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Osvaldo Golijov's Birthday Tribute

Monday, December 05, 2011

For this New Sounds, we mark the birthday of the Argentinian-born American-based composer Osvaldo Golijov, who has -not once but twice- made John Schaefer's complete biased look at the top ten records of the past decades or so.  Golijov is an artist who is not afraid of unusual sound sources, both new and old, borrowing freely, incorporating electronics, hyperinstruments and/or processing, and he also plays well with others.

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New Sounds

Middle Eastern Chamber Music

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.

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Q2 Music

Over Land and Time with Kronos Quartet

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

To say that Kronos Quartet has earned a reputation as a tireless champion of new works with diverse collaborators doesn't come close to doing the ensemble justice. With a 30+ year career, over 750 commissioned works and arrangements, over 45 recordings, countless awards, including a newly minted Polar Music Prize and Avery Fisher Prize, and cemented relationships with iconic composers such as Terry Riley, Henryck Gorecki, Steve Reich, Philip Glass and Osvaldo Golijov, Kronos has an unmatched run of razor-sharp, new-music credentials.

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The New Canon

Balancing Acts

Monday, September 19, 2011

This week on the New Canon, Kronos cellist Jeffrey Zeigler goes three-for-three in the chat room alongside his wife, the luminous composer Paola Prestini, both talking about their upcoming work at BAM and the communicative power of music over words. Our chat starts on Monday at 4pm.

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

Steve Reich's WTC 9/11: How Good is Too Good?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Here’s the problem with Steve Reich’s newest work to hit recording WTC 9/11: While you want it to be good as a means of doing justice to the tragic events it musically marks, t’s also hard to see the piece turn out to be too good, because listening to a work of such cathartic and unsettling power has to be, like a bottle of Scotch old enough to vote, a judiciously parsed-out experience both to ensure potency and minimize the raw feeling you’re left with at the end of this 16-minute work.

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New Sounds

Southeastern European Laments

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

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 Serbian composer Boris Kovac, and more.

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Musical Landscapes (Encore Edition)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Listen to some finely-textured musical landscapes from film, the concert stage, and the studio on this edition of New Sounds. Kronos Quartet & Mogwai play the Clint Mansell score to the movie “Fountain,” Robert Fripp plays an electric guitar Soundscape from a New Sounds Live concert, and there's "glitch” electronica from Ryuichi Sakamoto & Alva Noto. And lots more.

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New Sounds

Medieval Music From the Near East

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Musical reminders that troubles between the West and the Middle East are not new – Jordi Savall and Hesperion XXI present their mammoth project "Jerusalem."  Also on this New Sounds program, Thomas Binkley’s Studio Der Fruehen Musik plays music of the Crusades, Lou Harrison’s "Variations" play with another melody about Jerusalem and the Crusades; and more.

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New Sounds

New Concert Music

Saturday, June 18, 2011

For this New Sounds, we'll hear from violist and Q2 host Nadia Sirota's record called "First Things First," of commissioned works by Judd Greenstein, Nico Muhly and other new music heavy-hitters involving her instrument and other sounds.  We'll also hear from the Kronos Quartet's effort, "Floodplain." This record is full of music from Serbia, Azerbajan, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Lebanon, incorporating other sounds, live and taped.  Plus, Valentin Silvestrov's "Ikon" performed by the Cailino Quartet, and more.

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New Sounds

Works For String Quartet

Sunday, May 29, 2011

From the Soundcheck archives, we'll hear live performances of music by Fred Frith, Huang Ruo, and Sir John Tavener.  Plus, there's also music from the 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning Steve Reich.  We'll listen to just one movement from his "Different Trains."  Yesterday Reich won the Pulitzer Prize for his work, "Double Sextet," written for Eighth Blackbird on tape playing against themselves.

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Silk Road Ensemble and Side Roads

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

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 for String Quartet

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Hear a lot of new music for string quartet on this New Sounds.  Listen to Raz Mesinai’s  work for string quartet and four turntables where the string instruments are recorded and then manipulated by DJs, resulting in a hybrid of composition and turntablism.  Then there’s music by Steve Reich, his haunting Triple Quartet, which can be a string section of 36 players, three string quartets, or string quartet and pre-recorded tape.  

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New Music from Mexico

Thursday, May 05, 2011

We mark Cinco De Mayo with 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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WQXR Features

Kronos Quartet Wins Prestigious Fisher and Polar Prizes

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

The Kronos Quartet, a leading ensemble spotted at both Carnegie Hall and Le Poisson Rouge this season, have nabbed both the Avery Fisher Prize and the Polar Prize for 2011. Founder David Harrington spoke with us about it.

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New Sounds

New Music from Hungary

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

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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New Sounds

Electroacoustic Blends

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

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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The New Canon

Wild Reich

Monday, April 25, 2011

Bang on a Can co-founder and Pulitzer laureate David Lang joins us on Monday at 4pm (along with several surprise guests!) to talk about Steve Reich and his uncanny ability to "unleash the hidden and locked-up power of the sounds between the sounds.”

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    The New Canon

    Krono-graphy: LIVE CHAT with Jeffrey Zeigler

    Monday, April 11, 2011

    This week's featured guest on The New Canon is cellist Jeffrey Zeigler of the Kronos Quartet. It’s a little ambitious to try and pick the best Kronos record. That being said, for all of the works that Kronos has turned out, in their 40 studio albums, two compilations, five soundtracks and 26 works done on other artists’ records, their newest release—Uniko—may rank as my personal favorite.

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    Albums of the Week

    Eric Whitacre's 'Light and Gold'

    Sunday, April 10, 2011

    The choral composer who captured worldwide attention last week with his second "virtual choir" releases "Light and Gold," a collection of his best-known material. It's our Album of the Week.

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    Cued Up

    Kronos Quartet and the Young People's Chorus

    Sunday, April 10, 2011

    This Sunday at 2 p.m., listen to the Kronos Quartet share the stage with the Young People's Chorus of New York City at (Le) Poisson Rouge. The concert includes premieres by Laurie Anderson, Maria Schneider and Aleksandra Vrebalov.

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