Episode #2991

Big Bands, New Sounds-Style

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Monday, April 28, 2014

We’re all about music for big bands on this New Sounds, and that’s certainly not the 1930’s swing bands.  Listen for elements of rock, classical, and minimalism to crop up in music from Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society.  We’ll also hear one or two arrangements of Bjork tunes by Travis Sullivan’s Bjorkestra.  Plus, there’s also a long-form suite of music from John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, along with music from the Industrial Jazz Group as well.

PROGRAM #2991, Big Bands, New Sounds-Style (First aired on Thurs. 10-15-09)





John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble

Eternal Interlude

Eternal Interlude, excerpt [1:30]

Sunnyside 1220

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

Infernal Machines

Habeas Corpus for Maher Arar [10:59]

New Amsterdam NWAM017

Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra


Hunter [6:17]

Koch Records 4432

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Industrial Jazz Group

The Star Chamber

Schwarzkopf Takes the C for Flagstad [8:18]

Innova 615

Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra


Cocoon [8:00]

See above.

John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble

Eternal Interlude

Eternal Interlude [19:21]

See above.

Percussion Plus (Special Podcast)

New Sounds takes a beating with music from Mantra Percussion, a superhuman group committed to pounding out new works and expanding the percussion repertoire.  Listen to “Science is Only a Sometime Friend,” a ringing chiming work for percussion and organ by Aaron Siegel.  Then listen to something new from percussionist/composer David Van Tieghem who has worked with Steve Reich, Laurie Anderson, Brian Eno, Talking Heads, and the Love of Lilfe Orchestra, to name a few.  His latest venture was based on recorded improvisations on a series of objects, which he then distributed to ten musicians.  They, in turn, manipulated the recordings and returned them to Van Tieghem, who then finished them into compositions.  Have a look-see, below.


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