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"Folk Songs"

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Why the quotation marks?  For this New Sounds we’ll hear tunes that might sound like folk songs, but are actually new songs in the folk tradition. Some actually are traditional tunes, as in those from the Carter Family repertoire – in the case of a Bill Frisell offering, and some are extensions of the tradition, which draw from rural Appalachian and early Americana.

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New Sounds

Singular Electric Guitars

Monday, January 16, 2012

This New Sounds program showcases electric guitarists who have developed their own singular sound, usually in conjunction with electronics and processing.  We'll hear from the distinctive guitar hero Vernon Reid, longtime member of the band Living Colour as featured in a duo recording with none other than Bill Frisell.  There’s an arresting collection of various guitars, guitar synths, the occasional banjo riff - plus 1980's drum machines!  Then listen to a collaborative composition from David Torn, Elliot Sharp and Vernon Reid, along with soundscapes from both David Torn and Robert Fripp.  

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New Sounds

Musical Tributes

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

We’ll hear musical tributes aplenty on this New Sounds program, many of them by guitarists heaping their thanks to other artists.  We’ll hear notes of appreciation from Michael Hedges to Pierre Bensusan, from Bill Frisell to Boubacar Traoré, from trumpeter Dave Douglas to Bill Frisell, and a little exchange between Stefan Grossman and John Fahey.  Plus, tributes to Angelique Kidjo, Leo Kottke, and Philip Glass, and a few others. 

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New Sounds

Nightmusic I

Thursday, February 24, 2011

From Mozart to Bartok, there’s a long tradition of music about nighttime.  We’ll hear some contemporary works that suggest the darkness, the stillness, the unsettled dreams and mixed emotions that people associate with the night.  Hear works by John Corigliano, George Crumb, Brian Eno, Raphael Mostel, and others.

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New Sounds

A Weave of Musical Cultures

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

For this New Sounds, we’ll hear a collaboration between two giants - Bill Frisell and Brazilian singer/songwriter/guitarist/percussionist Vinicius Cantuaria - which melds traditional Latin rhythms with loops and improvisational jazz.  There’s also music from global musician composer/DJ/tabla-playing/producer Karsh Kale.  Plus, hear Afro-Indian sounds from Trilok Gurtu & the Frikyiwa Family who combine south-Malian percussive styles with the rhythmic influences of Gurtu’s Indian heritage.  And much more.

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New Sounds

Ambient Soundscapes

Saturday, January 29, 2011

For this New Sounds, we'll hear some ambient soundscapes for acoustic and electronic instruments including Icelandic composer Johan Johannsson's latest, "Fordlandia."  Also, listen to the new Jim Hall & Bill Frisell, a work called "Migrations" and the post-rock epic guitar droning on Mountains, from their release "Choral."  Plus, music by Bruce Gremo and more.

New Sounds

"Folk Songs"

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Why the quotation marks?  For this New Sounds we’ll hear tunes that might sound like folk songs, but are actually new songs in the folk tradition. Some actually are traditional tunes, as in those from the Carter Family repertoire – in the case of a Bill Frisell offering, and some are extensions of the tradition, which draw from rural Appalachian and early Americana.

New Sounds

Singular Electric Guitars

Monday, January 03, 2011

This New Sounds program showcases electric guitarists who have developed their own singular sound, usually in conjunction with electronics and processing.  We'll hear from the distinctive guitar hero Vernon Reid, longtime member of the band Living Colour as featured in a duo recording with none other than Bill Frisell.  There’s an arresting collection of various guitars, guitar synths, the occasional banjo riff - plus 1980's drum machines!  Then listen to a collaborative composition from David Torn, Elliot Sharp and Vernon Reid, along with soundscapes from both David Torn and Robert Fripp.    

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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.

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New Sounds

Old Folk, New Folks

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Listen to some new takes on traditional folk songs for this New Sounds programs.  Hear Nico Muhly's work "The Only Tune," from his record  "Mothertongue," a collection of works which began as he tried to reconnect with the folk music of my childhood. 

New Sounds

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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