Monday, October 06, 2014
On this New Sounds, listen to distinctive takes on the music of Brian Eno. Hear composer/pianist Timo Andres weave at least four different tunes by Brian Eno into his “Paraphrase on Themes of Brian Eno,” very much in the way that Franz Liszt might have done on themes of favorite operas. There’s music from the English new music band Icebreaker, in collaboration with the great pedal steel guitarist BJ Cole, taking on “Apollo,” a score originally written by Brian Eno, Roger Eno and Daniel Lanois for Al Reinert’s documentary on NASA’s Apollo missions. Plus, young pianist and composer Conrad Tao, inspired by Eno, in a work for piano and iPad. Also, the Bang on a Can All-Stars in Evan Ziporyn’s arrangement of Eno’s classic “Music for Airports.”
Sunday, October 05, 2014
The thumb piano, which in Zimbabwe, is called “mbira,” in Uganda, “kalimba,” in the Congo, “likembe,” – is an instrument made of a wooden board to which staggered metal keys have been attached. We’ll have an hour of music involving the thumb piano for this New Sounds program, from a gentle song by Arthur Russell, interpreted by Jens Lekman to the Kronos Quartet, to the psychedelic electronic music in the Congotronics series of records.
Saturday, October 04, 2014
This New Sounds program explores the impact that the subgenre known as “glitch” music has had on the new music world. Listen to Daniel Wohl’s piece, “Glitch,” as performed by the Calder Quartet interacting with electronics from a New Sounds Live in collaboration with the Ecstatic Music Festival.
Friday, October 03, 2014
Immerse yourself in John Luther Adams’s Become Ocean, a forty-two-minute piece for large orchestra, on tonight’s New Sounds. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2014, and consists of three huge crescendos, the musical equivalent of three different huge waves, majestically surging and receding. The title comes from lines that John Cage wrote in tribute to the music of Lou Harrison: “Listening to it we become ocean.” There is also the environmental warning implicit in this work, as the composer explains in an NPR interview for the blog Deceptive Cadence: “All life on this Earth emerged from the ocean. If we don't wake up and pay attention [to the melting of polar ice and the rising of the sea levels] pretty soon, we human animals may find ourselves once again becoming ocean sooner than we imagine.”
Thursday, October 02, 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.
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Listen to small ensembles (septets or smaller) with a big sound for this New Sounds show. Hear music from a film score for a comedy featuring small ensemble music by English guitarist/pianist/composer James Blackshaw. The noirish score includes bowed guitar and bass, violin, vibraphone, flute, drums and electronics, and draws from Brazilian guitar music, musique concrete, and French impressionist composers.
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Listen to contemporary settings of great Latin-American poets on this New Sounds. Hear a combination of choir and electric guitar by built around the poetry of Chilean poet Elias Letelier by Canadian composer/electric guitarist Tim Brady. The work, “Atacama,” is sung in Spanish, with text about metal, circuitry, atoms and not thinking about microphones. There’s also a work by the American composer Eric Whitacre and his setting of a text by Nobel Prize-winning Mexican poet Octavio Paz. In it, the vocal group Polyphony together with a children’s choir simulate a storm by rattling tin for thunder and finger-snapping as rain.
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.”