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
This New Sounds is another musical melting pot program, but tonight, we’re coming at it from a jazz and blues angle. Listen to the Swedish guitarist Torbjörn Ömalm bringing western jazz, Swedish folk and the Finnish kantele together on his record, “Tih.” The word "Tih" means "stop and listen" in meänkieli, one of the minority languages of Lapland and the Tornevalley. Next, hear the gifted vocalist/composer Kavita Shah, who on her latest, “Visions,” (co-produced by the renowned Benin-born guitarist Lionel Loueke) combines a jazz quintet with Indian tablas and the West African kora.
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.