Silk Road Ensemble
Thursday, January 09, 2014
The results are in, and thanks to all of the listeners who submitted their short-lists. Here's the rebuttal to last night’s program where we present what you, the listeners, have chosen as the best new music releases of 2013. Listen for some world music-inflected jazz, an acoustic piano trio (also Radiolab favorites), and two poignant records on themes of war and its aftermath. Find out who emerged victorious from this year's contest on the 29th annual New Sounds Listener Poll show.
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
For this New Sounds, listen to John Schaefer's completely personal and opinionated look at the ten best new music releases of 2013. There will probably be something by a Russian pianist/composer and a Tibetan singer, perhaps some music from a guitarist/composer who also plays in the National, and a vocalist/composer who practically creates choruses of herself. Also, listen for music from the IDM world with gamelan-like percussion, as well as Indo-jazz music from a South Asian suite.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Listen to an hour of world music on this New Sounds. Hear a Malagasy Greek American version of a song from the Bahamas by Joseph Spence, in a collaboration by Rossy, Paul & Pana. Also, listen to Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, in a 4-part work by David Bruce which feel like dance step instructions. Then, there’s New York-based Annabouboula doing Greek blues songs, along with the Greek singer Savina Yannatou, in music from the island of Sardinia. And more.
Monday, November 04, 2013
The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma has released a new collection of commissioned works by John Zorn, Vijay Iyer, Collin Jacobsen and others. Stream it all this week.
Monday, October 28, 2013
Hear an hour of global jazz on this New Sounds program, with unlikely combinations of instruments and worldwide influences colliding in unexpected and striking ways. Listen to pianist and composer Vijay Iyer's "Playlist For An Extreme Occasion," an eight-part work written for Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble. It began as a musical interaction between sheng, tabla, and gaita, which evolved into an intricate suite for piano, gaita, percussion, tabla, sheng, violin, viola and cello. (Vijay Iyer is also the recipient of the 2013 MacArthur Fellowship, the so-called "genius" grant.)
Friday, October 11, 2013
It’s an all-acoustic program of music on this New Sounds, including music from Colin Jacobsen & the Silk Road Ensemble, violinist Hilary Hahn, and guitarist Kevin Hufnagel. If Hufnagel’s name sounds familiar, it could be because we heard from his ambient record “Transparencies” previously on New Sounds, or perhaps more likely, it is because of his work as a guitarist in Dysrhythmia, Gorguts, and Vaura, (largely metal outfits) among others. But on his latest release, “Ashland,” he has made a record of captivating and thoughtful instrumental miniatures built around the baritone ukulele, both prepared (with wooden file, hair elastic and sewing needle in the strings - nod to John Cage) and unaltered.
Sunday, January 08, 2012
Listen to a new take on minimalist icon Terry Riley’s “In C” by the Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble and some of the most imaginative DJ's, remixers and composers around. Insistent and propulsive, In C is based on a series of 53 interlocking phrases, repeated any number of times, that merge to form an ever-changing tapestry of sound.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
For this New Sounds, listen to some small ensemble works revolving around the sounds of Persian and Arabic instruments and melodies. We'll hear "Silent City" from Kayhan Kalhor with Brooklyn Rider, along with some music from Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble. Plus, listen to the Kronos Quarte recording, "Floodplain", and more.
Monday, December 27, 2010
Listen to a new take on minimalist icon Terry Riley’s “In C” by the Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble and some of the most imaginative DJ's, remixers and composers around. Insistent and propulsive, In C is based on a series of 53 interlocking phrases, repeated any number of times, that merge to form an ever-changing tapestry of sound. On a recent 2-CD collection of remixes, Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lang, ambient/hip hop master DJ Spooky, cello innovator Zoë Keating, the ubiquitous genre-hopper Nico Muhly, and many more took the raw tracks from the GVSU New Music Ensemble, and played with them on their laptops. For this New Sounds, we’ll hear some of their results.