New Sounds : June 2014
Monday, June 30, 2014
It's that time of the month again for the new releases show on New Sounds. John Schaefer carefully separates the wheat from the chaff for this show. He'll sort through the stacks of new CDs, the Soundcloud files, and other digital submissions which have come across his desk and into his inbox over the past month to present some of the finest new releases. He'll skim off the cream. He'll pick the lentils from the ashes. You get it. Listen to abrasive industrial-ish music by Ben Frost, some playfully layered music from the Australian group, Rabbitsss, some Mali-pop from the NYC-based outfit, Benyoro, and more.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Explore the sounds of a piano's insides on this New Sounds program. From the prepared piano to the bowed and/or plucked piano strings inside the body of the beast, there are sure to be unusual sounds galore. Listen to Ergo, an electro-acoustic trio - somehow both slinky and spacey - with trombone, prepared piano, drums, and special guests on guitar.
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Listen to part 2 of the New Sounds Live/Ecstatic Music Festival concert recorded on February 8, 2012 in which the extremely talented and equal-opportunity music genre sextet yMusic performs new works by Richard Reed Parry & Son Lux (aka Ryan Lott.) Hear the remaining parts of works for heart and breath by Richard Reed Parry, involving yMusic wearing and playing to stethoscopes.
Friday, June 27, 2014
For this New Sounds, listen to several groundbreaking female musicians from around the world. There's music from Malian kora player, Madina N'Diaye, who has opened the way to a new phenomenon in Mali: women’s access to musical instruments traditionally reserved for men. In her song, “Moussow,” the lyrics translate as: “They think that women are incapable of doing all the things they do. But I, Madina, play the Kora...Glory to women, glory to the women of Mali.” We'll hear another tune from her album, "Bimogow."
Thursday, June 26, 2014
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.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
For this New Sounds, listen to music that was inspired by Tibet. We'll hear "Karma Shadub," for violin and chorus by violinist/composer Paul Giger, based on centuries-old Tibetan Buddhist chant . Plus, music from Minnesota-based composer/guitarist Steve Tibbetts, along with music from Philip Glass's Tibetan-inspired works as well.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
For this New Sounds, there’s music at the juncture of composed music, ambient and modern electronica, including a work by Annie Gosfield, for bits and pieces of metal. From her “Flying Sparks And Heavy Machinery” release, we’ll hear driving machine samples, layers of ambient noise, crashing metal and electronic blips assembled into a nearly pulsing dance-y musical journey through a working factory.
Monday, June 23, 2014
This New Sounds is chock-a-block full of unusually textured new music, featuring some percussion-based works and other recent arrivals which may or may not incorporate wind families of clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, and then add to that hammered dulcimer, zither, marimba and/or accordion.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
For this New Sounds, hear choral music from a new recording of a score by Canadian composer Matthew Patton for the film “Tales From Gimli Hospital,” a film by Guy Maddin. Patton has worked with world-class choreographers (the likes of Paul Taylor for a production called "Speaking in Tongues"), collaborated with with Icelandic musicians (members of múm and amiina) for a 2011 cinema-musical event of the film, and worked with filmmaker Guy Maddin on multiple occasions and in multiple projects.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
For this New Sounds program, hear Antony & the Johnsons cover Bob Dylan, and the Unthanks cover Antony & the Johnsons. There are other covers of Leonard Cohen songs, along with more Bob more Dylan covers, and the Unthanks take on songs by Robert Wyatt as well.
Friday, June 20, 2014
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.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
For this New Sounds, listen to a few groove-based pieces for piano and electronics, including recent 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.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
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 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.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
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.
Monday, June 16, 2014
For this New Sounds, listen to a number of electroacoustic works featuring strings; viola, cello, and violin. Check out violist Nadia Sirota's 2013 record, "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.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
From the New Sounds Live concert series recorded in 2012, the extremely talented genre-blind sextet yMusic performs new works by Richard Reed Parry & Son Lux (aka Ryan Lott.) Hear some new works by Richard Reed Parry, including a piece for stethoscopes & yMusic. Parry is a multi-instrumentalist with the Grammy-winning rock band, Arcade Fire, and the co-founder of the post-rock outfit Bell Orchestre.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Jason Treuting, the percussionist/composer -along with his mallets, sticks, and music - certainly gets around. Treuting has made music with and for So Percussion, the Swedish folk-instrument wielding QQQ, the electronica duo Matmos, the Zappa-jazzy band Kneebody, and the guitarist/composer Steve Mackey, to name a few. On this New Sounds, listen to music featuring Jason Treuting as soloist, collaborator, and composer. There’s also music from multi-instrumentalist/composer Nick Zammuto, co-founder of the sonically and visually innovative duo the Books.
Friday, June 13, 2014
Listen to excerpts from the long history - more than 25 years - of New Sounds Live performances on this program. Hear music from Irish-American band, Nightnoise (featuring members of the Bothy Band) and a medley recorded at Merkin Hall in 1989 as well as a performance from the Hungarian folk band, Muzsikas, recorded at St. Ann’s in Brooklyn. Listen to the Bad Plus recorded in 2009, from Merkin Hall, along with some silent film music by Al Kryszak, recorded live in 1999 at the World Financial Center, now called Brookfield Place. Plus, music by Jacob TV, performed by ETHEL, and much more.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Listen to music from the seven Celtic nations on this New Sounds; Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France (Brittany), England (Cornwall), Isle of Man and Spain (Galicia). To start, there’s music by ex-rocker and composer/guitarist Dave Flynn from Ireland, featuring violinist Ioana Petcu-Colan, along with fiddler Martin Hayes, and guitarist Dennis Cahill. Hayes and Cahill are also part of the Irish-American supergroup, the Gloaming. We’ll hear a tune from the Gloaming that’s nearly 300 years old and was written for the Gaelic festival known as Bealtaine, a holiday that marks the beginning of summer, “Samhradh Samhradh.” Also, hear music from the Gloaming's lead singer, Iarla Ó Lionáird, from his record "Foxlight". SEE The Gloaming on Friday, June 20 at 7PM in the Jerome L. Greene Space, as part of the New Sounds Live Concerts.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
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 in Spring 2013 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!
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
From Bjork’s sleeper hit, “It’s Oh So Quiet” from the 1990’s, to much more recent big band recordings, like that of the German-based Monika Roscher Bigband, listen to horns a-plenty in clever arrangements on this New Sounds. Roscher is a German electric guitarist, singer, and big band leader, of an atypical big band, which sometimes incorporates more exciting, innovative possibilities that might have come from techno or punk. Roscher says of her 18-piece band, “We’re experimental, and a bit weird. It can be a shock, if you’re not expecting it.” She also has been known to perform in hoods & masks.
Monday, June 09, 2014
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.
Sunday, June 08, 2014
This New Sounds brings choral works with instrumental accompaniment, featuring music by Michael Gandolfi, Aulis Sallinen and Phil Kline all with string quartet. Plus, music by Richard Einhorn, Philip Glass, and recent Grammy-winner, Eric Whitacre. And more.
Saturday, June 07, 2014
Listen to a bit of new music for trumpet and electronics by Nils Petter Molvaer, from his 2011 record, “Baboon Moon,” on this New Sounds program. There’s also music from a lovely collaboration record between a Senegalese singer/kora player Ablaye Cissoko and German-born trumpeter Volker Goetze, a late-night gem combining West African music and ethereal, atmospheric European jazz.
Friday, June 06, 2014
For this New Sounds program, we’ll look back at the music and career of the underrated and often overlooked French-born, New York-based composer and keyboardist Elodie Lauten, who died earlier this week, at the age of 63. Listen to Lauten in many settings: interviews and performances in our studio and onstage from New Sounds Live, and her other commercial and unreleased recordings. Hear some of the first work John Schaefer heard by Lauten in 1983, “Cat Counterpoint” for piano, concrete sounds and synthesizer, along with portions of a 1989 interview. There’s also a performance at our piano from November of 1985, as well as a 1994 electronic performance in our studio, direct to the board with Lauten’s giant Proteus keyboard –– so as to better enable alternate tunings. That work, Elodie Lauten’s “The Gaia Cycle” (1993) was created using universal modes, based on the Earth’s day/night cycle, which are not Western tunings, and avoid equal temperament, but “don’t hit you over the head,” with their alternate tuning.
Thursday, June 05, 2014
Hear new music for dulcimers and zithers on this New Sounds program. Listen to music featuring hammer dulcimer and other folk instruments by Julia Wolfe in her work “Steel Hammer,” based on the 19th C. folk legend John Henry. Wolfe takes all of the different versions of the story and assembles them in a setting for the Bang on a Can All-Stars and the Trio Mediaeval. There’s also Americana-like strings meeting minimalism in music for hammer dulcimer and harpsichord along with violin and cello in a work called “Percussion and Strings” from the Dan Joseph Ensemble. Plus, music for George Crumb involving the strings on the inside of the piano.
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Hear electronic songs on this New Sounds program, involving voice, sometimes layered, with more layers of keyboards & electronics, and other instruments. There’s new music from the Geoff Smith Band (which now includes members of the band Portishead) and their adaptation of “Black is the Color.” It’s a blend of traditional folksong and poetry by Rimbaud. Also, listen to selections from “Songs for Persephone” by Mimi Goese and Ben Neill, built on her voice and electronics along with ethereal music from Jonsi & Alex. Jonsi, the singer for the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós, and his partner, Alex Somers, have also recorded under the moniker Riceboy Sleeps. Plus, revisit Laurie Anderson’s “O Superman,” and meditate on her voice, keyboards & processing. The song was a surprise hit song on the U.K. pop charts in the early 1980’s. And more.
Monday, June 02, 2014
For this New Sounds program, listen to music that is able to combine pattern music with folk music of the British Isles, both England and Ireland. Hear something from the Penguin Cafe, which is Simon Jeffes' son, Arthur and crew, and something by the Penguin Cafe Orchestra as well. Also, there's music from Spiro, a combination of folk-sounding instruments (violin, acoustic guitar, mandolin and accordion) in the service of systems music (a.k.a. minimalism.) Plus, hear music by Daniel Figgis, and something from Dave Flynn and the talented Dublin Guitar Quartet.
Sunday, June 01, 2014
There's music recorded in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan on this New Sounds program. Composer/vocalist Meredith Monk has just returned from a trip to India and Bhutan where she obtained recordings of young musicians striving - via the talent show, "Bhutan Star,"- to keep the traditional sounds of Bhutanese music alive. The program is an "American Idol"-esque talent show which forces contestants to sing the nation's fading traditional songs.