Tuesday, August 12, 2014
There’s music for female voices, very often one voice layered atop itself on this New Sounds program. Hear the New York- and Sendai, Japan-based composer Aya Nishina’s work, “Flora”, a layered vocal offering of several singers, dedicated to the memory of March 11, 2011 (also called the Great Sendai Earthquake or Great Tōhoku Earthquake.) "Flora" features the voices of composer/bandleader Becca Stevens, composer Monika Heidemann, vocalist/composer/bandleader Sara Serpa, and jazz singer Gretchen Parlato.
Monday, August 11, 2014
For this New Sounds, listen to musicians from Belgium, Switzerland, the U.K., and Italy working together with musicians living in Kenya, Senegal, Mali, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso. Hear the late American slide guitarist Bob Brozman working together with Guinean kora player Djeli Moussa Diawara from a record called “Ocean Blues.” Then there’s music from another American guitarist Ry Cooder, collaborating with the late great Malian guitarist Ali Farka Toure, along with some Saharan desert blues from Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Listen to music for cello and voice on this edition of New Sounds. We’ll hear a few selections from "The Escape Artist," a new opera by composer, vocalist & cellist Robert Een. He worked with Meredith Monk for fifteen years, culminating the creation of their hour-long music-theater duet, "Facing North," and his writing, including this opera, employs extended techniques for both voice and cello.
Saturday, August 09, 2014
This New Sounds offers music from the Christian mystic tradition from the 12th to the 20th centuries. There’s music from Dutch composer and lute player Jozef van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch, from their “Concerning the Entrance into Eternity,” with titles that come from Swedish scientist, philospher, & Christian mystic Emanuel Swedenborg. One of the works also contains poetry by the Spanish language poet and theologian (Saint) John of the Cross.
Friday, August 08, 2014
For this New Sounds show, listen to post-minimalist works that are somewhat keyboard-centric. Hear music by Daniel Wohl, from the musicians of TRANSIT, and featuring vocals by Julia Holter. There’s also music from French composer Sylvain Chaveau, from a collection of works for cinema, along with another piece used in film by Clint Mansell, his “Welcome to Lunar Industries.” Plus, the Irish composer Simon O’Connor reworks J.S. Bach for the Ergodos Musicians, and a multi-part work by Nico Muhly from his “Drones” release.
Thursday, August 07, 2014
For this New Sounds, listen to music that tells stories with works like "Casino" by composer and politician Phillip Bimstein. There's also music by Laurie Anderson from her "The Ugly One with the Jewels and Other Stories," which is a recording of a live performance of readings from her book Stories From the Nerve Bible, over sounds from birds, guitars, and electronic beeps. That, and more.
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Hear electronic music informed by the sounds of choral music and the mirror image, blurring the boundaries between both. There’s choral music for a Norwegian video installation from percussionist/composer Qasim Naqvi of the band Dawn of Midi. This music is informed by electronics, although the voices are unprocessed. Naqvi taught the singers how to embody the sonic characteristics of a monophonic synthesizer with their voices, hence the unusual vocal quality to the work.
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
On this New Sounds, we remember composer, professor, instrument inventor, and multi-instrumentalist, Dean Drummond. Drummond, who passed away on Saturday, was the founder and conductor of Newband, which played the famous Harry Partch Instrumentarium - the 43-note-to-the-octave instruments that Partch invented in the middle of the 20th century. Dean was the curator of this unique collection for many years, and was also an instrument inventor himself and a composer. From a February 1995 New Sounds Live concert, hear his arrangement of Thelonious Monk's "Round Midnight" for Partch instruments, Partch's own "Two Studies on Ancient Greek Scales," and Drummond's major piece, "The Day the Sun Stood Still." Drummond also explains how he came to meet and play with Harry Partch, develop his own instruments, and more.
Monday, August 04, 2014
For this New Sounds, listen to the latest from Zion80, a horn-driven Jewish Afrobeat party band led by guitarist Jon Madof. The name is a nod to the band Africa 70, which was the great Afro-pop band put together by Fela Kuti in Nigeria. On their latest release, Zion80 take on more Jewish-themed music - in this case, Madof’s creative arrangements of 8 tunes from John Zorn’s “Book of Angels” from Masada Book II.
Sunday, August 03, 2014
This New Sounds program takes a new look at the ancient form of ritual music for evening prayer – Vespers. This evening prayer service, also known as “eveningsong,” is found in both Western and Eastern (Byzantine) Catholicism, along with Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, and Lutheran churches, and some Protestant denominations as well. The idea was to have a service at sunset, when the sun’s angle would hit the church and set it aglow with magical light through the stained glass windows.
Saturday, August 02, 2014
From the melodious inflections of phone messages, listen to a number of works sourcing voicemails, most from tape(!) on this New Sounds program. Hear Irish composer Roger Doyle’s “Memento Mori,” composed around intimate verbal time capsules culled from various answering machine messages of Doyle's family, close friends and partners, all of them recorded and preserved in the late 80's.
Friday, August 01, 2014
Hear an hour of Sufi devotional music, mostly Pakastani and usually sung by men, known as Qawwali for this New Sounds program. Listen to this ecstatic prayer music performed live by the late great Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Party in the WNYC studio, from a November 1993 appearance. Then there’s an arrangement of Nusrat’s “Allah Hoo” by the Brooklyn Qawwali Party, using jazz band instrumentation, recorded live from the 2009 Globalfest.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Maybe the guitar wasn’t originally an African instrument, but it certainly has become one. For this New Sounds, take a listen to music from the late Cameroonian guitarist Francis Bebey, along with music from Gabonese guitarist singer and musician Pierre Akendengué. There’s also guitar music from South Africa's Derek Gripper - who does arrangements of music from other parts of Africa, especially Mali. Plus, music from fellow South African Guy Buttery, in addition to selections from classical guitarist John Williams, and his versions of pieces of African works for guitar from the “Magic Box” record.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
For this New Sounds program, listen to smaller groups who are capable of large expansive sounds. There’s music by the Cinematic Orchestra, led by keyboardist/composer Jason Swinscoe, which is surely filmic in scope, while informed by jazz and electronica. Then, sample music by bass player Skúli Sverrisson & sax player Óskar Guðjónsson, from a record that they did together, “Box Tree,” which comes folded up in a map.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
For this New Sounds, enjoy an hour of works for brass, from the 19 piece French band Bigre! and sample some of the just-out release, “Brooklyn Babylon” from Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, (only 17 pieces strong.) There’s also music from east and western Africa - Ethiopia and Benin, along with music from Macedonia, Manhattan and even Albania. The Albanian outfit Fanfara Tirana meets London’s Trans-Global Underground on their fabulous record, “Kabatronics,” and for more brass band power, there’s the Kocani Orkestar from Macedonia. Plus, listen to classic 1970’s Ethio-groove from Mahmoud Ahmed and Benin’s classic funk heroes, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Take a new look at early music on this New Sounds program. Listen to selections from the Luce Trio, involving Indian Shruti box, saxophone, electric guitar and bass. Their album is based based on and/or inspired by music of past centuries, both originals and reworkings. Also, there's music from the Irish music production company, Ergodos, based on the German hymn, Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ by J.S. Bach. Then, listen to Gregorian chant, remixed, by vocal group New York Polyphony, using alto and bass recorders, tin whistle, and violin. Plus, music by Brian Eno, riffing on Pachelbel's Canon, and more.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
For this New Sounds, a look at the loner iconoclastic American maverick composers who have set the stage for New Sounds. We'll hear music from composer (and insurance businessman) Charles Ives, and something by John Cage, the sound-experimenter and subscriber to chance. (We won't hear his most notorious piece, 4'33" - it just doesn't work on the radio.)
Saturday, July 26, 2014
On this edition of New Sounds, hear some chamber music by composer Marc Mellits with a populist bent. We’ll sample his work, “Tight Sweater," which contains traces of funk, echoes of rock, and minimalism's rapidly shifting patterns of notes and interlocking rhythms. With the provocative and whimsical titles, ("Exposed Zipper," “Pickle Trousers” and “Mechanically Separated Chicken Parts”) the movements are compact and alarmingly catchy.
Friday, July 25, 2014
Composer, performer, producer, and inventor of the mutantrumpet, Ben Neill,presents music from his project "Manitoga" for this New Sounds program. "Manitoga" is a new environmental composition for mutantrumpet, a hybrid electro-acoustic instrument, and a 8-piece brass ensemble of Carol Szymanski’s “phonemophones” bugles, each of which forms a letter of the alphabet in a font of her design. (The horns used are the letters in the word MANITOGA.) Neill’s mutantrumpet will act as the controller for processing the other instruments along with sounds of the environment. The work receives its premiere on Saturday, July 26 on the grounds that share its name: Manitoga, the estate of the 20th-century industrial designer Russell Wright.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Sample some music from a compilation of rare instrumental works by Irish composers and electronica artists/musicians on this New Sounds program. The anthology, “On the Nature of Electricity & Acoustics” was curated by Daniel Figgis, and includes a work by Vincent Doherty, who combines the sounds of electronic music and American minimalism. We’ll hear from Doherty, along with music from Sunken Foal, chiming delicate electronic music that isn’t afraid to groove. Also, listen to entire armies of electronic guitar drone from Enda Bates, along with a shimmery electronic piece, “Error Messages,” by Linda Buckley. And more.