John Schaefer has hosted Soundcheck since the show’s inception in 2002. He has also hosted and produced WNYC’s radio series New Sounds since 1982 (“The No. 1 radio show for the Global Village” – Billboard) and the New Sounds Live concert series since 1986.
John has written extensively about music, including the book New Sounds: A Listener’s Guide to New Music (Harper & Row, NY, 1987; Virgin Books, London, 1990); The Cambridge Companion to Singing: World Music (Cambridge University Press, U.K., 2000); and the TV program Bravo Profile: Bobby McFerrin (Bravo Television, 2003). He was contributing editor for Spin and Ear magazines, and his liner notes appear on more than 100 recordings, ranging from “The Music of Cambodia” to recordings by Yo-Yo Ma and Terry Riley.
In 2003, Schaefer was honored with the American Music Center's prestigious Letter of Distinction for his "substantial contributions to advancing the field of contemporary American music in the United States and abroad." In May 2006, New York magazine cited Schaefer as one of "the people whose ideas, power, and sheer will are changing New York" in its Influentials issue. He began blogging for WNYC when accompanying the New York Philharmonic on its historic (and apparently very weird) trip to North Korea in 2008 and continues to blog at soundcheck.org.
He is a regular contributor to the World Science Festival and the White Light Festival at Lincoln Center; he has also written about horse racing (Bloodlines: A Horse Racing Anthology, Vintage NY 2006) and was a regular panelist on the BBC’s soccer-based program Sports World.
John Schaefer appears in the following:
Thursday, August 09, 2018
These segments provide a friendly, informative entrance to the music we play on WNYC.
Monday, August 06, 2018
For this week of August 6, we celebrate the long-awaited returns of Swedish electropop star Robyn and the classic California rap outfit Cypress Hill, plus Urban Santeria from Okonkolo.
Thursday, August 02, 2018
WNYC has a long heritage of supporting living composers and live music, and a wide view of what the words "classical music" might mean.
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Folk songs, scat-singing, an unintended interview with a flutist, and the sound engineer's perspective: A roundup of July 23, via the Media Workshop at Bang on a Can Summer Festival.
Monday, July 09, 2018
Week of July 9: This week: rollicking Farsi funk, a melancholy Future, Kate Bush looks to the past, and "The Immigrants."
Tuesday, July 03, 2018
The singer and pianist Henry Butler, one of the great New Orleans pianists - along with Doctor John, Professor Longhair, and James Booker- died yesterday at 68. Here's this remembrance.
Monday, July 02, 2018
Week of July 2: This week, Drake, Directors, and Chicago-based Dos Santos. Plus, a new video from Meshell Ndegeocello.
Monday, June 25, 2018
This week, Paul McCartney's new release, new rock from Shakey Graves, a collaboration between Charles Lloyd and Lucinda Williams, and PEOPLE announce their lineup
Monday, June 18, 2018
New rock from Parquet Courts, Protomartyr, and Spiritualized, more unearthed jazz records, and Angelique Kidjo re-imagines "Remain in Light" by Talking Heads.
Monday, June 11, 2018
Week of June 11: This week, a lost album by John Coltrane, a new Superfly soundtrack, and a Hungry March Band premiere.
Monday, June 04, 2018
Yes, there is new Kanye West. But other stuff happened too. Oneohtrix Point Never dropped a new weird pop record; plus new music from bassist Marcus Miller, and electropop band The 1975.
Monday, May 28, 2018
Week of May 28: This week, returns for Buddy Guy and Jake Shears, a benefit song from Hurray For The Riff Raff for Puerto Rico, and an expansive hip-hop/orchestral collaboration.
Friday, May 25, 2018
The museum has had an impressive collection of musical instruments for well over a century, but for much of that time it was one of the hidden treasures. No longer.
Thursday, May 24, 2018
1978 in music and television with Kurt Andersen and John Schaefer
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.
Monday, May 21, 2018
Week of May 21: This week, Neko Case gets dark, Fantastic Negrito gets darker, and Nine Inch Nails… You get the idea.
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Come see host John Schaefer, classical guitarist Pepe Romero, and musician Marija Temo pay tribute to the music of Spain.
Monday, May 14, 2018
This week, shades of blue from the Ruen Brothers and from Kelsey Lu, and a message from Sioux sacred lands by Gang Gang Dance.
Monday, May 07, 2018
This week, the lighter side of Dirty Projectors, Childish Gambino’s dark view of America, and Red Baraat’s color-coded dance music and a wicked cover of a classic Iron Maiden song.
Friday, May 04, 2018
Max Richter's "Sleep" is designed for the drowsy. But if you want to stay up and listen all night long, it's for you too.