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Lutes Around the World

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Listen to music from members of the lute family on this New Sounds show. These instruments can be found in most of the world’s tradition from the Central Asian tanbur, to the Greek bouzouki, to the Russian balalaika, and the Chinese pipa. But, in true New Sounds fashion, there will be some mixing up of these traditions of the lutes around the world.  Hear music from the Afghan-American rubab master Quraishi, whose family lineage is deep with musicians and instrument makers. Listen to his original work, “Wardagi” – in which he blends three traditional folk songs that his father often sang while playing the rubab, songs which are unique to the style of playing that originates from his father’s home province of Wardak.  Quraishi performs live at 1PM on Sunday August 3, as part of Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors.  FREE.

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New Music for Arab Lute

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Music for Arab lutes dominates this New Sounds program. Listen to Kabul-stylings of the Afghan rubâb player Homayun Sakhi, who is heir to a musical lineage steeped in the North Indian classical tradition. Also, there’s “shiny” oud music by a trio of brothers, Le Trio Joubran, sons in a long line of a family of luthiers, in this case, oud-crafters. Their music willfully plays with dividing lines between music of the classical Arab world and Indian classical music, Spanish flamenco, and American jazz. Plus, there’s spacious and absorbing trio work from the Tunisian oud master Anouar Brahem, who is joined by Jean-Louis Matinier on accordion and François Couturier on piano.

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Jozef van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch

Monday, January 20, 2014

Dutch lutenist Jozef van Wissem visits the studio with none other than minimalist director and comic book hair model Jim Jarmusch. Their filmmaker/musician collaboration, "The Joy that Never Ends" combines palindromic trance / mystical lute pieces by Van Wissem,  and Jarmusch's waves of subtle guitar feedback meandering from his amplifier.  For this New Sounds program, they offer live performance of their collaboration as a preview for their live show at Issue Project Room on Friday, Oct. 14.  As a fun aside, Jozef van Wissem (who performs on a 24-string Baroque lute) has also written music for the medieval SIMS video game.

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Albums of the Week

Hopkinson Smith Strums Bach Cello Suites on Lute

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Lute virtuoso Hopkinson Smith is no purist when it comes to Bach. His latest recording is the second of two devoted to Bach’s six suites for solo cello, transcribed here for lute.

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Jozef van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Dutch lutenist Jozef van Wissem visits the studio with none other than minimalist director and comic book hair model Jim Jarmusch. Their filmmaker/musician collaboration, "The Joy that Never Ends" combines palindromic trance / mystical lute pieces by Van Wissem,  and Jarmusch's waves of subtle guitar feedback meandering from his amplifier.  For this New Sounds program, they offer live performance of their collaboration as a preview for their live show at Issue Project Room on Friday, Oct. 14.  As a fun aside, Jozef van Wissem (who performs on a 24-string Baroque lute) has also written music for the medieval SIMS video game.

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Lute Duets Let us Party Like it's 1599

Sunday, July 29, 2012

On "Two Lutes," the lutenists Ronn McFarlane and William Simms resurrect nearly 30 English Renaissance duets.

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New Music for Lutes

Monday, September 05, 2011

The Renaissance forerunner of the guitar still has its fans, among them Rolf Lislevand, the Dowland Project, the Blue Rubies, and Josef van Wissem. For this New Sounds, hear performances of everything from medieval music to the Clash, and more.

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