New Sounds Live
Thursday, November 06, 2014
Saturday, July 12, 2014
From the New Sounds Live concerts, we'll hear “The Miners’ Hymns,” a film score from the Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson. The work is a brass-heavy elegy to the coal mining culture in Northeast England, with the brass elements hearkening back to the colliery bands, which used to be the local entertainment.
Friday, July 11, 2014
From the New Sounds Live Concerts, listen to the Irish-American "Supergroup" The Gloaming, recorded at our own Jerome L. Greene Space a few weeks ago. The ensemble is made up of extraordinary musicians: gifted Irish fiddler Martin Hayes, Chicago guitarist Dennis Cahill, hardanger innovator Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Irish master singer Iarla Ó Lionáird, and New York pianist Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman). Hear more of the band's spine-tingling performance from that night, including material that is not part of their self-titled release. (Part 2 of 2)
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
From the New Sounds Live Concerts, listen to the Irish-American "Supergroup" The Gloaming, recorded at our own Jerome L. Greene Space a few weeks ago. The all-star ensemble is made up of extraordinary musicians: New York pianist Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman), Chicago guitarist Dennis Cahill, gifted Irish fiddler Martin Hayes, hardanger innovator Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Irish master singer Iarla Ó Lionáird. Together, their collective sound creates a haunted world where spellbinding sounds of Celtic music meet the spare rhythms of minimalism and the artistic ferment of New York’s post-rock, post-classical scene. Host John Schaefer also interviews the musicians from the stage.
Friday, May 16, 2014
For this New Sounds, hear the concert recording of the world premiere of violinist vocalist Carla Kihlstedt's "At Night We Walk In Circles And Are Consumed by Fire." The work is a collaborative commission with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and inspired by dreams - dreams collected from the band, some of her own, and some solicited through Facebook. Comprised of nine song-parts, the topics range from meeting one's younger self, to having all of your teeth fall out, and a flying dream.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
From the New Sounds Live concert series, listen to a 2014 Ecstatic Music Festival collaborative pairing of Buke and Gase, together with So Percussion. Brooklyn's Buke and Gase, are Arone Dyer on the "buke" (a self-modified six-string former baritone ukulele) and Aron Sanchez on the "gase" (a guitar-bass hybrid of his own creation). So Percussion is a quartet of instrument builders/finders who beat, shake, bow, and man sometimes multiple percussion stations, up to and including bulbul tarang. These talented six innovative composers couple the unusual along with supreme joy in their super-group sextet formation on two tunes, “Ancient Tool Gadget,” and “Diazepam.” Also, listen to a piece by Bryce Dessner, who worked with Buke and Gase artist Aron Sanchez to design instruments called "chord sticks," as performed by So Percussion.
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
From the New Sounds Live Concert Series, listen to music from the Ecstatic Music Festival, recorded live last month at Merkin Hall. Hear selections from “Work Songs” by Timo Andres for three voices, two guitars, keyboard, accordion, and piano. Timo challenged himself to write vocal music and the resulting Work Songs are striking. The texts revolve around labor; balancing songs about feelings of discouragement and exhaustion with songs meant to provide comfort to workers.
Thursday, February 06, 2014
From the New Sounds Live concert series, recorded live at the Temple of Dendur in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, listen to the all-male band of British a cappella singers, The Hilliard Ensemble. Founded in 1974 and named after the British miniaturist painter Nicholas Hilliard, this group has cut a distinct path in the fields of both old and new music. This concert was also a stop on their farewell tour, as the group will be disbanding in 2014, after 40 years together, performing music that spans the past millennium.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Held until now, hear some of the music from the New Sounds Live with Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) & yMusic from March of 2011 on tonight's show. At that concert, Worden wore both her composer and performer hats, treating us to songs that were included o her Fall 2011 release, "All Things Will Unwind." Highlights from the night include live performances of "Be Brave," "There's a Rat," "She Does Not Brave the War," and others, featuring yMusic, percussionist Brian Wolfe, and guest vocals by DM Stith at Merkin Concert Hall's Ecstatic Music Festival.
Thursday, January 02, 2014
On Wednesday, January 22, at 7:00 p.m., hear one of the world’s finest vocal chamber groups, the Hilliard Ensemble, as part of the New Sounds Live concert series. Founded in 1974 and named after the British miniaturist painter Nicholas Hilliard, this all-male band of British a cappella singers – a countertenor, two tenors, baritone or bass - has cut a distinct path in the fields of both old and new music.
The Hilliards may have come together initially to sing medieval and renaissance music, but works by living composers have featured in their programs since the start. For this concert, they offer a program of music by Arvo Pärt, Alexander Raskatov, Vache Sharafyan and others. This appearance at The Temple of Dendur is part of the Hilliards’ farewell tour, as the group will be disbanding in 2014, after 40 years together.
This performance will be recorded for later broadcast on WNYC, and streamed live by Q2 Music at q2music.org.
Friday, September 13, 2013
This fall’s New Sounds Live events in October represent the first-ever survey of the music of Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw, “a musician of many sorts.” Shaw performs as a violinist with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) and as a vocalist with Roomful of Teeth. Earlier this year, the composer/vocalist/violist/violinist became, at the age of 30, the youngest-ever recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in Music for her work "Partita for 8 Voices." Hear Shaw's remarkable music in a two-part series, featuring both of the ensembles she plays in and her interactive film/music piece called “Ritornello.” That's Roomful of Teeth on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 7PM and ACME on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 7PM at the Winter Garden of Brookfield Place (formerly World Financial Center.) Both performances will be taped for later broadcast on WNYC, and streamed live at Q2 Music. Admission is FREE.
Saturday, August 31, 2013
From the New Sounds Live Concert Series, we'll hear part of Bobby Previte's "Terminals," a set of five pocket concertos for five different soloists and orchestra, which had its premiere exactly one month ago tonight at Merkin Hall as part of the closing concert of the Ecstatic Music Festival. So Percussion is the "orchestra" for these works, which left space for the soloists to bring their own improvising voices to the work — voices that Previte knows well from years of collaboration with each.
Sunday, August 04, 2013
Composer Darcy James Argue thinks big. His band, The Secret Society, is a 17- or 18-piece ensemble (there were 18 this time) brass-heavy big band, with electric guitar, bass, keys and drums. The band was formed to play Argue’s music, but in our New Sounds Live concert at Merkin Hall, on February 24, 2011, that changed. In an appropriately big way. The band presented world premieres by three different composers – none of them named Darcy James Argue. Tonight, we’ll hear the first performances of “Three Fragments” by award-winning, big-brained jazz pianist and composer Vijay Iyer, and “Lock The Door, Swallow The Key,” a stomping work from the gifted young Canadian composer Nicole Lizee.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
For this New Sounds program, we’ll listen to part two of the New Sounds Live/Ecstatic Music Festival concert with Dan Deacon. Hear Deacon’s “An Opal Toad with Obsidian Eyes,” as an entire movement of the work is set to a wooden block click track. The performance / classical instrument dance party features the NOW Ensemble, the Calder String Quartet, and Deacon's live processing.