Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Listen to music from Wires Under Tension, a NYC-based band formed by multi-instrumentalist/composer Christopher Tignor and drummer Theo Metz. Their latest creation is called “Replicant, ” and is, yes(!) inspired by Philip K Dick's “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”, along with the film adaptation, “Blade Runner.” According to the album’s site, “‘Replicant’ takes on the questions of mechanized identity, the feeling of flawed copies, and the inescapable bummer of being too self-aware.” The music is layer after tasty layer of impossible sounds created by synth, swirls, drum licks, offered up all together as post-rock with grooves.
Friday, March 07, 2014
This New Sounds program consists of some mostly wordless vocal pieces, from Philip Glass to Roomful of Teeth, and vocalist and tape loop manipulator, Juliana Barwick. Listen to the Glass score to Koyanisqatsi, and anexcerpt called “Vessels” featuring the Western Wind Vocal Ensemble. Then Roomful of Teeth sings a work by Judd Greenstein working in Tibetan-style overtone/undertone chanting, yodeling, and hocketing.
Monday, February 03, 2014
By Molly Yeh
In his fourth collaboration with director Godfrey Reggio, Philip Glass has written the score for "Visitors," a film featuring close-ups of human faces. Stream the complete score all week.
Friday, January 31, 2014
Godfrey Reggio’s films “are like a cat that barks. They’re unusual, the names of the films are off the wall,” he tells Kurt Andersen. Most people know Reggio for the 1982 film Koyaanisqatsi, a word from the Hopi language meaning “life out of balance,” and its two sequels. Reggio’s new film Visitors is in black-and-white ...
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
On this New Sounds, listen to new music from American composer Chris Campbell. On his latest, “Things You Already Know,” homemade instruments of propane tank drums, bowed psaltery and singing bowls are combined with guitars, cellos and drums to creep, scrape and eventually burst, then string melodies soar, and jams are proverbially kicked out.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Hear piano music, with and without electronics on this New Sounds program. Listen to the “Trilogy Sonata” – music from the so-called “portrait operas” by Philip Glass, reworked by Paul Barnes, and performed by pianist Jeremy Limb. The sonata is in three parts, containing music from “Einstein on the Beach,” music from "Akhnaten," (about the Egyptian pharaoh), and “Satyagraha,” (about Mahatma Gandhi.)
Sunday, December 08, 2013
For this New Sounds, listen to music that was inspired by Tibet. We'll hear "Karma Shadub," for violin and chorus by violinist/composer Paul Giger, based on centuries-old Tibetan Buddhist chant . Plus, music from Minnesota-based composer/guitarist Steve Tibbetts, along with music from Philip Glass's Tibetan-inspired works as well.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Composer Philip Glass discusses “In the Spirit,” a benefit concert for the Garrison Institute, at Town Hall. The concert features the New York premiere of “Songs of Milarepa,” by Glass; as well as sacred music from the Renaissance; Mandingo kora music from Gambia, West Africa; Sufi music of the Middle East, and Wu Man performing Chinese traditional music and original music by Glass.
Monday, October 14, 2013
On her newest album, "Density," Claire Chase, flutist and director of the International Contemporary Ensemble, presents selections by Reich, Lucier, Balter, Varèse and more. Stream the album all this week.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
The new music string quartet Brooklyn Rider certainly does get around. They’ve been part of Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, recorded Debussy as well as all five string quartets by Philip Glass,write and perform their own originals, and even collaborated with the kemenchech (Persian fiddle) virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor. They’re currently touring with multiple Grammy Award-winning banjoist Béla Fleck. Brooklyn Rider joins us in the studio for this New Sounds program, and they’ve brought an extra player – the Celtic fiddler Martin Hayes (of County Clare.)
Monday, September 09, 2013
For this program, hear an hour of recent soundtracks for both film and dance. Listen to music from the new, otherwise silent film, “Visitors” by filmmaker Jon Kane – about our ambivalent relationship with technology. Seven years in the making, "Visitors" is the fourth collaboration between director Godfrey Reggio and composer Philip Glass. Also, hear selections from the keyboard-driven soundtrack, “The Beauty Inside,” from the American pianist/composer Dustin O’Halloran, who now lives in Berlin.
Thursday, September 05, 2013
In the last fifty-or-so years, composers have explored an exceptionally wide range of expression in music for solo voice. Today at 3 pm, the Brothers Balliett feature vocal music by Milton Babbitt, Harrison Birtwistle and Philip Glass.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
This New Sounds is the companion program to last night's show, where we'll not be limited to English-language poets. Look forward to texts by Rumi (Persian poet and mystic), set by Philip Glass. Also, listen for poetry by Pablo Neruda in a setting by Osvaldo Golijov. Plus, music by 17th century Alevi-Bektashi poets, as rendered by the band Niyaz and their vocalist Azam Ali, and more music with poetry by Pablo Neruda, and perhaps text by Rainer Maria Rilke, and more.
Monday, August 19, 2013
"Concert of the Sixth Sun" is the latest meeting between Philip Glass and musicians from outside the Western classical tradition and easily the most unusual collaboration. Stream it in full all this week.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
By Brian Wise
The longest labor dispute in U.S. orchestral history witnessed a new salvo on Thursday as 91 composers sent an open letter to the Minnesota Orchestra’s musicians, administrators and board.