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, 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.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
On this New Sounds, listen to new music from American composer Chris Campbell. On his latest, “Things You Already Know,” homemade instruments of propane tank drums, bowed psaltery and singing bowls are combined with guitars, cellos and drums to creep, scrape and eventually burst, then string melodies soar, and jams are proverbially kicked out.
Monday, March 31, 2014
For this New Sounds, listen to new music from violinist and vocalist Caleb Burhans. His latest release “Evensong” explores both the secular and sacred, along with works both instrumental and choral. Listen to his "The Things Left Unsaid," one of the instrumentals on the record. Also, hear music by Nico Muhly, which draws from both the minimalist tradition and Anglican hymns. Plus, an ambient-sounding work from Hungarian composer Gyorgy Ligeti.
Special thanks to our hardworking New Sounds Assistant, Isabel Kim, for making this podcast possible.
Monday, March 24, 2014
Listen to folk-inspired ballads, featuring male folk-singers & wandering minstrels on this New Sounds. There are surreal songs from a haunting record, “Hirta Songs,” by Alistair Roberts and poet Robin Robertson, with texts inspired by the history, landscape and people of the remote Scottish archipelago of St. Kilda (about 100 miles off the coast of Scotland.) The record is named after the largest of these islands, where the main employment was fowling the great quantities of sea birds. (Sheep-herding, crofting and fishing were ways of life as well.) The eerie songs we’ll hear are both based on Celtic melodies; "A Fall of Sleet," is based on the tune 'The Battle of Inverlochy.' while the other, "Exodus," concerns the 1930 voluntary evacuation of the islands and is based on two tunes.
Monday, March 17, 2014
Listen to music for quartets on this New Sounds - but not the usual two violins, viola, and cello. Rather, the guiding principle will be four musicians, playing everything from marimba to mandolin. Hear from the electric guitars of Dither Quartet, along with music from the Prism Sax Quartet (saxophones). Then there's music from the Brooklyn-based percussion quartet Ensemble et al, - whose members "take a garage band approach" to chamber works, minimalism, modal jazz, and instrumental rock- on marimba, vibraphone, glockenspiel, and drum set. (The KISS t-shirt in some of their online photos does wonders to set their tone.)
Monday, March 10, 2014
For this New Sounds program, listen to an hour of music inspired by architecture. Hear Neil Rolnick's electronic violin concerto, "Gardening at Gropius House" featuring violinist Todd Reynolds and members of Alarm Will Sound conducted by Alan Pierson. (Walter Gropius was an influential architect and founder of the Bauhaus school, whose Massachusetts residence was carefully designed both in the structure as well as the grounds, which included a Japanese garden.)
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
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.
Monday, June 10, 2013
For this New Sounds show, listen to post-minimalist works that are somewhat keyboard-centric. Hear brand new 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. Plus, the Irish composer Simon O’Connor reworks J.S. Bach for the Ergodos Musicians, and listen to a multi-part work by Nico Muhly from his “Drones” release.
Special thanks to our New Sounds Spring Intern, Caroline, for her help in securing these permissions. Extra thanks to New Sounds Summer Intern Ross Harriss, for doing the heavy lifting of the editing.
Friday, May 31, 2013
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 Benin in western Africa, 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 Benin’s classic funk heroes, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo.
Special thanks to our New Sounds Spring Intern, Caroline, for her help in securing these permissions.