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Year in Review 2014: John Schaefer's Top 10

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

John Schaefer presents his Top 10 new music releases of 2014. Listen to music by an Icelandic electro-acoustic composer, a Korean-American composer, a chamber-jazz-rock band, & more.

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New Sounds Year in Review 2014: 4

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

WNYC
In a shocking break with tradition, John Schaefer reveals his Top 10 new music releases of 2014, before January of 2015.
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New Sounds Year in Review 2014: 3

Monday, December 29, 2014

WNYC
The New Sounds Staff of one finally weighs in with a year-end new music list. It's about time too, since being on tour with a metal band is only an excuse for so long...
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Music for Bowed Strings

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

On this New Sounds, music for violin, cello, and the 10-stringed Hardanger d’Amore, with music from Irish cellist Kate Ellis, and the duo of Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh & Dan Trueman.

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New Sounds Live: The Gloaming in The Greene Space (Part 2)

Friday, July 11, 2014

From the New Sounds Live Concerts, listen to the Irish-American "Supergroup" The Gloaming, recorded at our own Jerome L. Greene Space a few weeks ago. The ensemble is made up of extraordinary musicians: gifted Irish fiddler Martin Hayes, Chicago guitarist Dennis Cahill, hardanger innovator Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Irish master singer Iarla Ó Lionáird, and New York pianist Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman). Hear more of the band's spine-tingling performance from that night, including material that is not part of their self-titled release. (Part 2 of 2)

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New Sounds Live: The Gloaming in The Greene Space (Part 1)

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

From the New Sounds Live Concerts, listen to the Irish-American "Supergroup" The Gloaming, recorded at our own Jerome L. Greene Space a few weeks ago. The all-star ensemble is made up of extraordinary musicians: New York pianist Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman), Chicago guitarist Dennis Cahill, gifted Irish fiddler Martin Hayes, hardanger innovator Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Irish master singer Iarla Ó Lionáird. Together, their collective sound creates a haunted world where spellbinding sounds of Celtic music meet the spare rhythms of minimalism and the artistic ferment of New York’s post-rock, post-classical scene. Host John Schaefer also interviews the musicians from the stage. 

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On-Demand Video: WNYC's New Sounds Presents Irish-American Supergroup The Gloaming

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Fresh from the release of their widely acclaimed debut album, Irish-American supergroup The Gloaming visited The Greene Space June 20, 2014 for an intimate evening of performance and conversation – and one of their only New York appearances of the season.

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Music From the 7 Celtic Nations

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Listen to music from the seven Celtic nations on this New Sounds; Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France (Brittany), England (Cornwall), Isle of Man and Spain (Galicia). To start, there’s music by ex-rocker and composer/guitarist Dave Flynn from Ireland, featuring violinist Ioana Petcu-Colan, along with fiddler Martin Hayes, and guitarist Dennis Cahill. Hayes and Cahill are also part of the Irish-American supergroup, the Gloaming. We’ll hear a tune from the Gloaming that’s nearly 300 years old and was written for the Gaelic festival known as Bealtaine, a holiday that marks the beginning of summer,  “Samhradh Samhradh.”  Also, hear music from the Gloaming's lead singer, Iarla Ó Lionáird, from his record "Foxlight".  SEE The Gloaming on Friday, June 20 at 7PM in the Jerome L. Greene Space, as part of the New Sounds Live Concerts.

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Twilight Songs

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Hear music that inhabits a twilit world on this New Sounds, featuring a set from the remarkable Irish-American quintet The Gloaming. Comprised of the gifted Irish fiddler Martin Hayes, hardanger innovator Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Irish master singer Iarla Ó Lionáird, together with Chicago guitarist Dennis Cahill, and New York pianist Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman), the Gloaming delivers deceptively simple, spellbindingly beautiful tunes, rooted in traditional reels, jigs and ballads, yet somehow evolved – transformed, really.  SEE The Gloaming on Friday, June 20 at 7PM in the Jerome L. Greene Space, as part of the New Sounds Live Concerts. 

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Folk-Inspired Ballads, Male Edition (Special Podcast)

Monday, March 24, 2014

WNYC

Listen to folk-inspired ballads, featuring male folk-singers & wandering minstrels on this New Sounds.  There are surreal songs from a haunting record, “Hirta Songs,” by Alistair Roberts and poet Robin Robertson, with texts inspired by the history, landscape and people of the remote Scottish archipelago of St. Kilda (about 100 miles off the coast of Scotland.)  The record is named after the largest of these islands, where the main employment was fowling the great quantities of sea birds.  (Sheep-herding, crofting and fishing were ways of life as well.)  The eerie songs we’ll hear are both based on Celtic melodies; "A Fall of Sleet," is based on the tune 'The Battle of Inverlochy.' while the other, "Exodus," concerns the 1930 voluntary evacuation of the islands and is based on two tunes.

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Folk-Inspired Ballads, Male Edition

Monday, March 03, 2014

Listen to folk-inspired ballads, featuring male folk-singers & wandering minstrels on this New Sounds.  There are surreal songs from a haunting record, “Hirta Songs,” by Alistair Roberts and poet Robin Robertson, with texts inspired by the history, landscape and people of the remote Scottish archipelago of St. Kilda (about 100 miles off the coast of Scotland.)  The record is named after the largest of these islands, where the main employment was fowling the great quantities of sea birds.  (Sheep-herding, crofting and fishing were ways of life as well.)  The eerie songs we’ll hear are both based on Celtic melodies; "A Fall of Sleet," is based on the tune 'The Battle of Inverlochy.' while the other, "Exodus," concerns the 1930 voluntary evacuation of the islands and is based on two tunes.

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New Releases, January 2014

Friday, January 31, 2014

It's the end of the month, which is the time for sharing the latest releases that have come across John Schaefer's desk and into the New Sounds inbox.  On deck, a work by Bryce Dessner that was premiered at a New Sounds Live concert event just a few years ago, "St. Carolyn by the Sea," as well as film music by Jonny Greenwood (of Radiohead fame.)  Then, listen to some music, both early and late from Denmark, along with what very well might place highly on John Schaefer's end-of-year best-of list: the debut record from the Irish "supergroup," the Gloaming.  That, and more.

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