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Traditional Folk Music Gone Global

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Hear some contemporary works based on folk traditions of America, Albania, & Armenia, from composer Eve Beglarian, duduk master Djivan Gasparyan & Albanian-Swiss singer Elina Duni.

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

You Won't Believe What They Eat In Iceland

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Take a big slab of shark meat, bury it in a pit and let it rot.  Then dig it up and hang it in a windy shack for 4 months.  No wonder the Vikings took to sea -- you would too, if dinner was hakarl.

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PRI's The World

Iceland's largest volcano might blow its stack

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Scientists say a rash of small earthquakes suggest that Iceland's largest volcano is about to blow. That could mean trouble for trans-Atlantic travelers but likely would be no big deal for local — and might even lead to a tourism boom.

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WQXR Blog

Musical Surprises Await in Iceland

Monday, August 11, 2014

Iceland is full of musical wonders, as a trip to the country's oldest music festival, and its newest concert hall, demonstrated.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Jón Gnarr Accidentally Became the Mayor of Reykjavik and Changed the World

Monday, June 23, 2014

Satire, dinosaurs, and a fight against corruption. That's not the plot of a sci-fi movie - it's a recipe for political success. 

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New Sounds

Electronic Places

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Hear electronic works on this New Sounds from three different countries - Iceland, Germany, and America, and about very specific places - Copenhagen, Milan, Borodino, near Moscow, the Okeefenokee Swamp, and an American piece about a French zoo.  Listen to electroacoustic wizard and composer Jóhann Jóhannsson’s score from an impressionistic documentary film by director Max Kestner, along with ethereal music from Sigur Ros.  There’s also music from Apparat, which is the stage name of German electronic musician Sascha Ring.  Plus, hear music from pioneering electronic musicians Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin, from their recent “Instrumental Tourist,” and more.

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WNYC News

Ten Musicians in One Art Piece About Marriage and Lust

Sunday, May 11, 2014

The work was inspired by a sex scene that included the artist's parents — and was captured on film.

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New Sounds

Cinematic Sounds of Iceland

Sunday, April 20, 2014

On this New Sounds program, we’ll hear a sampling of works from a concentrated new music hotspot: Iceland.  It’s a scene where rock music, orchestral music and electronics are blended freely and without regard for genre lines.  To get an idea, we’ll hear music by composer/producer Valgeir Sigurdsson, who balances chamber and classical against rock and electronica.  Plus, something from the now San Diego-based Anna Thorvaldsdottir, whose frosty orchestral music seems to invoke a shimmery soundworld of texures, even though it is played using just acoustic instruments on her record, “Rhizoma.”

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New Sounds

Traditional Folk Music Gone Global

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Tonight on New Sounds, hear some contemporary works that draw on the folk traditions of America, Albania, Armenia and sometimes intersect. From composer Eve Beglarian, listen to her piece, “I’m Worried Now But I Won't Be Worried Long,” which comes from the Mississippi Delta Blues, but its melody is a traditional Armenian folk song.  The song is part of her “River Project,” a trip she traveled the length of the Mississippi River by bike and kayak.

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The Takeaway

President of Iceland on the Future of the Arctic

Monday, October 07, 2013

Olafur Grimsson, the President of Iceland, has launched the first international gathering on the Arctic, called Arctic Circle. This gathering will take place from October 11 to 14 in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik, and will include international leaders and players from the worlds of business, science, politics and policy. President Gromsson explains the importance of the conference, and why the U.S. should be paying more attention to the arctic.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Icelandic Novelist Sjón

Friday, May 10, 2013

Celebrated Icelandic novelist Sjón has won many international awards and has been compared to Borges, Calvino, and Iceland’s other literary superstar, the Nobel Prize winner Halldór Laxness. His new novel The Whispering Muse is set in 1949, and follows Valdimar Haraldsson, an eccentric Icelander who joins a Danish merchant ship on its way to the Black Sea.

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New Sounds

Cinematic Sounds of Iceland

Monday, April 08, 2013

On this New Sounds program, we’ll hear a sampling of works from a concentrated new music hotspot: Iceland.  It’s a scene where rock music, orchestral music and electronics are blended freely and without regard for genre lines.  To get an idea, we’ll hear music by composer/producer Valgeir Sigurdsson, who balances chamber and classical against rock and electronica.  Plus, something from the now San Diego-based Anna Thorvaldsdottir, whose frosty orchestral music seems to invoke a shimmery soundworld of texures, even though it is played using just acoustic instruments on her record, “Rhizoma.” 

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New Sounds

Electronic Places

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Hear electronic works on this New Sounds from three different countries - Iceland, Germany, and America, and about very specific places - Copenhagen, Milan, Borodino, near Moscow, the Okeefenokee Swamp, and an American piece about a French zoo.  Listen to electroacoustic wizard and composer Jóhann Jóhannsson’s score from an impressionistic documentary film by director Max Kestner, along with ethereal music from Sigur Ros.  There’s also music from Apparat, which is the stage name of German electronic musician Sascha Ring.  Plus, hear music from pioneering electronic musicians Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin, from their recent “Instrumental Tourist,” and more.

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Soundcheck

Of Monsters And Men: Folk Anthems From Iceland

Monday, December 17, 2012

The Icelandic indie folk act Of Monsters and Men has had a quick rise, from playing a battle of the bands in Reykkavik, to having a Top 10 album in the United States, and a hit with the song "Little Talks." The seven piece band piles into the studio for a live performance.

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New Sounds

Traditional Folk Music Gone Global

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tonight on New Sounds, hear some contemporary works that draw on the folk traditions of America, Albania, Armenia and sometimes intersect. From composer Eve Beglarian, listen to her piece, “I’m Worried Now But I Won't Be Worried Long,” which comes from the Mississippi Delta Blues, but its melody is a traditional Armenian folk song.  The song is part of her “River Project,” a trip she traveled the length of the Mississippi River by bike and kayak. 

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Soundcheck

Sigur Rós, Live at Celebrate Brooklyn

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

The Icelandic band Sigur Rós - complete with wind, brass and string players - brought their soaring eerie melodies and crashing waves of sound to Celebrate Brooklyn's Prospect Park concert series on Tuesday night. Stream the entire show, which was recorded by WNYC in conjunction with NPR Music, and check out photos below.

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Soundcheck

Sneak Preview: Sigur Rós, "Valtari"

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Icelandic band Sigur Rós is set to release a new album called “Valtari” at the end of this month, but you’ll be able to hear the entire album streamed live on the Soundcheck site this Thursday evening.

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Soundcheck

Ólöf Arnalds: In Studio

Monday, May 14, 2012

Icelandic composer Ólöf Arnalds translates her country's rugged landscape into ethereal songs performed on guitars, violins and even the charango, a South American string instrument. After making a splash with her album "Innundir Skinni," featuring backing vocals by Bjork, Arnalds has released an EP of covers from artists such as Neil Diamond, Caetano Veloso and Bruce Springsteen, called "Ólöf Sings." She joins us to perform live in our studio.

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New Sounds

Cinematic Sounds of Iceland (Special Podcast)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

WNYC

On this New Sounds program, we’ll hear a sampling of works from a concentrated new music hotspot: Iceland.  It’s a scene where rock music, orchestral music and electronics are blended freely and without regard for genre lines.  To get an idea, we’ll hear music by composer/producer Valgeir Sigurdsson, who balances chamber and classical against rock and electronica.  Plus, something from the now San Diego-based Anna Thorvaldsdottir, whose frosty orchestral music seems to invoke a shimmery soundworld of texures, even though it is played using just acoustic instruments on her record, “Rhizoma.”

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New Sounds

Cinematic Sounds of Iceland

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

On this New Sounds program, we’ll hear a sampling of works from a concentrated new music hotspot: Iceland.  It’s a scene where rock music, orchestral music and electronics are blended freely and without regard for genre lines.  To get an idea, we’ll hear music by composer/producer Valgeir Sigurdsson, who balances chamber and classical against rock and electronica.  Plus, something from the now San Diego-based Anna Thorvaldsdottir, whose frosty orchestral music seems to invoke a shimmery soundworld of texures, even though it is played using just acoustic instruments on her record, “Rhizoma.”  

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