Schaefer's Top 10 of 2011


For this New Sounds, listen to John Schaefer's completely personal and opinionated look at the ten best new music releases of 2011. There just might be music from folks working in Iceland, a producer/composer who makes soundscapes of plainchant laid over electronic sound grids, and something from an Irish composer.  Plus, a collaborative record from a Malian kora player and a trip-hop cellist, one from a MacArthur “Genius” Award, an-winning composer, and still another from an Argentinian producer. 

PROGRAM # 3289, John Schaefer's Annual Top 10 of 2011 (First aired on 1/11/2012)                          





10. David Lang / So Percussion

The Woodmans

Pot Melody [2:30]

Cantaloupe CA 21079

9. Ben Frost & Daniel Bjarnason


Simulacra II, excerpt [4:00]

Bedroom Community HVALUR 012

8.Kiran Ahluwalia (& Tinariwen)

Aam Zameen/Common Ground

Mustt Mustt [4:18]

Avokado Artists Recordings / Out 91425262

7. Ballaké Sissoko, Vincent Ségal

Chamber Music

Ma-Ma  FC [5:12]

Six Degrees Records #1171
or via* or download from

6.  Donnacha Dennehy | Crash Ensemble, Alan Pierson, cond. | Iarla O Lionáird, voice

Grá agus Bás (Love and Death)

Grá agus Bás, excerpt  [5:00]

Nonesuch 527063

5. The Real Tuesday Weld

The Last Werewolf

It’s Time/Lupine Waltz/The Ghosts [4:00]

Available at

4. Jóhann Jóhannsson

Miners’ Hymns

The Cause of Labour is the Hope of the World [5:30]

Fat Cat CD 13-13

3. Son Lux (Ryan Lott)

We Are Rising

Rebuild [3:30]

Anticon ABR0114

2. Chancha Via Circuito

Rio Arriba

Quimey Neuquen [4:30]

ZZK Records

1. Meredith Monk

Songs of Ascension

Burn [4:00]

ECM # 2154