Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Listen to music that grows out of American blues, folk, and the ragtime tradition, with a whole lot of fingerpicking guitar, on this New Sounds. There’s music from the great blues guitarist, Blind Willie Johnson, and variations on one of his most famous themes, “Dark Was the Night,” with variations from the Kronos Quartet, guitarist Gary Lucas, ETHEL with Lionheart in a mass by Phil Kline, and one by guitarist Ry Cooder as well. Plus, listen to music from John Fahey, and other fingerstyle guitarists like English guitarist Davey Graham, John Renbourn ( one of the founders of Pentangle), and the late American guitarist Jack Rose. And more.
Friday, June 13, 2014
Listen to excerpts from the long history - more than 25 years - of New Sounds Live performances on this program. Hear music from Irish-American band, Nightnoise (featuring members of the Bothy Band) and a medley recorded at Merkin Hall in 1989 as well as a performance from the Hungarian folk band, Muzsikas, recorded at St. Ann’s in Brooklyn. Listen to the Bad Plus recorded in 2009, from Merkin Hall, along with some silent film music by Al Kryszak, recorded live in 1999 at the World Financial Center, now called Brookfield Place. Plus, music by Jacob TV, performed by ETHEL, and much more.
Friday, December 13, 2013
Listen to music from the dark side for this New Sounds program. Listen to music associated with Tenebrae, the Christian service held during Holy Week in the spring where candles are extinguished gradually until all that is left is darkness. There’s a work by Bruce Dessner played by Kronos Quartet and featuring Sufjan Stevens, “Tenebre,” along with the Irish choir Anúna performing Tenebrae in Gaelic. Also, listen to nocturnes from the band Rachel’s, and a work by Missy Mazzoli. Then, hear “Dark Was the Night,” a piece of Phil Kline’s millennial mass “John the Revelator” and a short dark piece from Brian Eno as well.
Friday, September 07, 2012
It's that time of the month again for the new releases show on New Sounds. John Schaefer carefully sorts through the stacks, bins, and boatloads of new CDs and downloads, which have come across his desk over the past month to present some of the finest new releases. He'll pick the lentils from the ashes to present the cream of this crop.
Saturday, September 01, 2012
Listen to selections from Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson’s soundtrack to the beautiful animated short film Varmints. Hear a WNYC commission by composer Osvaldo Golijov, called "Radio," for hyper-accordion, string quartet and laptop, featuring samples from the WNYC archives, and ETHEL. There’s also a work by Ben Neill, who plays the "Mutant trumpet," an instrument with two bells welded to it, and enhanced by computer. Rounding out the show is music by Madelyn Byrne, from her suite for piano and computer, “The Elements.”
Friday, August 17, 2012
On this New Sounds, listen to pieces combining guitar(s) and strings with quasi-orchestral sounds, including a preview of the forthcoming record by guitar virtuoso Kaki King (pictured left), that features the string quartet, ETHEL. The tune we've picked is "The Fire Eater," from Kaki's "GLOW," due out in October. Also, hear "Dream Lightly," a work by New York-based composer Keeril Makan in collaboration with the American Composers Orchestra that uses the chiming and harmonics of electric guitar.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
From the New Sounds Live concerts at Merkin Hall, the string quartet Ethel plays music by Dutch composer Jacob TV (Jacob ter Veldhuis), including the controversial “Take A Wild Guess,” based on sound clips of prison inmates, and the lighthearted “Body of Your Dreams,” built around samples of TV infomercials.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Hear works based on earlier songs for this New Sounds program, including Bernard Hoey's “I Am Petrified,” based on Queen's "We Will Rock You." Also, listen to Don Byron's String Quartet,"Four Thoughts On Marvin Gaye," played by Ethel from their most recent effort, "Heavy."
Saturday, July 14, 2012
For this New Sounds, experience the music of Dutch composer, JacobTV, (Jacob Ter Veldhuis) who is something of an outlaw in the established modern classical music scene. Listen to the quartet ETHEL perform new versions of TV's works specially arranged for and dedicated to them, as recorded at a New Sounds Live Concert event at Merkin Hall in 2010. (Part 1 of 2.)