Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Though New York City's Dawn of Midi resembles a jazz trio, their mechanical, textured music has more in common with post-rockers Tortoise or the pensive electronica of Squarepusher than, say, Miles Davis. Hear their Mixtape today at 3 pm.
Monday, August 12, 2013
Bang on a Can, the composers collective and revolutionary force hatched a quarter century ago as a plot in an East Village diner, celebrates a milestone anniversary of creating and presenting new music on this New Sounds show. The Bang on a Can All-Stars, the resident ensemble of six musicians, give the unofficial US premiere of 3 parts of the suite "Field Recordings," with works by BoaC Co-founder Julia Wolfe, Florent Ghys, and Evan Ziporyn. Plus works by Bang on a Can's two other co-founders, David Lang and Michael Gordon.
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Composer and electric guitarist Mark Dancigers is Artistic Director of the New York-based NOW Ensemble, for whom he's composed numerous chamber works. His Mixtape includes music by Paul Lansky, Jan Gabarek as well as fellow composer-guitarist Steven Mackey. Listen at 3 pm.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
It's that time of the month again for the new releases show on New Sounds. John Schaefer carefully sorts through the stacks of new CDs, Soundcloud files, and the highly anticipated digital submissions which have come across his desk and into his inbox over the past month to present some of the finest new releases. He'll skim off the cream. He'll pick the lentils from the ashes. You get it.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Death Speaks, a song cycle composed by David Lang, is a luminous masterpiece. As restrained and melancholy as a Blue Period Picasso, it enchants on first hearing and sticks in the memory. Stream Lang's complete new album in full all this week.
Monday, April 22, 2013
This week’s episode of the New Canon features pianist Eve Egoyan's world premiere recordings of posthumous by Ann Southam, and music for brass by Andrew Rindfleisch. We also hear from our album of the week—a cycle of Schubert-inspired songs by David Lang that features performances by Shara Worden and Bryce Dessner.
Monday, April 01, 2013
Pillars of new music in New York—David Lang, Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe—join forces to create Shelter, a single piece of music, with successive movements in their audibly distinct but closely related styles. Stream the entire album this week.
Monday, April 01, 2013
This week we hear from a new compilation of contemporary Irish electroacoustic music, a recent recording of Penderecki and Lutoslawski and Ensemble Signal's new take on Shelter.
Thursday, March 07, 2013
Composer David Lang hosts a two-part series that explores how the breakthroughs of musical abstraction in the years 1910 to 1925 have found renewed voice in the music of today. Music of Julia Wolfe, Arnold Schoenberg and Glenn Branca.
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang hosts a two-part series that teases apart the threads of contemporary music that took inspiration from breakthroughs of 1910-1925. Part One, "The Consonant Show," streams Mar. 6 at 7 pm on Q2 Music.
Monday, February 11, 2013
Doug Perkins, a co-founder of the quartet So Percussion, releases his solo debut album, featuring works by Nathan Davis, David Lang and Michael Gordon. Listen to the full album stream.
Sunday, January 06, 2013
For this edition of New Sounds, listen to more highlights from the annual new music extravaganza, recorded live this past June of 2010 at the World Financial Center. We'll hear the concert version of "Shelter" by founding Bang on a Can composers Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, and David Lang, as performed by the new music supergroup, Signal, led by Brad Lubman.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Paris-based musician and composer Rhys Chatham once played a central role in the development of New York’s downtown music scene with a series of works for LOUD electric guitar. Now he‘s best-known most recently for high profile productions of his rugged noise symphonies written for hundreds of softly played electric guitars (and basses.)
Thursday, December 06, 2012
Pulitzer-Prize winning composer and one of the three founders of Bang on a Can, David Lang, along with the women of vocal quartet Anonymous 4 join us to preview the work Lang has just written for the group, “love fail.” Like his “Little Match Girl Passion,” the new work centers on the sound of four voices and percussion. But in the piece, “love fail,” these components are the centerpiece of a multi-media extravaganza, including sound design, lighting design, projections and video, along with clothing and sets.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy joins us to present some recent recordings, featuring Ireland’s leading new music group, the Crash Ensemble, and the sean nos singer Iarla O Lionaird. Inspired by the sean nos tradition, we'll hear Dennehy's "Aisling Gheal" (Bright Vision) together with "AsAnNos." Plus, the Crash Ensemble plays music by David Lang and Terry Riley, along with some of their New Sounds Live concert from Merkin Hall from a few years ago.