the middle East and just as far west as Turkey. Listen to Nashaz, Kayhan Kalhor, and more.
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Now is the Winter of our Discontent

Sunday, December 21, 2014

For this New Sounds program listen to songs about winter, as we welcome spring from San Francisco-based finger-style guitarist Sean Smith to the minimalist cool of the Geoff Smith Band.
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John Barleycorn & Other Folksongs

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Hear new versions of old English folksongs, with several dramatic takes of the traditional English song "John Barleycorn (Must Die),"plus the traditional song "Little Margaret," & more.
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World Music Ports of Call

Friday, December 19, 2014

Listen to an hour of world music which takes us to Madagascar, to Poland, and the Reunion Islands in the Indian Ocean, and to various other ports of call. Hear music from Nigeria by sax player Femi Kuti, and then music by his late father, Fela Kuti, as adapted by Kronos and members of TV on the Radio for the compilation, “Red Hot and Fela.” Listen to Malagasy music from the uniquely-voiced singer and guitar player hailing from Madagascar, Lala Njava, who on her debut solo record, Malagasy Blues Song, recalls the beauty of her homeland.   There’s also music from the Reunion Islands by Christine Salem, the traditional maloya, the once-banned, African-influenced music of the Creole descendants of the slaves who worked the island's sugar plantations. Plus, music from European-based South Indian violinist Jyotsna Srikanth, the Polish band Sutari, and more.

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New Music for Banjo and Mandolin

Thursday, December 18, 2014

New music for banjo and mandolin from the Punch Brothers, Tony Trischka, Avi Avital, Ellipsis, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Jake Schepps, and Yo-Yo Ma.
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Clarinet-Centric New Music

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hear new music for clarinets, including a preview of the new album, "Orphic Machine" by clarinetist/composer Ben Goldberg, space-jazz from Belgium, music by Derek Bermel & more.
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The Human Element

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hear musical collaborations between "human" and "machine" sounds, including "Surface Image," a Vicky Chow-commissioned work by Tristan Perich for piano and 1-bit electronics & more.
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New Music From Southern Italy

Monday, December 15, 2014

Hear song and dances in the music of Southern Italy on this New Sounds, with music from Enzo Avitabile & Bottari, percussionist Alessandra Belloni, and Ludovico Einaudi.
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Post-Rock 101

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Explore music by some of the seminal post-rock bands on this edition of New Sounds, including music by the late guitarist/bassist Jason Noble (Rachel's,Young Scamels), among others.
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Musical Machines

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Listen to the insistent rhythms & repetitions of acoustic instruments on this New Sounds, with solo music by Kris Davis, music by Arnold Dreyblatt, Switzerland’s Nik Bartsch, & more.
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Piano-Based New Music

Friday, December 12, 2014

LIsten to piano-based new music, including works by both Woodkid & Max Richter, PIano Etudes by Don Byron, performed by Lisa Moore, & music by Polish composer/pianist Tomasz Trzcinski.
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Inspired by Sci-Fi

Thursday, December 11, 2014

It's nerd-night! There’s music inspired by Sci-Fi books & film for this New Sounds program.  Listen to the internet opera/sonic book by Mendi & Keith Obadike, “The Sour Thunder,” & more.
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Empyrean Atlas, Live

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Hear guitars aplenty, from a performance by the Afro-poppy minimalist band Empyrean Atlas to Noveller's looped soundscapes, and works by Robert Fripp and the League of Crafty Guitarists.
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Still More World Music

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Sample an hour of global music rooted in traditional instruments, and western ones, featuring music by Syrian dabke artist Omar Souleyman and music from Ethio-jazzer Mulatu Astatke .
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Empyrean Atlas LIVE at New Sounds

Monday, December 08, 2014

The live session is over. Tune in to New Sounds on 12/10/14 at 11pm ET at 93.9 FM or stream from our website for the rebroadcast.  

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Another World Music Edition (Special Podcast)

Monday, December 08, 2014

For this New Sounds, sample some recent releases of world music, including a brand new offering from Chancha via Circuito, the Argentine DJ and producer who merges Brazilian rhythms, Paraguayan harp, Andean mysticism and remixes South American folksong - all focused through his own futuristic lens of post-dubstep. There’s also brand new music from Indo-Canadian singer Kiran Ahluwalia, who has recently incorporated the groove of “desert blues” into her Indian music.

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Music for Choir and Percussion

Monday, December 08, 2014

In addition to rhythmic and driving drumming, we'll hear more of the atmospheric and colorful role of percussion in this edition of New Sounds as John Schaefer shares music for the combination of choir and percussion. "Whispers and Cries," by Australian born composer Andrew Byrne, features fellow Aussie musicians Astra Choir and Speak Percussion.

We won't always stick to traditional choirs and percussion. In Daniel Lentz's "Postludium," the choir members rub and strike wine glasses while singing, and Anna Thorvaldsdottir's "into-Second Self" features a layered choir of two brass instruments. "Rain Tree," by the late Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu, does not include voice, but asks for winking light effects in performance. 

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New Sounds of Gospel Trombone

Sunday, December 07, 2014

For this New Sounds program, dig into the instrumental gospel tradition, specifically, the one centered around the trombone.  It is prominent in some churches, such as the United House of Prayer for all People in Harlem, and the shout-gospel choir (with brass band), the McCollough Sons of Thunder.  Listen to their roof-raising performance, recorded at the World Festival of Sacred Music from May of 2001 - a New Sounds Live event.  Led by Elder Babb, the 17 trombones, trumpet, percussion, brought down the house at Merkin Hall, with the dancing, singing and clapping in the aisles.

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Hearing Voices

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Listen to music from composer John McGuire based on the sounds of one soprano voice (his wife) multiplied, refracted and superimposed to create a choral fantasia.  Also, hear music from Christine Baczewska, who explores the voice as instrument, similarly incorporating multi-tracking to create textured, overlapping choruses. Plus, music by Laurel MacDonald and Paul Lansky’s “Idle Chatter,” and more.

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Post-Rock & Soundtracks

Friday, December 05, 2014

Listen to some post-rock music on this New Sounds program.  Hear a collaborative film score by the Austin, TX band, Explosions in the Sky, who, together with David Wingo, have made the soundtrack to the independent film “Prince Avalanche.”  It’s a step back from the dramatic swells of the “Friday Night Lights” era and never builds to those crescendos, yet still works as a piece of aural cinema.

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Ambient Electroacoustic Music

Thursday, December 04, 2014

In this edition of New Sounds, we hear the different ways composers combine acoustic music and electronics to create ambient and almost ambient music. 

As the 2010 Rome Prize winner of Musical Composition, Huck Hodge was commissioned to write Pools of shadow from an older sky to commemorate the first demonstration of Galileo’s telescope. This demonstration took place on the same grounds where the Rome Prize fellows live and work. This piece for live-processed piano, computer-realized sound, and video projection premiered exactly 400 years after the demonstration in the same location.

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