Monday, October 17, 2011
On Saturday, Oct. 22 at 7 pm, the concluding night of the American Composers Orchestra's SONiC Festival, the Winter Garden at the World Financial Center played palatial host to the world premiere of composer-performer Bryce Dessner's double guitar concerto, St. Carolyn by the Sea. Featuring Bryce Dessner on guitar along with his twin brother Aaron Dessner, the SONiC-commissioned piece was led by American Composer Orchestra conductor George Manahan and hosted by John Schaefer from WNYC's New Sounds Live.
Friday, March 25, 2011
By WNYC Culture
Check out the live performance by the French swing band based in Brooklyn, Les Chauds Lapins. Using the instruments of traditional American music and an art rock sensibility, these lusty bunnies played the song "Le Fils de la Femme Poisson" (The Son of the Fish Woman) live in the Soundcheck studio.
Monday, March 07, 2011
irish fiddler Martin Hayes and guitarist Dennis Cahill recently stopped by WNYC's Soundcheck studios to play "The Custom House." Watch a video here.
Monday, December 20, 2010
By WNYC Culture
The Texas-born country rockers the Old 97's recently released their eighth studio album The Grand Theatre, Volume One. The Old 97's joined WNYC Host John Schaefer to talk about working with singer songwriter Steve Earle. Plus, check out our video of the group performing "The State of Texas" at WNYC.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
By WNYC Culture
He’s worked with über-producer Mark Ronson, Brit pop superstar Damon Albarn and Dave Sitek of TV On The Radio. Not bad for a guy who hasn’t released an album yet. The Brooklyn rapper and singer Theophilus London II recently performed live in WNYC's studios. Check out the video of Theophilus London's epic "Flying Overseas (BrooklynRemix)" here.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
When an artist dies, no one wants their art to do with them. That’s why estates – whether family-based or not –oversee what happens to a writer’s books or plays, a musician’s songs and recordings, an artist’s sketches and studies, etc.
Monday, March 15, 2010
I don’t always have my iPod on when I’m on the subways, but I do find it difficult to be in the car for any length of time without it. The radio will suffice for a short ride, but for anything over 20 or 30 minutes, I really want to have that control over what I’m listening to.
Friday, March 12, 2010
WNYC is not a typical workplace – employees have always been encouraged to listen to the radio while at work. Well, they’ve been encouraged to listen to one radio station in particular… but the point is, working for a media company means having media around you all day.
Monday, March 08, 2010
When word came that the new Peter Gabriel album would be a collection of covers, that made news throughout the music world. From Bowie to Arcade Fire, the set list is full of surprises. The fact that there would be no rock band in the usual sense, but rather an orchestra backing up his vocals, almost became an afterthought.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Annick Giroux’s book, “Hellbent For Cooking: The Heavy Metal Cookbook,” does not have a recipe for Angel’s Food Cake. Are you surprised? Annick asked members of lots of her favorite headbanging, ear-pinning metal bands to contribute recipes, and the results will surprise you.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
For me, in classical music, this was the decade of Osvaldo Golijov. The Argentine-born composer started the decade on a high note, with an extraordinarily colorful, multi-cultural setting of the St Mark Passion, and ended the decade wuth a world premiere based on the sounds of the radio.
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Having Sheryl Crow on the program today means a chance to ask a few questions of the 9-time Grammy winner. Which is good, because I’ve had one for her from the first time I heard the first line of the first song on her first record.