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Monday, September 16, 2013
Despite this month's phenomenal, forward-looking programs on Q2 Music's Lucerne Festival webcasts, there is a conspicuous absence of music by one of the festival's artistic gurus—and one of the most influential musicians of the last fifty years—Pierre Boulez.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Composer, producer, performer, conductor, record label founder, and musical ringleader John Zorn (add “genius” in there too – he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship) joins us for this New Sounds program to present selections from his massive Masada Project, Book 2: Book of Angels. Comprised of over 300 tunes, the Book of Angels is inspired by traditional Jewish music and at various points combines jazz with elements of psych-rock, many world music traditions, brass band parades, and thrash metal. On the occasion of his 60th birthday, Zorn came by the studio to present music from just some of the recordings of The Book of Angels. Listen to selections by Secret Chiefs (members of Mr. Bungle), pianist Uri Caine, Pat Metheny, the Masada Quintet featuring Joe Lovano, Mycale (a vocal quartet), cellist Erik Friedlander, and many others. The rest of the music, which was too much to fit into one New Sounds show is part of this Bonus Podcast.
Monday, September 09, 2013
Maverick force of nature and New York new music fixture John Zorn turned 60 last week and the whole city is celebrating. This week on Hammered! we explore his tremendously varied keyboard output alongside the music of other modern musical mavericks.
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Listen to music from mid-sized ensembles on this New Sounds program. There’s music from Daniel Wohl and members of TRANSIT from his record, “Corps Exquis,” as a sextet, involving electronics. Then listen to the Bar Kokhba Sextet playing music by John Zorn, from Book of Angels; the volume is titled “Lucifer.” The record is one of many in the 2nd part of his large “Masada” collection of pieces, all performed by other artists and ensembles.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Listen to some music for Rosh Hashanah, ("head of the year"), the Jewish New Year, on this New Sounds program. Hear some music by Frank London of the Klezmatics, from his soulful collection of classic synagogue chanting (hazonos), scored for trumpet solo, harmoniums, glass harmonica and bass. There's also music by Steve Reich, from "Tehillim," - Part 3. Plus, music by clarinetist Andy Statman and small ensemble music from John Zorn's Masada project.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
German percussionist and producer Sven Kacirek collected field recordings from his travels along the Kenyan coast and in the hinterland near Lake Victoria. Then, with a bit of studio wizardry, he layered marimba, piano, and various other percussion atop the Kenyan musicians. We’ll listen to this musical journey through Kenya for this New Sounds program.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Founding violinist of Kronos Quartet, David Harrington joins John Schaefer to take a retrospective look at 40 years of musical adventure. Harrington recounts stories, including their very first commission (paid to the composer in coffee and donuts), meeting John Zorn at a New York City noodle restaurant, convincing Steve Reich to write for string quartet, and first meeting their frequent composer-collaborator, “Father of Minimalism” Terry Riley.