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New Sounds

Music for Choir and Percussion (Special Podcast)

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

WNYC
Music for choir and percussion by Andrew Byrne, Daniel Lentz, and Anna Thorvaldsdottir.

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New Sounds

Music for Choir and Percussion

Monday, December 08, 2014

Music for choir and percussion by Andrew Byrne, Toru Takemitsu, Daniel Lentz, and Anna Thorvaldsdottir.

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Soundcheck

Sheila E. On Breaking Down Boundaries And Finding Solace In Music

Monday, September 08, 2014

The percussionist talks about her musical family and her days on stage with George Duke and Prince, as revealed in her new memoir, The Beat of My Own Drum.

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New Sounds

Atmospheric Percussion Works

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

This New Sounds is chock full of works that use percussion atmospherically.  Hear the looped hockety rhythms of the Portico Quartet, who create a hypnotic electrified and trancey soundworld on their most recent release.  There's also concert music from the wide-ranging New York luminary, Joseph Byrd, as performed by ACME (American Contemporary Music Ensemble), featuring Timo Andres.  Plus, pianist Benedikt Jahnel and his trio focus on rhythmic placement to achieve atmospheric wordless songs. Perhaps there will also be music from drummer Allison Miller or a gamelan-laden dance score from composer Mary Ellen Childs. And more.

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New Sounds

A Musical Travelogue

Saturday, May 24, 2014

There’s an hour of music for far-off places on this New Sounds program.  Listen to a work written by Princeton professor Paul Lansky, called “Travel Diary.”  From a new recording by the Meehan/Perkins Duo, the work is a "kind of meditation on travel particularly for those who don't do it that much." Parts were inspired by an actual cross-country trip taken by the composer and his family, wrong turns and a younger child asking "Are we there yet?"

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New Sounds

Percussive Roots, New Routes

Thursday, February 20, 2014

For this New Sounds program, hear musical works that begin with a percussive idea, maybe even a traditional one, but then end up someplace else. Listen to a work by drummer/composer Dosh (probably better known as Andrew Bird’s collaborator for the past many years), who is also a multi-instrumentalist and a looper, besides.  From his 2013 release, “Milk Money,” sample a bit of the expansive, pulsing layers of keyboard, vocal samples, and drums on Dosh’s “Legos (for Terry).” There’s also tropical jazz pop from the Danish artist Frisk Frugt (aka Anders Lauge Meldgaard) which marries folk marimba, electric guitar and toy horns, with the results emerging like a sonic road-trip to Burkina Faso by way of Denmark after having picked up a hitchhiking Terry Riley.

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Hammered!

Music For A Polar Vortex Evening

Monday, January 13, 2014

Despite the bizarrely high likelihood this week of NYC's "Polar Vortex" turning unseasonably spring-like, we're nevertheless hunkering down with wintery landscape pieces for piano and percussion, anchored by the The Adams From The North, Alaskan composer John Luther Adams.

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New Sounds

Beat It

Sunday, January 12, 2014

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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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: William B. Johnson's Drumadics

Friday, November 01, 2013

The world beat band William B. Johnson's Drumadics performs at The Cutting Room Saturday. Download "Merengue."

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The Takeaway

The Eiffel Tower as a Musical Instrument

Monday, June 17, 2013

What is your favorite musical instrument? For Joseph Bertolozzi, it's the Eiffel Tower, which he's turned into a giant percussion instrument with a unique musical voice. His mission is to "play the Eiffel Tower" by striking its surfaces and recording the vibrant voice hidden within the iron structure. After two weeks of recording on the 324 meter tower, Joseph and his team now have a compilation of more than 2,000 samples awaiting to be arranged into a composition. 

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New Sounds

A Musical Travelogue

Monday, May 06, 2013

There’s an hour of music for far-off places on this New Sounds program.  Listen to a work written by Princeton professor Paul Lansky, called “Travel Diary.”  From a new recording by the Meehan/Perkins Duo, the work is a "kind of meditation on travel particularly for those who don't do it that much." Parts were inspired by an actual cross-country trip taken by the composer and his family, wrong turns and a younger child asking "Are we there yet?"

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New Sounds

Atmospheric Percussion Works

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

This New Sounds is chock full of works that use percussion atmospherically.  Hear the looped hockety rhythms of the Portico Quartet, who create a hypnotic electrified and trancey soundworld on their most recent release.  There's also concert music from the wide-ranging New York luminary, Joseph Byrd, as performed by ACME (American Contemporary Music Ensemble), featuring Timo Andres.  Plus, pianist Benedikt Jahnel and his trio focus on rhythmic placement to achieve atmospheric wordless songs. Perhaps there will also be music from drummer Allison Miller or a gamelan-laden dance score from composer Mary Ellen Childs. And more.

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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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New Sounds

New Releases, September 2012

Friday, September 28, 2012

It's the most wonderful time of the month - the showcasing of new releases! On this New Sounds program, listen to the pick of the piles. Hear new music from piano trio the Bad Plus, and a new recording of "Einstein on the Beach" by Philip Glass.  Perhaps there will also Albanian folk songs arranged for jazz-ish quartet, and some ambient music.  That, and more.

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New Sounds

A Musical Travelogue (special podcast)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

WNYC

There’s an hour of music for far-off places on this New Sounds program.  Listen to a work written by Princeton professor Paul Lansky, called “Travel Diary.”  From a new recording by the Meehan/Perkins Duo, the work is a "kind of meditation on travel particularly for those who don't do it that much." Parts were inspired by an actual cross-country trip taken by the composer and his family, wrong turns and a younger child asking "Are we there yet?"

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Soundcheck

So Percussion: In Studio

Monday, March 19, 2012

Thanks to the quartet known as So Percussion, the world no longer needs to wonder what an amplified cactus or a set of teacups sounds like. Now, the group is looking back at the adventurous work of the late composer John Cage as part of the American Mavericks festival at Carnegie Hall and online at Q2.  

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New Sounds

A Musical Travelogue

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

There’s an hour of music for far-off places on this New Sounds program.  Listen to a work written by Princeton professor Paul Lansky, called “Travel Diary.”  From a new recording by the Meehan/Perkins Duo, the work is a "kind of meditation on travel particularly for those who don't do it that much." Parts were inspired by an actual cross-country trip taken by the composer and his family, wrong turns and a younger child asking "Are we there yet?"

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New Sounds

Beat It

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

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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Studio 360

Evelyn Glennie on Gareth Farr

Saturday, July 19, 2003

Percussionist Evelyn Glennie made her name through playful performances where she would don exotic costumes and bang away at homemade instruments made from automobile exhaust pipes. Glennie introduces us to another musical daredevil — the New Zealand composer and drummer Gareth Farr. Produced by Amy Jeffries.

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