Caryn is a drummer and recovering pianist. When not breathing music, she is also a softball player, biker, and kid and adult-inspirer.
Caryn is a drummer, recovering pianist, and long-time radio producer at WNYC, on the show New Sounds with John Schaefer. Also called "The New Sounds All-Purpose Assistant" (NSAPA, for short), she enjoys trying to get brass bands more airtime, is smitten with almost all kora music ever, and loves sending clearance form letters to artists, composers, publishers and labels for the New Sounds Podcast. Yes, Schaefer's desk clutter is legendary. If it's not broke, don't fix it.
She is currently drummer for the metal band Mortals (Relapse Records), has recorded with The All Things, and she is a Dream Cymbals Artist. Caryn teaches drums to folks aged 5 to 65 at the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, Tom Tom Academy, and through private lessons. Her articles, interviews, and reviews on music, drumming, and not sucking at softball have been published in both Decibel and Tom Tom Magazine, the latter of which she served as the Metal issue’s co-editor (No. 13.)
When not breathing music, Havlik is a competitive softball player on three different teams, a kamikaze biker, and an acupuncture junkie. Little known facts: she holds a B.A. in Japanese Language and Literature and will gladly order sake with you, she grew up as a classical pianist and had a pretty sweet gig as second-string organist at her church as a teenager, and she very much enjoys Gilbert and Sullivan operettas and The Great British Baking Show.
Caryn Havlik appears in the following:
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Reflecting on beach holidays of another sort, with 'Sun and Sea' and the joy of F Choir's I'm Not Dancing, I'm Fighting from the 2020 Borealis Festival in Bergen, Norway.
Friday, May 01, 2020
The legendary drummer Tony Allen has died in Paris, at 79. His unique, propulsive, funky, innovative drum patterns helped to define the style called Afrobeat. Here's a remembrance.
Monday, June 10, 2019
This week, a tribute to the Queen of Salsa from Angélique Kidjo, a new album from Santana, romance and menace by Bat for Lashes, and the return of queer punk icons Team Dresch.
Friday, March 15, 2019
Some of these musicians play instruments or perform in traditional styles usually reserved for men. Here are innovators Asnakech Worku, Siti Amina, Marta Periera da Costa, and others.
Friday, March 08, 2019
New Sounds highlights trailblazing musicians who happen to be women, some playing instruments traditionally reserved for men, all with remarkable stories. Here are just a few.
Thursday, November 08, 2018
Arthur Moon is the moniker of composer/singer/multi-instrumentalist Lora-Faye Åshuvud. Hear dazzling and strange off-kilter pop from the band Arthur Moon, who perform in-studio.
Friday, October 12, 2018
Save the date for 2019’s globalFEST, at the Copacabana on Jan. 6, 2019, when musical travelers come from Cuba, Palestine, Mexico, and South Africa to perform at this borderless festival.
Monday, July 30, 2018
Wavelength guest host Vicky Chow presents works by musicians who have superpowers: guitarist Mary Halvorson, pianist Kris Davis, cellist Okkyung Lee, and steelpan drummer Andy Akiho.
Monday, June 04, 2018
Guest host Caryn Havlik presents works for mostly percussion and/or piano, featuring drummers Tyshawn Sorey, Susie Ibarra, Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, TIGUE, and The Kraken Quartet.
Saturday, May 26, 2018
LA-based singer and cellist Kelsey Lu's latest song, "Shades of Blue" is a wrenching, yet "Luthereal" turn of melancholy. She's performing at Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 23.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Listen to the sounds of deterioration and decay with disintegrating and layered works by William Basinski, Grant Cutler, Annie Gosfield, Prefuse 73, and a classic by Alvin Lucier.
Thursday, March 08, 2018
Listen to 24 hours (or more) of music by composers, both emerging and established, who happen to be women. Yes, it is also International Women's Day. Listen on our stream all day.
Thursday, February 22, 2018
St. Paul’s Chapel, “The Little Chapel That Stood,” celebrates a new instrument with a weeklong festival.
Monday, April 11, 2016
Stream the new album from the peerless, ebullient Romanian brass band.
Monday, June 22, 2015
Women make only occasional appearances in mainstream drum magazines. Why?
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Tony Barrell's book Born To Drum gives exactly one chapter to female players. Why not just achieve better balance throughout?
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
The staff of one revolts by taking over and playing nothing but folk metal, heavy on the bagpipes from the world over, while John Schaefer was away in Ireland.
Monday, March 16, 2015
Your philosophy about how a communal fridge should be used says a lot about how you think society should function. Sporkful listeners call in with contrasting perspectives.
Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Did you miss these in 2014? Here's some of the best of loud and/or fast (like White Lung.) And we never expect them to air on New Sounds either.
Monday, December 29, 2014
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...