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Music From the Dark Side

Friday, December 13, 2013

Listen to music from the dark side for this New Sounds program. Listen to music associated with Tenebrae, the  Christian service held during Holy Week in the spring where candles are extinguished gradually until all that is left is darkness.  There’s a work by Bruce Dessner played by Kronos Quartet and featuring  Sufjan Stevens, “Tenebre,” along with the Irish choir Anúna performing Tenebrae in Gaelic.  Also, listen to nocturnes from the band Rachel’s, and a work by Missy Mazzoli.  Then, hear “Dark Was the Night,” a piece of Phil Kline’s millennial mass “John the Revelator” and a short dark piece from Brian Eno as well.

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New Sounds

Classical Meets Electronica

Saturday, December 07, 2013

For this New Sounds, there’s music at the juncture of composed music, ambient and modern electronica, including a work by Annie Gosfield, for bits and pieces of metal.  From her “Flying Sparks And Heavy Machinery” release, we’ll hear driving machine samples, layers of ambient noise, crashing metal and electronic blips assembled into a nearly pulsing dance-y musical journey through a working factory.

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New Sounds

A Modern Liederabend

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

It’s a modern liederabend, literally “song night,” for this New Sounds show.  Listen to vocal and choral music from living composers like Missy Mazzoli – and some of her multimedia chamber opera about Isabelle Eberhardt, as well as MIT professor Tod Machover – and an aria from his opera VALIS, based on the Phillip K. Dick novel.  Also, there’s music by Paola Prestini inspired by Kandinsky's 1912 manuscript of woodcuts and prose, “Sounds.”  Also, listen to new music from Bryce Dessner, featuring the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and Kronos Quartet from his recent release, “Aheym.”  And more.

This Friday, 11/22, and Saturday, 11/23 at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) is the third biennial Lieder-pa-looza, featuring many of these works.  Details here.

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Operavore

Verdi as Icon for Contemporary Composers? You Bet.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

An enduring canard in opera histories is that Verdi did not have “much noticeable influence on younger generations of composers.” Four of today's leading young composers suggest otherwise.

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New Sounds

With Brooklyn Rider & Martin Hayes

Saturday, September 21, 2013

The new music string quartet Brooklyn Rider certainly does get around.  They’ve been part of Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, recorded Debussy as well as all five string quartets by Philip Glass,write and perform their own originals, and even collaborated with the kemenchech (Persian fiddle) virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor.  They’re currently touring with multiple Grammy Award-winning banjoist Béla Fleck.   Brooklyn Rider joins us in the studio for this New Sounds program, and they’ve brought an extra player – the Celtic fiddler Martin Hayes (of County Clare.)

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New Sounds

Leave a Message at the Beep

Monday, July 08, 2013

From the melodious inflections of phone messages, listen to a number of works sourcing voicemails, most from tape(!) on this New Sounds program. Hear Irish composer Roger Doyle’s “Memento Mori,” composed around intimate verbal time capsules culled from various answering machine messages of Doyle's family, close friends and partners, all of them recorded and preserved in the late 80's.

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New Sounds

Newspeak & Alt-Classical Bands

Saturday, June 15, 2013

For this New Sounds, listen to some "alt-classical" or "indie classical" bands, like Newspeak or the Paul Bailey Ensemble.  Newspeak is an eight-piece amplified ensemble working under the direction of composer David T. Little and clarinetist Eileen Mack. Named after the thought-limiting language in George Orwell’s 1984, Newspeak explores the grey area where art and politics mix.  We'll hear the group, from their "Sweet Light Crude" release, playing a work by Missy Mazzoli - "In spite of all this."

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Mixtapes

"Who is This?" with People Get Ready

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

People Get Ready has been honing its unique mix of music and modern dance since its inception in 2009. The group's eponymous debut album was released late last year and the band recently performed at Brooklyn Academy of Music's Crossing Brooklyn Ferry. Hear their Mixtape today at 3 pm.

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

Violist Nadia Sirota Puts the 'Rock' in 'Baroque'

Monday, March 25, 2013

Violist Nadia Sirota’s deeply engrossing new album puts the “rock” in “Baroque” with new works by Nico Muhly, Shara Worden, Daníel Bjarnason and more. Stream the entire album this week only. 

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New Sounds

Dramatic Works

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Listen to music from Wires Under Tension, a NYC-based band formed by multi-instrumentalist/composer Christopher Tignor and drummer Theo Metz.  Their latest creation is called “Replicant, ” and is, yes(!) inspired by Philip K Dick's “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”, along with the film adaptation, “Blade Runner.”  According to the album’s site, “‘Replicant’ takes on the questions of mechanized identity, the feeling of flawed copies, and the inescapable bummer of being too self-aware.”  The music is layer after tasty layer of impossible sounds created by synth, swirls, drum licks, offered up all together as post-rock with grooves. 

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New Sounds

Women's Tales

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Listen to a recent recording featuring vocalist Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond together with the new-music supergroup Signal (led by Brad Lubman) performing Snider’s remarkable song cycle, “Penelope” on this New Sounds.  It’s a haunting 60-minute song cycle for female voice, chamber orchestra, and electronics that limns the boundaries between art song, chamber folk and post-rock. 

 

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New Sounds

Beat It

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Hear some percussion-centered works on this New Sounds show.  There's the Los Angeles-based Ironworks Percussion Duo playing a work for vibraphone and steel drum by Missy Mazzoli.  We'll also hear music by composer and steel pan virtuoso Andy Akiho, along with something from bagpiper/composer Matthew Welch's band Blarvuster, an outfit that somehow pulls in Balinese/Indonesian gamelan, Celtic influences, & minimalist licks.

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Operavore

A History of Opera Considers a Time When All Opera Was 'New Music'

Monday, November 26, 2012

A new 600-page history of opera is a "bracingly intelligent postmortem" that "inspires a good deal of hope about a supposedly lifeless corpus," writes Marion Lignana Rosenberg.

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New Sounds

Classical Meets Electronica

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

For this New Sounds, there’s music at the juncture of composed music, ambient and modern electronica, including a work by Annie Gosfield, for bits and pieces of metal.  From her “Flying Sparks And Heavy Machinery” release, we’ll hear driving machine samples, layers of ambient noise, crashing metal and electronic blips assembled into a nearly pulsing dance-y musical journey through a working factory.

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

Missy Mazzoli's Song from the Uproar

Monday, November 05, 2012

Listeners familiar with the music of Missy Mazzoli are unlikely to be shocked by her latest CD, Song from the Uproar: The Lives and Deaths of Isabelle Eberhardt, which suggests the gentle, queasy motion of an ocean liner.

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The New Canon

Music of Other Worlds

Monday, November 05, 2012

This week on The New Canon, we sample new recordings of works by the Brooklyn-based new-music darling Missy Mazzoli, sound recordist Paul Corely and Virginia-based composer Benjamin Broening.

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New Sounds

New York Indie Classical

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Sample music from many "indie classical" musicians and composers on this New Sounds, from people like Ted Hearne, Missy Mazzoli, and Christopher Cerrone, to name a few.  Listen to Cerrone's spacious piano work, "Hoyt-Schermerhorn," as performed by pianist/composer Timo Andres.  Then there's a piece from Andy Akiho, who has composed a number of works featuring steel drums.

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New York Now

On-Demand Audio: Vijay Iyer and Missy Mazzoli's Victoire

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

This October, Q2 Music partnered with WNYC's New Sounds Live to present the eclectic composer-pianist Vijay Iyer in an exciting double billing with composer's Missy Mazzoli's all-female band, Victoire. Hear the show at 8 pm tonight on New York Now.

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New Sounds

Look & Listen Festival 2010

Sunday, September 09, 2012

From the Look & Listen Festival at the Chelsea Art Museum, two acoustic works by composers who often work in electronic music. The JACK Quartet plays the NY premiere of “Contritus” by Caleb Burhans; and eighth blackbird performs “Still Life with Avalanche” by Missy Mazzoli. Plus, music by Hannah Lash, performed by the JACK quartet and Jade Simmons playing a work by John Corigliano.

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New Sounds

With Brooklyn Rider & Martin Hayes

Monday, August 27, 2012

The new music string quartet Brooklyn Rider certainly does get around.  They’ve been part of Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, recorded Debussy, write and perform their own originals, and even collaborated with the kemenchech (Persian fiddle) virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor.  They’ve just released a record of all five string quartets by Philip Glass.   Brooklyn Rider joins us in the studio for this New Sounds program, and they’ve brought an extra player – the Celtic fiddler Martin Hayes (of County Clare.)

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