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Musical Machines

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Listen to the insistent rhythms & repetitions of acoustic instruments on this New Sounds, with solo music by Kris Davis, music by Arnold Dreyblatt, Switzerland’s Nik Bartsch, & more.

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The Minimalist Influence

Friday, February 07, 2014

Hear some music that shows the influence of the repetitive musical language developed by Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, et al. – “Minimalism.” On this edition of New Sounds, listen to music from the late Canadian composer Michael J. Baker, leader of Toronto-based arraymusic.  Baker’s music clearly shows influence of minimalism, but it’s also infused with jazz and European classical music too. Then, hear minimalism meet the jazz world in music by Swiss pianist Nik Bärtsch and his band Ronin in as well as in music by the German prepared pianist/composer Hauschka.  Plus, music from the English group called Chambr, again - not quite chamber, not quite jazz, yet with a dusting of minimlism. 

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New Sounds

Musical Machines

Monday, November 18, 2013

Listen to the insistent rhythms and repetitions of acoustic instruments on this New Sounds, with. Hear solo music from Kris Davis- her “Saturn Return.” Its organized lines of prepared piano evoke John Cage at first, and build into a refined assembly line. Then, listen to music by the American composer based in Berlin, Arnold Dreyblatt, and his intentionally mechanistic, “Resonant Relations,” which has clouds of overtones.  Also, there’s music with a hint of jazz from both Switzerland’s Nik Bartsch, and a New York outfit, Bizingas, led by trombonist/pianist Bryan Drye. Plus, music for player pianos by Colin Nancarrow, arranged for the six musicians of the Bang on a Can All-Stars by Evan Ziporyn. 

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New Sounds

Musical Machines

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Listen to the insistent rhythms and repetitions of acoustic instruments on this New Sounds, with. Hear solo music from Kris Davis- her “Saturn Return.” Its organized lines of prepared piano evoke John Cage at first, and build into a refined assembly line. Then, listen to music by the American composer based in Berlin, Arnold Dreyblatt, and his intentionally mechanistic, “Resonant Relations,” which has clouds of overtones.  Also, there’s music with a hint of jazz from both Switzerland’s Nik Bartsch, and a New York outfit, Bizingas, led by trombonist/pianist Bryan Drye. Plus, music for player pianos by Colin Nancarrow, arranged for the six musicians of the Bang on a Can All-Stars by Evan Ziporyn.  

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New Sounds

New Sounds Live: Bang on a Can PCF Concert 2010, Part 1

Saturday, June 09, 2012

From the New Sounds Live concerts, we'll hear the Bang on a Can All-Stars performing world premieres by Swiss ambient-funk-pianist-composer Nik Bärtsch and by composer/instrument-maker Oscar Bettison, who plays well with others in both the concert hall and the rock ensemble. Plus, hear music by Brooklyn's David Longstreth, the driving force behind the ground-breaking indie rock band Dirty Projectors (Sorry, no audio archive for his pieces.)  Recorded live in 2010, these works were part of the annual Bang on a Can People's Commissioning Fund Concert, a launch pad for emerging composers.

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New Sounds

New Sounds Live: Bang on a Can PCF Concert 2010, Part 1

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

From the New Sounds Live concerts, we'll hear the Bang on a Can All-Stars performing world premieres by Swiss ambient-funk-pianist-composer Nik Bärtsch and by composer/instrument-maker Oscar Bettison, who plays well with others in both the concert hall and the rock ensemble. Plus, hear music by Brooklyn's David Longstreth, the driving force behind the ground-breaking indie rock band Dirty Projectors (Sorry, no audio archive for his pieces.)  Recorded live in 2010, these works were part of the annual Bang on a Can People's Commissioning Fund Concert, a launch pad for emerging composers.

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