Winter Is Coming


From San Francisco-based finger-style guitarist Sean Smith to the minimalist cool of the Geoff Smith Band, listen to songs about winter for this New Sounds program.  There's the rare bit of instrumental music from Meredith Monk along with music for cellist Zach Miskin, written by guitarist Bryce Dessner (the National, Clogs), as well as keyboard music from David Borden.  Also, from New York-based Matt McBane and Build, hear "Imagining Winter."  Listen to Icelandic composer Valgeir Sigurðsson's take on winter, as well as Japanese pianist/composer/producer Ryuchi Sakamoto's music, "Ice." That, and more.

PROGRAM #3411, Songs of Winter (First aired on 12/21/2012)                                 





Meredith Monk


Songs of Ascension

winter variation [1:53]

ECM 2154

The Geoff Smith Band

Black Flowers

Winter: My Secret [5:42]

Sony Classical #62686
Out of print, but try*

Phil Kline

John the Revelator

The Snow Fell [3:23]

Cantaloupe Music 21047

Ryuichi Sakamoto

Playing the Piano / Out of Noise


Ice [3:34]

Decca B0014662-72



Matt McBane : Imagining Winter

New Amsterdam #008 or

Sean Smith

Sean Smith

I Can’t Wait for Winter [2:29]

Plain Recordings 1027
Download from or iTunes

Zach Miskin

For your safety

Bryce Dessner: Long Winter [4:50]

Naïve V5175 or Download from


Ghosts Will Come and Kiss Our Eyes

Tomorrow Winter Comes [4:12]

Constellation CST 048

David Borden

Places, Times, & People

Enfield In Winter [9:16]



Melting River

Album Leaf, excerpt [1:00]

Valgeir Sigurðsson

Bedroom Community YULE 2010

Vetur [3:48]

Was available during Holiday 2010.  Check

Blaine L. Reininger & Mikel Rouse

Colorado Suite & A walk in the Woods

Rouse: Winter in Wyoming [9:04]