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Psychedelic World Music (Special Podcast)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

WNYC
Listen to world music that veers into psychedelic territory on this New Sounds, with Native-American inspired percussive drone music and Afrobeat from Brazil in music by Bixiga 70.

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Global Jazz

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hear global jazz like Vijay Iyer's "Playlist For An Extreme Occasion" - an intricate suite for piano, gaita, percussion, tabla, sheng, violin, viola & cello for the Silk Road Ensemble.

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New Sounds

Psychedelic World Music

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Listen to world music that veers into psychedelic territory on this New Sounds, with Native-American inspired percussive drone music and Afrobeat from Brazil in music by Bixiga 70.

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New Sounds

Global Jazz (Special Podcast)

Monday, December 23, 2013

WNYC
Hear an hour of global jazz on this New Sounds program, with unlikely combinations of instruments and worldwide influences colliding in unexpected and striking ways.

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New Sounds

Global Jazz

Monday, October 28, 2013

Hear an hour of global jazz on this New Sounds program, with unlikely combinations of instruments and worldwide influences colliding in unexpected and striking ways. Listen to pianist and composer Vijay Iyer's "Playlist For An Extreme Occasion," an eight-part work written for Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble.  It began as a musical interaction between sheng, tabla, and gaita, which evolved into an intricate suite for piano, gaita, percussion, tabla, sheng, violin, viola and cello.  (Vijay Iyer is also the recipient of the 2013 MacArthur Fellowship, the so-called "genius" grant.)

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New Sounds

Traditional Blend

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Hear unexpected blends of traditional music on this edition of New Sounds.  We'll listen to selections from bagpiper/composer Matthew Welch's band Blarvuster, an outfit that somehow pulls in Balinese/Indonesian gamelan, Celtic influences, minimalist licks, and a rock attitude to emerge with irresitible and unusual textures, both traditional and non. 

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New Sounds

Traditional Blend

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Hear unexpected blends of traditional music on this edition of New Sounds.  We'll listen to selections from bagpiper/composer Matthew Welch's band Blarvuster, an outfit that somehow pulls in Balinese/Indonesian gamelan, Celtic influences, minimalist licks, and a rock attitude to emerge with irresitible and unusual textures, both traditional and non. 

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New Sounds

Unusual Lead Instruments

Saturday, November 05, 2011

For this New Sounds, hear some recent recordings that feature a strange assortment of music-making devices.  From music boxes, a choir that whistles, and the Chinese double-reed woodwind instrument called the suona, we'll hear from Bill Frisell, John Hollenbeck's Large Ensemble, Beat Circus, and more.  Not to be outdone, there's something from Gordon Grdina’s East Van Strings which showcases the oud, Arabic lute, paired with Western strings.

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