Monday, December 12, 2011
Hear from Nico Muhly's latest, "I Drink The Air Before Me," on this New Sounds. There's also music from Jason Moran's "Ten," which features some sampled sounds as well. Plus, Michael Formanek Quartet and the new "23 Neo" along with Donnacha Dennehy's "Reservoir" for solo piano, played by Isabelle O'Connor, and more.
Friday, December 02, 2011
A few hundred years ago, classical pianists would impress audiences by original cadenzas in the middle of a concerto — riffing, we would say now. Now improvisation is firmly in the realm of jazz. But a new record called Marvelous Fantasy explores the connection between jazz and classical ...
Monday, November 14, 2011
Watch a video of cellist Matt Haimovitz and pianist Christopher O'Riley playing "Empty Room" by Arcade Fire in WNYC's Soundcheck studios here.
Friday, September 23, 2011
On a given weekend, you might find Gabriel Kahane performing a piano sonata in a concert hall ... or stumble upon him at a bar, playing with a rock band. He composes classical music for chamber groups and orchestras — but he also writes and sings his own indie pop songs. These days, those two worlds ...
Sunday, September 04, 2011
The UK guitarist and composer James Blackshaw is a prodigious young talent who’s been seen as part of the guitar tradition of the late American John Fahey. Now, his work has expanded to include mysticism, occasional other instruments, and long-form, almost classical structures. He’ll play live in our studio, and we'll listen to some of his recent release, "The Glass Bead Game." And more.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
For this New Sounds, London-based death-jazz band The Neil Cowley Trio stopped by the studio on their first US tour. Listen to their incredibly tight and thoughtful originals like "His Nibs" and "She Eats Flies" performed live on this program. It's some groove-based post-jazz with an Eastern edge that demands your attention. RIYL: the Bad Plus, Shostakovich, Madness, thrash-punk, Thelonious Monk, The Sex Pistols, Philip Glass.
Monday, June 20, 2011
For this New Sounds, we'll hear new music for solo piano, including Michael Byron's monumental work, written for the brave pianist Joseph Kubera - the exotic and long-form "Dreamers Of Pearl." From it, we’ll hear the second part, "A Bird Revealing the Unknown to the Sky."
Monday, June 13, 2011
By Marlon Bishop : WNYC Culture Producer
Monday night, the Apollo inducts one of America's most beloved keyboard players into its Hall of Fame. WNYC talked to several local musicians about Stevie Wonder and his work.
Monday, January 24, 2011
Listen to some new music with piano on this New Sounds, including compositions from the pianist/composer Blue Gene Tyranny, who has worked with John Cage, Iggy Pop, and Carla Bley, among others. We'll listen to the Digital Music Ensemble of the University of Michigan performing "Intermediary with a Rendition of Stardust." We'll also hear Canadian composer and pianist Lubomyr Melnyk's work, "Song of Galadriel" inspired by Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Plus, music from the minimalist tradition by both Terry Riley, and Belgian composer Wim Mertens.
Monday, December 06, 2010
This week, the artistic duo chosen to represent the U.S. at the 2011 Venice Biennale, Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, unveils their rather unusual "Stop, Repair, Prepare: Variations on 'Ode to Joy' for a Prepared Piano" at the MoMA.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes discusses his four-day Risor Festival Residency at Carnegie Hall. Leif Ove is the youngest artist to ever be given a “Perspectives” series at Carnegie Hall. He’ll be performing works by Bartok, Berg, Honegger, Stravinsky, Debussy, Mozart, Copland, Mahler, Brahms, Wagner, Liszt, Grieg, Wallin, Sørensen, among others, at Zankel Hall December 1–4. He’ll also discuss his new album of Rachmaninov’s piano concertos.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
The young French pianist David Fray is fast gaining notice for his charismatic, sometimes eccentric performances of Bach and Schubert. Just don't compare him to Glenn Gould.