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:
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...
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Listen to “Chamber Metal,” choral vocals in metal, and other beautiful New Sounds / recent discoveries from the metal and non-metal trenches.
Monday, October 20, 2014
The New Sounds All-Purpose Assistant previews the exuberant record “Asphalt Orchestra plays the Pixies: Surfer Rosa” due out on November 18, 2014 from Cantaloupe Records.
Friday, April 18, 2014
We’ve been practically snowed under by the relentless storm of great new music coming in, (not all of it in the New Sounds vein), and we need to clear our conscience.
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Here are some of the musical selections that we’re most likely to have on repeat until Schaefer needs them.
Monday, January 13, 2014
Here's some stuff that the Staff is really looking forward to and/or is quite excited about in early 2014.
Sunday, May 27, 2001
The Next Big Thing is learning that a dialect is a terrible thing to waste. It's hope springing eternal... well, actually, it's hope springing biological. Maybe. It's animal sightings - including a giant bullfrog in the middle of New York City and a couple of mad cows. What else? You ...