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New Sounds

Stories in Music

Thursday, August 07, 2014

For this New Sounds, listen to music that tells stories with works like "Casino" by composer and politician Phillip Bimstein.  There's also music by Laurie Anderson from her "The Ugly One with the Jewels and Other Stories," which is a recording of a live performance of readings from her book Stories From the Nerve Bible, over sounds from birds, guitars, and electronic beeps. That, and more. 

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New Sounds

Electronic Songs

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Hear electronic songs on this New Sounds program, involving voice, sometimes layered,  with more layers of keyboards & electronics, and other instruments.  There’s new music from the Geoff Smith Band (which now includes members of the band Portishead) and their adaptation of “Black is the Color.” It’s a blend of traditional folksong and poetry by Rimbaud.  Also, listen to selections from “Songs for Persephone” by Mimi Goese and Ben Neill, built on her voice and electronics along with ethereal music from Jonsi & Alex. Jonsi, the singer for the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós, and his partner, Alex Somers, have also recorded under the moniker Riceboy Sleeps. Plus, revisit Laurie Anderson’s “O Superman,” and meditate on her voice, keyboards & processing.  The song was a surprise hit song on the U.K. pop charts in the early 1980’s. And more.

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The Greene Space

On-Demand Video: New Tech City's Tech, Music & the Brain with Laurie Anderson and Guests

Thursday, February 06, 2014

It was an evening of music and mind during a live event in The Greene Space on Tuesday, February 4.

New Tech City’s Manoush Zomorodi and Q2 Music’s Helga Davis talked tech, music and the brain with iconic performance artist, composer and musician Laurie AndersonMary Farbood, Assistant Professor in the Music Technology program at New York University, and Mari Kimura, Director of the Future Music Lab at the Atlantic Music Festival and an instructor at Juilliard.

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New Sounds

American Tales

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Listen to some American tales on this New Sounds program.  We’ll hear the mesmerizing 11-minute reflection, “Another Day In America” as delivered through Fenway Bergamot, Laurie Anderson's wise and witty “Voice of Authority” alter-ego and more of her musical and lyrical medititations on America in the 21st century, from her recent "Homeland."

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New Sounds

John Cage: City Circus, Program IV

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

WNYC

For this show, the fourth in the John Cage: City Circus series, listen to music from a tribute double album collection of John Cage pieces performed by friends, colleagues, and admirers called, “A Chance Operation.” Laurie Anderson tells Merce Cunningham tales, Percussionist/composer David Van Tieghem contributed “Living Room Music,” and bass player Robert Black performs a work by Larry Austin.  

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New Sounds

“What's Opera, (Doc)?”

Saturday, September 15, 2012

If the central idea of opera is people singing, then why are these pieces still called operas?  We’ll hear music from Laurie Anderson ’s “United States,” Robert Ashley’s “Perfect Lives,” and Philip Glass’s “Einstein On The Beach.”

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Q2 Music

Laurie Anderson on Early Glass Loft Rehearsals

Friday, September 07, 2012

I first heard Philip Glass in 1971 at one of his rehearsals in a loft on the Lower East Side in New York City. I went with a few other artists and we lay on the floor while he and his band played Farfisa organs at mind-melting volumes. These rehearsals often lasted for several hours and it was possible to drift to many different mental places. One of the regulars at the rehearsal was the sculptor Sol Lewitt, who said, “I do my best work at Phil’s rehearsals.”

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Top 5 @ 105

Top Five Classical Commencement Speakers

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Now is the time of caps and gowns, Pomp and Circumstance and more than a few speeches offering worldly advice to this year’s crop of college graduates.

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Studio 360

American Icons: Moby-Dick

Friday, December 30, 2011

In this Peabody Award-winning show, Kurt Andersen sets sail in search of the great white whale.

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New Sounds

“What's Opera, (Doc)?”

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

If the central idea of opera is people singing, then why are these pieces still called operas?  We’ll hear music from Laurie Anderson ’s “United States,” Robert Ashley’s “Perfect Lives,” and Philip Glass’s “Einstein On The Beach.”

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Operavore

When Opera Goes Pop

Sunday, August 21, 2011

WQX-Aria blogger Olivia Giovetti continues her exploration of opera in pop culture with a top 10 roundup of operatic references in non-operatic music. Read on for her picks and be sure to submit your own.

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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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New Sounds

John Schaefer's Top 10 of 2010

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

For this New Sounds program, John Schaefer throws his annual, highly subjective, completely opinionated list of the ten best new-music releases of 2010 into the ring. Listen to the contenders for this year: a chamber ensemble (ahem, feat. members of the National)  in collaboration with an indie vocalist, a Genius-award-winning jazz pianist and his trio, a classical ensemble with a rock rhythm section made of members from an influential post-rock band, a singer-speaker-storyteller with an alter-ego, an indie-classical song cycle for the same vocalist as mentioned above, and an unexpectedly beautiful combination of poetry, singer-songwriter and avant-jazz ensemble.  Plus some of the usual suspects...

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Q2 Music Live Concerts

Theo Bleckmann

Monday, September 27, 2010

Versatility is the name of the game when it comes to career longevity in New York's thriving musical scene and jazz singer, composer, and collaborator, Theo Bleckmann has more than enough to go around. In this September 22 performance at (Le) Poisson Rouge, Bleckmann presents his latest project, Hello Earth! - the music of Kate Bush, joined by John Hollenbeck (percussion), Skuli Sverrisson (bass), Henry Hey (keys, vocals) and Caleb Burhans (violin, guitar, vocals).

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Soundcheck

Gig Alerts: Laurie Anderson

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The high priestess of the experimental has a new album out, and she performs at Le Poisson Rouge tonight. Download her biting track "Only an Expert."

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Studio 360

Laurie Anderson

Friday, July 02, 2010

From a car horn symphony, to an artist residency with NASA, to Tuvan throat-singing, the performance artist Laurie Anderson has no boundaries when it comes to making music. Now, with four decades of composing and performing behind her, Anderson tells Kurt about her new album Homeland, ...

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Studio 360

July 4th Redesigned, Jason Moran

Friday, July 02, 2010

Studio 360 celebrates America's 234th birthday. We commission a makeover for Uncle Sam, and the indie band The Apples in stereo plays Kurt Andersen a new national anthem. Jazz pianist Jason Moran explains how he's influenced by everything from hip-hop to traditional quilts, and he plays live for us in the studio. Plus, music pioneer Laurie Anderson reveals some mysteries behind her new record Homeland.

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Talk to Me

Talk To Me: Laurie Anderson's Favorite 'Wrong Science'

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Art-rocker Laurie Anderson talked about feeling like a god and "wrong sciences" for the Rubin Museum's Brainwave series. Stream the talk here for free.

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Studio 360

Ishmael, Ahab, Moby

Saturday, December 04, 2004

This American Icon continues to resonate in our culture more than 150 years after it was written. Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick survived his battle with Captain Ahab only to surface in the works of contemporary filmmakers, painters, playwrights and musicians. Kurt Anderson explores the contemporary influence of Herman Melville’s brilliant novel, ...

New Sounds

John Cage: City Circus, Program IV

Wednesday, May 25, 1994

For this show, the fourth in the John Cage: City Circus series, listen to music from a tribute double album collection of John Cage pieces performed by friends, colleagues, and admirers called, “A Chance Operation.” Laurie Anderson tells Merce Cunningham tales, Percussionist/composer David Van Tieghem contributed “Living Room Music,” and bass player Robert Black performs a work by Larry Austin.  Plus, hear an exclusive live performance of Cage’s Suite for Toy Piano, as performed by Margaret Leng Tan. 

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