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Stories With and Without Language: The Musical Adventures of Iva Bittová

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Iva Bittová is a storyteller who rarely uses actual language to convey the emotions of her stories. Singing wordlessly, or using an implied language of her own, she creates intimate, engrossing narratives. David Garland welcomes Iva Bittová to the WNYC Studio to perform and talk about her music. She sings and plays violin simultaneously, sings some songs for voice alone, and with kalimba, drawing chiefly from material on her new ECM album, "Iva Bittová." Plus she tells of living in rural upstate New York, and being a film star in the Czech Republic.

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New Sounds

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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Soundcheck

Cécile McLorin Salvant: A Penchant For The Weird And Wonderful

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Cécile McLorin Salvant dazzled judges at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocalist competition in 2010. Now, three years later, she's released her debut solo album, called WomanChild. It's a carefully chosen yet effortlessly humorous collection that includes a few standards, a few of her own compositions, and lots of relatively uncovered gems from the 20th century. 

Cécile joins us in the studio to perform live and to talk with guest host Erin McKeown about her passion for digging up weird and wonderful jazz. 

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Soundcheck

Lucius: Joyful Harmonies And Drums, In The Studio

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Hear Lucius perform live in the Soundcheck studio.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

John Colapinto on vocal-cord injuries

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

John Colapinto on vocal-cord injuries

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New Sounds

New Choral and Vocal Works

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

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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Slate Culture Gabfest

Slate: The Culture Gabfest, Tinker Tailor Soldier Fry Edition

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner ponder the mysteries of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and explore the verbal tic known as vocal fry. For their final segment, they are joined by Slate’s chairman Jac

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New Sounds

New Choral and Vocal Works

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

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 brand-new 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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New Sounds

Minimalist Music Theatre

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Hear some music theatre pieces on this New Sounds show.  Listen to Philip Glass 's recent release "Waiting for the Barbarians," adapted from the novel by the South African writer and Nobel Prize Winner John Coetzee.

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