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New Sounds

Strings and Drones

Sunday, April 19, 2015

On this New Sounds, droning chords provide the foundation for improvisation, melody, and exploration from string instruments. 

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With Cellist Maya Beiser

Monday, February 16, 2015

The innovative cellist Maya Beiser joins us in the studio to present selections from her collaborative record with Michael Harrison called “Time Loops.”

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Five Futuristic Musical Instruments That Are Now Real

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Here are five high-tech instruments that seem to come straight out of a science fiction movie. Will these become the norm?

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New Sounds

Just Looping Strings

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Looped strings run through all three of the works on this New Sounds program, including Michael Harrison's "Just Ancient Loops" for Maya Beiser & "The Violin" by Anna Clyne/Josh Dorman.

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New Sounds

Music for Bowed Strings

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

On this New Sounds, music for violin, cello, and the 10-stringed Hardanger d’Amore, with music from Irish cellist Kate Ellis, and the duo of Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh & Dan Trueman.

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New Releases, July 2014

Monday, August 04, 2014

For this New Sounds, listen to the latest from Zion80, a horn-driven Jewish Afrobeat party band led by guitarist Jon Madof. The name is a nod to the band Africa 70, which was the great Afro-pop band put together by Fela Kuti in Nigeria. On their latest release, Zion80 take on more Jewish-themed music - in this case, Madof’s creative arrangements of 8 tunes from John Zorn’s “Book of Angels” from Masada Book II.

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Electroacoustic: Going for Baroque

Monday, June 16, 2014

For this New Sounds, listen to a number of electroacoustic works featuring strings; viola, cello, and violin.  Check out violist Nadia Sirota's 2013 record, "Baroque," with a dark, extreme piece by Paul Corley and motoric music from Missy Mazzoli.  Then there's music by Steve Reich for cellist Maya Beiser, his 2003 "Cello Counterpoint."  Also, hear chamber music by Anna Clyne from her record, "Blue Moth," involving a music box that plays "Sakura."  Plus, cello music for Jody Redhage by Paula Matthusen, and more.

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New Sounds

Strings and Drones

Friday, March 21, 2014

Hear strings and drones from American composer Ellen Fullman, the South Indian-born double violinist Shankar, along with Maya Beiser and Kayhan Kalhor.

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Far - Music About Distance

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Listen to music that deals with distance for this New Sounds program. Hear Joby Talbot’s orchestration of a White Stripes song, “Never Far Away,” along with music from Armenian-American Eve Beglarian and her piece written for cellist Maya Beiser, “I am writing to you from a far-off country.”  Then, listen to music from beyond the end of the earth – settings of poetry about the moon by Francis White.  Hear her work, “far, still” for chamber choir, cello, and electronics, which was commissioned by Seattle’s Solaris Vocal Ensemble and appears on their recent record, "Floodsongs".  Plus, music from Lisa Gerrard and Klaus Schulze, and more.

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New Sounds

With Cellist Maya Beiser

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

There’s a new collaborative album of music by Michael Harrison for cellist Maya Beiser, called “Time Loops,” and for this New Sounds, the innovative cellist joins us in the studio to present selections from the record.  “Michael’s music is perfect for our times,” states Maya Beiser. “It’s architectural and precise, yet exhilarating and beautiful. It draws on music from ancient Greece and the Renaissance, Indian ragas and minimalism.” That, and more.

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New Sounds

Hijaz

Sunday, November 03, 2013

For this New Sounds, hear a work by Michael Harrison, called "Hijaz."  The composition features the Young People’s Chorus delivering vowels, South Indian rhythmic and tabla syllables, and a universal prayer as the text.  Together with new music heavyweight/adventure cellist Maya Beiser, the versatile composer/percussionist Payton MacDonald (Alarm Will Sound, Super Marimba), and the composer Michael Harrison on just-intonation piano, the new work is intended to invoke a sense of pilgrimage.

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Mixtapes

The Women Behind Maya Beiser

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Cellist Maya Beiser has dedicated her career to pushing the limits of her instrument's repertoire, working with a diverse array of collaborators, from Tan Dun to Brian Eno, Steve Reich and Mark O'Connor.

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New Sounds

Electroacoustic: Going for Baroque

Monday, March 11, 2013

For this New Sounds, listen to a number of electroacoustic works featuring strings; viola, cello, and violin.  Check out violist Nadia Sirota's latest, "Baroque," with a dark, extreme piece by Paul Corley and motoric music from Missy Mazzoli.  Then there's music by Steve Reich for cellist Maya Beiser, his 2003 "Cello Counterpoint."  Also, hear chamber music by Anna Clyne from her record, "Blue Moth," involving a music box that plays "Sakura."  Plus, cello music for Jody Redhage by Paula Matthusen, and more.

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Top Five TED Talks By Classical Musicians

Sunday, March 10, 2013

TED Talks, those brief lecture-style reports of groundbreaking ideas in fields from medicine to technology, have also included a number of classical musicians. Here are our top five.

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New Sounds

Strings and Drones

Thursday, December 13, 2012

For this New Sounds, listen to a combination of strings and drones from the likes of American composer Ellen Fullman, the South Indian-born double violinist known as Shankar, (formerly L. Shankar, not to be confused with the late Ravi Shankar), along with Maya Beiser and Kayhan Kalhor.  Ellen Fullman is best known for her work with the long-string instrument (LSI), a curious way of using physics and acoustics to make music.  The LSI is an array of bronze wires (maybe 20 meters or more in length) strung near waist height across a performance space and played by rubbing rosined fingertips while walking between banks of strings.  The overtones of the strings as well as the room interact and make the giant instrument. 

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Global Mediterranean Ensembles

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Music from cellist Maya Beiser's new record, "Provenance" by Israeli composer Tamar Muskal is on tap for this New Sounds program.

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Mixtapes

The Women Behind Maya Beiser

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Cellist Maya Beiser has dedicated her career to pushing the limits of her instrument's repertoire, working with a diverse array of collaborators, from Tan Dun to Brian Eno, Steve Reich and Mark O'Connor. Her multimedia opera Elsewhere premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music earlier this month.

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

The Volatile, Maverick Music of Michael Harrison

Monday, October 29, 2012

The word “maverick” is overused in the contemporary music world. But in the case of composer Michael Harrison and cellist Maya Beiser, the descriptor is deserved.

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The New Canon

Harmonizing Polarities in Harrison, Mazzoli and Romitelli

Monday, October 29, 2012

This week on The New Canon, hear world premiere recordings from the Talea Ensemble, violinist Jennifer Koh and composer-pianist Michael Harrison

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New Sounds

With Cellist Maya Beiser

Monday, October 15, 2012

There’s a new collaborative album of music by Michael Harrison for cellist Maya Beiser, called “Time Loops,” and for this New Sounds, the innovative cellist joins us in the studio to present selections from the record.  “Michael’s music is perfect for our times,” states Maya Beiser. “It’s architectural and precise, yet exhilarating and beautiful. It draws on music from ancient Greece and the Renaissance, Indian ragas and minimalism.” That, and more.

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