Episode #3254

New Music for Chorus and Folk Singers

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Friday, January 04, 2013

For this New Sounds, hear music for the rich and unexpected combination of folk singer and ensemble.  We’ll take a listen to Swedish composer Bo Hannson’s work for chorus & folk singer, (along with string ensemble), written on chryptical latin text from ancient times.  The singer is fiddler, composer, and voice magician, Lena Willemark, who is as at home with folk music as she is with avant jazz.

There’s also a work for chorus and sean nos singer Iarla O Lionaird by Donnacha Dennehy, featuring Ireland’s leading new music group, the Crash Ensemble.  And more.

PROGRAM #3254 New Music for Folk Singer and Orchestra   (First aired on 10/4/11)    





Bo Hansson


Sic rerum novatur, with Lena Willemark [6:25]

Nosag Records  # 103
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Jody Redhage

Of Minutiae and Memory

Paula Matthusen: of minutiae and memory [6:37]

New Amsterdam 031                       

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

Grá agus Bás

Grá agus Bás [24:24]

Nonesuch 527063

Nico Muhly


The Only Tune Pt. 3 The Only Tune, feat. Sam Amidon [4:47]

Brassland #018** *

Jocelyn Pook


Goya’s Nightmare, excerpt [3:00]

Virgin #48150.  Available at
See also

Kira Kira's album cover, 'Feathermagnetik'

Abstract Soundscapes - Special Podcast

For this New Sounds, listen to some abstract soundscapes from Poland, from Berlin via an Icelandic composer, and from Brooklyn-based musicians as well.  Hear a soundscape from the Berlin-based Icelandic one-woman band Kira Kira, from her record Feathermagnetik.  Also, listen to something from Brooklyn-based electronic artist Laurel Halo, featuring the voice as instrument.  Then, there's a percussion-centric work, "6," one of the number pieces from John Cage (whose 2012 centennial celebrations are still going on), and a percussive soundscape by another Brooklyn-based musician, drummer/composer Tim Kuhl.


Comments [1]

The Donnacha Dennehy piece blew me away. The works by Nico Muhly and Paula Matthusen weren't too shabby either, and Jocelyn Pook is always....
(Not meaning to take anything away from the Bo Hansson piece which was also good)

Jan. 07 2013 03:28 PM

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