Friday, November 14, 2014
Listen to music for duos on this New Sounds show, including stunning and inviting works from harpist Mary Lattimore & synth/guitarist/producer Jeff Zeigler from their recent collaboration, "Slant of Light." Also, hear music from Xylouris White, comprised of Cretan singer and lute player George Xylouris and drummer/percussionist Jim White (The Dirty Three, Cat Power, others), recorded and engineered by Guy Picciotto (Fugazi, Rites of Spring). Then, hear music by Paola Prestini from a new record by cellist Jeffrey Zeigler (formerly of Kronos Quartet), which features percussionist/composer Jason Treuting (So Percussion). Prestini's Listen, Quiet is a conversation between cello passages and drums, blocks, marimba, and what sounds like glockenspiel all layered over cuts of chattering groups of female voices. Plus, music from the recent record by Piers Faccini & Vincent Segal, and more.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
From the New Sounds Live Concert Series, listen to new music from a collaboration between guitarist/composer Bryce Dessner and the flexible NY-based orchestral collective, The Knights. Dessner is best known as one of the twin guitarists in the rock band The National, and when he composes, he draws on Baroque and Folk music, late Romanticism and Modernism, Minimalism and the Blues, winding these elements together with the urgency and directness of a guy in a top-notch rock band. Hear a new arrangement of Tenebrae, a piece originally composed for Kronos Quartet with vocals from singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens (appearing here via tape.)
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
For this New Sounds, listen to music inspired by El Camino, the ancient pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, thought to be the final resting place of the Saint James. There’s music from the late Canadian violinist Oliver Schroer, who took the journey to “Finis Terra” (the end of the earth) on foot. He wrote pieces about it and took field recordings.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Hear new blues on tonight's New Sounds, including music from the likes of Bobby McFerrin and the recent record "Spirityouall." McFerrin takes two lines from Psalm 25, "'You know my eyes are ever on the Lord, for only He will release my feet from the snare," and turns them into a deeply bluesy spiritual. Also, listen to arrangements of Skip James and Charlie Patton blues by Chris Thomas King and the Soldier String Quartet.
Monday, November 10, 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.
Monday, November 10, 2014
Hear some sax players leading the way on this edition of New Sounds, including new music from sax player Tamar Osborn and her London-based Afro-Eastern-space-jazz band, Collocutor. Listen to their dreamy Turkish & Middle Eastern percussion meets Sun Ra jazz with electronics. Then, there's lyrical and swinging new music from sax & clarinet wizard/composer Ken Thomson and his outfit Slow/Fast.
Sunday, November 09, 2014
Hear music from the duo, White Canvas, whose world of sound moves between song, avant-garde and improvisation, with vocal lines over guitar-based soundscapes. The title of their record is taken from texts by the Sufi mystic and poet, Jalaluddin Rumi - “There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” Also, Jocelyn Montgomery (Miranda Sex Garden) and David Lynch arrange music by the 12th-century abbess Hildegard von Bingen. Listen to Montgomery’s sublime renditions from a recording called Lux Vivens. And more.
Saturday, November 08, 2014
This New Sounds program stirs some more mixtures into the global music melting pot with traditional Macedonian folksong performed by Polish band with African name – Dikanda, and some Balkan brass band music from Boban Markovic. There’s also something from Hanggai, a Chinese band that combines traditional Mongolian overtone singing with Western rock and jazz.
Friday, November 07, 2014
Hear an hour of Black Sabbath arrangements on tonight's New Sounds show. Listen to arrangements of "Iron Man" by heavy-jazzers The Bad Plus, a gamelan-inflected version by Charming Hostess, a folktronica version by Four Tet, and the Columbian cumbia take from Ondatrópica. Then hear Portuguese jazz trio TGB from their record "Evil Things" (Clean Feed) covering "Planet Caravan," along with another attack on "Iron Man" by the Misfit Toys- a banjo, clarinet, drums and electric marimba. Also, hear a giant marching band doing "War Pigs," a Bhangra-dub take on "Heaven and Hell," an intricate jazz guitar duet of "Paranoid," and a Thai version of "Iron Man." Feel free to sound off on why so many from the Ozzy oeuvre vs. just one from the Dio era.
Thursday, November 06, 2014
If you missed the New Sounds Live concert of Julia Wolfe's "Steel Hammer," hear it tonight. Recorded live from October 14, 2014 at the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, the Bang On A Can All-Stars and vocalists Emily Eagan, Katie Geissinger, and Molly Quinn take on Wolfe's piece based on the legend of John Henry and the many contradictory versions of his tale. Wolfe based her text on over 200 versions of the John Henry ballad. The score calls for wooden bones, mountain dulcimer, jaw harp, harmonica, and banjo which are essential to the Appalachian and folk sound of the work.
Wednesday, November 05, 2014
Listen to songs and poems from Europe, including Polish and Albanian poetry set to post-jazz and neo-folk music and songs from the Swiss-Albanian singer Elina Duni. There's Slavic-tinged folk-pop-jazz from singer and classically-trained pianist Anna Maria Jopek based on old Polish poem. Then listen to Polish post-jazz from Odo Walicki based on Albanian and Polish poems, and songs from Hungarian folk vocalist Marta Sebestyen. Plus, hear music from Savina Yannatou singing songs from Moldova and Armenia, and more.
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
Monday, November 03, 2014
Listen to a bevy of electronic-based works for this New Sounds program. Hear music from English keyboardist, composer and electronic musician John Hopkins’ recent record, “Immunity,” which features a door opening and closing as a percussion element. Then listen to music by the Brooklyn-based experimental electronic artist Daniel Lopatin, who releases music under the recording name Oneohtrix Point Never. Also, hear a movement by Alvin Curran written specifically for live performance: “Songs of the Magnetic Garden.” Then, music by Laurie Spiegel and a piece by Frances White featuring Japanese flutes entitled “Center Bridge,” which also features the sound of traffic driving over a bridge in New Jersey.
Sunday, November 02, 2014
For this New Sounds, listen to some of the remarkable and unexpected collaboration between concert violinist and improviser Hilary Hahn & the German composer and keyboard player, Hauschka. They perform for us works for violin and prepared piano, based on their record, "Silfra," which was named for the crack in Iceland between the American and Eurasian continents where the continental plates meet and drift apart about 2cm per year. Interestingly, these live performances are different from the ones on "Silfra," because all of the pieces are improvised.
Saturday, November 01, 2014
For this New Sounds, head to the north with music from Scandinavian composers, and works from Iceland. Listen to music by Swedish nyckelharpa innovator Johan Hedin from the record “Angel Archipelago," together with an all-star cast of Scandinavian music luminaries like multi-instrumentalist Ale Möller, accordionist Maria Kalaniemi, electronics man Frode Fjellheim, and horn player Jonas Knutsson.
Friday, October 31, 2014
It's that time of the month again for the new releases show on New Sounds, despite the fact that it's All Hallows' Eve. John Schaefer carefully sorts through the stacks, bins, downloads and boatloads of new releases which have come across his desk over the past month to present some of the finest (and scariest) new releases. He'll pick the lentils from the ashes to present the cream of this crop. We’ll start off with 3 contrasting covers—Piers Faccini and Vincent Segal cover a tune made famous by Mississippi John Hurt as well as a much older Neapolitan song while the Rob Garcia 4 play their take on Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing.” Tamar Osborn’s Afro jazz septet Collocutor plays “Archaic Morning,” the Valentina Fortunati Trio (made up of guitar, sax/flute, and percussion) play a lovely “Dusan Lullaby,” and the Turtle Island Quartet plays a tune by violinist and founding member David Balakrishnan’s “Guruvayoor,” which fuses Indian sitar sounds, jazz, and Appalachian music.
So Percussion premiered Bobby Previte’s five-movement “Terminals” at a New Sounds Live concert in 2011. They recently took it to the studio, and tonight’s edition of New Sounds brings you a piece of that brand new record. The first movement features Zeena Parkins on electric harp along with So Percussion on steel drums and a processed vibraphone.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Hear new music from accordionist, keyboard player, and composer Ted Reichman, focusing on connections between improvisation and various forms of folk, popular music, and jazz. Also, there's mysterious music from Austrian multi-instrumentalist and composer Werner Pirchner for accordion. Then, hear Kronos Quartet together with accordion adventurer Kimmo Pohjonen and sampling guru Samuli Kosminen. The live strings and electric accordion plus effects and manipulations create a new, multi-dimensional sound world. That, and more.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
For this New Sounds program, listen to music for didgeridoo (also spelled didjeridoo) - the indigenous Australian drone wind instrument made out of a hollowed-out tree branch. From a brand new recording, hear music for string quartet and didjeridu by the late Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe, featuring the Del Sol String Quartet and didjeridu virtuoso Stephen Kent. There's also music from Kent's other more ambient project, Lights in a Fat City, featuring didjeridoo, percussion and electronics. Then listen to music from Philip Glass for organ, speaker, and two didjeridoos, combining the sounds of the European church and that of Australia. Plus music for ambient didjeridoo, cello and electronics.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Listen to some not-quite art songs on this New Sounds program, including new music from the Swedish singer, keyboardist and songwriter Anna von Hausswolff, whose recent "Ceremony" is a bit of dramatic pipe-organ driven art-pop music with underpinnings of the drone metal wizards Sunn O))). Recorded in her hometown of Gothenburg on the church organ of the vast Annedalkyrkan, the music is grave and intense, and at times, sinister.
Monday, October 27, 2014
Berlin has been a global capital of electronic music for decades. In this New Sounds edition, John Schaefer brings us the latest music you might hear in the late hours in this city. We'll hear violinist Daniel Hope plays Max Richter's "Berlin by Overnight" and then some nocturnal remixes of the same piece. Icelandic and Berlin-based cellist and composer Hildur Guðnadóttir brings us an electronic symphony of cellos--all of them her layered over each other. The Brandt Bauer Frick Ensemble plays electronic sounding music, but you might be surprised that it is performed completely on acoustic instruments. Hear excerpts from Dustin O'Halloran's score to the film "The Beauty Inside" and more.