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Joanna Newsom

Spinning on Air

Instrument of the Angels

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Some performers are extending the harp into new territory, and their music is devilishly heavenly. David Garland presents new and old recordings by experimental harpists.

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New Sounds

With Guy Buttery

Friday, January 09, 2015

South African fingerstyle guitarist Guy Buttery performs in our studio without effects. Listen as he plays guitar like a zither, as an extension of tapping, to achieve slap harmonics.

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New Sounds

Orchestral Songs

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Once the province of classical or “adult contemporary” singers, the orchestra is increasingly being heard backing up adventurous rockers.  On this New Sounds program, we’ll hear Thomas Feiner, Bjork, David Sylvian, Kate Bush, Joanna Newsom, and Anne Ternheim, among others.

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The Brothers Balliett

The Harpsichord Show

Thursday, January 09, 2014

This week, the Brothers Balliett take a listen to one an oft-misunderstood instrument: the harpischord. Listen at 3 pm for performances by 17th century composer Froberger, songstress Joanna Newsome and Czeck composer Viktor Kalabis.

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New Sounds

With Guy Buttery

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

South African fingerstyle guitarist Guy Buttery joins John Schaefer in the studio to perform a live acoustic set without effects.  His exceptional world music for solo guitar evokes the rhythms of his native land unconsciously, while drawing on influences like Leo Kottke and Michael Hedges. Listen to a bit of guitar as percussion instrument in one of his pieces, “Sleep Deprivation.”  Then, hear another of Buttery’s insanely inventive techniques on a tune where he plays the guitar like a zither, as an extension of tapping, to achieve slap harmonics. 

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The Brothers Balliett

The Grown Person's Guide to the Orchestra: Piano, Harp & Percussion

Thursday, January 24, 2013

All good things must come to an end, and so this week, the Brothers Balliett close the month-long series The Grown Person's Guide to the Orchestra with a deep dive into the worlds of piano, harp and percussion.

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New Sounds

Harpie's Delight

Friday, August 03, 2012

Hear some long and winding music from Joanna Newsom's arresting and spectacularly arranged record, "Ys," for harp and voice. Also, there's Catalan, Spanish and Arabic poems set to music by Arianna Savall (yes, daughter of Jordi, THAT Savall) from her release "Bella Terra," along with works by Paris-based new-music harpist Hélène Breschand, from her solo effort "Le goût du sel." Plus, music that sneaks between the cracks of chamber music and noise from harpist Shelley Burgon and bassist Trevor Dunn, a tune from Bjork with harpist Zeena Parkins and more.

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New Sounds

A Wand'ring Minstrel…Aye!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Modern troubadours may not travel from court to court, but some musicians still keep the bardic tradition alive, telling stories and accompanying themselves on the harp.  We’ll hear from Joanna Newsom, a contemporary songwriter whose earlier epic work made a most memorable musical narrative out of her sister teaching her to name stars, accompanied by a concert harp.  From her 3-CD set called “Have One On Me,” we’ll hear “Go Long” in which she improbably manages to use “palanquin,” “bequeath,” and “Kentucky” in the same song.

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New Sounds

New Art Songs

Sunday, June 03, 2012

For this New Sounds, listen to new songs by Clogs who have borrowed voices from the indie rock world for their latest record, "The Creatures In the Garden of Lady Walton."  It’s a song cycle, written by violinist and singer Padma Newsome, featuring guest appearances from Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond, the National's Matt Berninger, and from Sufjan Stevens.

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New Sounds

A Wand'ring Minstrel…Aye!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Modern troubadours may not travel from court to court, but some musicians still keep the bardic tradition alive, telling stories and accompanying themselves on the harp.  We’ll hear from Joanna Newsom, a contemporary songwriter whose earlier epic work made a most memorable musical narrative out of her sister teaching her to name stars, accompanied by a concert harp.  From her 3-CD set called “Have One On Me,” we’ll hear “Go Long” in which she improbably manages to use “palanquin,” “bequeath,” and “Kentucky” in the same song.  

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New Sounds

New Art Songs

Thursday, May 19, 2011

For this New Sounds, listen to new songs by Clogs who have borrowed voices from the indie rock world for their latest record, "The Creatures In the Garden of Lady Walton."  It’s a song cycle, written by violinist and singer Padma Newsome, featuring guest appearances from Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond, the National's Matt Berninger, and from Sufjan Stevens.

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Soundcheck

Soundcheck CD Picks of the Week

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Our picks this week include a Queens DJ whose album flows like a symphony, some electronica from West Africa and the return of one of indie rock’s most polarizing figures.

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