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New York Polyphony

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New York Polyphony's Quiet Seasonal Treasure 'Sing Thee Nowell'

Monday, December 01, 2014

The Christmas season and New York Polyphony, a four-man choir specializing in sacred music, are a match made in heaven. The ensemble's new album spans over five centuries of song.

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New Sounds

Choral Music Without Words

Monday, July 07, 2014

Hear choral works that make use of a choir for color and texture, rather than the delivery of a text on this New Sounds.  From violinist and composer Timba Harris, listen to an album length suite of pieces about the Cascade Mountains at the time of Mount St. Helens’ eruption in 1980.  His “neXus I: Cascadia” features a big choir and minimal strings and electronics, depicting a monarch butterfly, black bear, and the flora and fauna in the in the Pacific Northwest affected by the eruption of the volcano. Also, listen to a work without words written for vocal octet Roomful of Teeth, called “AEIOU,” by Ecstatic Music Festival founder and composer Judd Greenstein. Plus, the vocal ensemble, New York Polyphony, makes over the medieval into something modern with their remix of a Gregorian chant piece.  And more.

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New Sounds

Voice & Electronics

Thursday, May 01, 2014

On this edition of New Sounds, listen to music for voice and electronics, including the latest recording from Brooklyn-based composer Jacob Cooper, “Silver Threads.” It’s a song cycle written for soprano Mellissa Hughes, in which he employs laptop like a folk instrument.  The text of the first movement comes from a haiku by Basho, and the following five movements came from asking five contemporary poets to write their own poems in response to the Basho haiku. Listen to Cooper’s setting of the original haiku, and one with text by Tarfia Faizullah.  SEE Silver Threads release show at Le Poisson Rouge on May 7.

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New Sounds

Choral Music Without Words

Monday, March 25, 2013

Hear choral works that make use of a choir for color and texture, rather than the delivery of a text on this New Sounds.  From violinist and composer Timba Harris, listen to an album length suite of pieces about the Cascade Mountains at the time of Mount St. Helens’ eruption in 1980.  His “neXus I: Cascadia” features a big choir and minimal strings and electronics, depicting a monarch butterfly, black bear, and the flora and fauna in the in the Pacific Northwest affected by the eruption of the volcano. Also, listen to a work without words written for vocal octet Roomful of Teeth, called “AEIOU,” by Ecstatic Music Festival founder and composer Judd Greenstein. Plus, the vocal ensemble, New York Polyphony, makes over the medieval into something modern with their remix of a Gregorian chant piece.  And more.

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WQXR Features

Café Concert: New York Polyphony

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Vocal ensemble New York Polyphony evokes an otherworldly place with a program of sacred Renaissance music as well as a modern lullaby. Watch the videos here.

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The New Canon

Big Beautiful Dark and Polyphonic

Friday, March 02, 2012

This week, the New Canon brings you a trio of new releases from a maverick new music cabal, a quartet of vocal violinists and a boundless Belarusian violinist.

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