Friday, April 20, 2012
Pedro Soler is a flamenco guitarist steeped in tradition and trained by the Spanish masters. His son, Gaspar Claus, is a cellist versed in Japan’s avant-garde scene. On their album "Barlande," produced by The National’s Bryce Dessner, father and son come together to make an otherworldly kind of flamenco, full of experimental ideas and improvised digressions. The pair join us in the studio to perform live.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
There’s plenty of music built around cello(s) and violin(s) on this New Sounds program. We’ll start with a polyrhythmic work from Clogs, a quartet containing guitarist/composer Bryce Dessner and composer/arranger/string performer Padme Newsome. Then, listen to music by Bryce Dessner for the American cellist Zach Miskin. Based in Paris, Miskin intends to “push the limits of the cello.” He wants “to take the instrument out of its classical ‘box’ and travel with it through beautifully crafted loops and overdubs, solo passages in songs and in samples, while of course exploring the exotic territory of improvisation.” We’ll hear more of his musical deviations in another work by Nick Zammuto (the Books.)
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Hear the world premiere of Bryce Dessner's "O Shut Your Eyes Against the Wind," performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars from the People's Commissioning Fund Concert at Merkin Hall, recorded as part of New Sounds Live and the Ecstatic Music Festival. Incidentally, Bryce plays with both the vocal-chamber-rock ensemble, Clogs, and the indie rock hometown heroes, the National. Also, we will hear the other world premieres commissioned by the people: Nick Brooke's playful "Menace (Sousa Medley)" and Karsh Kale's world premiere, "Crawl Walk Run Fly."
Friday, February 04, 2011
New Sounds Live is proud to present the annual Bang on a Can People’s Commissioning Fund Concert: three world premieres commissioned by the people! New York’s electric chamber ensemble Bang on a Can All-Stars take on new works by Bryce Dessner of The National and Clogs, producer and tabla player Karsh Kale and composer/genre-hopper Nick Brooke.