Listen to music from Niger, Mali, Senegal and Uganda on this New Sounds program. Hear selections from “Delicious Peace,” a new collection of songs by the Peace Kawomera (“Delicious Peace”) interfaith fair trade coffee farmers from Uganda. The songs, each sung in the regional language, are about the economic benefits of growing coffee, to the importance of peace among different regions, encouraging neighbors to join the cooperative and teaching methods for producing higher quality coffee. Rather than being harvest songs, these are performed at community gatherings, at meetings of the cooperative, and at wedding receptions of members.
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Monday, July 21, 2014
New Sounds airs new releases from June 2014 for the world to hear. Listen to abrasive industrial-ish music by Ben Frost, and some playfully layered music from the Australian group, Rabbitsss, along with some Mali-pop from the NYC-based outfit, Benyoro. Plus, hear hauntingly gorgeous music from SANS, a quartet made up of zither, duduk, bass clarinet, saxophone and fujara accompanying Finnish runo songs as well as some music from the flavorful and hypnotic Hungarian Serb tambura band, Sondorgo.
Monday, July 21, 2014
For this New Sounds, dig into a wide variety of sounds, all coming from electric guitarist/composers, like the ambient electronic texture of Noveller to the pulsing minimalist shimmer of Empyrean Atlas. Guitarist and composer Sarah Lipstate, uses lots of looping devices and records under the name, Noveller. Listen to her “Glacial Wave” and “Almost All Right” built only around the sound of electric guitar, looped together to create sonic landscapes. Then, hear music by Brooklyn-based composer and instrumentalist David Crowell, who uses guitars, and saxophone textures to create motoric minimalist creations, with the band Empyrean Atlas.
Friday, July 18, 2014
There's music from the expected places, like Brooklyn's Andy Statman, David Krakauer's Klezmer Madness, and some from very unexpected places. Hear Cuban-Jewish music from Roberto Rodriguez, and a DJ collaboration from Socalled, along with some Afrobeat-meets-Jewish Nigerian style arrangements of Jewish wordless songs of praise from Zion80.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
For this New Sounds, listen to some non-classical music from classically-trained musicians, including an acoustic music quartet that is neither classical nor jazz - The 442s, comprised of members of the St. Louis Symphony, and jazz musicians. There’s also new music from Shara Worden, who records as My Brightest Diamond, from her brand-new EP, "None More Than You" scored for vocals, brass and percussion – something that can be performed with say – a marching band! Then, hear music by Andrew McKenna Lee with members of the Knells, some very cinematic work by the French-born London-based Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch, and more music from the L.A.-based collective, wild Up. Plus, something from electronic musician/ sound designer/ producer/ programmer Michael Hammond, aka No Lands, as well as a tune from cellist Erik Friedlander. And more.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Listen to a program full of music that actually employs birdsongs, in all sorts of human-avian collaborations. (With the exception of a human chorus and a chorus imitating the sound of birds on Eric Whitacre’s “Little Birds,” that is.) Hear a big band post-jazz, post-minimalist work by John Hollenbeck, featuring the voice of Theo Bleckmann, and birds. Then, there’s the concerto for orchestra and birds on tape, “Cantus Arcticus” by the Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara. Plus, hear music from producer Chris Hughes, his “Slow Motion Blackbird,” and music by trumpeter/composer/sound artist Chris Kallmyer for the Los Angeles-based new music ensemble wild Up, and more.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
For this New Sounds, listen to music that is rooted in the shape-note singing tradition from the 19th century, with tunes and texts directly taken from Protestant hymnals, and other works originally notated in "shape notes" (square, round, triangular, and diamond-shaped note heads) that enabled non-music reading congregations to sing them. Listen to a brand new duo recording from trumpeter Dave Douglas and pianist Uri Caine, who arranged some of these tunes, and wrote originals inspired by these shape-note hymns, but wordless. Then, from Anonymous 4, listen to vocal renditions of these tunes, where the quartet sings the hymn through in the solfège syllables (do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti) before adding words on the second time around.
Monday, July 14, 2014
For this New Sounds, sample virtuoso works for piano and/or saxophone, including music from a set of duets by saxophonist Charles Lloyd and pianist Jason Moran. Composed by Lloyd and dedicated to his great-great-grandmother, who was taken from her home in south Mississippi at age 10 and sold to a slave-owner in Tennessee, the suite of pieces is something of a meditation about her life - the loss of her family, loneliness, dreams, sorrow, and songs to her newborn children. It's eloquent, thorny, and heartfelt.
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.