Thinking Big


Hear songwriters take their ambitious ideas and go for the orchestral and operatic on this New Sounds program.  There’s music from Jherek Bischoff, a songwriter, producer, performer and composer who helped kick off this year’s Ecstatic Music Festival back in the early spring.  Bischoff’s new recording, “Composed” is nine orchestral pop songs, meticulously layered, all featuring different vocalists, including Caetano Veloso and David Byrne.

Then there’s also music from Damon Albarn (Gorillaz, Blur, Rocket Juice & the Moon)  and his new opera, “Dr. Dee,” based on John Dee, the 16th-century philosopher and medical adviser and astrologer to Queen Elizabeth I.  That, and more.

PROGRAM #3343, Thinking Big (First aired on 5/24/2012)                                                         





Damon Albarn

Dr. Dee

The Golden Dawn, excerpt [1:30]

Virgin 9538932
Available at,, iTunes.

Jherek Bischoff


Your Ghost (with Craig Wedren) [4:59]

Brassland  HWY-027

Thomas Feiner & Anywhen / Warsaw Radio Symphony Orchestra


The Siren Songs [6:07]

Samadhi Sound CD ss013

Rachid Taha


Winta (feat. Kaha Beri) [4:38]

Wrasse Records 126X

Paulo Braganca


January, Night, Full Moon [3:37]

Luaka Bop/Warner Bros #46334 Out of print, but try*

Jherek Bischoff


Eyes (Bischoff & David Byrne) [4:27]

See above.

David Byrne & Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond)

Here Lies Love (Disc 2) /

Seven Years [5:40]

Nonesuch 522300

Damon Albarn

Dr. Dee

A Man of England [3:17]
Saturn [2:05]
Coronation [1:10]

See above.

Jherek Bischoff


Insomnia, Death & the Sea (w/Dawn McCarthy) [6:59]

See above.

Turtle Island String Quartet

Spider Dreams Suite

The Bovnik [2:52]

Windham Hill Records 10141
Out of print.