Wednesday, April 30, 2014
It's that time of the month again for the new releases show on New Sounds. John Schaefer carefully separates the wheat from the chaff for this show. He'll sort through the stacks of new CDs, the Soundcloud files, and other digital submissions which have come across his desk and into his inbox over the past month to present some of the finest new releases. He'll skim off the cream. He'll pick the lentils from the ashes. You get it.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
On this New Sounds program, listen to a series of works about abandoned cities and towns. Sample works for prepared piano and electronics from German pianist and composer Hauschka (Volker Bertelmann)’s latest release, “Abandoned City,” inspired by different ghost towns throughout the world. Then there’s music from Scotland’s Alasdair Roberts & Robin Robertson, from their excellent and stirring “Hirta Songs.” Listen to a work for piano by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies written in protest of the proposed uranium mine at Stromness, in Orkney, Scotland, along with another Hauschka work by the same name, but about a different locale - the whaling station on the South Georgia Island in the South Atlantic, “Stromness.”
Sunday, January 26, 2014
For this New Sounds, listen to music by Russian violist/composer Ljova (real name Lev Zhurbin) performed by the string quartet Brooklyn Rider. Then there's music by young composer and drummer David T Little, and music by the extremely versatile violinist/composer Todd Reynolds. Plus, hear something from the Turtle Island Quartet and composer/mayor Phillip K Bimstein as well.
Friday, December 27, 2013
Listen to “Cello Multitracks” on this New Sounds program. It’s Gabriel Prokofiev's four-part suite scored for nine cellos, as realized by the technologically skilled cellist Peter Gregson, (yep, on all nine parts.) The work is sometimes jarring, sometimes it grooves, then it will even scuttle like dust bunnies, whether plucked or scraped.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Hear banjo master Bela Fleck and the adventurous string quartet Brooklyn Rider perform songs from their new collaborative album in the Soundcheck studio.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
In this episode: Best-selling author Amy Tan talks about her first book in eight years, The Valley of Amazement, tells us what playing in a band with Stephen King is like, and, she plays a few favorite songs for Soundcheck's Pick Three series.
Then, this week's Writers Club: Women In Music series continues with NPR Music's Ann Powers and RookieMag music editor Jessica Hopper, who share their favorite books about women in music.
And, the borders between musical styles come crashing down as the globetrotting banjo player Bela Fleck and the adventurous string quartet Brooklyn Rider play a live set in the Soundcheck studio.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
The new music string quartet Brooklyn Rider certainly does get around. They’ve been part of Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, recorded Debussy as well as all five string quartets by Philip Glass,write and perform their own originals, and even collaborated with the kemenchech (Persian fiddle) virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor. They’re currently touring with multiple Grammy Award-winning banjoist Béla Fleck. Brooklyn Rider joins us in the studio for this New Sounds program, and they’ve brought an extra player – the Celtic fiddler Martin Hayes (of County Clare.)
Monday, June 10, 2013
On a funereal edition of this New Sounds, hear musical moods that one might not expect to be associated with a funeral from the world over, from West African funeral drumming to a jazz march from Norwegian musician Stian Carstensen. Listen to music from Brooklyn Rider by Ljova paying tribute to the violinist from Tarafs de Haidouk, Culai. There’s also Michael Gordon’s setting of Emily Dickinson poetry, as recorded live on Soundcheck, along with a funeral dance by Swedish jazz musician Bengt Berger’s “Bitter Funeral Beer.” Plus, listen to the post-rock ambient duo Stars of the Lid, along with music by Henry Purcell arranged by Wendy Carlos used in “A Clockwork Orange.” And more.
Friday, May 03, 2013
Listen to music for multiple stringed instruments on this New Sounds. Hear a work from “Recursions,” the solo record by violist Nicholas Cords, who is both a member of the string quartet Brooklyn Rider and Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. Cords’ five-part suite, “Five Migrations,” builds looped melodies that range from the thoughtful to the propulsive, with stops at the Penguin Café and along the Silk Road. There’s also music for multiple violins with music from Todd Reynolds, for multiple cellos by Zoe Keating, and perhaps music performed by double-bass player Robert Black of the Bang on a Can All-Stars.
Friday, May 03, 2013
String quartet Brooklyn Rider's sixth album, A Walking Fire, is taken from a poem by the 13th-century poet Rumi. "A Walking Fire" is also the title of the final movement of one of the pieces on the album, written by Brooklyn Rider violinist Colin Jacobsen, titled "Three Miniatures For String Quartet." We hear that piece performed live in the studio, along with two others, taken from an album that includes works by the Russian composer and violinist Lev 'Ljova' Zhurbin and Bela Bartók.