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Prism Quartet

New Sounds

All Fours

Monday, April 20, 2015

Listen to music for quartets, but not the usual two violins, viola, and cello. Rather, the guiding principle will be four musicians, playing everything from marimba to mandolin.

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New Sounds

New Releases, April 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

It's that time of the month again for the new releases show on New Sounds. John Schaefer carefully separates the wheat from the chaff for this show.  He'll sort through the stacks of new CDs, the Soundcloud files, and other digital submissions which have come across his desk and into his inbox over the past month to present some of the finest new releases. He'll skim off the cream. He'll pick the lentils from the ashes. You get it.

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New Sounds

All Fours (Special Podcast)

Monday, March 17, 2014

WNYC

Listen to music for quartets on this New Sounds - but not the usual two violins, viola, and cello.  Rather, the guiding principle will be four musicians, playing everything from marimba to mandolin.  Hear from the electric guitars of Dither Quartet, along with music from the Prism Sax Quartet (saxophones).  Then there's music from the Brooklyn-based percussion quartet Ensemble et al, - whose members "take a garage band approach" to chamber works, minimalism, modal jazz, and instrumental rock- on marimba, vibraphone, glockenspiel, and drum set. (The KISS t-shirt in some of their online photos does wonders to set their tone.)

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New Sounds

All Fours

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Listen to music for quartets, but not the usual two violins, viola, and cello. Rather, the guiding principle will be four musicians, playing everything from marimba to mandolin.

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New Sounds

New Music Ensembles

Saturday, September 28, 2013

For this New Sounds, we'll hear new releases from the New York-based collective NOW Ensemble and the sax foursome, the PRISM Quartet.  Three of NOW's founding members are composers, including Judd Greenstein, who also heads up the record label, New Amsterdam.  Greenstein's music blends a bit of jazz, the fun syncopations of hip-hop, and nifty interlocking groovy riffs of minimalism, and can just as easily be heard in a club as it could be in a concert hall.  He's also one of the so-called "indie classical" composers, those from a younger generation who have absorbed minimalism, but incorporate electronics, electric guitar, and all sorts of non-traditionally symphonic instruments into their music.  From NOW Ensemble's latest, "Awake," we'll hear "Change."

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New Sounds

Electric Guitar-Informed Music

Sunday, October 07, 2012

For this New Sounds, hear some music by electric guitarists (and multi-instrumentalist MacArthur Genius John Zorn ) for other instruments…like saxophone quartet!  The Swiss sax ensemble ARTE Quartett plays music by John Zorn from their brilliant record, Different Worlds, which also includes music by Terry Riley, Lebanese composer Rabih Abou-Khalil, and arrangements of Swiss folk songs.

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New Sounds

New Music Ensembles

Friday, September 14, 2012

For this New Sounds, we'll hear new releases from the New York-based collective NOW Ensemble and the sax foursome, the PRISM Quartet.  Three of NOW's founding members are composers, including Judd Greenstein, who also heads up the record label, New Amsterdam.  Greenstein's music blends a bit of jazz, the fun syncopations of hip-hop, and nifty interlocking groovy riffs of minimalism, and can just as easily be heard in a club as it could be in a concert hall.  He's also one of the so-called "indie classical" composers, those from a younger generation who have absorbed minimalism, but incorporate electronics, electric guitar, and all sorts of non-traditionally symphonic instruments into their music.  From NOW Ensemble's latest, "Awake," we'll hear "Change."

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New Sounds

New Speech-Based Music

Saturday, June 16, 2012

For this New Sounds, sample some new music from Holland, featuring JacobTV, the controversial ex-rock musician who has become one of the Continent’s most exciting composers.  His works incorporate the sounds of American mass media and pop culture as well as acoustic instruments.

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Q2 Music Live Concerts

JACK Quartet, PRISM, and the Young People's Chorus of New York: Live at SONiC

Saturday, December 03, 2011

On October 16th, 2011, JACK Quartet hosted Extended Play, the American Composers Orchestra's Sounds of a New Century Festival all-day marathon of new-music featuring passionate and adventurous New York City-based ensembles. With JACK leading the way, the nine hour extravaganza took place from noon to midnight, featured eight ensembles, and highlighted the works of forty-four composers.

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New Sounds

Electric Guitar-Informed Music

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

For this New Sounds, hear some music by electric guitarists (and multi-instrumentalist MacArthur Genius John Zorn ) for other instruments…like saxophone quartet!  The Swiss sax ensemble ARTE Quartett plays music by John Zorn from their brilliant record, Different Worlds, which also includes music by Terry Riley, Lebanese composer Rabih Abou-Khalil, and arrangements of Swiss folk songs.

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New Sounds

New Speech-Based Music

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

For this New Sounds, sample some new music from Holland, featuring JacobTV, the controversial ex-rock musician who has become one of the Continent’s most exciting composers.  His works incorporate the sounds of American mass media and pop culture as well as acoustic instruments. 

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New Sounds

New Music Ensembles

Monday, May 23, 2011

For this New Sounds, we'll hear new releases from the New York-based collective NOW Ensemble and the sax foursome, the PRISM Quartet.  Three of NOW's founding members are composers, including Judd Greenstein, who also heads up the record label, New Amsterdam.  Greenstein's music blends a bit of jazz, the fun syncopations of hip-hop, and nifty interlocking groovy riffs of minimalism, and can just as easily be heard in a club as it could be in a concert hall.  He's also one of the so-called "indie classical" composers, those from a younger generation who have absorbed minimalism, but incorporate electronics, electric guitar, and all sorts of non-traditionally symphonic instruments into their music.  From NOW Ensemble's latest, "Awake," we'll hear "Change." 

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Soundcheck

Prism Quartet

Friday, June 04, 2010

For 25 years, one of the most adventurous classical groups in America has been a quartet…of saxophones. Prism Quartet has championed new music and played with jazz and world musicians. They’ll play live in the Soundcheck studio.

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