Global Voices

Hear global voices singing on tonight’s New Sounds program. For starters, there’s the lush vocal polyphony of the Wulu Bunun people of Taiwan, anchored by David Darling’s cello and other soundscapes. Move on to the quiet and reflective Buddhist-inspired wordless chant from Stephan Micus’ latest release, “Life.” Also, composer and guitarist Baird Hersey leads an eight voice singing group known as Prana who make gorgeous natural overtone harmonies. Plus, listen to northern songs by Estonia’s Veljo Tormis, Norway’s Per Norgard, and Denmark’s Bo Holten.

PROGRAM #2351, New and Unusual Choral Music (First aired 12/3/04)





David Darling & The Wulu Bunun

Mudanin Kata

Numun Tuza [4:00]

Riverboat/World Musiv #TVGCD 1032**

Tan Dun

The Map (DVD)

Tongue-Singing [3:00]

Deutsche Grammophon DVD releases #B0003390-09**

David Darling & The Wulu Bunun

Mudanin Kata

Pis Lei [8:30]

See above.

WNYC Young Peoples Radio Chorus

Live, WNYC, 11-4-04

Veljo Tormis: Laulikku Lapsipole [2:30]

Not commercially available. Other recordings of Tormis’ music are available online and on ECM records in stores**

Stephan Micus


The Master’s Question, excerpt [7:30]

ECM #1897 *

Baird Hersey & Prana

The Eternal Embrace

Ahimsa [5:00]

Hersey Music #BRS-7

Ars Nova


Bo Holten: Orfeo-Fragments #3 [5:00]

Ex Libris #30055 Danish CD by the choir Ars Nova. Info at

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Baltic Voices II

Per Nørgård: Winter Hymn [9:00]

Harmonia Mundi #907331***

*, ** Find the recordings you've heard - go to the New Sounds Recordings Information page