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Kronos Quartet at 40

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.

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New Sounds

New Releases, April 2013

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

It's that time of the month again for the new releases show on New Sounds. John Schaefer carefully sorts through the stacks of new CDs, Soundcloud files, and the highly anticipated digital submissions which have come across his desk and into his inbox over the past month to present some of the finest new releases. He'll skim off the cream. He'll pick the lentils from the ashes. You get it.

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New Sounds

Alone at My Wedding

Monday, April 29, 2013

This New Sounds is all about party music from the Balkans, Near East, and Central Asia.  From the frantic and sweaty pop that provides the soundtrack for celebrations in Egypt, to Punjabi wedding music, it’s all here.  Listen to music from the Albanian horn band Fanfara Tirana, along with a Bjork tune arranged by Syrian pop legend Omar Souleyman.  Then there’s music from Egyptian DJs of the Cairo Liberation Front, and music from Brooklyn-based Punjabi sweaty-making party band, Red Baraat.  Plus, listen to the highly danceable Syrian electronic dabke music, also heard at weddings and parties.  And more.

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New Music from Finland

Sunday, April 28, 2013

There’s music from Finland for this New Sounds, which is a musical hotbed of many genres: classical, folk, weirdly dressed heavy metal rock bands, and some of the less easily defined new music types.  We’ll hear from accordion virtuoso Maria Kalaniemi along with something else for accordion (& electronics) by Kimmo Pohjonen.

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Indian Music Infusion

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Chandrika Krishnamurthy Tandon, a 2011 Grammy nominee, sings world music fusion, mainly informed by Indian classical music. On her record, “Soul Call,” she set a six thousand-year old eight-syllable chant to music, with each of the eight songs following a different raga.  For this New Sounds, we’ll sample from this record and its mélange of acoustic Indian classical, Indian folk instruments and Western instruments, together with her voice.  Also, we’ll listen to music from Najma, Sheila Chandra, and more.

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New Sounds

Still More Cool Stuff: Ensemble Bash, Cellos for Film, String Quartet & Gamelan

Monday, April 22, 2013

WNYC

There’s been too much quiet for too long from the impatient staff.  During the brief hiatus, the softball season began, and was then disrupted. (Go NYPR Independents!)  The recently-hobbled and still impatient-to-recover staff has had a lot of fun on the internets while trying her level best to bounce back.  Here’s a sampling of musical things that brought joy and delight while icing and elevating. Maybe someday John Schaefer will get a chance to hear them.

 

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Mixtapes

Rocking Hard and Subverting Expectations with Dan Visconti

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

With commissions from the Kronos Quartet and the Minnesota Orchestra and an upcoming Carnegie Hall premiere, composer Dan Visconti is impressively busy. Hear his Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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New Sounds

Southeastern European Laments

Monday, November 26, 2012

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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Mixtapes

The World of Music: David Harrington's Mixtape

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

For this week's mixtape violinist David Harrington of the Kronos Quartet offers a playlist that jumps freely across time periods and continents, from Eric Satie to Nam June Paik to traditional Scandinavian folk music.

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Q2 Music

Kronos Quartet's David Harrington on Glass as Leader

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

For 30 years, the music of Philip Glass has played a large and vital role in the work of Kronos Quartet. His "Mishima" was our very first film soundtrack recording. The only concert we ever played in a graveyard was with Philip in Spain. It was Philip who introduced us to Foday Musa Suso, the great kora player from Gambia. We played "Dracula" together in Canada on the horrifying night that Al Gore won the election and then didn't. Then...

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New Sounds

New Music from Mexico

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Hear music from south of the border, from the Mayan-influenced flute playing of Horacio Franco to the electronica of Café Tacuba; with Kronos Quartet.  Also, music from Lila Downs, music by Antonio Zepeda, Ariel Guzik, and more.

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Electroacoustic Blends

Monday, August 06, 2012

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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Glass-y Music

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

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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Silk Road Ensemble and Side Roads

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble explored the music of the famed trade route, and for this New Sounds program, we’ll follow some of the side roads, featuring musicians from the Silk Road Ensemble.  Hear from Japanese composer and shakuhachi player Kojiro Umezaki, who incorporates both traditional instruments and technology into his work.   We’ll hear one of Umezaki’s compositions, performed by Brooklyn Rider (also musicians of the Silk Road Ensemble.)

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New Music from Hungary

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Hear works by Hungarian composers and musicians on this New Sounds, including Istvan Marta, György Ligeti, and the Amadinda Percussion Group.  Amadinda happens to be the first professional percussion group in Hungary and has had a number of works commissioned for them, including one by Hungarian composer Istvan Marta.  Marta, has been called a bit of a minimalist who works in folkloric Hungarian and Transylvanian touches, sometimes even field recordings.

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Indian Music Infusion

Friday, May 04, 2012

Chandrika Krishnamurthy Tandon, a 2011 Grammy nominee, sings world music fusion, mainly informed by Indian classical music. On her record, “Soul Call,” she set a six thousand-year old eight-syllable chant to music, with each of the eight songs following a different raga.  For this New Sounds, we’ll sample from this record and its mélange of acoustic Indian classical, Indian folk instruments and Western instruments, together with her voice.  Also, we’ll listen to music from Najma, Sheila Chandra, and more.

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New Music from Finland

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

There’s music from Finland for this New Sounds, which is a musical hotbed of many genres: classical, folk, weirdly dressed heavy metal rock bands, and some of the less easily defined new music types.  We’ll hear from accordion virtuoso Maria Kalaniemi along with something else for accordion (& electronics) by Kimmo Pohjonen. 

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The New Canon

What's New, Pussycat?

Friday, February 17, 2012

In lieu of a chat this week, the New Canon is all new with some recent releases worth a closer listen. We'll hear some selections from our latest Album of the Week, Ben Frost's and Daníel Bjarnason's Tarkovsky-inspired Solaris, a Messaien-inspired piano and birdsong concerto, and more.

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

The Kronos Quartet Displays the Duality that Drives Vladimir Martynov

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

In a release presciently appropriate to the current clashes in Russia, the Kronos Quartet lays down three dramatic works by Muscovite composer Vladimir Martynov.

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New Sounds

New Releases, December 2011

Friday, December 30, 2011

It's the most wonderful time of the month!  John Schaefer sifts through the deluge of CDs (and digital offerings) which has flooded his office to find a sampling of new releases worthy of showcasing in tonight's New Sounds program.  There's new guitar music, maybe best described as "zen-shred," from Ben Greenberg, aka "Hubble," (he of Zs and Pygmy Shrews) from his hypnotic solo space odyssey, "Hubble Drums." 

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