Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Monday, July 21, 2014
Richard Reed Parry, a composer and member of the rock band Arcade Fire, writes classical compositions based the actual pulse of the performers themselves. Stream his "Music for Heart and Breath" all this week.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
From the New Sounds Live concert series recorded in 2012, the extremely talented genre-blind sextet yMusic performs new works by Richard Reed Parry & Son Lux (aka Ryan Lott.) Hear some new works by Richard Reed Parry, including a piece for stethoscopes & yMusic. Parry is a multi-instrumentalist with the Grammy-winning rock band, Arcade Fire, and the co-founder of the post-rock outfit Bell Orchestre.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Listen to two big pieces which might be labeled post-classical or post-rock on this New Sounds program. There’s music from composer Bryce Dessner, featuring a diverse palette of bowed vibraphone, harmonium, electric guitar, and orchestra, in Dessner’s “Raphael” (2007). Also, hear almost orchestral music with a post-rock ambient drone approach in “Virginia,” a large work from the Austin, TX-based duo Stars of the Lid. Plus a work from Stars of the Lid founder Adam Wiltzie and composer Dustin O’Halloran, as A Winged Victory For the Sullen, and more.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Sample some of the new works premiered at our New Sounds Live concert series featuring the Brooklyn Phil (before the collapse) and their music director, Alan Pierson, along with the final concert of the American Composers Orchestra’s SONiC Festival for this program. We’ll hear the premiere of Bryce Dessner’s "St. Carolyn by the Sea," written for the American Composers Orchestra and two electric guitar soloists (Bryce & his brother, Aaron), from the World Financial Center in October 2011.
Thursday, April 03, 2014
"Now is the Winter of our Discontent / Made glorious Summer by this sun of York..." (Shakespeare's Richard III) or, if you prefer, "Winter is Coming" (or at least Season 4 of "Game of Thrones.") For this New Sounds program listen to songs about winter, as we welcome spring from San Francisco-based finger-style guitarist Sean Smith to the minimalist cool of the Geoff Smith Band. There's the rare bit of instrumental music from Meredith Monk along with music for cellist Zach Miskin, written by guitarist Bryce Dessner (the National, Clogs), as well as keyboard music from David Borden. Also, from New York-based Matt McBane and Build, hear "Imagining Winter." Listen to Icelandic composer Valgeir Sigurðsson's take on winter, as well as Japanese pianist/composer/producer Ryuchi Sakamoto's music, "Ice." That, and more.
Sunday, February 09, 2014
Hear works for electric guitar on this New Sounds program, including music by Bryce Dessner (of the National and Clogs) and Glenn Branca (the leader of many guitar armies.) Plus, listen to a piece by Nick Didkovsky from a private recording at a panel held in Philadelphia, and something from Steven Mackey as well.
Friday, January 31, 2014
It's the end of the month, which is the time for sharing the latest releases that have come across John Schaefer's desk and into the New Sounds inbox. On deck, a work by Bryce Dessner that was premiered at a New Sounds Live concert event just a few years ago, "St. Carolyn by the Sea," as well as film music by Jonny Greenwood (of Radiohead fame.) Then, listen to some music, both early and late from Denmark, along with what very well might place highly on John Schaefer's end-of-year best-of list: the debut record from the Irish "supergroup," the Gloaming. That, and more.