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Guitars Plus

Monday, March 16, 2015

Listen to pieces combining guitar(s) and strings, including music by guitar virtuoso Kaki King that features the string quartet ETHEL, music from Bill Frisell, & NY-based Keeril Makan.

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New Sounds

Guitars Plus

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Listen to pieces combining guitar(s) and strings, including music by guitar virtuoso Kaki King that features the string quartet ETHEL, music from Bill Frisell, & NY-based Keeril Makan. 

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New Sounds

Recent Guitar-Centric Recordings

Monday, October 20, 2014

Hear new guitar-centric music on this New Sounds program including music by John Zorn, as played by Pat Metheny, a tune from the South African guitarist Guy Buttery, and more.

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New Sounds

World Music

Sunday, July 13, 2014

For this New Sounds, listen to a really impressive roundup of world music.  There’s music from a group of Sufi singers, the Bedouin Jerry Can Band, who play abandoned fuel containers and ammunition boxes left behind by the Israeli army.  Also, hear music from Brazil by Renata Rosa, in a style that translates as “sea horse,” a fading tradition of street theatre that has to do with Christmas and the three wise men.  It’s from a compilation released by the BBC’s “World Routes” program, "On the Road."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Pen and Paper Lyrics, Space-Age Sounds

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

He has a new album coming about and will be performing June 6 at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

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New Sounds

Scoring Bill Morrison

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Listen to some of the musical scores for Bill Morrison's silent films on this New Sounds program.  There’s a mix of brass ensemble & electronics in Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson’s score to “The Miners’ Hymns,” a documentary that depicts an ill-fated mining community in England. One "can almost hear the cavernous mineshafts and their ominous heritage in the brutal electronic treatments, and hear the creaking, crumbling landscapes beneath the haunting brass." (Boomkat)

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New Sounds

New Sounds Listener Poll 2013 Results

Thursday, January 09, 2014

The results are in, and thanks to all of the listeners who submitted their short-lists. Here's the rebuttal to last night’s program where we present what you, the listeners, have chosen as the best new music releases of 2013. Listen for some world music-inflected jazz, an acoustic piano trio (also Radiolab favorites), and two poignant records on themes of war and its aftermath.  Find out who emerged victorious from this year's contest on the 29th annual New Sounds Listener Poll show.

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New Sounds

December 2013 New Releases

Thursday, January 02, 2014

For this New Sounds, John Schaefer sifts through the avalanche of CDs stacked dangerously in his office to find a sampling of new releases worthy of showcasing in tonight's New Sounds program.  Also, he'll cull through the digital offerings and look back at some of the things that came out during 2013 that might have gone unnoticed on the chaos that is his desk, and ahead to some of the things that 2014 holds.

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New Sounds

Guitars Plus

Monday, November 25, 2013

Listen to pieces combining guitar(s) and strings, including music by guitar virtuoso Kaki King that features the string quartet ETHEL, music from Bill Frisell, & NY-based Keeril Makan.

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New Sounds

Americana Infusion

Monday, October 14, 2013

Drummer Dave King (he of the Bad Plus) is also a pianist who leads the Dave King Trucking Company - what he calls his "Americana project." It's rock-based jazz married to traditional American folk music, or at least classic Nashville sounds of the '60s and '70s.  We'll sample some of this record - "Good Old Light" on this New Sounds.

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Musical Tributes

Saturday, July 20, 2013

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

Recent Guitar-Centric Recordings

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Hear new guitar-centric music on this New Sounds program including music from the Baird Sisters, and from a new live record by South African guitarist Guy Buttery, who covers a song by Joanna Newsom. Also, listen to guitarist Glenn Jones, who draws from the rich tradition of John Fahey’s “American Primitive” guitar-playing.  Then hear music performed by the three classical guitarists of the Mobius Trio that owes a debt to John Fahey and hints at minimalism. Plus there’s small ensemble music written at Glen Deven Ranch in Big Sur, California from guitarist Bill Frisell, and music by John Zorn, as played by Pat Metheny.

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New Sounds

World Music

Monday, July 01, 2013

For this New Sounds, listen to a really impressive roundup of world music.  There’s music from a group of Sufi singers, the Bedouin Jerry Can Band, who play abandoned fuel containers and ammunition boxes left behind by the Israeli army.  Also, hear music from Brazil by Renata Rosa, in a style that translates as “sea horse,” a fading tradition of street theatre that has to do with Christmas and the three wise men.  It’s from a compilation released by the BBC’s “World Routes” program, "On the Road."

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New Sounds

A Weave of Musical Cultures

Monday, May 27, 2013

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

Scoring Bill Morrison

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Listen to some of the musical scores for Bill Morrison's silent films on this New Sounds program.  There’s a mix of brass ensemble & electronics in Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson’s score to “The Miners’ Hymns,” a documentary that depicts an ill-fated mining community in England. One "can almost hear the cavernous mineshafts and their ominous heritage in the brutal electronic treatments, and hear the creaking, crumbling landscapes beneath the haunting brass." (Boomkat)

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New Sounds

Americana Infusion

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Drummer Dave King (he of the Bad Plus) is also a pianist, and he leads the Dave King Trucking Company, his "Americana project." It's rock-based jazz married to traditional American folk music, or at least classic Nashville sounds of the '60s and '70s.  We'll sample some of this record - "Good Old Light" on this New Sounds. 

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New Sounds

Guitars Plus

Friday, August 17, 2012

On this New Sounds, listen to pieces combining guitar(s) and strings with quasi-orchestral sounds, including a preview of the forthcoming record by guitar virtuoso Kaki King (pictured left), that features the string quartet, ETHEL.  The tune we've picked is "The Fire Eater," from Kaki's "GLOW," due out in October.  Also, hear "Dream Lightly," a work by New York-based composer Keeril Makan in collaboration with the American Composers Orchestra that uses the chiming and harmonics of electric guitar.

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New Sounds

Musical Tributes

Monday, June 25, 2012

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

A Weave of Musical Cultures

Friday, May 25, 2012

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

World Music

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

For this New Sounds, listen to a really impressive roundup of world music.  There’s music from a group of Sufi singers, the Bedouin Jerry Can Band, who play abandoned fuel containers and ammunition boxes left behind by the Israeli army.  Also, hear music from Brazil by Renata Rosa, in a style that translates as “sea horse,” a fading tradition of street theatre that has to do with Christmas and the three wise men.  It’s from a compilation released by the BBC’s “World Routes” program, "On the Road." 

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