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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Friday, February 24, 2012
By Beth Fertig
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.
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.”
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.”
Friday, July 29, 2011
By Julia Furlan : WNYC Culture Producer
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.
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, ...
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.
Monday, April 12, 2010
By Cary Barbor