Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Hear new music from England, including brand-new off-world music from ”The Red Book,” the second record by the global chamber/world music group Penguin Café, (as led by Arthur Jeffes, the son of the late Simon Jeffes, founder of Penguin Café Orchestra). These Penguin Café works were written for the International Space Orchestra and NASA Ames in 2012, and were beamed into space as part of NASA’s Kepler project.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
For this New Sounds program, hear musical works that begin with a percussive idea, maybe even a traditional one, but then end up someplace else. Listen to a work by drummer/composer Dosh (probably better known as Andrew Bird’s collaborator for the past many years), who is also a multi-instrumentalist and a looper, besides. From his 2013 release, “Milk Money,” sample a bit of the expansive, pulsing layers of keyboard, vocal samples, and drums on Dosh’s “Legos (for Terry).” There’s also tropical jazz pop from the Danish artist Frisk Frugt (aka Anders Lauge Meldgaard) which marries folk marimba, electric guitar and toy horns, with the results emerging like a sonic road-trip to Burkina Faso by way of Denmark after having picked up a hitchhiking Terry Riley.
Monday, April 22, 2013
by the New Sounds Staff —
There’s been too much quiet for too long from the impatient staff. During the brief hiatus, the softball season began, and was then disrupted. (Go NYPR Independents!) The recently-hobbled and still impatient-to-recover staff has had a lot of fun on the internets while trying her level best to bounce back. Here’s a sampling of musical things that brought joy and delight while icing and elevating. Maybe someday John Schaefer will get a chance to hear them.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
For this New Sounds program, it's a step beyond your pocket calculator -we'll hear all sorts of arrangements of Kraftwerk songs. There'll be an acoustic version of "The Mirror Stage" featuring lutenist Josef van Wissem and guitarist Gary Lucas.
Saturday, April 09, 2011
...And only an hour of music for marimbas and marimba-like instruments from various traditions on this New Sounds program. Hear from Oreka Tx, a duo from Spain, who perform on an instrument made of cedar called the Txalaparta (it looks like pairs of wooden planks and is struck with mallets.) Also, listen to an arrangement of Steve Reich's "Electric Counterpoint" for marimba by Svet Stoyanov, a Professor of Percussion at Peabody. Plus, Super Marimba - music by Payton MacDonald, one of the founders of Alarm Will Sound. MacDonald makes a melodic stream of multiple layers of marimba, using looping machines and delay pedals, which then becomes several different simultaneous rhythmic cycles. And more.