New Sounds Live with John Schaefer


The New Sounds Live fall concert series kicks off this October with three nights of free live shows at the World Financial Center Winter Garden, celebrating the WNYC music program Soundcheck, as it launches into its second decade.  The shows themselves are a wide sampling of music, featuring Afrobeat party band Antibalas with indie-punk legend Ted Leo performing the music of Hugh Masekela (October 23), pianist/composer Vijay Iyer with electro-chamber band Victoire (October 24), and The Brooklyn Philharmonic with with Pan Sonatas Steel Orchestra & special guests (October 25.)  John Schaefer, host of Soundcheck and New Sounds, will emcee the shows.

All performances will be taped for later broadcast on WNYC, and streamed live at Q2 Music.


World Financial Center Winter Garden
Antibalas / Ted Leo performs Hugh Masekela - Tuesday, October 23rd at 8PM
Vijay Iyer / Victoire - Wednesday, October 24th at 8PM
Brooklyn Philharmonic - Thursday, October 25th at 8PM
220 Vesey Street
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Admission FREE

Tuesday, October 23rd at 8PM - "Soundcheck Live"
AntibalasAntibalas (8:30PM)
Ted Leo performs Hugh Masekela (8PM)

Born in a Brooklyn warehouse in 1997, Antibalas has introduced Afrobeat to a global audience and influenced countless musicians in the process. The 12-piece ensemble has shared a stage globally with the likes of Public Enemy, Paul Simon, The Roots, and Medeski Martin & Wood, among others, and several members collaborated on the hit musica FELA! Indie-punk icon Ted Leo performs an intimate performance of the music of Hugh Masekela to open the show.

Vijay IyerWednesday, October 24th at 8PM - "Soundcheck Live"
Vijay Iyer (8:30PM)
Victoire (8PM)

Award-winning, polymath pianist and composer Vijay Iyer is a post-modern Renaissance man whose cross-cultural collaborations have included a variety of artists. Iyer's harmonically rich writing and crafty arrangements are adventurous and unpredictable, whether he is taking on Michael Jackson, filtering Duke Ellington through a gospel lens, or presenting his own originals. Missy Mazzoli leads Victoire with its strings, keyboards, clarinets and electronics performing a hypnotic blend of dreamy chamber pop, minimalism and rich romanticism.

Thursday, October 25th at 8PM
- "Soundcheck Live"
Brooklyn PhilBrooklyn Philharmonic

The 155-year-old orchestra that's been described as “feisty and provocative” by the New York Times offers Winter Garden audiences a sneak preview of its 2012-2013 season. The Brooklyn Phil Chamber Players will play works by Brooklyn composers Matt Marks, Tim Fite and Ted Hearne and will be joined by the steel-pan band Pan Sonatas Steel Orchestra, a 41-year-old Brooklyn institution, to play new compositions by Chris Cerrone and Kendall Williams.