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New Sounds

Unusual Lead Instruments

Saturday, November 05, 2011

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.

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New Sounds

Drunk Circus Music

Friday, August 13, 2010

There’s music for large ensembles on this edition of New Sounds, with tunes from The Industrial Jazz Group. Their recent CDs, which some listeners have tried to put into words as, “Thelonious Monk goes to the circus drunk,” put bebop alongside the avant-garde, with melody-driven stuff that wouldn’t be out of place in the “downtown” or “west coast jazz” scenes, yet the music is fun, multiple-metered and sometimes even includes theremin.