Monday, March 24, 2014
Over the course of 50+ recordings and 800 commissions and arrangements, the Kronos Quartet has worked with a list of composers more diverse than perhaps that of any other ensemble. Listen to some of them talk about what makes the quartet so special.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
This week's show focuses on music that moves at a walking pace. From Scott Joplin's "A Real Slow Drag" to South African composer Kevin Volans's "Walking Song" this program explores the serenity, drama, and agitation expressed in music that moves at a slow tempo.
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.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
The American Contemporary Music Ensemble, known by it's clever acronym ACME, promises listeners Grade-A music and they never let an audience down. This young, New-York based 'indie-band' has been in high demand throughout the city and beyond, bringing their energy and passion for avant-garde programming and high-level performance everywhere they go. Though often paired with rock bands as the opening act, this concert on March 14 features ACME all on its own at (Le) Poisson Rouge performing a dual composer portrait of Kevin Volans and John Luther Adams.