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Sam Sadigursky

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A New Type of Art Song

Saturday, April 14, 2012

For this New Sounds, take a listen to the new kind of art song.  There are some traditional America hymns, spirituals, and folk songs, recast as art songs, arranged into an unsettled and haunted landscape by George Crumb.  It’s something that composer Charles Ives did nearly 100 years before Crumb.  We’ll also hear music by Ives, as performed by Theo Bleckmann and the quintet Kneebody – a group who uses piano, trumpet, saxophone, bass, drums and some effects.

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New Sounds

Inadvertent Songs

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Be careful what you say – it could wind up as lyrics to a song.  Just ask Donald Rumsfeld, Miss Teen USA, President Bush, and the anonymous posters on Craigslist, all of whom found their way into songs.  For this New Sounds, hear Donald Rumsfeld's words as lifted from various Pentagon briefings, and skillfully set by Phil Kline - about the looting in Iraq, known unknowns and near-perfect clarity. 

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