For this New Sounds, listen to some works for small ensembles, played by both "real" and "virtual" small ensembles. We’ll hear music from the Turkish-American composer Kamran Ince from the album “In White,” along with ambient chamber music by Phillip Schroeder.
Montreal guitarist/composer Tim Brady makes dark sounds with bowed electric guitar, guitar with loops, with tapes, and with computers. The overall effect -ambient and abstract- is intended to evoke the depths of the ocean in a work by Jean-Francois Laporte, “The Song of the Whale.” Also, hear atmospheric electronic music from Mains de Givre(“Hands of Frost”) an enhanced duo of violin, guitar and lots of effects.
It's the most wonderful time of the month - the showcasing of new releases! On this New Sounds program, listen to the pick of the piles. Hear new music from piano trio the Bad Plus, and a new recording of "Einstein on the Beach" by Philip Glass. Perhaps there will also Albanian folk songs arranged for jazz-ish quartet, and some ambient music. That, and more.
For this New Sounds, hear some loping Tamashek guitar music from the brand new record, "Aratan N Azawad" by the North Malian band, Terakaft, and some new music from the South Malian Vieux Farka Touré, with his father, Ali Farka Toure. Then take a listen to some jazzy big band music from Volker Goetze, featuring Ablaye Cissoko on kora.
Hear banjos, dulcimers, fiddles and other instruments used in traditional American string band music, New Sounds-style on this show. There’s music from Norwegian banjo player Stian Carstensen, hammered dulcimer player Dan Joseph, and the mandolin-guitar duo known as Prester John. Plus, from the back wall of the New Sounds library, listen to the trio, Ellipsis (from the early 1980’s, on Flying Fish Records), who combine bluegrassy and folk instrumentation with minimalism and Indonesian elements.
On this New Sounds, hear live performances by Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble, along with the Todd Reynolds Quartet from the record release party for Monk’s ECM release, “Songs of Ascension,” recorded in May of 2011 in the Jerome L. Greene Space.
This New Sounds offers a new take on Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, with the composer’s own poems in new musical settings by Uri Caine and a modern English translation sung by Theo Bleckmann. Originally, Vivaldi wrote that most famous set of four concertos based on his Italian sonnets about each of the seasons. Listen to the re-working, along with other poetry set to music, including settings from Korean poetry by Sunny Kim. There's also music by Harold Budd and Steve Reich, to name a few.
Listen to songs by the multi-talented singer-songwriter/pianist/composers Gabriel Kahane and Ed Pastorini for this New Sounds. We'll also hear from Lee Feldman along with music by Elizabeth Ziman of Elizabeth & the Catapult. Plus, music from Antony & the Johnsons and Tin Hat.
Imagine the solitude of mowing lawns while listening to music. Now take two electric guitars, reverb, and paint a dreamy unfolding cinematic drifting record, by a group calling itself Lawnmower.
For this New Sounds program, hear music for acoustic guitar that has been altered or augmented in some way, either by splicing tape, via electronic sounds, or computer trickery of some kind. Listen to a work from the late Michael Hedges, for acoustic guitar and tape, chopped up, layered, and with some parts even spliced in backwards.
Hear works by American composer Matthew Rosenblum influenced in part by a love of Javanese music, the music produced by Sonic Youth, and by the music of LaMonte Young on this New Sounds program. Listen to Rosenblum's set of two works; Fantasy for Roberta Liss, and Gymnopedie for Art Jarvinen, both of which use a 21-note to the octave scale along with the 12-note equal tempered scale to which Western ears might be more attuned.
It’s a Balkan Brass Battle Royale on this New Sounds between two of the best Balkan Brass bands - Boban I Marko Markovic Orchestra from Serbia, along with Fanfare Ciocarlia from Romania. Fresh from a worldwide tour, listen to these two notorious outfits blow each other away, and play nicely together on a few tracks as well. More is just better!
Listen to “Cello Multitracks” on this New Sounds program. It’s Gabriel Prokofiev's four-part suite scored for nine cellos, as realized by the technologically skilled cellist Peter Gregson, (yep, on all nine parts.) The work is sometimes jarring, sometimes it grooves, then it will like as not scuttle like dust bunnies, whether plucked or scraped.
There's a new generation of musicians coming from classical or rock finding inspiration in olde English folksongs, love songs and murder ballads. It's another round of mining the old for the new, which hearkens back to the 1960's, when English outfits like Pentagle and Fairport convention looked back to traditional folk songs. For this New Sounds, listen to arrangements of folk tunes by Jim Moray, Emily Portman, and the Juice Vocal Ensemble, to name a few.
For this New Sounds, we raid the exclusive live performance archive from that "other" show John Schaefer hosts, the afternoon program, Soundcheck. We'll listen for tunes from pipa player Wu Man, Cuban singer Omara Portuondo, and the Italian percussionist Alessandra Belloni, to name a few.
For this New Sounds, we'll hear new releases from the New York-based collective NOW Ensemble and the sax foursome, the PRISM Quartet. Three of NOW's founding members are composers, including Judd Greenstein, who also heads up the record label, New Amsterdam. Greenstein's music blends a bit of jazz, the fun syncopations of hip-hop, and nifty interlocking groovy riffs of minimalism, and can just as easily be heard in a club as it could be in a concert hall. He's also one of the so-called "indie classical" composers, those from a younger generation who have absorbed minimalism, but incorporate electronics, electric guitar, and all sorts of non-traditionally symphonic instruments into their music. From NOW Ensemble's latest, "Awake," we'll hear "Change."
Listen to acoustic drones, electronic drones, overtone singing and sometimes even words for this New Sounds program. From New York-based composer Kitty Brazelton, hear music from her work, "Ecclesiastes: A Modern Oratorio," containing texts from the Book of Ecclesiastes, re-translated from the Hebrew and Latin by Brazelton herself. Also, hear music from the late William Duckworth, both acoustic and from the ginormous, innovative web-based piece, "Cathedral," incorporating the pitchweb from the turn of the century.
For this New Sounds, listen to the Congolese band Staff Benda Bilili, a group of paraplegic street musicians, who were homeless when they first started performing together and used to rehearse in the half-abandoned city zoo. The band is now the subject of a feature film, and is also making some of the most exuberant and affirming music coming out of almost anywhere. Hear music from their most recent record, “Bouger Le Monde” – or “make the world shake.”
Listen to music written in response to the 9/11 attacks. Pulitzer Prize-winning composers Steve Reich and John Adams each used an almost documentary approach to the events of 9/11; we’ll hear excerpts from both. Michael Gordon’s “The Sad Park” is built on recordings of young children in the playground on Chambers Street, two blocks from the World Financial Center, describing that morning. And Robert Moran’s new “Trinity Requiem” was written for the nearby Trinity Church choir. We’ll hear excerpts from those pieces as well on this New Sounds.
This New Sounds brings music by Canadian composer Vivian Fung inspired Indonesian gamelan, along with other works by westerners that look to that archipelago’s music. Fung, on her record, "Dreamscapes,” draws on the fast interlocking rhythms of Balinese gamelan and to a degree - John Cage’s prepared piano- to create an eerie soundworld on “Glimpses.”
From the Look & Listen Festival at the Chelsea Art Museum, two acoustic works by composers who often work in electronic music. The JACK Quartet plays the NY premiere of “Contritus” by Caleb Burhans; and eighth blackbird performs “Still Life with Avalanche” by Missy Mazzoli. Plus, music by Hannah Lash, performed by the JACK quartet and Jade Simmons playing a work by John Corigliano.
We'll hear works that exist at the juncture of art song and pop song on this New Sounds. There's music from Clogs, who have lately become purveyors of vocal chamber pop, with additions of singers from the indie rock world. There's also a brilliant collection of new work from Corey Dargel, a Texas-born, Brooklyn based composer, who impishly crafts classical pop song cycles. Plus, music by Natalie Merchant, Alex Cline, Brian Dewan, and David Sylvian.
Listen to electronic music both old and new from the now Hawaii-based K. Leimer. There’s austere & flowing space music from a recent release called "Permissions,” along with music combining the sounds of world music traditions with electronics from his 1980’s film soundtrack to “The Land of Look Behind," a film about Jamaica and Bob Marley.
We'll explore the deep tones of bands like Gato Loco whose lead instruments are the bass clarinet and the tuba on this New Sounds program. There's even more from the tuba with music by Tom Heasley and some bass clarinet work by Marty Ehrlich. We'll also hear the jazzy extensions of the bass saxophone in the works of the Maikotron Unit.
For this New Sounds, hear music from the radical, innovative, mischievous, inventive, and influential John Cage, the notorious sound-experimenter, subscriber to chance, mycology aficionado, and player of chess. He would have been 100 years old today. Listen to one of his pieces that creates space and stasis, “In a Landscape,” from a 1991 in-studio performance by Margaret Leng-Tan.
On tonight's show, John Schaefer recommends ten records to help skim the surface of music by Philip Glass, as part of Q2 Music's week-long celebration of Philip Glass, "Music of Constant Change." From the album, "Glassworks," to the Qatsi trilogy (three silent films by Godfrey Reggio with scores by Philip Glass) to the song cycle, "Songs from Liquid Days," sample some works that serve as a fine introduction to Philip Glass's hugely influential music. Read about each of these "Essential Recordings" in depth over on Q2 Music's Festival Pages. Also, these works were just the excerpts on the show for radio. To hear each piece in its entirety, try the Spotify playlist.
For this New Sounds, sample some of Regina Carter’s "Reverse Thread," a record influenced by rhythms and melodies of Africa. She funded the project herself, thanks to her "Genius" award, traveling through West and East Africa, along with Madagascar. Listen as she arranges music by Malian guitarist Boubacar Traoré and another Malian guitarist, Habib Koite.
For this New Sounds, it's about repetitive motion. Hear the two-piano robotic toccata and other movements from "brazen" 24-year-old composer Timothy Andres’s "Shy and Mighty." Then, listen as Ted Reichman's slow-layered repetitive piano and organ phrases slowly build on his "My Ears Are Bent." Also, Dominic Frasca's got precision and angularity on his side as he taps and arpeggiates his ten-stringed guitar (augmented with some electronic processing) into musical impossibilities/improbabilities on his "Deviations." Plus, music by Philip Glass, and more.
Listen to selections from Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson’s soundtrack to the beautiful animated short film Varmints. Hear a WNYC commission by composer Osvaldo Golijov, called "Radio," for hyper-accordion, string quartet and laptop, featuring samples from the WNYC archives, and ETHEL. There’s also a work by Ben Neill, who plays the "Mutant trumpet," an instrument with two bells welded to it, and enhanced by computer. Rounding out the show is music by Madelyn Byrne, from her suite for piano and computer, “The Elements.”