New Music From England

Penguin Cafe (2012)

Hear new music from England, including brand-new off-world music from ”The Red Book,” the second record by the global chamber/world music group Penguin Café, (as led by Arthur Jeffes, the son of the late Simon Jeffes, founder of Penguin Café Orchestra).  These Penguin Café works were written for the International Space Orchestra and NASA Ames in 2012, and were beamed into space as part of NASA’s Kepler project. 

Also, there’s new music by Jocelyn Pook, from a new score for the dance-theatre piece “iTMOi (in the mind of igor)” by Akram Khan written for the centennial celebration of Igor Stravinsky in 2013.  Then, out of Newcastle, hear music from the Unthanks, which is Rachel and Becky Unthank, rendering a tune by Robert Wyatt, “Sea Song.” Plus, listen to music by the British composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Max de Wardener for percussionist Joby Burgess, working as “Powerplant.”

PROGRAM #3570 New Music from England (First aired on 2/25/2014)  





Rachel Unthank & the Winterset

The Bairns

Robert Wyatt: Sea Song, excerpt

Real World #158

Penguin Café

The Red Book

Aurora [5:00]
1420 [5:55]

Jocelyn Pook

iTMOi (in the mind of igor)

Sacrfice [6:16]
Courting [3:32]

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Rachel Unthank & the Winterset

The Bairns

Sea Song (Robert Wyatt) [6:19]

Real World #158


24 Lies Per Second

Max de Wardener: Until my blood is pure [6:34]

Signum SIGCD313

Graham Fitkin /Smith Quartet


Slow, excerpt [12:16]

Argo 433-690
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