Monday, May 04, 2015
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Monday, March 24, 2014
Over the course of 50+ recordings and 800 commissions and arrangements, the Kronos Quartet has worked with a list of composers more diverse than perhaps that of any other ensemble. Listen to some of them talk about what makes the quartet so special.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
For this New Sounds, hear a hypnotic work of vocal layers from the electronic duo Matmos, “Just Waves,” from their Ganzfeld EP, a concept record based on their own telepathic experiments. Throughout the progression of the work, these ebbing and flowing voices -Matmos (M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel) together with three other singers: Dan Deacon, Angel Deradoorian (Dirty Projectors), and Clodagh Simonds (Fovea Hex)- speak-sing the transcripts of the psychic session material in pitched clusters, until the sensations described in the experiment are shaped back into one single phrase about the “triangle at the top.”
Wednesday, January 01, 2014
This New Sounds offers a new take on Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, with the composer’s own poems in new musical settings by Uri Caine and a modern English translation sung by Theo Bleckmann. Originally, Vivaldi wrote that most famous set of four concertos based on his Italian sonnets about each of the seasons. Listen to the re-working, along with other poetry set to music, including settings from Korean poetry by Sunny Kim. There's also music by Harold Budd and Steve Reich, to name a few.
Monday, November 11, 2013
In this episode: Steve Reich, the composer that reinvented orchestral music discusses his newest composition, Radio Rewrite, a work inspired by the music of Radiohead.
Then, music has played a pivotal role in the work of Chuck Klosterman, who wrote about hair metal in his first book, Fargo Rock City. Today, he joins us to talk about villains, as dissected in his new book, I Wear The Black Hat.
And, the Los Angeles-based power pop group HAIM perform in the Soundcheck studio.
Monday, October 14, 2013
On her newest album, "Density," Claire Chase, flutist and director of the International Contemporary Ensemble, presents selections by Reich, Lucier, Balter, Varèse and more. Stream the album all this week.
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.
Friday, September 06, 2013
This summer, the alt-classical youth ensemble Face the Music joined JACK Quartet for an exclusive Q2 Music recording of Steve Reich's Triple Quartet in The Greene Space at WQXR.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Listen to some music for Rosh Hashanah, ("head of the year"), the Jewish New Year, on this New Sounds program. Hear some music by Frank London of the Klezmatics, from his soulful collection of classic synagogue chanting (hazonos), scored for trumpet solo, harmoniums, glass harmonica and bass. There's also music by Steve Reich, from "Tehillim," - Part 3. Plus, music by clarinetist Andy Statman and small ensemble music from John Zorn's Masada project.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
For this New Sounds, we’ll listen to a rendering of of Steve Reich’s early classic piece, “Drumming” by the music producer Chris Hughes (Tears for Fears, Adam & the Ants) from a reissue of the well-kept “secret” 1994 record, "Shift." It’s an homage to Reich, where Hughes reworks “Drumming,” shifting its interlocking patterns and their evolutions to different sound sources – mesmerizing gamelan sequences, and loops and other melodic percussion.