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New Music for Silent Art Films

Saturday, January 28, 2012

For this New Sounds, hear three works of music for silent art films, including “The BQE,” a film and musical suite by Sufjan Stevens exploring New York City's infamous Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.  The work premiered in 2007 and was scored for a wind and brass ensemble, string players, a horn section, projected film footage of the expressway and five hula hoopers.  We’ll also hear selections from Koyaanisqatsi by Philip Glass, and another contemporary silent film with live score – “Light Is Calling” from Michael Gordon.

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Spinning on Air

Merry Christmas

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas music from here and there and now and then, featuring the reassuringly familiar and the disconcertingly strange. David Garland unwraps his seasonal gift for you, trimming your tree with audio ornaments by Polygraph Lounge, Gene Autry, Cary Grant, Tweety and Sylvester, Equivel, Sufjan Stevens, and more.

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New Sounds

Orchestra of the 21st Century

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

For this New Sounds, we'll focus on the orchestra of the 21st Century.  Chances are this orchestra is a bit leaner and more versatile than a  100 member-plus symphony orchestra and most likely includes electric and/or electronic instruments.  We'll hear many examples, including Alarm Will Sound, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) and Sujian Stevens' The BQE Project, a work for a quirky symphony orchestra. And more.

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New Sounds

New Music for Silent Art Films

Friday, January 14, 2011

For this New Sounds, hear three works of music for silent art films, including “The BQE,” a film and musical suite by Sufjan Stevens exploring New York City's infamous Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.  The work premiered in 2007 and was scored for a wind and brass ensemble, string players, a horn section, projected film footage of the expressway and five hula hoopers.  We’ll also hear selections from Koyaanisqatsi by Philip Glass, and another contemporary silent film with live score – “Light Is Calling” from Michael Gordon.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Sufjan Stevens

Monday, November 15, 2010

Singer songwriter and American hero Sufjan Stevens is not releasing an album for every state after all. But his new (and very different sounding) Age of Adz is an electro-folk masterpiece. You can hear it tonight at the Beacon Theater, and download a song from it, "I Walked," here.

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