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New Releases February 2015

Friday, February 27, 2015

Brand new music by saxman Colin Stetson & violinist Sarah Neufeld, the Northumbrian folk phenoms The Unthanks, Scottish band Treacherous Orchestra, & Malian music from the BKO Quintet.

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New Music Based on Gospel, Spirituals & Folk Hymns

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Listen to works inspired by gospel, early folk hymns, spirituals, and shape note singing, including music by Jaimeo Brown and Colin Stetson on this New Sounds program. 

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Virtuosic Works for Winds and Piano

Monday, July 14, 2014

For this New Sounds, sample virtuoso works for piano and/or saxophone, including music from a set of duets by saxophonist Charles Lloyd and pianist Jason Moran. Composed by Lloyd and dedicated to his great-great-grandmother, who was taken from her home in south Mississippi at age 10 and sold to a slave-owner in Tennessee, the suite of pieces is something of a meditation about her life - the loss of her family, loneliness, dreams, sorrow, and songs to her newborn children.  It's eloquent, thorny, and heartfelt.

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Music for Saxophone(s)

Saturday, July 13, 2013

For this New Sounds, there’s music from Montreal-based musician Colin Stetson on (mostly bass) saxophone without looping or overdubbing. (How DOES he do it?)  Stetson’s technique of circular breathing (much like digeridoo players) combined with nearly 20 microphones placed all over a studio- including on Stetson’s throat and on the instruments themselves - created an original palette of sounds, thanks to producer Shahzad Ismaily and engineer Efrim Menuck from Godspeed You! Black Emperor/A Silver Mt Zion.  Ben Frost then mixed these tracks into a haunting and riveting record, “New History Warfare Vol. 2 .  (Excited note: guest appearances by both Shara Worden and Laurie Anderson.)

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New Music Based on Gospel, Spirituals & Folk Hymns

Monday, May 20, 2013

Listen to works inspired by gospel, early folk hymns, spirituals, and shape note singing on this New Sounds program.  There's an intense and shimmering setting by drummer Jaimeo Brown of the gospel hymn “Everything is Moving by the Power of God," which incorporates samples from the rural Alabama gospel group the Gee’s Bend Quilters from their 1941 and 2002 recordings.  On drums, Brown builds and highlights the ecstatic melody of the gospel group by way of crashy and tasteful washes of cymbals.  Then, as the sampled voices fade away, that build gradually gives way to pianist Geri Allen’s inspired and passionate improvisation on the melody of the tune.

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Gig Alert: Colin Stetson

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

WNYC

The inventive saxophonist Colin Stetson plays Le Poisson Rouge Wednesday. Download “High Above A Grey Green Sea”

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Admitting Our Musical Guilty Pleasures; Colin Stetson

Monday, May 06, 2013

In this episode: All this week, we’re talking about musical guilty pleasures. We talk with Grantland writer Andy Greenwald about his claim that he has none – and, we talk with Northwestern University marketing professor Kelly Goldsmith about how the emotion of guilt could be making that Britney Spears track sound even better.

Plus, string quartet Brooklyn Rider shares some of their musical guilty pleasures – including one that inspired us to create a mashup that you won’t hear anywhere else.

And, Colin Stetson is the go-to sax player for groups like Arcade Fire and Bon Iver. But his new album To See More Light is just him on his own– although you might not believe it. He plays live.

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Colin Stetson Ends 'Warfare'

Monday, May 06, 2013

Hear the inventive saxophonist perform live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Virtuosic Works for Winds and Piano

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

For this New Sounds, sample virtuoso works for piano and/or saxophone, including music from a set of duets by saxophonist Charles Lloyd and pianist Jason Moran. Composed by Lloyd and dedicated to his great-great-grandmother, who was taken from her home in south Mississippi at age 10 and sold to a slave-owner in Tennessee, the suite of pieces is something of a meditation about her life - the loss of her family, loneliness, dreams, sorrow, and songs to her newborn children.  It's eloquent, thorny, and heartfelt.

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Music for Saxophone(s)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

For this New Sounds, there’s music from Montreal-based musician Colin Stetson on (mostly bass) saxophone without looping or overdubbing. (How DOES he do it?)  Stetson’s technique of circular breathing (much like digeridoo players) combined with nearly 20 microphones placed all over a studio- including on Stetson’s throat and on the instruments themselves - created an original palette of sounds, thanks to producer Shahzad Ismaily and engineer Efrim Menuck from Godspeed You! Black Emperor/A Silver Mt Zion.  Ben Frost then mixed these tracks into a haunting and riveting record, “New History Warfare Vol. 2 .  (Excited note: guest appearances by both Shara Worden and Laurie Anderson.)

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Gig Alert: Colin Stetson

Friday, August 12, 2011

Colin Stetson, who is a bass saxophonist to the (indie) stars, plays his bizarre, beautiful solo saxophone music at 92Y Tribeca Friday night. Download "The Stars In His Head" here.

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Post-Jazz

Sunday, June 19, 2011

What do you get when you infuse driving rock rhythms and cover songs, along with folk traditions of several countries together and put it in the hands and horns of jazz players?  Well, for this New Sounds, we'll call it "post-jazz."  Folks like The Bad Plus make this music, having fun by covering songs by Yes or Rush, and upping the fun quotient even more by doing arrangements of songs by Ligeti and Stravinsky. 

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