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New Releases, March 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014

It's the most wonderful time of the month - the showcasing of new releases! On this New Sounds program, listen to the pick of the piles, the cream of the crop. John Schaefer carefully sorts through the stacks and boatloads of new CDs & downloads which have come across his desk over the past month to present some of the finest new releases. Listen to music from trumpeter Ambrose Akimusire, along with a preview of the forthcoming record from Kronos Quartet.  There's also music from Bora Yoon, and a collaboration between guitarist Joel Harrison and sarodist Anupam Shobhakar. And much more.

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New Sounds

Music From the Near East and North Africa

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

For this New Sounds, listen to works from the Near East and North Africa, in both arrangement and intent.  Begin with music inspired by Marco Polo’s travels by oud player and Doctor of Byzantine musicology, Kyriakos Kalaitzidis.  Then, there’s music from Kronos Quartet and an arrangement of music by Syrian singer Omar Souleyman from their latest record “A Thousand Thoughts.”  Hear some music from Tunisia by percussionist Imed Alibi featuring singer Emel Mathlouthi on the tune “Maknassy."

 

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The Greene Space

On-Demand Video: Q2 Music Presents Kronos Quartet 40th Birthday Celebration

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Kronos Quartet, one of the most renowned and influential new-music groups of our time, celebrated its 40th anniversary with an exclusive evening of music and conversation in The Greene Space on March 24.

 

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Q2 Music

19 Composers on What Makes Kronos Kronos

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. 

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Q2 Music

Kronos at 40: 24-Hour Marathon Anniversary Stream

Monday, March 24, 2014

On March 29, Q2 Music streamed an encore of KRONOS AT 40 – a marathon of 24 distinct hours surveying the Kronos Quartet's colossal contributions to 20th and 21st century music.

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Q2 Music

Slideshow: 40 Years of Kronos Quartet Posters

Monday, March 24, 2014

Like the music itself, Kronos Quartet's artwork has always balanced an edgy, rock band-like aesthetic with touches of pop art and psychedelia alongside their more traditional classical roots. View our slideshow of favorite show posters over the last 40 years.

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New York Now

On-Demand Video: Kronos Quartet 40th Birthday Celebration

Monday, March 24, 2014

Watch the archived video webcast of the Kronos Quartet performing key works from their contemporary canon in The Greene Space, recorded live on Monday night.

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Q2 Music

Top 10 Essential Kronos Quartet Recordings

Monday, March 24, 2014

Kronos Quartet has been celebrating its 40th anniversary this season – 40 years of upending and then rebuilding our idea of what a string quartet can be. Here's a rundown of 10 of the quartet's most essential recordings.

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

Glenn Kotche's Colorful, Infectiously Rhythmic 'Adventureland'

Monday, March 17, 2014

"Adventureland" is the latest release from Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, and features music for the Kronos Quartet, Gamelan Galak Tika, and "two pianos vs. percussion." 

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New Sounds

Rogue Roundup - What's On Repeat at New Sounds

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

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Here are some of the musical selections that we’re most likely to have on repeat until Schaefer needs them.
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New Sounds

Southeastern European Laments

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Listen to Azerbaijani songs featuring the Alim Qasimov ensemble and arranged for the Kronos Quartet on this edition of New Sounds, from the record, “Floodplain.” Then something by PJ Harvey from “Let England Shake" with samples of what sounds like Turkish lamenting and kanun.  Also, listen to Southeastern European lament music from Ingram Marshall for voice and strings, his "Hidden Voices."  Plus, something by Serbian composer Boris Kovac, and more.

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New Sounds

Music From the Dark Side

Friday, December 13, 2013

Listen to music from the dark side for this New Sounds program. Listen to music associated with Tenebrae, the  Christian service held during Holy Week in the spring where candles are extinguished gradually until all that is left is darkness.  There’s a work by Bruce Dessner played by Kronos Quartet and featuring  Sufjan Stevens, “Tenebre,” along with the Irish choir Anúna performing Tenebrae in Gaelic.  Also, listen to nocturnes from the band Rachel’s, and a work by Missy Mazzoli.  Then, hear “Dark Was the Night,” a piece of Phil Kline’s millennial mass “John the Revelator” and a short dark piece from Brian Eno as well.

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New Sounds

A Modern Liederabend

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

It’s a modern liederabend, literally “song night,” for this New Sounds show.  Listen to vocal and choral music from living composers like Missy Mazzoli – and some of her multimedia chamber opera about Isabelle Eberhardt, as well as MIT professor Tod Machover – and an aria from his opera VALIS, based on the Phillip K. Dick novel.  Also, there’s music by Paola Prestini inspired by Kandinsky's 1912 manuscript of woodcuts and prose, “Sounds.”  Also, listen to new music from Bryce Dessner, featuring the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and Kronos Quartet from his recent release, “Aheym.”  And more.

This Friday, 11/22, and Saturday, 11/23 at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) is the third biennial Lieder-pa-looza, featuring many of these works.  Details here.

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Music for Strings, Old and New

Monday, November 04, 2013

For this New Sounds show, listen to music for strings, most at the suggestion of composer and guitarist Bryce Dessner, who suggested pairing his string quartet "Little Blue Something" with the piece that inspired it: "Little Blue Nothing" by the experimental Czech viola da gamba team of  Irena Havlova and Vojtěch Havel.  He also thought that some of Kronos Quartet's Early Music CD would go well.

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

The National's Bryce Dessner and Kronos Quartet Join Forces for 'Aheym'

Monday, October 28, 2013

Bryce Dessner, guitarist of The National, ventures deeper into classical composition with "Aheym," a collection of four works performed by the Kronos Quartet. Stream the full album this week.

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Soundcheck

Bryce Dessner: The National Guitarist Composes For The Kronos Quartet

Friday, October 18, 2013

Bryce Dessner, one of the twin guitarists in The National, talks about Aheym, a new recording of string quartet pieces he composed for the renowned Kronos Quartet.

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Soundcheck

Terry Teachout On Ellington; Bryce Dessner; Speedy Ortiz Plays Live

Friday, October 18, 2013

In this episode: Duke Ellington is one of the towering figures in American music, but there's more to his story than hits like "Take The A Train." Cultural critic and writer Terry Teachout discusses his new comprehensive biography about the iconic jazz composer and bandleader.

Then, Bryce Dessner, one of the twin guitarists in The National, is also a classically trained composer, who has now written a number of string quartet pieces for the renowned Kronos Quartet. 

And the Northhampton, Mass. noise pop band Speedy Ortiz performs songs from its debut record Major Arcana, and a brand new, still untitled song in the Soundcheck studio.

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New Sounds

Glass-y Music

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Hear fragile and glassy music on this New Sounds program, including low-fi, 1-bit electronic music by New York-based composer Tristan Perich.  Listen to the collision of math, physics, and code, in Perich’s “Observations,” for two crotales.  (Incidentally, 1-bit is the lowest possible digital representation of audio.)  Then there’s also music by Michael Hearst (he of One Ring Zero), from his latest, “Songs for Unusual Creatures.

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New Sounds

Electroacoustic Blends

Saturday, September 07, 2013

For this New Sounds, we’ll hear three recordings that feature a blend of acoustic instruments and electronic processing.  From a score to the new film by Bill Morrison, “The Miners’ Hymns,” listen to organ, brass ensemble, and electronics, by the master of mixing electronic and acoustic sounds - Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson.

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New Sounds

New Music From the Concert Hall

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Listen to some new music from the concert hall on this New Sounds program.  There’s music from composer Bryce Dessner, who has been working with Kronos Quartet on a series of pieces.  We’ll hear his “Aheym,” (‘homeward’ in Yiddish), touching on the idea of flight and passage, and dedicated to his grandmother, Sarah Dessner.” Also, hear new music from composer, singer, violinist and multi-instrumentalist Caleb Burhans and his latest release, the “emo-classical” epic, “Evensong.” 

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