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Hauschka

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Prepared Pianist Hauschka on Friends and Influences

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Berlin-based pianist and composer Hauschka uses prepared piano as a vehicle for layered, mesmerizing improvisation-colored pieces. Hear his Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Hauschka

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A master of the "prepared piano" visits Le Poisson Rouge tonight.

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New Sounds

All Acoustic

Friday, February 06, 2015

Hear all-acoustic music, including works from Colin Jacobsen & the Silk Road Ensemble, violinist Hilary Hahn, and percussive baritone uke creations by guitarist Kevin Hufnagel.

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New Sounds

Tuff Strum

Monday, January 19, 2015

Listen to “Cello Multitracks” by Gabriel Prokofiev. The four-part suite calls for nine cellos, as realized by the technologically skilled cellist Peter Gregson, (yep, on all nine parts.)

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New Sounds

Piano Plus...

Sunday, November 16, 2014

For this New Sounds, hear music from the duo Moon Ate the Dark, along with other music for piano and electronics.

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New Sounds

Meetings of Two Tectonic Plates

Sunday, November 02, 2014

For this New Sounds, listen to some of the remarkable and unexpected collaboration between concert violinist/improviser Hilary Hahn & the German composer/keyboard player, Hauschka. 

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The Brothers Balliett

Whoa, Hilary Hahn is Kind of Joining the New Music World For Real

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Most people know violinist Hilary Hahn as the young woman that can thrash Tchaikovsky and Brahms. But she's been killing it with new music lately, too. Listen Thursday at 3 pm.

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New Sounds

Piano Insides

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Explore the sounds of a piano's insides on this New Sounds program.  From the prepared piano to the bowed and/or plucked piano strings inside the body of the beast, there are sure to be unusual sounds galore.  Listen to Ergo, an electro-acoustic trio - somehow both slinky and spacey - with trombone, prepared piano, drums, and special guests on guitar.

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New Sounds

Between Rock and Classical

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

For this New Sounds, there’s music that falls into the cracks between rock and classical, between popular music and contemporary chamber music.  Listen to music by Yann Tiersen, probably best known for the “Amelie” soundtrack.  Hear selections from his latest, “∞”(Infinity), which is a collection of songs, stories and instrumentals made mostly in Iceland and incorporating Breton and Icelandic, but also Faroese and English.

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New Sounds

New Releases, March 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014

It's the most wonderful time of the month - the showcasing of new releases! On this New Sounds program, listen to the pick of the piles, the cream of the crop. John Schaefer carefully sorts through the stacks and boatloads of new CDs & downloads which have come across his desk over the past month to present some of the finest new releases. Listen to music from trumpeter Ambrose Akimusire, along with a preview of the forthcoming record from Kronos Quartet.  There's also music from Bora Yoon, and a collaboration between guitarist Joel Harrison and sarodist Anupam Shobhakar. And much more.

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New Sounds

Abandoned Cities

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

On this New Sounds program, listen to a series of works about abandoned cities and towns. Sample works for prepared piano and electronics from German pianist and composer Hauschka (Volker Bertelmann)’s latest release, “Abandoned City,” inspired by different ghost towns throughout the world.  Then there’s music from Scotland’s Alasdair Roberts & Robin Robertson, from their excellent and stirring “Hirta Songs.” Listen to a work for piano by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies written in protest of the proposed uranium mine at Stromness, in Orkney, Scotland, along with another Hauschka work by the same name, but about a different locale - the whaling station on the South Georgia Island in the South Atlantic, “Stromness.”

 

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New Sounds

The Minimalist Influence

Friday, February 07, 2014

Hear some music that shows the influence of the repetitive musical language developed by Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, et al. – “Minimalism.” On this edition of New Sounds, listen to music from the late Canadian composer Michael J. Baker, leader of Toronto-based arraymusic.  Baker’s music clearly shows influence of minimalism, but it’s also infused with jazz and European classical music too. Then, hear minimalism meet the jazz world in music by Swiss pianist Nik Bärtsch and his band Ronin in as well as in music by the German prepared pianist/composer Hauschka.  Plus, music from the English group called Chambr, again - not quite chamber, not quite jazz, yet with a dusting of minimlism. 

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New Sounds

Tuff Strum

Friday, December 27, 2013

Listen to “Cello Multitracks” on this New Sounds program.  It’s Gabriel Prokofiev's four-part suite scored for nine cellos, as realized by the technologically skilled cellist Peter Gregson, (yep, on all nine parts.) The work is sometimes jarring, sometimes it grooves, then it will even scuttle like dust bunnies, whether plucked or scraped.

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New Sounds

Piano Plus...

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

For this New Sounds, hear music from the duo Moon Ate the Dark, which is Anna Rose Carter (piano) and Christopher Brett Bailey (treatments.) Carter provides soft peals of piano and Bailey weaves them together with dark washes of reverb, and other subtle electronic processing. There's also glitchy ambient music from Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto along with music from the Hilary Hahn & Hauschka release, "Silfra." And more.

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New Sounds

All Acoustic

Friday, October 11, 2013

It’s an all-acoustic program of music on this New Sounds, including music from Colin Jacobsen & the Silk Road Ensemble, violinist Hilary Hahn, and guitarist Kevin Hufnagel. If Hufnagel’s name sounds familiar, it could be because we heard from his ambient record “Transparencies” previously on New Sounds, or perhaps more likely, it is because of his work as a guitarist in Dysrhythmia, Gorguts, and Vaura, (largely metal outfits) among others. But on his latest release, “Ashland,” he has made a record of captivating and thoughtful instrumental miniatures built around the baritone ukulele, both prepared (with wooden file, hair elastic and sewing needle in the strings - nod to John Cage) and unaltered. 

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New Sounds

Meetings of Two Tectonic Plates

Monday, October 07, 2013

For this New Sounds, listen to some of the remarkable and unexpected collaboration between concert violinist and improviser Hilary Hahn & the German composer and keyboard player, Hauschka.  They perform for us works for violin and prepared piano, based on their record, "Silfra," which was named for the crack in Iceland between the American and Eurasian continents where the continental plates meet and drift apart about 2cm per year.  Interestingly, these live performances are different from the ones on "Silfra," because all of the pieces are improvised.

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Spinning on Air

Pianissimo

Sunday, August 25, 2013

The piano, or, to use its full name, pianoforte, earned its name because it can be played both quietly (piano) and loudly (forte). Lately there seems to be a trend toward the quiet side. David Garland presents an hour of pianissimo pianos.

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New Sounds

Northern Horns

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Hear the startling sounds of horns...of the North...on this New Sounds.  There's Alpine music for horns by the Russian composer Arkady Shilkloper, a member of the Moscow Art Trio, along with Danish composer Niels-Ole Bo Johansen's trombones and electronics.  Not to be outdone, Hauschka, (aka German pianist/composer Volker Bertelmann), has been at it again.  This time a playful collaborative “post-classical” record, “Salon des Amateurs,” with Calexico members John Convertino and Joe Burns, múm’s drummer Samuli Kosmine, and a guest spot by violinist Hilary Hahn.

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New Sounds

Piano Insides

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Explore the sounds of a piano's insides on this New Sounds program.  From the prepared piano to the bowed and/or plucked piano strings inside the body of the beast, there are sure to be unusual sounds galore.  Listen to Ergo, an electro-acoustic trio - somehow both slinky and spacey - with trombone, prepared piano, drums, and special guests on guitar.

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New Sounds

The 2012 New Sounds Listener Poll Results

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Listeners have spoken with their clicks!  We have the results of this year's poll, and there were some unsurprising contenders (Brian Eno, Philip Glass, and Bang on a Can) who annually make their way onto these lists, as well as a few shockers.  The listeners also happened to agree with some of John Schaefer's picks, as aired on last night's show.) Hear the full Listener Poll Top Ten Results tonight.

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