Wednesday, March 19, 2014
On this New Sounds program, listen to a series of works about abandoned cities and towns. Sample works for prepared piano and electronics from German pianist and composer Hauschka (Volker Bertelmann)’s latest release, “Abandoned City,” inspired by different ghost towns throughout the world. Then there’s music from Scotland’s Alasdair Roberts & Robin Robertson, from their excellent and stirring “Hirta Songs.” Listen to a work for piano by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies written in protest of the proposed uranium mine at Stromness, in Orkney, Scotland, along with another Hauschka work by the same name, but about a different locale - the whaling station on the South Georgia Island in the South Atlantic, “Stromness.”
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
For this New Sounds, listen to music that mixes together the traditions of South Asia and the middle East and just as far west as Turkey. Brooklyn-based Nashaz brings the Arab classical music influence to their oud-led jazz outfit, playing with scale, “Hijaz.” (Leader and oud player Brian Prunka also runs an Arabic jazz blog, as well as an oud site, for delving into the all the music theory.) Also, Niyaz, the Montreal-based Iranian-American group, brings the Persian influence, and features hammered dulcimer.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
For this New Sounds, listen to a combination of strings and drones from the likes of American composer Ellen Fullman, the South Indian-born double violinist known as Shankar, (formerly L. Shankar, not to be confused with the late Ravi Shankar), along with Maya Beiser and Kayhan Kalhor. Ellen Fullman is best known for her work with the long-string instrument (LSI), a curious way of using physics and acoustics to make music. The LSI is an array of bronze wires (maybe 20 meters or more in length) strung near waist height across a performance space and played by rubbing rosined fingertips while walking between banks of strings. The overtones of the strings as well as the room interact and make the giant instrument.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
For this New Sounds, listen to some small ensemble works revolving around the sounds of Persian and Arabic instruments and melodies. We'll hear "Silent City" from Kayhan Kalhor with Brooklyn Rider, along with some music from Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble. Plus, listen to the Kronos Quarte recording, "Floodplain", and more.