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The Takeaway

A Brazilian Soundtrack for the World Cup

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Brazil is a musical paradise as well as a football powerhouse. A few days before the World Cup kicks off in Brazil, John Schaefer gives The Takeaway's John Hockenberry details on the best soundtrack for this year's World Cup.

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Studio 360

Heavy Metal + Embroidery = One Epic Music Video

Thursday, June 12, 2014

When the UK heavy metal band Throne wanted to make a music video for its new song "Tharsis Sleeps," they came up with an idea that will shock even hardcore fans: embroidery. 3,000 frames and 45 million stitches later... Watch the result.

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The Great Russian Piano Tradition

The Mighty Five

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The creative imagination of five key Russian composers, known as the Mighty Five, sought to create a distinctly Russian form of music.

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World of Opera

Rossini's William Tell from Turin

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The cast features baritone Dalibor Jenis in the title role, with tenor John Osborn as Arnold Melcthal and soprano Angela Meade as Mathilde, in a production led by conductor Gianandrea Noseda.

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Song Travels

Modern-Day Folk with Songwriter Eleni Mandell

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Vocalist/songwriter Eleni Mandell draws inspiration from the sound of Los Angeles-based musician Chuck E. Weiss, the gritty poetry of Tom Waits, and the cool edge of LA punk band X. Her own albums have been compared to work by artists ranging from Patsy Cline to Chan Marshall (Cat Power). Mandell brings her novel take on the singer/songwriter tradition to this week's program.

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Phil Kline

Danish Composer Per Nørgård Wins $200,000 Prize from NY Philharmonic

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Composer Per Nørgård has received a hefty prize from the New York Philharmonic: a $200,000 cash award, a commission to compose a new work for the orchestra.

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The Brothers Balliett

Guerilla Composer Portrait: Barbara Harbach

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Brothers Balliett are diving into the work of Barbara Harbach this week, a prolific composer who runs her own publishing company. We'll hear a range of music from Ms. Harbach during this guerilla portrait airing Thursday at 3 pm.

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New York Philharmonic This Week

Bernard Haitink Conducts Mahler's Symphony No. 3

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Tonight at 9 pm: hear Bernard Haitink leading the New York Philharmonic in Mahler's Third Symphony with mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink and baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

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New Sounds

Music From the 7 Celtic Nations

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Listen to music from the seven Celtic nations on this New Sounds; Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France (Brittany), England (Cornwall), Isle of Man and Spain (Galicia). To start, there’s music by ex-rocker and composer/guitarist Dave Flynn from Ireland, featuring violinist Ioana Petcu-Colan, along with fiddler Martin Hayes, and guitarist Dennis Cahill. Hayes and Cahill are also part of the Irish-American supergroup, the Gloaming. We’ll hear a tune from the Gloaming that’s nearly 300 years old and was written for the Gaelic festival known as Bealtaine, a holiday that marks the beginning of summer,  “Samhradh Samhradh.”  Also, hear music from the Gloaming's lead singer, Iarla Ó Lionáird, from his record "Foxlight".  SEE The Gloaming on Friday, June 20 at 7PM in the Jerome L. Greene Space, as part of the New Sounds Live Concerts.

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Meet the Composer

Preview: John Luther Adams: Bad Decisions and Finding Home

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Preview the first episode of Meet the Composer, featuring guest John Luther Adams. The podcast will be available on June 24 following the 7 pm kick-off event in The Greene Space. 

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Soundcheck

The Soundcheck Guide To Brazilian Indie Music; Loudon Wainwright III On 'Surviving Twin'; People Get Ready Plays Live

Thursday, June 12, 2014

In this episode: We bring you the music you probably won't hear during the World Cup, in the latest installment of our Soundcheck Guide to Brazil. Julia Furlan, Buzzfeed audio editor and WNYC contributor, gives us a guided tour of some of the best indie bands making music in Brazil today.

Plus: Singer-songwriter and member of the illustrious Wainwright clan, Loudon Wainwright III stops by the studio to talk about (and perform spoken-word excerpts from) his new one-man show, Surviving Twin, which is currently playing at the Westside Theatre. It’s billed as a “posthumous collaboration” with his late father, Loudon Wainwright Jr., the esteemed LIFE Magazine columnist.

And: Part indie pop band, part performance art ensemble and modern dance troupe, People Get Ready have a new album on the way that expands its sound world to include 1970s electronic music and other surprises. Hear the Brooklyn group play live in the Soundcheck studio.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: The Trials of War, The Sounds of Brazil, and a Test of Conservatism

Thursday, June 12, 2014

1. Is Iraq Still America's Problem? | 2. Sebastian Junger on Sgt. Bergdahl, His Latest Film, and the Trials of War | 3. A Brazilian Soundtrack for the World Cup | 4. The Cult Following & Tribalism of CrossFit

Soundcheck

Ben Watt Soulfully Merges 30 Years Of Sonic Exploration

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Eclectic British songwriter and thirty-year rock music veteran Ben Watt joins Soundcheck host John Schaefer to play new music from his solo album Hendra, accompanied by Bernard Butler. 

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: PRISM Quartet

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Adventurous sax ensemble celebrates 30 years together at Symphony Space. Download 'Serial Mood: Reflection.'

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New York Now

NY Phil Biennial Connects Sound and Space in 'Beyond Recall'

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The New York Philharmonic's Biennial featured this "Beyond Recall" concert, in which composers created works inspired by site-specific sculptures in Salzburg. Stream audio from the performance now. 

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Soundcheck

1976: The Year America Went Rock & Roll

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

It was the year of the Apple computer, Saturday Night Live, the Ramones, Rocky, and a presidential candidate who hung out with rock stars. Writer David Browne tells us why 1976 was the year that "the counter-culture became the culture." 

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Soundcheck

Brazil Has Been Singing About Soccer For 100 Years

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

All this week, Soundcheck has been looking at the music of Brazil, the host of the 2014 World Cup. The tournament begins tomorrow, but Brazil has been singing about soccer for almost 100 years. Host John Schaefer discusses a few of those classics.

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All Things Considered

A High School Band Where Everyone's Voice Can Be Heard

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

One music teacher has used tablets to change life for students at a New York school. The members of the school's orchestra have learning disabilities. For some, the band has opened up their world.

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Kevin Drew On World Cafe

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Drew is best known for co-founding the groundbreaking Canadian indie-pop supergroup Broken Social Scene. Hear him perform three songs from his latest solo album, Darlings.

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The Dirty Dozen Brass Band On Mountain Stage

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

After more than 35 years together, the Crescent City legends still play a wildly energetic blend of jazz, R&B, funk and more. Hear them play four songs, including a nine-minute crowd favorite.

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