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25 Years Of Real World Records II

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Listen to the second of our two part celebration of Peter Gabriel’s Real World record label, featuring music from around the globe: obscure folk chants, gospel, rock and/or classical.

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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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Reeds Lead

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Hear ensemble music led by the sounds of wind instruments like clarinet, saxophone, and bass clarinet, along with a little bit of brassy-ness from trumpets and trompbones.  There’s music from England by the jazz-rock-electronica quartet Get the Blessing, from their recent release, “Lope and Antilope.”  Portishead fans take note, the bass player and drummer are Jim Barr and Clive Deamer, respectively. (Fun Fact: since 2012, Deamer has been Radiohead's second live drummer.) Also, hear a soaring saxophone in a piece from the Portico Quartet, whose rhythm section includes the hang. Then, listen to music featuring bass clarinet by Parisian-born Brooklyn-based composer Daniel Wohl as well as an arrangement for trumpets and trombone of music by Wayne Horvitz.

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Squirreling Away the New Sounds

Monday, September 16, 2013

WNYC

It's the latest installment of the chronicles of withholding-from-John-Schaefer from the New Sounds Staff. With so much time since the last taunting, that means more things have been able to pile up on the NSAPA desk (pictured, left) and, of course, more importantly, so much tasty music to be squirreled away until the September harvest!

Let's begin with the unique and tasty combination of Nordic fiddle, West African harp, and danceable percussion.  The staff seems to have made it her mission to find and strongly suggest as much music incorporating the African lute-harp as possible, because, who doesn’t love kora?

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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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Dramatic Accompaniment

Monday, January 21, 2013

This New Sounds brings musical accompaniment for drama in the form of the Portico Quartet, a young instrumental band, who play mostly acoustic music using wind instruments, bass and percussion, including a 21st century instrument called the hang.  (The hang is a dimpled dome-shaped, tuned metal percussion instrument that sounds like a cross between the steel drum and the mbira (thumb piano) and looks like two woks welded together.)

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New Sounds

Dramatic Accompaniment

Friday, January 13, 2012

This New Sounds brings musical accompaniment for drama in the form of the Portico Quartet, a young instrumental band, who play mostly acoustic music using wind instruments, bass and percussion, including a 21st century instrument called the hang.  (The hang is a dimpled dome-shaped, tuned metal percussion instrument that sounds like a cross between the steel drum and the mbira (thumb piano) and looks like two woks welded together.)

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New Sounds

Dramatic Accompaniment

Monday, September 27, 2010

This New Sounds brings musical accompaniment for drama in the form of the Portico Quartet, a young instrumental band, who play mostly acoustic music using wind instruments, bass and percussion, including a 21st century instrument called the hang.  (The hang is a dimpled dome-shaped, tuned metal percussion instrument that sounds like a cross between the steel drum and the mbira (thumb piano) and looks like two woks welded together.) 

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