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A New Sounds Christmas

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Hear some unusual and unexpected melodies for the holidays, featuring jazz bassist Reggie Washington’s take on “Greensleeves,” the Breton choir Du Bout Du Monde doing a traditional carol called “Nedeleg,” a famous carol played on musical saws, and eccentric takes on holiday faves from banjo wiz Bela Fleck and cellist Yo Yo Ma.

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Global Dance Music

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Dance music from West Africa, from Southen Africa, from India and beyond awaits you on this New Sounds.  Hear something new from Femi Kuti (son of Fela), and something from banjo player Bela Fleck's "Throw Down Your Heart," recorded on the island of Madagascar.  Quite possibly there might also be Balkan brass band music from Goran Bregovic, and a bit of Angolan music by way of Brazil.

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New Sounds

A New Sounds Christmas

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Hear some unusual and unexpected melodies for the holidays, featuring jazz bassist Reggie Washington’s take on “Greensleeves,” the Breton choir Du Bout Du Monde doing a traditional carol called “Nedeleg,” a famous carol played on musical saws, and eccentric takes on holiday faves from banjo wiz Bela Fleck and cellist Yo Yo Ma.

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New Sounds

Global Dance Music

Monday, October 18, 2010

Dance music from West Africa, from Southen Africa, from India and beyond awaits you on this New Sounds.  Hear something new from Femi Kuti (son of Fela), and something from banjo player Bela Fleck's "Throw Down Your Heart," recorded on the island of Madagascar.  Quite possibly there might also be Balkan brass band music from Goran Bregovic, and a bit of Angolan music by way of Brazil.

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Caravan Variations

Monday, August 09, 2010

Like camels slogging through the sand, the exotic strains of “Caravan,” by Duke Ellington and his sometime trombonist Juan Tizol (with rarely heard lyrics by Irving Mills), have been played loose, fast, swinging, and/or slow by just about everyone. For this New Sounds program, it’s another of the occasional series of programs of Theme and Variations, where the premise is simple: take a single piece of music and explore what a number of musicians have done with it, through arrangements, deconstructions, and revisions of the original theme.

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Twisted Roots

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Listen to some contemporary compositions based on the sounds of American folk, blues, and other "roots" music for this New Sounds.  We'll hear from Joel Harrison's latest, "The Wheel," along with music by Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, and Last Forever.

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