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Women's Tales

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Listen to a recent recording featuring vocalist Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond together with the new-music supergroup Signal (led by Brad Lubman) performing Snider’s remarkable song cycle, “Penelope” on this New Sounds.  It’s a haunting 60-minute song cycle for female voice, chamber orchestra, and electronics that limns the boundaries between art song, chamber folk and post-rock. 

 

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New Sounds

Orchestral Pop

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

This New Sounds program serves up orchestral pop in various guises, including brand new music from the reclusive Scott Walker, from his forthcoming release "Bish Bosch," where he uses the sounds of samurai swords and falling marbles, among other unsettling things.  There's also music from American singer/songwriter and composer Daniel James, under the name Canon Blue, from his "Rumspringa," with orchestral arrangements contributed by string quartet Amiina (most famously for being Sigur Rós’ string section.)  

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Spinning on Air

Pianissimo 2

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Piano music can have a very personal touch. The piano allows a composer or performer to all alone manifest a full vision of what their music can be. David Garland presents another hour of lyrical, soulful, playful piano music, featuring recordings by Chilly Gonzales, Duke Ellington, and others.

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New Sounds

Harpie's Delight

Friday, August 03, 2012

Hear some long and winding music from Joanna Newsom's arresting and spectacularly arranged record, "Ys," for harp and voice. Also, there's Catalan, Spanish and Arabic poems set to music by Arianna Savall (yes, daughter of Jordi, THAT Savall) from her release "Bella Terra," along with works by Paris-based new-music harpist Hélène Breschand, from her solo effort "Le goût du sel." Plus, music that sneaks between the cracks of chamber music and noise from harpist Shelley Burgon and bassist Trevor Dunn, a tune from Bjork with harpist Zeena Parkins and more.

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Soundcheck

Ólöf Arnalds: In Studio

Monday, May 14, 2012

Icelandic composer Ólöf Arnalds translates her country's rugged landscape into ethereal songs performed on guitars, violins and even the charango, a South American string instrument. After making a splash with her album "Innundir Skinni," featuring backing vocals by Bjork, Arnalds has released an EP of covers from artists such as Neil Diamond, Caetano Veloso and Bruce Springsteen, called "Ólöf Sings." She joins us to perform live in our studio.

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New Sounds

Extended Covers

Monday, April 23, 2012

For this New Sounds, hear new works based on existing ones.  There’s a work by the 2012 Pultzer Prize winner, Kevin Puts - his Symphony No. 3, “Vespertine,” inspired by Icelandic singer Bjork’s album of the same name. Then hear a piece by John Halle based on two Thelonius Monk tunes, “Straight, No Chaser” and “Brilliant Corners.” 

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Schoolbook

Queens Students Use Break to Test Science and Music App

Friday, February 24, 2012

Ever since the iPad was introduced two years ago, educators and publishers have been developing ways to use its touch-screen technology in the classroom. So has the Icelandic singer Bjork. Her latest album is designed as a touch-screen application to teach about science and music. WNYC’s Beth Fertig caught up with some students in Queens trying out the new app during their winter break.

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Soundcheck

Meredith Monk: Re-Mixed

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Composer, vocalist, filmmaker and MacArthur Fellow Meredith Monk has created a unique body of work that uses the voice as an instrument. Now, her songs have been covered and remixed by a wide array of musicians, from Bjork to Caetano Veloso to DJ Spooky. Monk joins us to share her reaction to the surprising results on “Monk Mix.”

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New Sounds

Works of Nature

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

For this New Sounds, listen to music inspired by natural phenomena. We’ll hear songs and pieces written around themes of nature and science, - from atomic to cosmic-  and humanity’s relationships with said same.  From Bjork’s innovative and collaborative project, “Biophilia,” where instruments and apps were designed for the multimedia experience, there's a meeting of astrophysics, string theory, neurology, biology - and music.  We'll sample from this latest concept project, and more.

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Studio 360

Björk’s Biophilia

Friday, October 14, 2011

For the last two decades, Björk has pushed every boundary she could find, making just about the weirdest pop music that can still be considered pop music. She’s made beautiful, soulful songs out of electronics, musique concrete, an Inuit choir from Greenland, and her inimitable Icelandic accent that makes English unfamiliar ...

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Studio 360

Björk’s Biophilia and Creative Savants

Friday, October 14, 2011

This week, Björk releases an album too advanced for a CD: each track is also an interactive app. Kurt heads down to Wall Street with an architecture critic to see how protestors have created the space they’re occupying. And our reporter seeks a shortcut to creative ability, talking to scientists who ...

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New Sounds

Piano and Voice (Encore Edition)

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

This New Sounds highlights evocative but enigmatic songs for that apparently simplest of combinations – piano and voice. From the most recent record by Susanne Abbuehl, hear “In the Dark Pine-Wood” with poetry by James Joyce, and something new from songwriter Lee Feldman. Also, there’s a beautiful tune - “Strange Lures” by the reclusive Ed Pastorini. Hear more music for piano and voice by Robin Holcomb with a breathtaking track, “Deliver Me.” Plus, Peter Gabriel’s “Here Comes The Flood.”

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Features

Lars Von Trier's 'Dancer in the Dark' Inspires 'Selma Jezková' Opera

Friday, July 29, 2011

The tragic 2000 Lars Von Trier film "Dancer in the Dark," which featured the Icelandic pop star Bjork and the French heartthrob Catherine Deneuve, has inspired an opera, "Selma Jezková," that debuts at Lincoln Center Friday night.

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Spinning on Air

Mount Wittenberg Orca and More

Sunday, October 03, 2010

A human and a family of whales view each other over a distance; that's the inspiration for "Mount Wittenberg Orca," a song cycle Dave Longstreth of Dirty Projectors wrote for his group and singer Björk. Distance and connectedness are themes in new songs by Antony and the Johnsons, Owen Pallett, ...

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New Sounds

Orchestral Songs

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Once the province of classical or “adult contemporary” singers, the orchestra is increasingly being heard backing up adventurous rockers.  On this New Sounds program, we’ll hear Thomas Feiner, Bjork, David Sylvian, Kate Bush, Joanna Newsom, and Anne Ternheim, among others.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra

Friday, September 03, 2010

Tonight at Iridium, Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra plays Bjork covers with an 18-piece jazz orchestra. Download his freewheeling arrangement of the Icelandic singer's "Army of Me."

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Studio 360

Sonos Sings ... Near You!

Monday, April 12, 2010

The rich harmonies and ultra-contemporary arrangements of Sonos bring a cappella singing to a level those guys in the striped vests and boater hats never could have dreamed of.

Don't know Sonos? You're in for a treat. The L.A.-based sextet visited Studio 360 last fall to talk with ...

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Studio 360

Off With "The Sing-Off"

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

It turns out that Fox’s hit musical comedy "Glee" was primetime TV’s gateway drug to a cappella.

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