All Acoustic


It’s an all-acoustic program of music on this New Sounds, including music from Colin Jacobsen & the Silk Road Ensemble, violinist Hilary Hahn, and guitarist Kevin Hufnagel. If Hufnagel’s name sounds familiar, it could be because we heard from his ambient record “Transparencies” previously on New Sounds, or perhaps more likely, it is because of his work as a guitarist in Dysrhythmia, Gorguts, and Vaura, (largely metal outfits) among others. But on his latest release, “Ashland,” he has made a record of captivating and thoughtful instrumental miniatures built around the baritone ukulele, both prepared (with wooden file, hair elastic and sewing needle in the strings - nod to John Cage) and unaltered. 

Hufnagel's tunes range in texture from lute-like to a mini percussion ensemble, all built around melodies that can convey a sense of nostalgia or melancholy, and we'll sample some of these baritone uke creations for this program.  Also, listen to prepared piano from Hauschka with sounds like electronic drone, (created by a strategically placed ebow on a piano string), together with Hilary Hahn’s violin.  Also, hear music from Boston-based musician Tev Stevig, who plays clawhammer style (a la banjo) on his guitar, along with new music from the Silk Road Ensemble by violinist Colin Jacobsen, featuring Kayhan Kalhor’s kamacheh, and more.

PROGRAM #3521– All Acoustic (First aired on 10/11/2013)             





Kevin Hufnagel


Ancestral Instinct [2:40]

Nightfloat Recordings

Hilary Hahn

In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores

Kala Ramnath : Aalap and Tarana [3:15]

Due out Nov. 11, 2013 on Deutsche Grammophon
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Silk Road Ensemble

A Playlist Without Borders

Colin Jacobsen: Atashgah [14:01]

Sony Masterworks 88883 71092

Kevin Hufnagel


The Otherness [2:08]

See above.

Hilary Hahn & Hauschka


Adash [5:27]

Deutsche Grammophon 16798

Kevin Hufnagel


Ashland [2:40]

See above.

Tev Stevig

Jeni Jol Music of the Balkans, Greece and Turkey

Agir Halay (Saza Niye Gelmedin) [4:11]

CLAW – 001
Due out October 22, 2013

Roomful of Teeth

Roomful of Teeth

Merrill Garbus: Quizassa [3:43]

New Amsterdam NWAM 041

Stefano Bollani & Hamilton de Holanda

O que será

Caprichos de Espanha [3:05]

ECM 2332

Kálmán Balogh & the Gypsy Cimbalon Band


Keserédes kávé (Bittersweet Coffee) [4:20]

Folk Europa FECD007
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Kevin Hufnagel


Paths Crossed [2:21]

See above.