“Requiem for Fossil Fuels,” a site-specific memorial mass, combines human voices and ambient sound. It’s the result of more than twenty years of work and collaboration by Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger, two sound artists/composers and sonic thinkers. For this edition of New Sounds, listen to the performance, recorded live at the World Financial Center last month.
Listen to some American tales on this New Sounds program. We’ll hear the mesmerizing 11-minute reflection, “Another Day In America” as delivered through Fenway Bergamot, Laurie Anderson's wise and witty “Voice of Authority” alter-ego and more of her musical and lyrical medititations on America in the 21st century, from her recent "Homeland." Also, Jerry Granelli’s “Twenty Questions for an Outlaw” uses the persona of Billy the Kid, and is something like an “audio movie or play,” with text by actor/playwright/singer Rinde Eckert. We’ll hear their blend of ambient jazz and spoken word, and much more.
American sound-designer, film editor and composer, Matteo Marchisano-Adamo makes cinematic audio sculptures out of prepared piano and electronics from a collection of “Inventions.” We'll also hear electronic music based on the sounds of Indonesian gamelan by Gregory Taylor, and some rooted in sounds from Jamaica as well. That, and more on this New Sounds.
For this New Sounds, mutant trumpter/composer Ben Neill joins John Schaefer in the studio. Lately, he’s been working together with filmmaker Bill Morrison and singer Mimi Goese on a staging of the Persephone myth – Demeter’s daughter taken by Hades to the underworld against her will. The multimedia music theatre work, which will be staged at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) next week, is informed by rock, layered with electronica and silent film projections, and is reimagined as a 19th century theatre troupe’s "antidote to irony." We’ll hear songs from Persephone and catch up with Ben Neill.
Electric guitarist, composer and Princeton University professor Steven Mackey returns to New Sounds for this program. His enormous and ambitious work, “Dreamhouse,” a collaboration with singer/producer/writer Rinde Eckert and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, for orchestra, electric guitars, and singers has just been released.
"Requiem for Fossil Fuels," is a new setting by Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger of the traditional mass. Performed by a quartet of vocal virtuosi with the composers at the helm of an 8-channel “Orchestra of Cities,” this piece is driven by the clamorous sounds of the metropolis (site-specific recordings): traffic, construction, alarms, chatter as well as sounds of helicopters, jets and harbor sourced outside the Winter Garden in 2004 when O+A presented their sonic installation, Blue Moon, on the Plaza.
For this New Sounds, listen to the found sounds of narration from strange and wonderful recordings in music by the Books. We'll hear from their latest, "The Way Out," a playful and surreal effort recorded in the Books' home studios.
Hear some Icelandic electronic chamber music with a delicate undercurrent of minimalism from the young Olafur Arnalds on this New Sounds. We’ll listen to the Arnalds record, "And they have escaped the weight of darkness." The rest of this Northern edition of the show includes music from Norway and Sweden, and more from Iceland.
On this New Sounds program, hear music from Iraqi oud master Rahim AlHaj, in collaboration with accordion virtuoso Guy Klucevsek, from a fascinating double album of cross-cultural collaborations, called “Little Earth.” AlHaj studied with Munir Bashir, but was also trained in Western classical music, and on this global effort was joined by folks as diverse as Cape Verde’s Maria de Barros, Bill Frisell, Peter Buck, and Mali’s Yacouba Sissoko.
Jelly Roll Morton identified “the Latin tinge” as a major component in the development of jazz. Now, the rhythms and sounds of Latin music can be heard in the long-awaited Malian-Cuban collaboration that was meant to take place when the Buena Vista Social Club was born – “AfroCubism.”
It's that time again for the monthly program of new releases. John Schaefer picks through the bucketloads of CDs that have flooded his inbox to find new releases worthy of showcasing in this program from May 2010.
Listen to songs by the multi-talented singer-songwriter/pianist/composers Gabriel Kahane and Ed Pastorini for this New Sounds. We'll also hear from Lee Feldman along with music by Elizabeth Ziman of Elizabeth & the Catapult. Plus, music from Amy X Neuburg and Tin Hat.
Hear new music from Montreal on this edition of New Sounds, featuring works by Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Bell Orchestre, and Mains de Givre, among others.
Heaps of thanks and gratitude to our summer interns, Lucy M., Chase C., and Saratoga S. for their help these past few months. Good luck at school from the New Sounds Team!
For this New Sounds Special Podcast, we raid the exclusive live performance archive from that "other" show John Schaefer hosts, the afternoon program, Soundcheck. We'll listen for tunes from pipa player Wu Man , Cuban singer Omara Portuondo , and the Italian percussionist Alessandra Belloni , to name a few.