Tuesday, May 13, 2014
This New Sounds program is the first of a three-part series of music dealing with paintings and/or painters. Inspired by (electric) violinist Tracy Silverman, and his most recent release, “Between the Kiss and the Chaos,” where each part of a suite was titled after painters and their specific paintings. Listen to Silverman’s “O'Keeffe: Red Poppy” along with his “Picasso: Guernica.” Also, hear music by and about Kurt Schwitters from Brian Eno and then from the duo Ellis Island Sound. There’s music from Caroline Shaw and Roomful of Teeth, with her self-described “wacked-out homage to Sol LeWitt” as part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning work, “Partita,” and more.
Monday, May 12, 2014
For this New Sounds Podcast, listen to new music from Norway, including a live set by the serene and transcendent Tord Gustavsen Quartet. Gustavsen, whether solo, with a trio, or in this quartet formation, delivers piano-based works of contemplation and stillness that simply captivate a listener. To be sure, the music is capable of transporting one to a private Nordic mind-palace.
Monday, May 12, 2014
Hear new music for brass, some martial, some big band jazz, and music by David Byrne inspired by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band of New Orleans, and more on this New Sounds Program. Then it's high-spirited music from Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy along with a work by Karlheinz Stockhausen, covered by the Respect Sextet. Plus, music by Charles Mingus, as played by Either/Orchestra out of Cambridge, MA. There's also music from Montreal's Ratchet Orchestra as well as something from the Clubfoot Orchestra, and a work by Carla Bley.
Sunday, May 11, 2014
On this New Sounds, listen to music inspired by natural phenomena. We’ll hear songs and pieces written around themes of nature and science, - from atomic to cosmic- and humanity’s relationships with said same. From Bjork’s innovative and collaborative project, “Biophilia,” where instruments and apps were designed for the multimedia experience, there's a meeting of astrophysics, string theory, neurology, biology - and music. We'll sample from this latest concept project, and more.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
For this New Sounds, we’ll hear some global acoustic works from the Touré-Raichel Collective. It’s a collaboration between Malian musician Vieux Farka Touré and Israeli producer/keyboardist Idan Raichel which came about following a concert in Tel Aviv. The results are stunning and elegant conversations between guitar (Touré) and piano (Raichel), where the strings of the piano are sometimes plucked like a harp or kora. The songs are anchored by Israeli bassist Yossi Fine and Malian calabash player Souleymane Kane.
Friday, May 09, 2014
Meet composer and conductor Bill Ryan and Billband for this New Sounds program. Ryan is the director of the Grand Valley State University (GVSU) new music group, and the mastermind behind 2007’s “story of the year in new music circles” where his all-student, all-volunteer band recorded Steve Reich’s 1976 masterwork, “Music for 18 Musicians,” to choruses of critical praise. Bill Ryan and the ensemble went on to record Terry Riley’s “In C.” Ryan is also a composer, and has recently released a record of his own compositions, “Towards Daybreak.” Members of Billband - violinist/composer Todd Reynolds, and Bang on a Can All-Stars pianist Vicky Chow and cellist Ashley Bathgate- perform Ryan’s works live in the studio.
Thursday, May 08, 2014
It’s Throwback Thursday on this New Sounds. Hear music by Jean-Michel Jarre, from back in the 1970’s; his eight-part suite, “Equinoxe.” The synth washes and complex electronic multi-layering, along with the sequenced bassline, reflect a day in the life of a human being, from morning to night. Then, music from Manuel Göttsching from his 1984 album named after the most popular opening chess move, 'E2-E4'. With its drum machine and pulsing guitar line, along with some light synthesizers, this record set the tone for electronic dance music, probably informing the two following decades of mainstream house. Also, listen to new music for electric and acoustic guitars, a Talkbox, drum machines, and sometimes a mandolin from Mark McGuire, also known for his work in Cleveland's drone collective Emeralds. That, and more.
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices, a mid-80s recording, introduced the wider world to the plaintive, haunting sounds of Balkan singing. We’ll hear that original recording, as well as music from Ukraine's Mariana Sadovska with the women’s choir, Kitka, from their phenomenal record "The Rusalka Cycle." Also, hear Ingram Marshall's orchestral work, “Hidden Voices”, incorporating the sounds of Balkan funeral laments. Plus, music from two distant musical Central Asian cousins, the Bulgarian Choir Angelite and Huun-Huur-Tu, performing music together based on Bulgarian, Tuvan, and Russian traditions. And more.
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
At the junction of art and pop songs lies tonight's New Sounds program. Listen to a song by Clogs, featuring guest vocalists Sufjan Stevens and Shara Worden. Also, listen to music from Sarah Kirkland Snider from her gorgeous work, "Penelope," with vocals again by Shara Worden. There's music from How To Destroy Angels, which is Reznor's latest collaboration with Atticus Ross and Rob Sheridan, along with his singer wife Mariqueen Maandig. Hear innovative songstress Katie Mullins, as she crafts melodies around the African thumb piano, the mbira. Plus, songs from David Sylvian, Evelyn Glennie featuring Bjork, and Susanna and the Magical Orchestra.
Monday, May 05, 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.
Sunday, May 04, 2014
Brian Eno's Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks (recorded in 1983), was the musical setting for a non-narrative collection of NASA stock footage from the Apollo program, and was something that Eno didn’t perform live. A talented cast visits our studio to bring to life a re-imagining of the nearly 30-year old Eno tribute to the Nasa moon landings.
Saturday, May 03, 2014
Watch out for more music for the duduk (a reed instrument indigenous to Armenia) than you can shake a stick at! We'll hear from the Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble, along with music from Andrew Cronshaw's latest cross-cultural collaboration (Armenian & British), "The Unbroken Surface of Snow," at times an unlikely combination of zither and duduk.
Friday, May 02, 2014
For this New Sounds, listen to unusual art songs from the likes of Mikel Rouse, Clogs, and Carla Kihlstedt & Matthias Bossi. Hear brand new material from Clogs, the purveyors of vocal chamber pop, from their forthcoming EP, “The Sundown Song.” There's also a piece from Texas-born, Brooklyn based composer Corey Dargel, and his song cycle – “Someone Will Take Care of Me,” as performed by ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble.)
Thursday, May 01, 2014
On this edition of New Sounds, listen to music for voice and electronics, including the latest recording from Brooklyn-based composer Jacob Cooper, “Silver Threads.” It’s a song cycle written for soprano Mellissa Hughes, in which he employs laptop like a folk instrument. The text of the first movement comes from a haiku by Basho, and the following five movements came from asking five contemporary poets to write their own poems in response to the Basho haiku. Listen to Cooper’s setting of the original haiku, and one with text by Tarfia Faizullah. SEE Silver Threads release show at Le Poisson Rouge on May 7.
Wednesday, April 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.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
For this guitar-centric New Sounds, listen to music from Robert Fripp and his League of Crafty Guitarists, along with something from the French guitar trio, Philharmonie. We’ll listen to an electric guitar work from Philharmonie, “The Elephant Bell-Ringers.” Also, hear Steve Reich’s entire three-movement “Electric Counterpoint,” as performed by Pat Metheny on tape.
Monday, April 28, 2014
New Sounds takes a beating with music from Mantra Percussion, a superhuman group committed to pounding out new works and expanding the percussion repertoire. Listen to “Science is Only a Sometime Friend,” a ringing chiming work for percussion and organ by Aaron Siegel. Then listen to something new from percussionist/composer David Van Tieghem who has worked with Steve Reich, Laurie Anderson, Brian Eno, Talking Heads, and the Love of Lilfe Orchestra, to name a few. His latest venture was based on recorded improvisations on a series of objects, which he then distributed to ten musicians. They, in turn, manipulated the recordings and returned them to Van Tieghem, who then finished them into compositions. Have a look-see, below.
Monday, April 28, 2014
We’re all about music for big bands on this New Sounds, and that’s certainly not the 1930’s swing bands. Listen for elements of rock, classical, and minimalism to crop up in music from Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society. We’ll also hear one or two arrangements of Bjork tunes by Travis Sullivan’s Bjorkestra. Plus, there’s also a long-form suite of music from John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, along with music from the Industrial Jazz Group as well.
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Once the province of classical or “adult contemporary” singers, the orchestra is increasingly being heard backing up adventurous rockers. On this New Sounds program, we’ll hear Thomas Feiner, Bjork, David Sylvian, Kate Bush, Joanna Newsom, and Anne Ternheim, among others.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
This New Sounds mixes up traditional songs from the Appalachian mountains with the traditions of Mali, China, and beyond. Hear from Jayme Stone & Mansa Sissoko on a new project "Africa To Appalachia." There's also pipa player Wu Man & banjo-man Lee Knight collaborating on "I’m Going Back To North Carolina." Listen for an arrangement of "I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow," and more.