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John Schaefer's Annual Top Ten -2013 edition

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

For this New Sounds, listen to John Schaefer's completely personal and opinionated look at the ten best new music releases of 2013. There will probably be something by a Russian pianist/composer and a Tibetan singer, perhaps some music from a guitarist/composer who also plays in the National, and a vocalist/composer who practically creates choruses of herself.  Also, listen for music from the IDM world with gamelan-like percussion, as well as Indo-jazz music from a South Asian suite. 

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Music From the Dark Side

Friday, December 13, 2013

Listen to music from the dark side for this New Sounds program. Listen to music associated with Tenebrae, the  Christian service held during Holy Week in the spring where candles are extinguished gradually until all that is left is darkness.  There’s a work by Bruce Dessner played by Kronos Quartet and featuring  Sufjan Stevens, “Tenebre,” along with the Irish choir Anúna performing Tenebrae in Gaelic.  Also, listen to nocturnes from the band Rachel’s, and a work by Missy Mazzoli.  Then, hear “Dark Was the Night,” a piece of Phil Kline’s millennial mass “John the Revelator” and a short dark piece from Brian Eno as well.

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A Modern Liederabend

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

It’s a modern liederabend, literally “song night,” for this New Sounds show.  Listen to vocal and choral music from living composers like Missy Mazzoli – and some of her multimedia chamber opera about Isabelle Eberhardt, as well as MIT professor Tod Machover – and an aria from his opera VALIS, based on the Phillip K. Dick novel.  Also, there’s music by Paola Prestini inspired by Kandinsky's 1912 manuscript of woodcuts and prose, “Sounds.”  Also, listen to new music from Bryce Dessner, featuring the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and Kronos Quartet from his recent release, “Aheym.”  And more.

This Friday, 11/22, and Saturday, 11/23 at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) is the third biennial Lieder-pa-looza, featuring many of these works.  Details here.

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Music for Strings, Old and New

Monday, November 04, 2013

For this New Sounds show, listen to music for strings, most at the suggestion of composer and guitarist Bryce Dessner, who suggested pairing his string quartet "Little Blue Something" with the piece that inspired it: "Little Blue Nothing" by the experimental Czech viola da gamba team of  Irena Havlova and Vojtěch Havel.  He also thought that some of Kronos Quartet's Early Music CD would go well.

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

The National's Bryce Dessner and Kronos Quartet Join Forces for 'Aheym'

Monday, October 28, 2013

Bryce Dessner, guitarist of The National, ventures deeper into classical composition with "Aheym," a collection of four works performed by the Kronos Quartet. Stream the full album this week.

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Soundcheck

Bryce Dessner: The National Guitarist Composes For The Kronos Quartet

Friday, October 18, 2013

Bryce Dessner, one of the twin guitarists in The National, talks about Aheym, a new recording of string quartet pieces he composed for the renowned Kronos Quartet.

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Terry Teachout On Ellington; Bryce Dessner; Speedy Ortiz Plays Live

Friday, October 18, 2013

In this episode: Duke Ellington is one of the towering figures in American music, but there's more to his story than hits like "Take The A Train." Cultural critic and writer Terry Teachout discusses his new comprehensive biography about the iconic jazz composer and bandleader.

Then, Bryce Dessner, one of the twin guitarists in The National, is also a classically trained composer, who has now written a number of string quartet pieces for the renowned Kronos Quartet. 

And the Northhampton, Mass. noise pop band Speedy Ortiz performs songs from its debut record Major Arcana, and a brand new, still untitled song in the Soundcheck studio.

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New Music From the Concert Hall

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Listen to some new music from the concert hall on this New Sounds program.  There’s music from composer Bryce Dessner, who has been working with Kronos Quartet on a series of pieces.  We’ll hear his “Aheym,” (‘homeward’ in Yiddish), touching on the idea of flight and passage, and dedicated to his grandmother, Sarah Dessner.” Also, hear new music from composer, singer, violinist and multi-instrumentalist Caleb Burhans and his latest release, the “emo-classical” epic, “Evensong.” 

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Music Built Around Violins and Cellos

Saturday, August 17, 2013

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.)

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Bang on a Can PCF Concert 2011

Sunday, June 09, 2013

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."

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New Sounds Live from Ecstatic Music 2012

Monday, June 03, 2013

From the New Sounds Live concert series recorded last year, 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.

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Q2 Music

Summing up Crossing Brooklyn Ferry

Friday, May 03, 2013

Curated by Bryce Dessner and Aaron Dessner of The National, last weekend's Crossing Brooklyn Ferry included performers from the new-music community alongside bona fide art-rock stars like TV on the Radio. Listen to interview clips from the festival.

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Q2 Music

Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Returns to BAM

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Crossing Brooklyn Ferry returns to BAM this weekend with three concerts representing Brooklyn's ever-warming hotbed of new music. Sample featured music from the festival with highlights from the Q2 Music archive. 

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New Sounds Live at WFC, Mostly

Monday, April 01, 2013

Sample some of the new works premiered at our New Sounds Live concert series featuring the Brooklyn Phil and their new 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.

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New Works for Electric Guitar

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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.

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"Indie Classical"

Monday, January 14, 2013

For this New Sounds, take a listen to some music from the chamber group yMusic, playing Son Lux and a work by Judd Greenstein.  Also, music from Clogs, featuring Bryce Dessner and more in the vein of "indie classical."

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New Sounds

Winter Is Coming

Friday, December 21, 2012

From San Francisco-based finger-style guitarist Sean Smith to the minimalist cool of the Geoff Smith Band, listen to songs about winter for this New Sounds program.  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.

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New Sounds

Music Built Around Violins and Cellos

Monday, July 30, 2012

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.)

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Q2 Music Live Concerts

Watch: Brooklyn Youth Chorus Performs Mazzoli and Dessner

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tonight at 7 pm, Q2 Music presents a live Webcast of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus performing works by Missy Mazzoli, Bryce Dessner, Sarah Kirkland Snider and others from The Greene Space.

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New Sounds

Bang on a Can PCF Concert 2011

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

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."

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