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New Music for Brass

Monday, May 12, 2014

Hear new music for brass, some martial, some big band jazz, and music by David Byrne inspired by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band of New Orleans, and more on this New Sounds Program.  Then it's high-spirited music from Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy along with a work by Karlheinz Stockhausen, covered by the Respect Sextet. Plus, music by Charles Mingus, as played by Either/Orchestra out of Cambridge, MA.  There's also music from Montreal's Ratchet Orchestra as well as something from the Clubfoot Orchestra, and a work by Carla Bley.

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Gig Alert: Big Sam's Funky Nation

Thursday, May 09, 2013

WNYC

Big Sam's Funky Nation plays Brooklyn Bridge Park Thursday night. Download "See Me Dance."

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Gig Alert: Soul Rebels

Thursday, February 14, 2013

New Orleans-style brass band the Soul Rebels plays Brooklyn Bowl Thursday night. Download "Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This."

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New Sounds

New Music for Brass

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

On this Mardi Gras day, hear new music for brass, some martial, some big band jazz, and music by David Byrne inspired by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band of New Orleans, and more.  Then it's high-spirited music from Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy along with a work by Karlheinz Stockhausen, covered by the Respect Sextet. Plus, music by Charles Mingus, as played by Either/Orchestra out of Cambridge, MA.  There's also music from Montreal's Ratchet Orchestra as well as something from the Clubfoot Orchestra, and a work by Carla Bley.

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Gig Alert: Asphalt Orchestra

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

The mobile new-music dance party known as the Asphalt Orchestra plays for free at Lincoln Center on Wednesday evening. Download the group's "Zomby Woof" here.

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Albums of the Week

Christmas With London Brass

Thursday, November 25, 2010

This week, we look ahead to the the new crop of holiday releases, starting with our Album of the Week, featuring the London Brass. With 19 arrangements of carols and seasonal selections, it delivers a festive prelude to the holiday season.

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WQXR Blog

I Was a Teenage Trombonist

Monday, November 22, 2010

Sounds like a horror movie, doesn’t it? As Jeff Spurgeon tell us, for family and friends, perhaps it was. But his trombone tale is very much a happy one.

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Top Five Fanfares

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Hot Air, our month-long celebration of woodwind and brass sections on WQXR, might as well be called a fanfare for these instruments. Here are five notable fanfares, from Mouret to Verdi and Adams.

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WQXR Features

Twelve Questions for Alison Balsom

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Blonde, slim and stylish, Alison Balsom is a far cry from the traditional image of brass players. As we feature her album of Italian Baroque concertos, we asked her about the culture of brass playing – and being more than a pretty CD cover.

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WQXR Features

Top Brass

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Last week, we asked you to vote for your favorite woodwind instrument...

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Gig Alert: The Underground Horns

Thursday, October 07, 2010

New York City is pulsing with high-octane brass bands these days, and The Underground Horns is one of them. The group releases its debut CD tonight at Nublu. Download "Big Beat" here.

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Studio 360

Indian Brass Bands

Saturday, December 31, 2005

When the British withdrew from India in the late 1940s, they left behind railroads, cricket, and ... tubas. Rob Weisberg explains how the brass instruments cast off by the British army have become an integral part of India's musical culture.

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