“Requiem for Fossil Fuels,” a site-specific memorial mass, combines human voices and ambient sound. It’s the result of more than twenty years of work and collaboration by Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger, two sound artists/composers and sonic thinkers. For this edition of New Sounds, listen to the performance, recorded live at the World Financial Center.
Hear some rock and/or classical hybrid ensembles on this edition of New Sounds. There's relatively older music from the 1980's by Mikel Rouse, and some from Bang on a Can folks along with brand new music from Bing & Ruth (David Moore) and Newspeak. That, and more.
It's the most fabulous time of the month. John Schaefer carefully selects from all of the exciting and terrible things that have come into the New Sounds office via digital promo, CD, or the occasional throwback LP or cassette (not that easy to play around the office, sadly - please include digital download!) to present the best of the months' crop of new music releases. From where the staff is sitting, it looks like there could be music from the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet, Vinicius Cantuaria, and Brooklyn Rider.
Listen to more music recorded on location at the 2013 Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Hall, part of the New Sounds Live Concert Series. There’s a world premiere by looping orchestrator Tyondai Braxton, with field recordings of slot machines made at a new casino in Queens. The new two-part work by Braxton is titled "Casino Trem" and "Organ Trem" collectively, “TREMS” and effortlessly integrates the found sound with instruments. Also, a world premiere work by Fay Kueen Wang called Weltinseln, which means “Island Universe” in German. Also, music by Shara Worden featuring the Orchestra for the Next Century conducted by Gary Schneider.
London-based composer and vocalist Donna McKevitt returns to the New Sounds studio for this edition of the program. When she was last on the show in the 1990's, it was with her settings of poetry of the late Derek Jarman, "Translucence." McKevitt performs her settings of poetry by Maya Angelou for us in a trio setting, with trumpeter Lew Soloff and double bassist Francois Mouton.
Since taking the helm as Music Director in 2009, the NY Phil's Alan Gilbert has been doing an annual series of new works called Contact! To its credit, so far the series has presented some ten world premiere-New York Philharmonic commissions and one U.S. premiere.
Hear choral works that make use of a choir for color and texture, rather than the delivery of a text on this New Sounds. From violinist and composer Timba Harris, listen to an album length suite of pieces about the Cascade Mountains at the time of Mount St. Helens’ eruption in 1980. His “neXus I: Cascadia” features a big choir and minimal strings and electronics, depicting a monarch butterfly, black bear, and the flora and fauna in the in the Pacific Northwest affected by the eruption of the volcano. Also, listen to a work without words written for vocal octet Roomful of Teeth, called “AEIOU,” by Ecstatic Music Festival founder and composer Judd Greenstein. Plus, the vocal ensemble, New York Polyphony, makes over the medieval into something modern with their remix of a Gregorian chant piece. And more.
Get blasted by music from the masters of the face-guitar and smack-smack drum, Caspian Hat Dance on this New Sounds. This "street band" is from the Netherlands, and draws from Eastern European gypsy/klezmer music, strains of South American and Italian folk music.
For this New Sounds, sample from Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal's "Chamber Music," a lovely, intimate album for kora and cello. Also, a Senegalese/Belgian collaboration from Malick Pathe Sow & Maoba, a medieval Moorish song played by Chicago clarinetist James Falzone's trio, a sarod/guitar duo by Ranajit Sengupta & Miguel Guldimann, and more.
For this New Sounds, listen to Chris Brown's new work for gangsa, one of the traditional instruments of the Philippines, related to Indonesian gamelan. There's also music from Raphael Mostel for Tibetan singing bowl and new music for traditional Japanese koto.
From the New Sounds Live concert series, listen to some of the newly commissioned works from the Bang on a Can People's Commissioning Fund Concert, recorded last week at Merkin Hall, as part of the Ecstatic Music Festival. Hear multimedia composer Anna Clyne's "A Wonderful Day," incorporating the spoken and sung words of Chicago street musician Wooly from Mississippi. Plus, Dan Deacon's "Sago An Ya Rev," a textural morphing transcription of a NASA Voyager featuring audience participation (and you all at home) via the smart phone Dan Deacon App. In preparation for tonight's New Sounds, you can download the Dan Deacon App (for iPhone or Android) and play along with his piece as you listen!
Listen to an hour of moody nocturnal works that grow out of the jazz tradition on this New Sounds. Hear music based on a silent film score, “Wind” by Ibrahim Maalouf, an American trumpeter who plays a quarter-tone trumpet. Then there’s also music from a collaborative record by Afro-Cuban pianist Omar Sosa and the Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu. Plus, listen to music by Wadada Leo Smith about the struggle for civil rights from a 4 CD set, “Ten Freedom Summers.” And more.
For this New Sounds, listen to a few groove-based pieces for piano and electronics, including brand-new music from Jace Clayton (aka DJ Rupture) which looks back to an outsider figure of “Downtown” Manhattan scene in the 1980’s – Julius Eastman, the late gay African American composer, pianist, vocalist, and dancer. Eastman’s work forms the basis of Clayton’s album; two long works – one involving the “n” word, and “Gay Guerilla.” Hear the conclusion of “Gay Guerrilla” arranged for two pianos and electronics, along with the latest from Brandt Bauer Frick, and 11-musician strong Berlin-based ensemble who reproduce rhythms and sounds of electronic dance music (EDM) mostly acoustically.
Listen to some updated folksong arrangements, arrangements of medieval songs, and music that looks to other world traditions, all from Norway. The updated folk comes to us from a collection of ballads, hymns, lullabies, sung by Trio Medieval, and we'll also hear Norwegian medieval song by Jan Garbarek & Agnes Buen Garnas.
New music from the Neil Cowley Trio and the Bad Plus are on this New Sounds program, bands which on the surface resemble conventional piano trios, but pull liberally from the rock world and everywhere else. We'll listen to both of their most recent releases, along with music from Rachel's, who also have a recent release. Even though they are no longer together, this recording is of previously unavailable material. All that, and more...
Listen to some electroacoustic soundscapes for this New Sounds program. Hear Ana Milosavljevic's "Reflections," and more from Odland + Auinger site-specific work, "Requiem For Fossil Fuels." Plus, music by Steven Mackey, his "Measures of Turbulence." And more.
The quiet lyricism of pianist Keith Jarrett's intimate encounter with a Bosendorfer in 1975, all spontaneous improvisations - was the first ever jazz concert given at the Köln Opera House. It was was recorded and released as a double LP. "The Köln Concert" became an instant classic, and many years later, in 1990, Jarrett finally agreed publish an authorized transcription. In 2006, a new interpretation by the Polish conductor, composer, arranger, and pianist Tomasz Trzcinsk was published. For this New Sounds, we'll hear Jarrett's original, Trzcinsk's new interpretation, and other recent works based on the concert.
Host John Schaefer welcomes Brian Eno back to New Sounds. In collaborating with a young British poet Rick Holland, for both “Drums Between the Bells,” (July 2011) and “Panic of Looking” (Nov. 2011), Brian Eno has made the jump into spoken word, or more accurately, a collision between words and music.
For this New Sounds, we’ll sample music rooted in both Europe and Asia, along with updated folk music from both regions. Hear Indian sitar and Basque (northern Spain) marimba come together in music from Oreka Tx, as well as music from the throat singers of Tuva, Huun Huur Tu. There’s also music from Sweden by Lena Willemark and Ale Möller, traditional Irish music from the Bothy Band, and if we're lucky, some high-energy Romanian gypsy brass from Mahala Rai Banda.
Hear electronic works on this New Sounds from three different countries - Iceland, Germany, and America, and about very specific places - Copenhagen, Milan, Borodino, near Moscow, the Okeefenokee Swamp, and an American piece about a French zoo. Listen to electroacoustic wizard and composer Jóhann Jóhannsson’s score from an impressionistic documentary film by director Max Kestner, along with ethereal music from Sigur Ros. There’s also music from Apparat, which is the stage name of German electronic musician Sascha Ring. Plus, hear music from pioneering electronic musicians Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin, from their recent “Instrumental Tourist,” and more.
For this New Sounds, listen to a number of electroacoustic works featuring strings; viola, cello, and violin. Check out violist Nadia Sirota's latest, "Baroque," with a dark, extreme piece by Paul Corley and motoric music from Missy Mazzoli. Then there's music by Steve Reich for cellist Maya Beiser, his 2003 "Cello Counterpoint." Also, hear chamber music by Anna Clyne from her record, "Blue Moth," involving a music box that plays "Sakura." Plus, cello music for Jody Redhage by Paula Matthusen, and more.
For this New Sounds, listen to some music with found sound. We'll hear Steve Reich's City Life which uses conversation, sirens, boat horns, traffic, and in the final movement, some of the emergency response from the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993.
The eminent English composer, film maker and photographer Michael Nyman discusses his original soundtracks to silent films, his new video work, and his penchant for recycling music – his own and others’.
Unlikely combinations of cultures and traditional musics give a global perspective on this New Sounds program. Listen to a musical portrayal of an imaginary Syria, "Syriana." It's a London-based ensemble with musicians from Syria and parts of the Near East, featuring the Pan-Arab Strings of Damascus. There's also music by sax player Uri Gurvich from his forthcoming record, “BabEl,” a mixture of oud and North African percussion with some saxophone, piano, bass and drums.
Listen to atmospheric songs with unusual textures and unexpected sounds or noises woven into them on this New Sounds program. Hear songs from Brian Eno, Antony & the Johnsons, and Eno’s friend the poet and composer Ebe Oke. There's also something by Susanna & the Magical Orchestra from Sweden, along with music from Bjork off of the record, "Medulla." Then hear a song by Irish singer Iarla Ó Lionáird from his record Foxlight. Plus, something of a murder ballad from the folkster Sam Amidon, and more.
All sorts of different ensembles will play with our expectations of the "orchestra," for this New Sounds program, including Alexander Berne & the Abandoned Orchestra, where the traditional orchestral instruments have been abandoned and Berne invented his own. There's also music from the Asphalt Orchestra, a 12-piece guerrilla marching band whose spectacular antics, omnivorous repertoire, and brave arrangements invade streets via an exuberant new music parade.
For this New Sounds, listen to musical portraits of the rolling hills and little lanes of the English countryside, and the English fascination with landscape. There’s music from a recent recording by English sax player, clarinetist and composer John Surman,“Saltash Bells.” Built around loops of synth tones, the work is an audio reminiscence of hearing bells ringing from the church across the river. Also, listen to a portion of an early work from Mike Oldfield, “Hergest Ridge," named after an elongated hill on English/Welsh border. Also, listen to music from Brian Eno and Jocelyn Pook. Plus music by Michael Nyman from “Drowning By Numbers.”
Saxophone player Rudresh Mahanthappa, on his record, "Samdhi," merges electronica, Carnatic (south Indian) music, funk and jazz grooves. We'll hear some of Mahanthappa's tunes, along with other purveyors of this kind of "alleged" jazz, which incorporates digital processing, hiphop beats, or electronica. There's music from guitarist Rez Abbasi and pianist Matthew Shipp, and many others.
For this New Sounds, we’ll listen to works that play with sound and music, at the intersection where one leaves off and the other begins. Hear music from Brian Eno in collaboration with like-minded musicians Jon Hopkins and Leo Abraham, a record called “Small Craft on a Milk Sea.”
For this New Sounds, listen to some of the self-dubbed “ritual groove” of Pianist Nik Bärtsch's Ronin, a chamber jazz outfit who mix minimalism and James Brown liberally. We’ll hear from the latest album “Llyria,” named after a luminous sea creature.
For this New Sounds, we'll experience the various manipulations of the voice. From Alvin Lucier's wonder, "I am Sitting in a Room," to the Frances-Marie Uitti & Paul Griffiths collaboration "There is Still Time," we'll listen to composers who start with a voice or text and end up producing something radically different from the original.