Saturday, March 31, 2012
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.
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.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Listen to music built around the sound of delay, both digital and tape looping on this New Sounds program. We’ll hear from the most recent offering by Phillip Schroeder, “A Passage Through A Dream.” It’s a record featuring the layered sounds of piano and clarinet, processed through digital delay, resulting in "lush kaleidoscopic textures." (The composer's own words.) Also, the otherworldly waves of drone created by Terry Riley’s use of loops and delay on "Poppy Nogood And The Phantom Band All Night Flight, Vol. 1."
Monday, August 22, 2011
Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy joins us to present some recent recordings, featuring Ireland’s leading new music group, the Crash Ensemble, and the sean nos singer Iarla O Lionaird. Inspired by the sean nos tradition, we'll hear Dennehy's "Aisling Gheal" (Bright Vision) together with "AsAnNos." Plus, the Crash Ensemble plays music by David Lang and Terry Riley, along with some of their New Sounds Live concert from Merkin Hall from a few years ago.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
From the Soundcheck archives, we'll hear live performances of music by Fred Frith, Huang Ruo, and Sir John Tavener. Plus, there's also music from the 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning Steve Reich. We'll listen to just one movement from his "Different Trains." Yesterday Reich won the Pulitzer Prize for his work, "Double Sextet," written for Eighth Blackbird on tape playing against themselves.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
This Sunday at 2 p.m., listen to the Kronos Quartet share the stage with the Young People's Chorus of New York City at (Le) Poisson Rouge. The concert includes premieres by Laurie Anderson, Maria Schneider and Aleksandra Vrebalov.
Friday, March 04, 2011
For this New Sounds, we’ll hear music that incorporates looping and delay devices, first by digging into Todd Reynolds’ new double-CD, “Outerborough.” Reynolds plays a work by Phil Kline, “A Needle Pulling Fred,” and a piece by David T. Little that samples a woman’s voice talking about being in the military and the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy. Then listen to something new from the one-woman band, guitarist/looper/delay-artist Julia Crowe, from her latest, "Empire of Light."
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.
Sunday, December 05, 2010
Often considered the first major musical work of Minimalism, Terry Riley's In C has proven to be a sustainable piece of music since its birth in 1964. Its disregard for the tedious musical demands on performers has ensured a fruitful musical platform for a long and disparate list of musicians. In this episode of Cued Up on Q2, we explore a flickering and hypnotic live performance of In C, with the unique addition of a rock drummer (Jonathon Kane of the group Swans), along with a live performance of The Roots of the Moment by Pauline Oliveros, the singular composer and accordionist who premiered In C as a performer more than 45 years ago.
Sunday, December 05, 2010
Terry Riley's In C has long been a staple of the contemporary music repertoire with its infinite possibility and open structure. In this November 16 performance at (Le) Poisson Rouge, Brooklyn's Darmstadt Series presents its interpretation of the masterpiece, featuring a hand-picked ensemble that reflects the diversity of sounds of New York's New Music community including voices, electric guitars and electronics.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
For this New Sounds, hear some works that make use of the actual sounds of electricity, whether man-made or naturally occurring. Christine Southworth uses the sounds of a Van Der Graaf Generator and two Tesla Coils in her collection called “Zap!” Also, Annie Gosfield and Terry Riley look at the charged sounds made beyond the earth’s atmosphere. And Johanna Beyer, an overlooked figure from the 1930s, is represented by a celestial work for early electric instruments.
Saturday, August 07, 2010
Hear excerpts from new music's biggest annual event - the 2008 edition of the annual Bang On A Can Marathon, recorded live at the World Financial Center on this edition of New Sounds. There's music from Alarm Will Sound tackling the Beatles' Revolution #9, and perhaps a bit of post-rock pulsetronica from Dan Deacon.