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A World of World Music (Special Podcast)

Thursday, July 03, 2014

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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.

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Jazz & Blues Melting Pot (Special Podcast)

Monday, June 16, 2014

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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.

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Tord Gustavsen Quartet (Special Podcast)

Monday, May 12, 2014

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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.

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Percussion Plus (Special Podcast)

Monday, April 28, 2014

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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.

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Rhythms of Minimalism (Special Podcast)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

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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.

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Music for Voices and Strings (Special Podcast)

Monday, March 31, 2014

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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.

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Folk-Inspired Ballads, Male Edition (Special Podcast)

Monday, March 24, 2014

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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.

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All Fours (Special Podcast)

Monday, March 17, 2014

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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.)

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Music Inspired by Architecture (Special Podcast)

Monday, March 10, 2014

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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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Between Two Worlds (Special Podcast)

Monday, February 10, 2014

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Listen to music between two worlds: works with elements of classical music-be it orchestra, choral, or chamber music- which also embrace elements of pop, rock and electronic music.

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Mixed Music (Special Podcast)

Monday, January 27, 2014

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Listen to “Mixed Music” – a term coined by musician/composer Joseph C. Phillips Jr.  -which is a blend of jazz improvisation and groove-based minimalism or other forms of composed music.

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New Releases, August 2013 (Special Podcast)

Monday, January 13, 2014

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For this program, listen to a whole bevy of world music: from Madagascar, Ethiopia, Poland, and India, to name a few.

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Global Jazz (Special Podcast)

Monday, December 23, 2013

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Hear an hour of global jazz on this New Sounds program, with unlikely combinations of instruments and worldwide influences colliding in unexpected and striking ways.

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Hybrid Ensembles (Special Podcast)

Monday, December 02, 2013

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Hear new music from Uri Sharlin & the DogCat Ensemble, who are a mixed breed (groan) group featuring guitar, accordion, and percussion trio that infuses Israel and Brazil into New York.

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When Words Don't Matter (Special Podcast)

Monday, November 04, 2013

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For this New Sounds, hear a hypnotic work of vocal layers from electronic duo Matmos, “Just Waves,” from their Ganzfeld EP, a concept record based on their own telepathic experiments.

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New Releases, June 2013 (Special Podcast)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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John Schaefer sorts through the abundance of submissions which have come across his desk and into his inbox to present some of the finest new releases for the month of June 2013.

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Masada Marathon Special Podcast

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

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The two Johns, Zorn & Schaefer, picked a bunch of recordings of The Book of Angels – too much to fit into one New Sounds show. The overflow is included here (with a few extras.)

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"Psychedelic Appalachia" (Special Podcast)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

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Hear fingerstyle guitar music with a wash of drones - "Psychedelic Appalachia"- from steel string shredder Daniel Bachman, whose latest effort is the full-length “Seven Pines.”

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New Music from Bass Players (Special Podcast)

Monday, July 22, 2013

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Listen to some music by bass players on this New Sounds.

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Caucasus Mountain Music (Special Podcast)

Thursday, June 27, 2013

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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.

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