Sunday, July 13, 2014
For this New Sounds, listen to a really impressive roundup of world music. There’s music from a group of Sufi singers, the Bedouin Jerry Can Band, who play abandoned fuel containers and ammunition boxes left behind by the Israeli army. Also, hear music from Brazil by Renata Rosa, in a style that translates as “sea horse,” a fading tradition of street theatre that has to do with Christmas and the three wise men. It’s from a compilation released by the BBC’s “World Routes” program, "On the Road."
Saturday, July 12, 2014
From the New Sounds Live concerts, we'll hear “The Miners’ Hymns,” a film score from the Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson. The work is a brass-heavy elegy to the coal mining culture in Northeast England, with the brass elements hearkening back to the colliery bands, which used to be the local entertainment.
Friday, July 11, 2014
From the New Sounds Live Concerts, listen to the Irish-American "Supergroup" The Gloaming, recorded at our own Jerome L. Greene Space a few weeks ago. The ensemble is made up of extraordinary musicians: gifted Irish fiddler Martin Hayes, Chicago guitarist Dennis Cahill, hardanger innovator Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Irish master singer Iarla Ó Lionáird, and New York pianist Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman). Hear more of the band's spine-tingling performance from that night, including material that is not part of their self-titled release. (Part 2 of 2)
Thursday, July 10, 2014
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.
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
For this New Sounds, hear all sorts of drummer-led bands and ensembles, including music from composer/percussionist Susie Ibarra, alternative/avant-jazzer Jim Black, Afrobeat progenitor/drummer Tony Allen who played with Fela Kuti, and many others. There’s music from the brand-new record, “Drum Codes” by Electric Kulintang, which features co-leader Susie Ibarra on those traditional metallic gong-like percussion instruments of the Philippines and her percussionist/programmer husband, Cuban-American Roberto Rodriguez.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Listen to music that grows out of American blues, folk, and the ragtime tradition, with a whole lot of fingerpicking guitar, on this New Sounds. There’s music from the great blues guitarist, Blind Willie Johnson, and variations on one of his most famous themes, “Dark Was the Night,” with variations from the Kronos Quartet, guitarist Gary Lucas, ETHEL with Lionheart in a mass by Phil Kline, and one by guitarist Ry Cooder as well. Plus, listen to music from John Fahey, and other fingerstyle guitarists like English guitarist Davey Graham, John Renbourn ( one of the founders of Pentangle), and the late American guitarist Jack Rose. And more.
Monday, July 07, 2014
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.
Sunday, July 06, 2014
From the New Sounds Live concert series recorded in 2012, listen to some distinctly oddball works by Jason Treuting (of So Percussion) and Nick Zammuto (ex The Books) on this program. There’s a multi-media work based around an instructional video for autoharp, a work involving a spelling bee, and a bucolic piece revolving around a slideshow of rude gestures.
Saturday, July 05, 2014
For this New Sounds, hear some music that has not yet been released on CD by the Russian composer Vladimir Martynov - an epic project called “Children of the Otter.” The work blends the ancient Tuvan sounds of the throat-singing ensemble Huun Huur Tu with a contemporary chamber orchestra and a choir singing poetry of the Russian avant-garde poet Velimir Khlebnikov (1885-1922.)
Friday, July 04, 2014
For this New Sounds program some Western musicians look to Japan for inspiration both melodic and instrumental. Hear selections from a recent release by cellist/composer Jordi Savall called "Hispania & Japan - Dialogues," created following the catastrophes in Japan in 2011. It's actually based on a previous project from 2006, "The Route of the Orient," revolving around the Spanish Jesuit missionary St. Francis Xavier (Francisco Javier).
Thursday, July 03, 2014
There’s a world of world music for this New Sounds. Listen to an electric distorted version of West African trance music from Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara, along with a powerful song of praise that explores the links between India and the Balkans from Sheeli Bringi. There’s also music from Maracatu New York, who are a band steeped in the maracatu band music of northeast Brazil. Their sound manages to fuse Brazilian rhythms with those of traditional New Orleans Second Line music and the Mardi Gras Indians.
Thursday, July 03, 2014
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.
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
From the New Sounds Live Concerts, listen to the Irish-American "Supergroup" The Gloaming, recorded at our own Jerome L. Greene Space a few weeks ago. The all-star ensemble is made up of extraordinary musicians: New York pianist Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman), Chicago guitarist Dennis Cahill, gifted Irish fiddler Martin Hayes, hardanger innovator Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Irish master singer Iarla Ó Lionáird. Together, their collective sound creates a haunted world where spellbinding sounds of Celtic music meet the spare rhythms of minimalism and the artistic ferment of New York’s post-rock, post-classical scene. Host John Schaefer also interviews the musicians from the stage.
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
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.”
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.