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Where We Live

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Listen to music from itsnotyouitsme, where Grey McMurray is the guitar-playing half and Caleb Burhans is the violin-playing half. Also, pieces from their independent projects and more.

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New Sounds

October 2014 New Releases

Friday, October 31, 2014

John Schaefer carefully sorts through the stacks, bins, downloads and boatloads of new releases which have come across his desk over the past month to present the finest of the bunch.

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New Sounds

Glass-y Music

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Hear fragile and glassy music on this New Sounds program, including low-fi, 1-bit electronic music by New York-based composer Tristan Perich, and Michael Hearst of One Ring Zero.

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New Sounds

Music With Folk Roots

Monday, September 15, 2014

Listen to ensemble pieces which draw from folk music the world over on this New Sounds program, like the Tajik band with an Israeli musician, or Norwegian folk fiddling and laptops.

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New Sounds

Ecstatic Music Festival: Nick Zammuto & Jason Treuting

Sunday, July 06, 2014

From the New Sounds Live concert series recorded in 2012, listen to some distinctly oddball works by Jason Treuting (of So Percussion) and Nick Zammuto (ex The Books) on this program.  There’s a multi-media work based around an instructional video for autoharp, a work involving a spelling bee, and a bucolic piece revolving around a slideshow of rude gestures.

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New Sounds

Bells, Mallets, and Winds

Monday, June 23, 2014

This New Sounds is chock-a-block full of unusually textured new music, featuring some percussion-based works and other recent arrivals which may or may not incorporate wind families of clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, and then add to that hammered dulcimer, zither, marimba and/or accordion.

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New Sounds

Downtown Collaborations

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Jason Treuting, the percussionist/composer -along with his mallets, sticks, and music - certainly gets around.   Treuting has made music with and for So Percussion, the Swedish folk-instrument wielding QQQ, the electronica duo Matmos, the Zappa-jazzy band Kneebody, and the guitarist/composer Steve Mackey, to name a few.  On this New Sounds, listen to music featuring Jason Treuting as soloist, collaborator, and composer.  There’s also music from multi-instrumentalist/composer Nick Zammuto, co-founder of the sonically and visually innovative duo the Books.

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New York Now

On-Demand Audio: Uncovering Gems with ICE and So Percussion

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The International Contemporary Ensemble and So Percussion played works ranging from Webern to an ongoing work by the members of So Percussion for the second concert of the 2014 Look & Listen Festival. Listen to the entire show on demand. 

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New Sounds

Ecstatic Music Festival 2014: Buke and Gase, So Percussion

Thursday, April 17, 2014

From the New Sounds Live concert series, listen to a 2014 Ecstatic Music Festival collaborative pairing of Buke and Gase, together with So Percussion.  Brooklyn's Buke and Gase, are Arone Dyer on the "buke" (a self-modified six-string former baritone ukulele) and Aron Sanchez on the "gase" (a guitar-bass hybrid of his own creation).  So Percussion is a quartet of instrument builders/finders who beat, shake, bow, and man sometimes multiple percussion stations, up to and including bulbul tarang.  These talented six innovative composers couple the unusual along with supreme joy in their super-group sextet formation on two tunes, “Ancient Tool Gadget,” and “Diazepam.”  Also, listen to a piece by Bryce Dessner, who worked with Buke and Gase artist Aron Sanchez to design instruments called "chord sticks," as performed by So Percussion. 

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Mixtapes

Man Forever on the Perfection of Vision, from James Tenney to Funkadelic

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Man Forever is the musical project of drummer-composer John Colpitts (aka Kid Millions). Best known as the drummer for Brooklyn-based psych-rock outfit Oneida, he performed last Saturday with ambient artist William Basinsky at the Ecstatic Music Festival.

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New York Now

On-Demand Audio: Buke and Gase with So Percussion

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

March 26, avant rock duo Buke and Gase joined So Percussion at Merkin Concert Hall, as part of the 2014 Ecstatic Music Festival. The evening features new music performed on a mix of traditional and homemade instruments. Listen to the entire show on demand.

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New Sounds

Percussion Ensembles

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Hear music for percussion ensemble on this New Sounds, including brand-new music by Chicago-based composer Mason Bates from his record, “Stereo Is King.”  Written for Chicago Symphony Orchestra Principal Percussionist Cynthia Yeh, the title track is for electronics and a percussion trio of marimba, Thai gongs, and “toy drum set” (baby roto-toms and woodblocks) merged with processed Tibetan prayer-bowl recordings and restless drum n’ bass electronica. 

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New Sounds

Where We Live

Monday, March 24, 2014

For this New Sounds, listen to music from the band itsnotyouitsme, where Grey McMurray is the guitar-playing half and Caleb Burhans is the violin-playing half.  Hear them as that duo, and separately with some of their other projects.  One of these is a collaborative work between So Percussion and Grey McMurray called “Where (we) Live.” This series of songs is about each members' personal homes, the artistic home when they join forces, and then a questioning of all these homes by purposefully inviting the unknown to “come on over.”

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New Sounds

Beat It

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Hear some percussion-centered works on this New Sounds show.  There's the Los Angeles-based Ironworks Percussion Duo playing a work for vibraphone and steel drum by Missy Mazzoli.  We'll also hear music by composer and steel pan virtuoso Andy Akiho, along with something from bagpiper/composer Matthew Welch's band Blarvuster, an outfit that somehow pulls in Balinese/Indonesian gamelan, Celtic influences, & minimalist licks.

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New Sounds

Happy Birthday, Steve Reich

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steve Reich, one of the founding fathers of minimalism, and one whose influence is vast and wide over rockers, electronic musicians, choreographers and visual artists, also dubbed "the hippest composer alive," (Schaefer, 2006) celebrates his birthday today.  To mark the occasion, we'll hear an hour devoted to Steve Reich & his music - the less well-known pieces.

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New Sounds

Glass-y Music

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Hear fragile and glassy music on this New Sounds program, including low-fi, 1-bit electronic music by New York-based composer Tristan Perich.  Listen to the collision of math, physics, and code, in Perich’s “Observations,” for two crotales.  (Incidentally, 1-bit is the lowest possible digital representation of audio.)  Then there’s also music by Michael Hearst (he of One Ring Zero), from his latest, “Songs for Unusual Creatures.

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New Sounds

New Sounds Live: Bobby Previte & So Percussion

Saturday, August 31, 2013

From the New Sounds Live Concert Series, we'll hear part of Bobby Previte's "Terminals," a set of five pocket concertos for five different soloists and orchestra, which had its premiere exactly one month ago tonight at Merkin Hall as part of the closing concert of the Ecstatic Music Festival.  So Percussion is the "orchestra" for these works, which left space for the soloists to bring their own improvising voices to the work — voices that Previte knows well from years of collaboration with each.

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

The Duality of Man and Machine as Told by Dan Trueman and So Percussion

Monday, July 15, 2013

“neither Anvil nor Pulley,” the new record from omnivorous new-music quartet So Percussion and composer Dan Trueman, explores the relationship between man and machine in the digital age. The result is one of So Percussion's most accessible and powerful efforts to date.

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The New Canon

New Marriages of the Organic and Synthetic

Monday, July 15, 2013

This week's episode of The New Canon features selections from So Percussion's recording of Dan Trueman's "neither Anvil nor Pulley," Florent Boffard's exploration of the music of Arnold Schoenberg and "Voyages," the debut album by composer-pianist Conrad Tao.

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Q2 Music

Watch So Percussion and Eli Keszler Perform Under the Manhattan Bridge

Friday, July 12, 2013

On June 21, the quartet So Percussion and the composer and percussionist Eli Keszler set up under the Manhattan Bridge in Brooklyn for the premiere of Archway, a NPR Music commission.

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