Beat Circus

New Sounds

Unusual Lead Instruments

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

For this New Sounds, hear some recent recordings that feature a strange assortment of music-making devices.  From music boxes, a choir that whistles, and the Chinese double-reed woodwind instrument called the suona, we'll hear from Bill Frisell, John Hollenbeck's Large Ensemble, Beat Circus, and more.  Not to be outdone, there's something from Gordon Grdina’s East Van Strings which showcases the oud, Arabic lute, paired with Western strings.