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Music Inspired by Architecture

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Listen to music inspired by architecture, like Neil Rolnick's electronic violin concerto, "Gardening at Gropius House" featuring violinist Todd Reynolds, & members of Alarm Will Sound.

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Music for Violin Plus

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Hear new music featuring violin on this New Sounds, including music by Irish fiddler/composer Adrian Hart, & selections from Anna Clyne's remarkable multimedia work, "The Violin."

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Bowed String Multiples

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Listen to music for multiple layers of violin, of viola, and of cello on this New Sounds show, including music by cellist Zoe Keating.

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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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With Bill Ryan & Billband Members

Friday, May 09, 2014

Meet composer and conductor Bill Ryan and Billband for this New Sounds program.  Ryan is the director of the Grand Valley State University (GVSU) new music group, and the mastermind behind 2007’s “story of the year in new music circles” where his all-student, all-volunteer band recorded Steve Reich’s 1976 masterwork, “Music for 18 Musicians,” to choruses of critical praise.  Bill Ryan and the ensemble went on to record Terry Riley’s “In C.”  Ryan is also a composer, and has recently released a record of his own compositions, “Towards Daybreak.”  Members of Billband - violinist/composer Todd Reynolds, and Bang on a Can All-Stars pianist Vicky Chow and cellist Ashley Bathgate- perform Ryan’s works live in the studio. 

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Music Inspired by Architecture (Special Podcast)

Monday, March 10, 2014

WNYC

For this New Sounds program, listen to an hour of music inspired by  architecture.  Hear Neil Rolnick's electronic violin concerto, "Gardening at Gropius House" featuring violinist Todd Reynolds and members of Alarm Will Sound conducted by Alan Pierson. (Walter Gropius was an influential architect and founder of the Bauhaus school, whose Massachusetts residence was carefully designed both in the structure as well as the grounds, which included a Japanese garden.)

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Music with Strings

Sunday, January 26, 2014

For this New Sounds, listen to music by Russian violist/composer Ljova (real name Lev Zhurbin) performed by the string quartet Brooklyn Rider.  Then there's music by young composer and drummer David T Little, and music by the extremely versatile violinist/composer Todd Reynolds.  Plus, hear something from the Turtle Island Quartet and composer/mayor Phillip K Bimstein as well.

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Music Inspired by Architecture

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

For this New Sounds program, listen to an hour of music inspired by architecture.

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Meredith Monk Live in the Greene Space

Sunday, October 06, 2013

On this New Sounds, hear live performances by Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble, along with the Todd Reynolds Quartet from the record release party for Monk’s ECM release, “Songs of Ascension,” recorded in May of 2011 in the Jerome L. Greene Space.

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New Music Ensembles

Saturday, September 28, 2013

For this New Sounds, we'll hear new releases from the New York-based collective NOW Ensemble and the sax foursome, the PRISM Quartet.  Three of NOW's founding members are composers, including Judd Greenstein, who also heads up the record label, New Amsterdam.  Greenstein's music blends a bit of jazz, the fun syncopations of hip-hop, and nifty interlocking groovy riffs of minimalism, and can just as easily be heard in a club as it could be in a concert hall.  He's also one of the so-called "indie classical" composers, those from a younger generation who have absorbed minimalism, but incorporate electronics, electric guitar, and all sorts of non-traditionally symphonic instruments into their music.  From NOW Ensemble's latest, "Awake," we'll hear "Change."

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New Choral and Vocal Works

Sunday, September 15, 2013

For this New Sounds, we’ll hear from both Meredith Monk and David Hykes, two pioneers in what is now called “extended vocal technique.”  Composer, vocalist, choreographer, and innovator Meredith Monk has lately been expanding into the worlds of orchestra and string quartet.  And on her release, "Songs of Ascension" she achieves a new balance with her pairing of voice and instruments together with a combination of East and West in the shruti box (a drone instrument from India) together with string quartet.

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Music Built Around Violins and Cellos

Saturday, August 17, 2013

There’s plenty of music built around cello(s) and violin(s) on this New Sounds program.  We’ll start with a polyrhythmic work from Clogs, a quartet containing guitarist/composer Bryce Dessner and composer/arranger/string performer Padme Newsome.  Then, listen to music by Bryce Dessner for the American cellist Zach Miskin. Based in Paris, Miskin intends to “push the limits of the cello.”  He wants “to take the instrument out of its classical ‘box’ and travel with it through beautifully crafted loops and overdubs, solo passages in songs and in samples, while of course exploring the exotic territory of improvisation.”  We’ll hear more of his musical deviations in another work by Nick Zammuto (the Books.)

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Post-Minimalist Music

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Philip Glass’s piano works have had a longstanding and widespread influence – on the so-called Post-minimalist composers, but also on musicians working in the electronic dance world.  One of them is Francesco Tristano, who brings electronica’s repeating motifs back to the piano in his solo piece “The Melody.”  We’ll hear that, as well as several of William Duckworth’s “Time Curve Preludes,” often considered the first major Post-minimalist work, and a work from the late Canadian composer Ann Southam directly inspired by Glass’s piano works.

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Delays & Loops

Saturday, June 22, 2013

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."

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Downtown Collaborations

Thursday, May 30, 2013

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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Bowed String Multiples

Friday, May 03, 2013

Listen to music for multiple stringed instruments on this New Sounds.  Hear a work from “Recursions,” the solo record by violist Nicholas Cords, who is both a member of the string quartet Brooklyn Rider and Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble.  Cords’ five-part suite, “Five Migrations,” builds looped melodies that range from the thoughtful to the propulsive, with stops at the Penguin Café and along the Silk Road.  There’s also music for multiple violins with music from Todd Reynolds, for multiple cellos by Zoe Keating, and perhaps music performed by double-bass player Robert Black of the Bang on a Can All-Stars. 

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Songs of Snow and Ice

Thursday, April 11, 2013

View it how you will, a nod to the George R. R. Martin series, "A Song of Fire and Ice" or an optimistic look back at snow, but this New Sounds program gets all close and personal with the cold and the white, with the "Icy Sleeves of Green" by Todd Reynolds, and some songs from Kate Bush's most recent record, "50 Words for Snow."  We'll hear songs about melting snowflakes and icicles, soundscapes evoking the blindingly white and bleak, and other works to paint wintry portraits of powdery drifts or stark frozen mountains.

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With Bill Ryan & Billband Members

Friday, February 08, 2013

Meet composer and conductor Bill Ryan and Billband for this New Sounds program.  Ryan is the director of the Grand Valley State University (GVSU) new music group, and the mastermind behind 2007’s “story of the year in new music circles” where his all-student, all-volunteer band recorded Steve Reich’s 1976 masterwork, “Music for 18 Musicians,” to choruses of critical praise.  Bill Ryan and the ensemble went on to record Terry Riley’s “In C.”  Ryan is also a composer, and has recently released a record of his own compositions, “Towards Daybreak.”  Members of Billband - violinist/composer Todd Reynolds, and Bang on a Can All-Stars pianist Vicky Chow and cellist Ashley Bathgate- perform Ryan’s works live in the studio.  

Billband performs at Le Poisson Rouge this Sunday night, Feb. 10, 2013.  More information: "Towards Daybreak" record release show.

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Soldier Songs - Special Podcast

Friday, February 01, 2013

WNYC

For this New Sounds, composer and founder of the new music group Newspeak, David T. Little, joins John Schaefer to present selections from his hour-long multimedia one-man opera, “Soldier Songs.” The work is in three acts, which explore the perceptions of war throughout the character’s life; Youth – where war is a game, Warrior - where war is reality, and Elder - which is more of a philosophical approach to war.  Games are at the heart of the work, as evidenced by the accompanying visuals - realistic-looking video game imagery by an animator.

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Music with Strings

Friday, January 25, 2013

For this New Sounds, listen to music by Russian violist/composer Ljova (real name Lev Zhurbin) performed by the string quartet Brooklyn Rider.  Then there's music by young composer and drummer David T Little, and music by the extremely versatile violinist/composer Todd Reynolds.  Plus, hear something from the Turtle Island Quartet and composer/mayor Phillip K Bimstein as well.

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