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Mountain Music

Monday, May 04, 2015

Spend some time in the Swiss Alps, Andes, and the Himalayan, Appalachian, and Sierra Mountains. Music from Wu Man, Gyuto Monks Tantric Choir, Eberhard Schoener, Inti Illimani, and more.

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New Sounds

Global Collaborations

Saturday, November 22, 2014

This New Sounds program highlights some unexpected global collaborations- including but not limited to- Uzbeki bluegrass, Mardi Gras marching bands with Argentinean tango flair, & more.

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New Sounds

Global Guitars & Things

Saturday, September 13, 2014

For this New Sounds program, sample a globetrotting set of acoustic music with guitar as the starting point, with music by Stephane Wrembel, Ablaye Cissoko, and Wu Man.

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New Sounds

"Glory to Women"

Friday, June 27, 2014

For this New Sounds, listen to several groundbreaking female musicians from around the world.  There's music from Malian kora player, Madina N'Diaye, who has opened the way to a new phenomenon in Mali: women’s access to musical instruments traditionally reserved for men. In her song, “Moussow,” the lyrics translate as: “They think that women are incapable of doing all the things they do.  But I, Madina, play the Kora...Glory to women, glory to the women of Mali.”  We'll hear another tune from her album, "Bimogow."

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New Sounds

A Private Reel: Live on Soundcheck

Thursday, June 26, 2014

For this New Sounds, we raid the exclusive live performance archive from that "other" show John Schaefer hosts, the afternoon program, Soundcheck. We'll listen for tunes from pipa player Wu Man, Cuban singer Omara Portuondo, and the Italian percussionist Alessandra Belloni, to name a few.

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New Sounds

Global Appalachia

Saturday, April 26, 2014

This New Sounds mixes up traditional songs from the Appalachian mountains  with the traditions of Mali, China, and beyond.  Hear from Jayme Stone & Mansa Sissoko on a new project "Africa To Appalachia."  There's also pipa player Wu Man & banjo-man Lee Knight collaborating on "I’m Going Back To North Carolina."  Listen for an arrangement of "I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow," and more.

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New Sounds

Mountain Music

Monday, January 27, 2014

Spend some time in the mountains on this New Sounds, with the Chinese group Shanren, from Yunnan.  Their name translates as “Mountain Men” and inspired the theme of the show.  Also, listen to music from the Swiss Alps, represented by the Albins Alpin Quintett, whose record is inspired by the Pilatus-massif in central Switzerland; the tunes are named after various places on the mountain.  Then, hear the Chinese pipa player Wu Man blending the sounds of the Appalachian musicians and making it work on tunes like “Old Joe Clark,” or "I’m Going Back To North Carolina," featuring banjo player Lee Knight. Plus, music from the Himalayans, the Sierra Mountains, and the Andes. 

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New Sounds

"Glory to Women"

Saturday, December 14, 2013

For this New Sounds, listen to several groundbreaking female musicians from around the world.  There's music from Malian kora player, Madina N'Diaye, who has opened the way to a new phenomenon in Mali: women’s access to musical instruments traditionally reserved for men. In her song, “Moussow,” the lyrics translate as: “They think that women are incapable of doing all the things they do.  But I, Madina, play the Kora...Glory to women, glory to the women of Mali.”  We'll hear another tune from her album, "Bimogow."

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New Sounds

Global Collaborations

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

This New Sounds program highlights some unexpected global collaborations- including but not limited to- Uzbeki bluegrass, musicians based in Italy who meld North African and Bollywood music, and Mardi Gras marching bands coupled with Argentinean tango flair. Listen to a Creole tango from the Boston-based Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, who regularly ride the party train down to Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

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New Sounds

Global Guitars & Things

Friday, August 16, 2013

For this New Sounds program, sample a globetrotting set of acoustic music with guitar as the starting point.  There’s music by Stephane Wrembel, who visits everything from blues to flamenco to rock on his record “Origins.”  Listen next to South African guitarist Derek Gripper, who has also studied and mastered the kora, the instrument of the Malian griot. 

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WQXR Blog

Precious Chinese Instrument Damaged in Airline Mishap

Sunday, June 23, 2013

A precious Chinese instrument worth $50,000 and belonging to the noted musician Wu Man was damaged on a US Airways flight on Friday. She blames a flight attendant for dropping it.

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WQXR Features

Voices of the Lunar New Year

Thursday, February 07, 2013

All weekend long, WQXR celebrates the Lunar New Year. Several people contributed their memories and traditions for this, the Year of the Snake.

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New Sounds

"Glory to Women"

Friday, November 23, 2012

For this New Sounds, listen to several groundbreaking female musicians from around the world.  There's music from Malian kora player, Madina N'Diaye, who has opened the way to a new phenomenon in Mali: women’s access to musical instruments traditionally reserved for men. In her song, “Moussow,” the lyrics translate as: “They think that women are incapable of doing all the things they do.  But I, Madina, play the Kora...Glory to women, glory to the women of Mali.”  We'll hear another tune from her album, "Bimogow."

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New Sounds

A Private Reel: Live on Soundcheck

Sunday, September 16, 2012

For this New Sounds, we raid the exclusive live performance archive from that "other" show John Schaefer hosts, the afternoon program, Soundcheck. We'll listen for tunes from pipa player Wu Man, Cuban singer Omara Portuondo, and the Italian percussionist Alessandra Belloni, to name a few.

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New Sounds

Global Collaborations

Thursday, July 12, 2012

This New Sounds program highlights some unexpected global collaborations- including but not limited to- Uzbeki bluegrass, musicians based in Italy who meld North African and Bollywood music, and Mardi Gras marching bands coupled with Argentinean tango flair. Listen to a Creole tango from the Boston-based Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, who regularly ride the party train down to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. 

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New Sounds

Silk Road Ensemble and Side Roads

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble explored the music of the famed trade route, and for this New Sounds program, we’ll follow some of the side roads, featuring musicians from the Silk Road Ensemble.  Hear from Japanese composer and shakuhachi player Kojiro Umezaki, who incorporates both traditional instruments and technology into his work.   We’ll hear one of Umezaki’s compositions, performed by Brooklyn Rider (also musicians of the Silk Road Ensemble.)

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New Sounds

Global Guitars & Things

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

For this New Sounds program, sample a globetrotting set of acoustic music with guitar as the starting point.  There’s music by Stephane Wrembel, who visits everything from blues to flamenco to rock on his record “Origins.”  Listen next to South African guitarist Derek Gripper, who has also studied and mastered the kora, the instrument of the Malian griot.  

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New Sounds

"Glory to Women"

Friday, August 19, 2011

For this New Sounds, listen to several groundbreaking female musicians from around the world.  There's music from Malian kora player, Madina N'Diaye, who has opened the way to a new phenomenon in Mali: women’s access to musical instruments traditionally reserved for men. In her song, “Moussow,” the lyrics translate as: “They think that women are incapable of doing all the things they do.  But I, Madina, play the Kora...Glory to women, glory to the women of Mali.”  We'll hear another tune from her album, "Bimogow."

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New Sounds

A Private Reel: Live on Soundcheck

Thursday, August 18, 2011

For this New Sounds, we raid the exclusive live performance archive from that "other" show John Schaefer hosts, the afternoon program, Soundcheck. We'll listen for tunes from pipa player Wu Man, Cuban singer Omara Portuondo, and the Italian percussionist Alessandra Belloni, to name a few.

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New Sounds

Works For String Quartet

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.

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