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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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Post-Minimalist Keyboard Works (Special Podcast)

Monday, June 10, 2013

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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

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Brass Around the World (Special Podcast)

Friday, May 31, 2013

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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.

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A Musical Babel (Special Podcast)

Monday, April 29, 2013

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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.

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Piano Grooves (Special Podcast - We're Back!)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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For this New Sounds Special Podcast*, listen to a few groove-based pieces for piano and electronics, including brand-new 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.

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Soldier Songs - Special Podcast

Friday, February 01, 2013

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For this New Sounds, composer and founder of the new music group Newspeak, David T. Little, joins John Schaefer to present selections from his hour-long multimedia one-man opera, “Soldier Songs.” The work is in three acts, which explore the perceptions of war throughout the character’s life; Youth – where war is a game, Warrior - where war is reality, and Elder - which is more of a philosophical approach to war.  Games are at the heart of the work, as evidenced by the accompanying visuals - realistic-looking video game imagery by an animator.

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