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Cultural Collisions

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Hear cross-cultural music, including piano music based on traditional Indian raga scales, a Persian bagpiper and Syrian sax player, Ethiopian music from the Netherlands, and more.

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Q2 Music

Finn-to-Finn: 24-Hour Marathons of Einojuhani Rautavaara and Kaija Saariaho

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

All day today, we celebrate the upcoming birthday of influential Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho with a 24-hour survey of her music, hosted by Phil Kline.

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WQXR Blog

Susanna Mälkki, Fabio Luisi Get New Conducting Gigs

Monday, September 01, 2014

The Nordic dining scene may be stealing news headlines and Michelin stars these days but on Monday, the region’s classical music scene was also drawing international attention.
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New Sounds

World Music From Europe

Monday, August 25, 2014

Listen to world music from Europe, much of it involving northern European musicians looking south towards the Mediterranean, North Africa, and the Near East for this New Sounds.

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New Sounds

Cultural Collisions

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

For this New Sounds, listen to some cross-cultural things, including piano music based on traditional Indian raga scales, music from a Persian bagpiper and Syrian sax player, Ethiopian music from the Netherlands, and more.  Saeid Shanbehzadeh from Iran plays the neyanban (Persian bagpipe) and saxophone player Basel Rajoub from Syria come together in a collaboration recorded in Lisbon, Portugal.  Also, hear music from Rajoub and his trio, which includes percussion and the traditional Persian zither, the qanun, along with a track from the duo of French guitarist Kevin Seddiki and Persian percussionist Bijan Chemirani. 

See Saeid Shanbehzadeh & Basel Rajoub, at 8PM Saturday night, Dec. 7th, 2013, at the Asia Society as part of "New Sounds from Iran - Sound: The Encounter, New Music from Iran and Syria." Read more. 

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New Sounds

World Music From Europe

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

There’s world music from Italy, the Netherlands, Finland, Poland, and other parts of Europe on this New Sounds show.  Listen to music from Caspian Hat Dance which suggests the Mediterranean, along with music that is Sardinian in origin, and music sung in Frisian, a language spoken only in the northern part of Holland.  Then, hear Czech music from Marta Topferova along with revolutionary gore songs and hardcore folk from Poland.  Plus, a mostly-immigrant, multi-ethnic band based in Italy reinvents music from all over the world, Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio, and more.

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New Sounds

New Music from Finland

Sunday, April 28, 2013

There’s music from Finland for this New Sounds, which is a musical hotbed of many genres: classical, folk, weirdly dressed heavy metal rock bands, and some of the less easily defined new music types.  We’ll hear from accordion virtuoso Maria Kalaniemi along with something else for accordion (& electronics) by Kimmo Pohjonen.

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Q2 Music

Esa-Pekka Salonen's Nordic Sounds Burn White Hot

Monday, January 14, 2013

Now that Elliott Carter has passed, we might well bestow the title of “world’s most impressive late-blooming composer” onto the shoulders of Esa-Pekka Salonen. Read a full portrait of the Finnish composer-conductor and listen to him introduce many of his key works.

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Radiolab

Krulwich Wonders: Finnish Underwater Ice Fishing Mystery Finally Solved

Saturday, November 10, 2012

NPR

I'm going to take you somewhere, but before I do, I should warn you that there's something not quite right about what you'll see. This place I'm going to show you will be astonishingly beautiful. It will be cold. It will be wet. But it will also be a touch -- more than a touch -- mysterious. So watch carefully.

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New Sounds

New Music from Finland

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

There’s music from Finland for this New Sounds, which is a musical hotbed of many genres: classical, folk, weirdly dressed heavy metal rock bands, and some of the less easily defined new music types.  We’ll hear from accordion virtuoso Maria Kalaniemi along with something else for accordion (& electronics) by Kimmo Pohjonen. 

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Schoolbook

Online Learning? Choice, Yes. But a Good One?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

After several months of reporting on K12, a publicly traded company that manages online learning programs, "a portrait emerges of a company that tries to squeeze profits from public school dollars by raising enrollment, increasing teacher workload and lowering standards," The New York Times reports.

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Operavore

Planet Opera: Nordic Opera Houses

Saturday, April 02, 2011

"If the new operatic Valhalla is in Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Denmark) or its Nordic cousin, Finland, I would have even more motivation to go," writes Fred Plotkin on WQX-Aria.

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New Sounds

New Music From Finland

Sunday, February 06, 2011

New music from Finland, including music for kantele (Finnish folk harp) and electronic soundscape is what’s in store for this New Sounds program.  Also, there’s music from the folk-pop-electronica group Varttina, along with a tune from the harmonium and fiddle-heavy Finnish folk revivalists JPP.  Plus, hear some new works built around pre-existing music, where contemporary ensembles perform strange and unexpected arrangements of Metallica, Kraftwerk and other rock songs.

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New Sounds

Choral Music from Eastern Europe

Saturday, January 15, 2011

For this New Sounds, listen to new choral music from Eastern Europe, including one by Georgian composer Giya Kancheli.  His 2005 “Amao omi” fuses Baltic folksong, liturgical choral music and minimalism and plays against sax quartet.  There’s also music by Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara, along with a new choral album of music by Estonia’s Veljo Tormis, and more.

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New Sounds

New Music from Finland

Thursday, January 13, 2011

There’s music from Finland for this New Sounds, which is a musical hotbed of many genres: classical, folk, weirdly dressed heavy metal rock bands, and some of the less easily defined new music types.  We’ll hear from accordion virtuoso Maria Kalaniemi along with something else for accordion (& electronics) by Kimmo Pohjonen.  Plus, there’s also music by multi-instrumentalist Pekka Pohjola, who was best known as a bass player, of the jazz-inflected (maybe even proggy) variety.  We might also hear music by Einojuhani Rautavaara, and perhaps even  “Winter was Hard,” by composer Aulis Sallinen in a Kronos Quartet performance.   All that, and more.

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Spinning on Air

Lau Nau and Kuupuu

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Lau Nau and Kuupuu are two musicians from Finland. Each in her own way is finding rich musical ground in the territory between song and sound. They join host David Garland in the WNYC Studio to perform and improvise, and to talk about their music.

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WQXR Blog

Finland's Time of Music Festival: Days 4-7

Friday, July 23, 2010

Participating composer and performer Matthew Whittall reviews the second half of Finland's premier contemporary music festival, Time of Music, a program peppered with names such as Marco Stroppa, Markus Trunk, Kaija Saariaho, Michael Jarrell, Joji Yuasa and Karlheinz Stockhausen. For those of you who haven't read the first installment of our Time of Music coverage, Matthew Whittall is a freelance composer, teacher, and music writer based in Helsinki, Finland.

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WQXR Blog

Finland's Time of Music Festival: Days 1-3

Friday, July 23, 2010

Finland is home to the longest-running festival of contemporary music in Scandinavia, Time of Music. Participating composer, performer and program writer, Matthew Whittall reviews the week of performances on-site, right from the lake country town of Viitasaari. Originally a Canadian, Whittall studied composition and performance in the states, but he now resides in Helsinki, where he is a composer, teacher, and music writer.

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Q2 Music

24-Hour Finn

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

From start to 'Finnish' on Tuesday, June 8, 2010, Q2 gives the internet airwaves over to Finland. 24-Hour Finn is the first in a series of continuous, day-long spotlights of different facets of today’s diverse and thriving New Music scene. Nadia Sirota, who just returned from touring in Iceland and Europe, hosts 24-Hour Finn.

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The Takeaway

A Finnish Student's Take on American High School

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Finnish student Elina Lamponen spent a year as an exchange student in small-town Michigan, and comments on leaving Helsinki and big-city life, as well as how American high school compared to her schooling thus far in Finland.

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