Wednesday, October 15, 2014
For this New Sounds, listen to some of "Heroic Weather," – from Alexander Desplat’s score to "Moonrise Kingdom," where every instrument is identified as it enters, much in the same way that Benjamin Britten does in his “Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra.” That will probably bring to mind Sergei Prokofiev’s "Peter & the Wolf," (another popularly used score in children’s music education) so perhaps we’ll also hear something from that classic work. Plus, listen to some of Mike Oldfield's “Tubular Bells” where Vivian Stanshall formally announces each instrument as it joins the mix, towards the end of the piece. All these, and more.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
This New Sounds program highlights the connection between new music and rock music. Listen to a five-movement work by Steve Reich, “Radio Rewrite” based on music by Radiohead, performed and co-commissioned by Alarm Will Sound. The specific Radiohead songs are "Jigsaw Falling into Place" and "Everything in Its Right Place."
Reich spoke about the piece and its connection to Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood on WNYC's Soundcheck last year with host, John Schaefer:
Monday, October 13, 2014
Hear songwriters take their ambitious ideas and go for the orchestral and operatic on this New Sounds program. There’s music from Jherek Bischoff, a songwriter, producer, performer and composer who has been part of the Ecstatic Music Festival. Bischoff’s most recent recording, “Composed” is nine orchestral pop songs, meticulously layered, all featuring different vocalists, including Caetano Veloso and David Byrne.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
New music made on old instruments, and older music in positively modern settings is what’s in store for this New Sounds program. Listen to a record from the early music vocal group Orlando Consort in collaboration with jazz rock band Perfect Houseplants, called “Extempore” – literally “out of time.” There’s also a folk setting involving banjo of a 14th Century tune by Guillaume de Machaut, and music by abbess, composer, and recently sainted Hildegard von Bingen in a decidedly modern arrangement from violist (and viola d’amore wielder) Garth Knox.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
For this New Sounds, hear a load of European music from composers responding to American minimalism, including music from pianist and composer Arthur Jeffes – son of the the late Simon Jeffes, founder of Penguin Café Orchestra. Hear some music by Sundog, the first new project on the Penguin Cafe Label, which is Arthur Jeffes on piano and Oli Langford on violin, and is something like "chopped up post-electro" minimalist chamber.
Friday, October 10, 2014
Listen to music inspired by American folksong for this New Sounds, including tunes from Sam Amidon, Robert Plant, and Julia Wolfe's "Steel Hammer," about the legend of John Henry. From Vermont-born singer/fiddler/banjoist/guitarist Sam Amidon, listen to selections off of his latest release, “Lily-O, a new album of reimagined folk songs featuring guitarist and composer Bill Frisell, among others. There’s also music on the tune of John Henry, reworked as “John Hardy” in music from banjo picker Frank Fairfield, Bela Fleck and Vishwa Bhatt, and “John Doe #24 in a tune from Last Forever. And more.
Thursday, October 09, 2014
Ordinarily, the music one hears on New Sounds has a lot of hyphens in it as one tries to describe it, but for this show, the hyphens have multiplied at least eight-fold. Listen to blends of world music, minimalism, chamber music, jazz, rock and post-rock, big band, Ethio-jazz, folk music from the world over, Celtic, Latin jazz - all coming together in various combinations for the featured pieces. Hear brand new music from the Dutch world-jazz post-rock fusion band the Ex, with guests Brass Unbound. Also, hear from Sweden's Ale Møller and the Bohuslän Big Band, who bring together Celtic, folk, jazz, and medieval music.
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Listen to the second of our two-part celebration of Peter Gabriel’s Real World record label, which is physically based out of an old mill building in the village of Box in the southwest of England, near the ancient standing stones of Avebury and Stonehenge. The label marks its 25th anniversary this year, and for this New Sounds, listen to more from the newly-issued three-disc anthology. There’s music from singer Maryam Mursal, a Somalian refugee based in Denmark and a work from Tibetan exile Yungchen Lhamo, now based in New York. Then, hear a newly-commissioned work for guitar plus ensemble by composer Joby Talbot from the Dutch classical guitarist Tom Kerstens and his G-plus Ensemble, along with music by English composer, pianist and viola player Jocelyn Pook, who is also known for her film score work.
Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Listen to the first of our two part celebration of Peter Gabriel’s Real World record label, which marks its 25th anniversary this year. For the occasion, there's a new three-disc anthology of eclectic international releases and inspired collaborations, including music from the very first release, Passion, Peter Gabriel's soundtrack to the Martin Scorsese film “The Last Temptation of Christ.” Hear that, along with Sufi prayer music from Pakistan from the late, great Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – his song “Mustt, Mustt” – one that he recorded several times for Real World.
Monday, October 06, 2014
On this New Sounds, listen to distinctive takes on the music of Brian Eno. Hear composer/pianist Timo Andres weave at least four different tunes by Brian Eno into his “Paraphrase on Themes of Brian Eno,” very much in the way that Franz Liszt might have done on themes of favorite operas. There’s music from the English new music band Icebreaker, in collaboration with the great pedal steel guitarist BJ Cole, taking on “Apollo,” a score originally written by Brian Eno, Roger Eno and Daniel Lanois for Al Reinert’s documentary on NASA’s Apollo missions. Plus, young pianist and composer Conrad Tao, inspired by Eno, in a work for piano and iPad. Also, the Bang on a Can All-Stars in Evan Ziporyn’s arrangement of Eno’s classic “Music for Airports.”
Sunday, October 05, 2014
The thumb piano, which in Zimbabwe, is called “mbira,” in Uganda, “kalimba,” in the Congo, “likembe,” – is an instrument made of a wooden board to which staggered metal keys have been attached. We’ll have an hour of music involving the thumb piano for this New Sounds program, from a gentle song by Arthur Russell, interpreted by Jens Lekman to the Kronos Quartet, to the psychedelic electronic music in the Congotronics series of records.
Saturday, October 04, 2014
This New Sounds program explores the impact that the subgenre known as “glitch” music has had on the new music world. Listen to Daniel Wohl’s piece, “Glitch,” as performed by the Calder Quartet interacting with electronics from a New Sounds Live in collaboration with the Ecstatic Music Festival.
Friday, October 03, 2014
Immerse yourself in John Luther Adams’s Become Ocean, a forty-two-minute piece for large orchestra, on tonight’s New Sounds. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2014, and consists of three huge crescendos, the musical equivalent of three different huge waves, majestically surging and receding. The title comes from lines that John Cage wrote in tribute to the music of Lou Harrison: “Listening to it we become ocean.” There is also the environmental warning implicit in this work, as the composer explains in an NPR interview for the blog Deceptive Cadence: “All life on this Earth emerged from the ocean. If we don't wake up and pay attention [to the melting of polar ice and the rising of the sea levels] pretty soon, we human animals may find ourselves once again becoming ocean sooner than we imagine.”
Thursday, October 02, 2014
For this New Sounds, sample some recent releases of world music, including a brand new offering from Chancha via Circuito, the Argentine DJ and producer who merges Brazilian rhythms, Paraguayan harp, Andean mysticism and remixes South American folksong - all focused through his own futuristic lens of post-dubstep. There’s also brand new music from Indo-Canadian singer Kiran Ahluwalia, who has recently incorporated the groove of “desert blues” into her Indian music.
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Listen to small ensembles (septets or smaller) with a big sound for this New Sounds show. Hear music from a film score for a comedy featuring small ensemble music by English guitarist/pianist/composer James Blackshaw. The noirish score includes bowed guitar and bass, violin, vibraphone, flute, drums and electronics, and draws from Brazilian guitar music, musique concrete, and French impressionist composers.
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Listen to contemporary settings of great Latin-American poets on this New Sounds. Hear a combination of choir and electric guitar by built around the poetry of Chilean poet Elias Letelier by Canadian composer/electric guitarist Tim Brady. The work, “Atacama,” is sung in Spanish, with text about metal, circuitry, atoms and not thinking about microphones. There’s also a work by the American composer Eric Whitacre and his setting of a text by Nobel Prize-winning Mexican poet Octavio Paz. In it, the vocal group Polyphony together with a children’s choir simulate a storm by rattling tin for thunder and finger-snapping as rain.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
It's the most wonderful time of the month - the showcasing of new releases! On this New Sounds program, listen to the music that won this year’s Pulitzer Prize: “Become Ocean” by John Luther Adams. We'll only have time for an excerpt from the work, but will feature it in full this coming Friday, October 3. Also, hear music from a special commemorative release issued by the Metropolitan Museum for an exhibit, "The Sacred Lute," about the Iranian musician and mystic Ostad Elahi.
Monday, September 29, 2014
It’s Turkish and Turkish-inflected music on this New Sounds, with many examples of traditional Turkish rhythms, melodies, and instruments. Listen also to musicians who incorporate Turkish musicians, including a number of outfits from Canada. Hear music from a forthcoming release by Montreal-based Esmerine, a chamber rock band which includes the likes of Sarah Neufeld (of Arcade Fire), members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and a quartet of Turkish musicians.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
This New Sounds is the companion program to last night's show, where we'll not be limited to English-language poets. Look forward to texts by Rumi (Persian poet and mystic), set by Philip Glass. Also, listen for poetry by Pablo Neruda in a setting by Osvaldo Golijov. Plus, music by 17th century Alevi-Bektashi poets, as rendered by the band Niyaz and their vocalist Azam Ali, and more music with poetry by Pablo Neruda, and perhaps text by Rainer Maria Rilke, and more.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
From the classical art songs of Schumann and Schubert that used as their text words by great poets of the day to brand-new Appalachian blues music just recorded by Martha Redbone set to works of William Blake, this New Sounds program explores poetry in song. Sample from Redbone’s album, “The Garden of Love - Songs of William Blake” and its hollered melodies, lullabies, and folky mountain takes on the Romantic 18th century English poetry.