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New Sounds

New Music for Thumb Piano

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Listen to new music using various forms of the African thumb piano for this New Sounds, featuring works by Dutch cellist Ernst Reijseger, and the Norwegian Karl Seglem, among others.

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New Sounds

Big Sounds, Small Ensembles

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

For this New Sounds program, listen to smaller groups who are capable of large expansive sounds.  There’s music by the Cinematic Orchestra, led by keyboardist/composer Jason Swinscoe, which is surely filmic in scope, while informed by jazz and electronica.  Then, sample music by bass player Skúli Sverrisson & sax player Óskar Guðjónsson, from a record that they did together, “Box Tree,” which comes folded up in a map.

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New Sounds

New Music for Thumb Piano

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The thumb piano (or mbira, kalimba, sanza, likembe), consists of a wooden board with attached staggered metal keys, and is widely heard throughout the Eastern and Southern African continent.  However, for this New Sounds, listen to music from Europe, North and South America, as well, using various forms of the African thumb piano.  To start, there’s music from Zimbabwe's Queen of Mbira, Stella Chiweshe, a trailblazer who learned her craft in the mid-late 1960's when it was forbidden for a woman to play the instrument.  Then, hear music by Nathan Davis which is inspired by the function of mbira music in the life rituals of the Shona people of Zimbabwe.

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New Sounds

Big Sounds, Small Ensembles

Monday, April 15, 2013

For this New Sounds program, listen to smaller groups who are capable of large expansive sounds.  There’s music by the Cinematic Orchestra, led by keyboardist/composer Jason Swinscoe, which is surely filmic in scope, while informed by jazz and electronica.  Then, sample music by bass player Skúli Sverrisson & sax player Óskar Guðjónsson, from a record that they did together, “Box Tree,” which comes folded up in a map.

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