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New Releases, March 2012

Friday, March 30, 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.

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NightMusic III

Sunday, March 25, 2012

This is another part in the series, "NightMusic"  an hour of works that evoke the darkness, the stillness, the mystery and the uncertainty of night.  We'll hear "Dark Was The Night" a song without words from Phil Kline's apocalyptic mass, "John the Revelator," featuring the vocal group Lionheart and the quartet Ethel.  Plus, music by John Adams, his powerful and terrifying "Night Chorus" from the opera "The Death of Klinghoffer," and other works.

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Osvaldo Golijov's Birthday Tribute

Monday, December 05, 2011

For this New Sounds, we mark the birthday of the Argentinian-born American-based composer Osvaldo Golijov, who has -not once but twice- made John Schaefer's complete biased look at the top ten records of the past decades or so.  Golijov is an artist who is not afraid of unusual sound sources, both new and old, borrowing freely, incorporating electronics, hyperinstruments and/or processing, and he also plays well with others.

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Acoustic Music with Computers

Friday, September 16, 2011

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.”

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New Americana

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Listen to some examples of new American blues and gospel, and other traditional American folk music on this New Sounds program.  We'll hear an eerie revival of the Skip James classic "Special Rider Blues" from the recent record, "Rishte," a collaboration between guitarist Gary Lucas and Anglo-Indian vocalist Najma Akhtar. Plus, a reworking of a classic hymn tune, microtonal blues, and a lot more.

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WQXR Features

Café Concert: Jennifer Choi

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Ethel, the New York string quartet known for its use of improvisation and amplification, has just welcomed Jennifer Choi to the group. Watch a video of this dynamic young violinist performing in the WQXR Café.

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Cued Up

San Francisco/Boston Treats

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Meet the Composer, an advocacy organization for contemporary music, recently held a three-concert festival in New York City. Hear Ethel, Metropolis Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound and Music from China perform several premieres on today's show.

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The New Canon

Ethel Central

Monday, July 18, 2011

This week on The New Canon, we chat with Jennifer Choi, the newest member of the string quartet Ethel, along with fellow Ethel violinist and composer Cornelius Dufallo.

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New Sounds

New Sounds Live: Ethel plays Jacob TV, Part II

Thursday, July 07, 2011

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.

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ETHEL Plays Jacob TV, I

Friday, June 24, 2011

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.)

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Q2 Music Live Concerts

Three-City Dash: Ethel and Alarm Will Sound

Thursday, June 16, 2011

This performance at (Le) Poisson Rouge on April 11 features New York-based ensembles Ethel and Alarm Will Sound, performing brand new works by San Francisco-based composers Dohee Lee and Ken Ueno.

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New Sounds

Medieval Modernism

Sunday, April 24, 2011

For this New Sounds, listen to Medieval Modernism, as Ambrose Field builds an electronic edifice on the 15th century music of Guillame Dufay.  Field describes: "The fragments of original Dufay are always presented entirely unaltered, and serve as a reference point within what is new." 

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WQXR Features

Trout Week: Ethel

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Trout Week continues at The Greene Space tonight with Ethel. The group has been a role model for anyone who believes that a string quartet can act and even sound like a rock band. Read more and get a free Catch of the Day download.

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New Sounds Live Mementos

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Hear some musical memories from the New Sounds Live concert series on this program.   The California EAR Unit plays "Coming Together" by Frederic Rzewski - a socially conscious work - and one of his masterpieces.  Also, Lionheart and the quartet Ethel play an excerpt from the new commercial release of "John The Revelator" by Phil Kline, a work commissioned by WNYC.  Plus, music by Terry Riley & The All Stars, Peter Garland, and more.

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NightMusic III

Monday, March 14, 2011

This is another part in the series, "NightMusic"  an hour of works that evoke the darkness, the stillness, the mystery and the uncertainty of night.  We'll hear "Dark Was The Night" a song without words from Phil Kline's apocalyptic mass, "John the Revelator," featuring the vocal group Lionheart and the quartet Ethel.  Plus, music by John Adams, his powerful and terrifying "Night Chorus" from the opera "The Death of Klinghoffer," and other works.

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Osvaldo Golijov's 50th Birthday Tribute

Sunday, December 05, 2010

For this New Sounds, we mark the 50th birthday of the Argentinian-born American-based composer Osvaldo Golijov, who has -not once but twice- made John Schaefer's complete biased look at the top ten records of the past decades or so.  Golijov is an artist who is not afraid of unusual sound sources-both new and old, borrowing freely, incorporating electronics, hyperinstruments and/or processing, and he also plays well with others. 

 

Cued Up

JacobTV and Ethel

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Listen to on-demand streaming audio of the full Ethel Plays JacobTV -- the next in our ongoing series of New Sounds Live webcasts on Q2. Hear the music of Dutch avant-pop composer Jacob Ter Veldhuis, aka JacobTV, performed by the Ethel string quartet, 24/7 at your convenience, as recorded live on Thursday, March 11, 2010 at Merkin Concert Hall. This concert contains strong language.

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New Americana

Friday, September 10, 2010

Listen to some examples of new American blues and gospel, and other traditional American folk music on this New Sounds program.  We'll hear an eerie revival of the Skip James classic "Special Rider Blues" from the recent record, "Rishte," a collaboration between guitarist Gary Lucas and Anglo-Indian vocalist Najma Akhtar. Plus, a reworking of a classic hymn tune, microtonal blues, and a lot more.

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