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Some Folks Singing

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Hear some songs and the singers who sing them, including the record by Neneh Cherry and Scandinavian jazz trio, the Thing, and Tin Hat's settings of poetry by e.e. cummings.

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Based on American Folk Songs

Friday, October 10, 2014

Listen to music inspired by American folksong for this New Sounds, including tunes from Sam Amidon, Robert Plant, and Julia Wolfe's "Steel Hammer," about the legend of John Henry.

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New Music Based on Gospel, Spirituals & Folk Hymns

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Listen to works inspired by gospel, early folk hymns, spirituals, and shape note singing, including music by Jaimeo Brown and Colin Stetson on this New Sounds program. 

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New Approaches to Shape Note Hymns

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

For this New Sounds, listen to music that is rooted in the shape-note singing tradition from the 19th century, with tunes and texts directly taken from Protestant hymnals, and other works originally notated in "shape notes" (square, round, triangular, and diamond-shaped note heads) that enabled non-music reading congregations to sing them. Listen to a brand new duo recording from trumpeter Dave Douglas and pianist Uri Caine, who arranged some of these tunes, and wrote originals inspired by these shape-note hymns, but wordless. Then, from Anonymous 4, listen to vocal renditions of these tunes, where the quartet sings the hymn through in the solfège syllables (do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti) before adding words on the second time around.

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World Music

Sunday, July 13, 2014

For this New Sounds, listen to a really impressive roundup of world music.  There’s music from a group of Sufi singers, the Bedouin Jerry Can Band, who play abandoned fuel containers and ammunition boxes left behind by the Israeli army.  Also, hear music from Brazil by Renata Rosa, in a style that translates as “sea horse,” a fading tradition of street theatre that has to do with Christmas and the three wise men.  It’s from a compilation released by the BBC’s “World Routes” program, "On the Road."

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Atmospheric Songs

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Listen to atmospheric songs with unusual textures and unexpected sounds or noises woven into them on this New Sounds program.  Hear songs from Brian Eno, Antony & the Johnsons, and Eno’s friend the poet and composer Ebe Oke.  There's also something by Susanna & the Magical Orchestra from Sweden, along with music from Bjork off of the record, "Medulla."  Then hear a song by Irish singer Iarla Ó Lionáird from his record Foxlight.  Plus, something of a murder ballad from the folkster Sam Amidon, and more.

 

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A Private Reel: Live on Soundcheck

Thursday, June 26, 2014

For this New Sounds, we raid the exclusive live performance archive from that "other" show John Schaefer hosts, the afternoon program, Soundcheck. We'll listen for tunes from pipa player Wu Man, Cuban singer Omara Portuondo, and the Italian percussionist Alessandra Belloni, to name a few.

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Folk-Inspired Ballads, Male Edition (Special Podcast)

Monday, March 24, 2014

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Listen to folk-inspired ballads, featuring male folk-singers & wandering minstrels on this New Sounds.  There are surreal songs from a haunting record, “Hirta Songs,” by Alistair Roberts and poet Robin Robertson, with texts inspired by the history, landscape and people of the remote Scottish archipelago of St. Kilda (about 100 miles off the coast of Scotland.)  The record is named after the largest of these islands, where the main employment was fowling the great quantities of sea birds.  (Sheep-herding, crofting and fishing were ways of life as well.)  The eerie songs we’ll hear are both based on Celtic melodies; "A Fall of Sleet," is based on the tune 'The Battle of Inverlochy.' while the other, "Exodus," concerns the 1930 voluntary evacuation of the islands and is based on two tunes.

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Folk-Inspired Ballads, Male Edition

Monday, March 03, 2014

Listen to folk-inspired ballads, featuring male folk-singers & wandering minstrels on this New Sounds.  There are surreal songs from a haunting record, “Hirta Songs,” by Alistair Roberts and poet Robin Robertson, with texts inspired by the history, landscape and people of the remote Scottish archipelago of St. Kilda (about 100 miles off the coast of Scotland.)  The record is named after the largest of these islands, where the main employment was fowling the great quantities of sea birds.  (Sheep-herding, crofting and fishing were ways of life as well.)  The eerie songs we’ll hear are both based on Celtic melodies; "A Fall of Sleet," is based on the tune 'The Battle of Inverlochy.' while the other, "Exodus," concerns the 1930 voluntary evacuation of the islands and is based on two tunes.

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Some Folks Singing

Monday, December 02, 2013

Songs and the singers who sing them from around the world is the focus of this New Sounds. Sample the record by Neneh Cherry and Scandinavian jazz trio, the Thing who named themselves after a Don Cherry composition.  That powerful Nordic three-oh is saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love.

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World Music

Monday, July 01, 2013

For this New Sounds, listen to a really impressive roundup of world music.  There’s music from a group of Sufi singers, the Bedouin Jerry Can Band, who play abandoned fuel containers and ammunition boxes left behind by the Israeli army.  Also, hear music from Brazil by Renata Rosa, in a style that translates as “sea horse,” a fading tradition of street theatre that has to do with Christmas and the three wise men.  It’s from a compilation released by the BBC’s “World Routes” program, "On the Road."

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Tom Jones; Sam Amidon’s 'Bright Sunny South'

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

In this episode: Tom Jones, the Welsh singer who launched his career in 1965 with "It’s Not Unusual," just released the new album Spirit in the Room. In covering Leonard Cohen, Blind Willie Johnson, and Tom Waits, Jones demonstrates that his unmistakable voice is in fine form.

And: The Vermont-raised, London-based musician Sam Amidon plays songs from his new album, Bright Sunny South, in our studio.

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    Sam Amidon, In The Studio

    Tuesday, May 21, 2013

    Folk artist Sam Amidon performs in the Soundcheck studio.

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    New Music Based on Gospel, Spirituals & Folk Hymns

    Monday, May 20, 2013

    Listen to works inspired by gospel, early folk hymns, spirituals, and shape note singing on this New Sounds program.  There's an intense and shimmering setting by drummer Jaimeo Brown of the gospel hymn “Everything is Moving by the Power of God," which incorporates samples from the rural Alabama gospel group the Gee’s Bend Quilters from their 1941 and 2002 recordings.  On drums, Brown builds and highlights the ecstatic melody of the gospel group by way of crashy and tasteful washes of cymbals.  Then, as the sampled voices fade away, that build gradually gives way to pianist Geri Allen’s inspired and passionate improvisation on the melody of the tune.

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    Atmospheric Songs

    Thursday, March 07, 2013

    Listen to atmospheric songs with unusual textures and unexpected sounds or noises woven into them on this New Sounds program.  Hear songs from Brian Eno, Antony & the Johnsons, and Eno’s friend the poet and composer Ebe Oke.  There's also something by Susanna & the Magical Orchestra from Sweden, along with music from Bjork off of the record, "Medulla."  Then hear a song by Irish singer Iarla Ó Lionáird from his record Foxlight.  Plus, something of a murder ballad from the folkster Sam Amidon, and more.

     

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    A Private Reel: Live on Soundcheck

    Sunday, September 16, 2012

    For this New Sounds, we raid the exclusive live performance archive from that "other" show John Schaefer hosts, the afternoon program, Soundcheck. We'll listen for tunes from pipa player Wu Man, Cuban singer Omara Portuondo, and the Italian percussionist Alessandra Belloni, to name a few.

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    Some Folks Singing

    Thursday, August 23, 2012

    Songs and the singers who sing them from around the world is the focus of this New Sounds. Sample the record by Neneh Cherry and Scandinavian jazz trio, the Thing who named themselves after a Don Cherry composition.  That powerful Nordic three-oh is saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love. 

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    O' Death

    Saturday, August 04, 2012

    For this New Sounds, we'll hear the grim and gripping classic "O Death," sung by the legendary bluegrass singer Ralph Stanley, along with composer Oscar Bettison’s work by the same name. Bettison’s “O Death” is a seven-movement requiem masque which mixes saxophones, trombone, banjo and piano with jaw's harps, harmonicas, recorders, metal mixing bowls, melodica, flower pots and prepared wrenches. Bettison's recording of the piece is performed by Ensemble Klang, and features liner notes by Alex Ross.

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    World Music

    Tuesday, March 20, 2012

    For this New Sounds, listen to a really impressive roundup of world music.  There’s music from a group of Sufi singers, the Bedouin Jerry Can Band, who play abandoned fuel containers and ammunition boxes left behind by the Israeli army.  Also, hear music from Brazil by Renata Rosa, in a style that translates as “sea horse,” a fading tradition of street theatre that has to do with Christmas and the three wise men.  It’s from a compilation released by the BBC’s “World Routes” program, "On the Road." 

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    A Private Reel: Live on Soundcheck

    Thursday, August 18, 2011

    For this New Sounds, we raid the exclusive live performance archive from that "other" show John Schaefer hosts, the afternoon program, Soundcheck. We'll listen for tunes from pipa player Wu Man, Cuban singer Omara Portuondo, and the Italian percussionist Alessandra Belloni, to name a few.

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