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Now is the Winter of our Discontent

Sunday, December 21, 2014

For this New Sounds program listen to songs about winter, as we welcome spring from San Francisco-based finger-style guitarist Sean Smith to the minimalist cool of the Geoff Smith Band.

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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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New Sounds

Now is the Winter of our Discontent

Thursday, April 03, 2014

"Now is the Winter of our Discontent / Made glorious Summer by this sun of York..." (Shakespeare's Richard III) or, if you prefer, "Winter is Coming" (or at least Season 4 of "Game of Thrones.") For this New Sounds program listen to songs about winter, as we welcome spring from San Francisco-based finger-style guitarist Sean Smith to the minimalist cool of the Geoff Smith Band.  There's the rare bit of instrumental music from Meredith Monk along with music for cellist Zach Miskin, written by guitarist Bryce Dessner (the National, Clogs), as well as keyboard music from David Borden.  Also, from New York-based Matt McBane and Build, hear "Imagining Winter."  Listen to Icelandic composer Valgeir Sigurðsson's take on winter, as well as Japanese pianist/composer/producer Ryuchi Sakamoto's music, "Ice." That, and more.

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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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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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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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New Sounds

Winter Is Coming

Friday, December 21, 2012

From San Francisco-based finger-style guitarist Sean Smith to the minimalist cool of the Geoff Smith Band, listen to songs about winter for this New Sounds program.  There's the rare bit of instrumental music from Meredith Monk along with music for cellist Zach Miskin, written by guitarist Bryce Dessner (the National, Clogs), as well as keyboard music from David Borden.  Also, from New York-based Matt McBane and Build, hear "Imagining Winter."  Listen to Icelandic composer Valgeir Sigurðsson's take on winter, as well as Japanese pianist/composer/producer Ryuchi Sakamoto's music, "Ice." That, and more.

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New Music Ensembles

Friday, September 14, 2012

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 Sounds

Music Built Around Violins and Cellos

Monday, July 30, 2012

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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Downtown Collaborations

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Jason Treuting, the percussionist/composer -his mallets, sticks, and music - certainly get 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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