Episode #2974

Unusual Lead Instruments

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

For this New Sounds, hear some recent recordings that feature a strange assortment of music-making devices.  From music boxes, a choir that whistles, and the Chinese double-reed woodwind instrument called the suona, we'll hear from Bill Frisell, John Hollenbeck's Large Ensemble, Beat Circus, and more.  Not to be outdone, there's something from Gordon Grdina’s East Van Strings which showcases the oud, Arabic lute, paired with Western strings.

PROGRAM # 2974, Unexpected instruments (First aired on Mon. 8-31-09)





Bill Frisell


Disfarmer Theme [5:37] Focus [2:26] Little Girl [3:42] Shutter, Dream [4:24]

Nonesuch 478524

Gordon Grdina’s East Van Strings

The Breathing of Statues

The Breathing of Statues [14:01]

Songlines SA1572

John Hollenbeck’s Large Ensemble

Eternal Interlude

The Cloud [13:09]

Sunnyside 1220

Beat Circus

Boy From Black Mountain

The Sound and the Fury [4:11]

Rune 294

Ushio Torikai


Rest, excerpt [2:00]

Innova 722

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