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Jason Noble, In Memoriam

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Guitarist/bassist Jason Noble, a quiet pioneer in the style of "post-rock," passed away last week.  He was 40 years old.  On this New Sounds, hear some of his work with bands like Rachel's and the Young Scamels. Also, there's other "post-rock" music from bands like Tortoise, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Clogs, and more.

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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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New Art Songs

Sunday, June 03, 2012

For this New Sounds, listen to new songs by Clogs who have borrowed voices from the indie rock world for their latest record, "The Creatures In the Garden of Lady Walton."  It’s a song cycle, written by violinist and singer Padma Newsome, featuring guest appearances from Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond, the National's Matt Berninger, and from Sufjan Stevens.

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Small Acoustic Ensembles

Monday, May 21, 2012

For this New Sounds, hear some music from violinist/composer Jenny Scheinman, along with something new from violinist Carla Kihlstedt & percussionist/keyboardist Matthias Bossi.  These two, Kihlstedt & Bossi, have a new record of music for dance, Still You Lay Dreaming: Tales for the Stage, II, a companion album to their 2009 release, Ravish, and Other Tales for the Stage.  Also, indie chamber music from Clogs, and chamber folk from the Penguin Cafe Orchestra (not to be confused with the newly-formed "Penguin Cafe," which features founding member Simon Jeffes' son, Arthur.)

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"Indie Classical"

Monday, October 17, 2011

For this New Sounds, take a listen to some new 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 Releases, September 2011

Friday, September 30, 2011

It's the most wonderful time of the month - the showcasing of new releases! On this New Sounds program, listen to the pick of the piles. There'll probably be new music from Rachel Elliot of Clogs, from pianists Brad Mehldau & Kevin Hays, along with something from the band Apparat.  Plus, hear the latest from violinist/singer-songwriter/whistler Andrew Bird, the duo itsnotyouitsme, and the lutenist Jozef van Wissem. 

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The Art of New Songs

Friday, September 02, 2011

We'll hear works that exist at the juncture of art song and pop song on this New Sounds. There's music from Clogs, who have lately become purveyors of vocal chamber pop, with additions of singers from the indie rock world. There's also a brilliant collection of new work from Corey Dargel, a Texas-born, Brooklyn based composer, who impishly crafts classical pop song cycles. Plus, music by Natalie Merchant, Alex Cline, Brian Dewan, and David Sylvian.

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New Art Songs

Thursday, May 19, 2011

For this New Sounds, listen to new songs by Clogs who have borrowed voices from the indie rock world for their latest record, "The Creatures In the Garden of Lady Walton."  It’s a song cycle, written by violinist and singer Padma Newsome, featuring guest appearances from Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond, the National's Matt Berninger, and from Sufjan Stevens.

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Q2 Music

Ecstatic in March

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

The inaugural Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Concert Hall closes this March with its most concentrated month of ambitious programming to date. Featuring six concerts and two Webcasts on Q2, the festival's culmination epitomizes music-making at its most collaborative and experimental.

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Small Acoustic Ensembles

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

For this New Sounds, hear some music from violinist/composer Jenny Scheinman, along with something new from violinist Carla Kihlstedt & percussionist/keyboardist Matthias Bossi.  These two, Kihlstedt & Bossi, have a new record of music for dance, Still You Lay Dreaming: Tales for the Stage, II, a companion album to their 2009 release, Ravish, and Other Tales for the Stage.  Also, indie chamber music from Clogs, and chamber folk from the Penguin Cafe Orchestra (not to be confused with the newly-formed "Penguin Cafe," which features founding member Simon Jeffes' son, Arthur.) 

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John Schaefer's Top 10 of 2010

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

For this New Sounds program, John Schaefer throws his annual, highly subjective, completely opinionated list of the ten best new-music releases of 2010 into the ring. Listen to the contenders for this year: a chamber ensemble (ahem, feat. members of the National)  in collaboration with an indie vocalist, a Genius-award-winning jazz pianist and his trio, a classical ensemble with a rock rhythm section made of members from an influential post-rock band, a singer-speaker-storyteller with an alter-ego, an indie-classical song cycle for the same vocalist as mentioned above, and an unexpectedly beautiful combination of poetry, singer-songwriter and avant-jazz ensemble.  Plus some of the usual suspects...

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Soundcheck

The Year So Far

Thursday, July 08, 2010

The year's only half over but the cream is already rising to the top.

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Gig Alerts: Clogs

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

These chamber-music-minded indie rockers will be appearing with Shara Worden tonight at the Bell House. Download their mellifluous track "Red Seas."

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Soundcheck CD Picks of the Week

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

This week’s picks include a new take on old string band music, a new song cycle with an indie rock accent, and a pianist fondly bidding adieu.

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