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Damon Albarn

New Sounds

Still More World Music

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Sample an hour of global music rooted in traditional instruments, and western ones, featuring music by Syrian dabke artist Omar Souleyman and music from Ethio-jazzer Mulatu Astatke .

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New Sounds

Thinking Big

Monday, October 13, 2014

Hear songwriters take ambitious ideas and go for the orchestral & operatic on this New Sounds show, with music from songwriter, producer, performer & composer Jherek Bischoff & others.

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New Sounds

Music Based on East Asian Stories

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

For this New Sounds listen to ambitious works inspired by East Asian storytelling, including music based the classic Chinese epic tale – “Monkey,” as retold and done up by Damon Albarn.

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New Sounds

West Meets West Africa

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hear western music together with music of West Africa, as in music from the Beirut-born Raja Kassis or the Jewish Afro-beat party band Zion80, led by Jon Madof, and more.

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New Sounds

December 2013 New Releases

Thursday, January 02, 2014

For this New Sounds, John Schaefer sifts through the avalanche of CDs stacked dangerously in his office to find a sampling of new releases worthy of showcasing in tonight's New Sounds program.  Also, he'll cull through the digital offerings and look back at some of the things that came out during 2013 that might have gone unnoticed on the chaos that is his desk, and ahead to some of the things that 2014 holds.

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New Sounds

Thinking Big

Friday, September 13, 2013

Hear songwriters take their ambitious ideas and go for the orchestral and operatic on this New Sounds program.  There’s music from Jherek Bischoff, a songwriter, producer, performer and composer who helped kick off this year’s Ecstatic Music Festival back in the early spring.  Bischoff’s new recording, “Composed” is nine orchestral pop songs, meticulously layered, all featuring different vocalists, including Caetano Veloso and David Byrne.

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New Sounds

Still More World Music

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Sample an hour of global music, some rooted in traditional instruments, and some music that brings the west aboard as well.

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Operavore

'Monkey: Journey to the West': Lavish, Lightweight Summer Fare at Lincoln Center

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

This Chinese martial arts opera comes to Lincoln Center for 27 performances.

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New Sounds

Music Based on East Asian Stories

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

For this New Sounds listen to ambitious works inspired by East Asian storytelling.  There’s music based on one of the classic Chinese epic tales – “Monkey,” as retold and done up by Damon Albarn (of the Brit- pop band Blur, and of the animated rock band, Gorillaz), and Jamie Hewlett with many other participants.  “Monkey: Journey to the West” is a mammoth music theatre work/hybrid opera performed in Mandarin and features over 50 Chinese acrobats, martial arts experts and a team of tiny contortionists.  It will be part of the Lincoln Center Festival this summer. 

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New Sounds

Thinking Big

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Hear songwriters take their ambitious ideas and go for the orchestral and operatic on this New Sounds program.  There’s music from Jherek Bischoff, a songwriter, producer, performer and composer who helped kick off this year’s Ecstatic Music Festival back in the early spring.  Bischoff’s new recording, “Composed” is nine orchestral pop songs, meticulously layered, all featuring different vocalists, including Caetano Veloso and David Byrne. 

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New Sounds

Mali Music

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Listen to new music from the West African country of Mali, a veritable hotbed of great voices and great instrumentalists.  For this New Sounds, we’ll hear both the latest from Bamako-born Oumou Sangare ("The Songbird of Wassoulou") - "Seya," and Vieux Farka Touré (son of Ali Farka Touré) - "Fondo," along with something from the kora master Toumani Diabate. Plus, Nigerian kora player and composer Tunde Jegede offers a gorgeous reading of minimalism with Malian Royal Court Music, and more.

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New Sounds

Mali Music

Monday, August 16, 2010

Listen to new music from the West African country of Mali, a veritable hotbed of great voices and great instrumentalists.  For this New Sounds, we’ll hear both the latest from Bamako-born Oumou Sangare ("The Songbird of Wassoulou") - "Seya," and Vieux Farka Touré (son of Ali Farka Touré) - "Fondo," along with something from the kora master Toumani Diabate. Plus, Nigerian kora player and composer Tunde Jegede offers a gorgeous reading of minimalism with Malian Royal Court Music, and more.

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Studio 360

Bruce Willis vs. Gorillaz

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Bruce Willis is a car chase extraordinaire -- think the hair-raising flying car chase scene in 'The Fifth Element' (1997).  Now he's chasing down the Gorillaz (a band fronted by animated monkeys, but really the work of musician Damon Albarn and comic book creator Jamie Hewlett).  ...

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Soundcheck

When Opera Meets Animation

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Damon Albarn, frontman of the Britpop group Blur, and Jamie Hewlett, a comic-book artist and designer, first teamed up for the animated insanity of the “virtual band” Gorillaz. Now they’ve joined forces with actor and director Chen Shi-Zheng for “Monkey: Journey to the West,” a mash-up of opera, electronica, and ...

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