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Soldier Songs

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Composer and founder of the new music group Newspeak, David T. Little, joins John Schaefer to present selections from his hour-long multimedia one-man opera, “Soldier Songs.”

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New Approaches to Shape Note Hymns

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

For this New Sounds, listen to music that is rooted in the shape-note singing tradition from the 19th century, with tunes and texts directly taken from Protestant hymnals, and other works originally notated in "shape notes" (square, round, triangular, and diamond-shaped note heads) that enabled non-music reading congregations to sing them. Listen to a brand new duo recording from trumpeter Dave Douglas and pianist Uri Caine, who arranged some of these tunes, and wrote originals inspired by these shape-note hymns, but wordless. Then, from Anonymous 4, listen to vocal renditions of these tunes, where the quartet sings the hymn through in the solfège syllables (do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti) before adding words on the second time around.

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Percussion Plus (Special Podcast)

Monday, April 28, 2014

WNYC

New Sounds takes a beating with music from Mantra Percussion, a superhuman group committed to pounding out new works and expanding the percussion repertoire.  Listen to “Science is Only a Sometime Friend,” a ringing chiming work for percussion and organ by Aaron Siegel.  Then listen to something new from percussionist/composer David Van Tieghem who has worked with Steve Reich, Laurie Anderson, Brian Eno, Talking Heads, and the Love of Lilfe Orchestra, to name a few.  His latest venture was based on recorded improvisations on a series of objects, which he then distributed to ten musicians.  They, in turn, manipulated the recordings and returned them to Van Tieghem, who then finished them into compositions.  Have a look-see, below.

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New Sounds Live at WFC, Mostly

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sample some of the new works premiered at our New Sounds Live concert series featuring the Brooklyn Phil (before the collapse) and their 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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Percussion Ensembles

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Hear music for percussion ensemble on this New Sounds, including brand-new music by Chicago-based composer Mason Bates from his record, “Stereo Is King.”  Written for Chicago Symphony Orchestra Principal Percussionist Cynthia Yeh, the title track is for electronics and a percussion trio of marimba, Thai gongs, and “toy drum set” (baby roto-toms and woodblocks) merged with processed Tibetan prayer-bowl recordings and restless drum n’ bass electronica. 

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Percussion Plus

Friday, January 24, 2014

New Sounds takes a beating tonight with music from Mantra Percussion, a superhuman group committed to pounding out new works and expanding the percussion repertoire.  Listen to “Science is Only a Sometime Friend,” a ringing chiming work for percussion and organ by Aaron Siegel.  Then listen to something new from percussionist/composer David Van Tieghem who has worked with Steve Reich, Laurie Anderson, Brian Eno, Talking Heads, and the Love of Lilfe Orchestra, to name a few.  His latest venture was based on recorded improvisations on a series of objects, which he then distributed to ten musicians.  They, in turn, manipulated the recordings and returned them to Van Tieghem, who then finished them into compositions.  Have a look-see, below.

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New Sounds Listener Poll 2013 Results

Thursday, January 09, 2014

The results are in, and thanks to all of the listeners who submitted their short-lists. Here's the rebuttal to last night’s program where we present what you, the listeners, have chosen as the best new music releases of 2013. Listen for some world music-inflected jazz, an acoustic piano trio (also Radiolab favorites), and two poignant records on themes of war and its aftermath.  Find out who emerged victorious from this year's contest on the 29th annual New Sounds Listener Poll show.

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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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Conducting Business

Variations on a Theme of Protest: Where are the Great Political Pieces?

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Can a symphony or an opera support political messages and affect change? Or does such music preach to the choir? Three guests debate these questions in this podcast.

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New Sounds Live at WFC, Mostly

Thursday, December 15, 2011

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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Brooklyn Philharmonic's New Music Sampler, Oct. 12, 2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

WNYC

This season’s New Sounds Live Concert Series gets underway when Mos Def, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, songstress Mellissa Hughes, and other special guests join members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic for a "reduction sampler."   Hear Derek Bermel’s arrangements of Mos Def’s original songs, 19th century Shape Note singing, works by David T. Little, Lev Zhurbin (aka Ljova), Corey Dargel, and Frederic Rzewski, all in small ensemble versions of music that the full orchestra will play later in the season.  The performance takes place at 7PM in the World Financial Center's Winter Garden on Wednesday October 12, 2011.  Admission is FREE.

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David T. Little: 'It's Not Just About the Art, It's About the Ideas'

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

WQX-Aria blogger Olivia Giovetti speaks with composer David T. Little about his upcoming performance of Soldier Songs, a searing, war-themed cycle, at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas.

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Project 440

David T. Little

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Although it might appear that the two works submitted here occupy different points on the musical spectrum, they are nonetheless unified by their source of inspiration: people’s everyday struggles, be they political, economic, or emotional. The exploration of these struggles has always been an important part of my work and is what has brought me to compose theatrical music with an explicitly political message. These elements—combined in equal part with my experience as a rock musician—have helped form my compositional voice.

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