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Musical Landscapes

Journey through musical landscapes from the likes of Karen Tanaka, Jim Fox, and 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams on this New Sounds show. Listen to an Arctic landscape from a live recording made by our sister station, Q2, at Le Poisson Rouge, featuring ACME, performing a work by John Luther Adams, “In a Treeless Place, Only Snow.”  Then, continue on in the icy sound-world with a work from Karen Tanaka, “Frozen Horizon.”  Also, listen to a work from the California-based composer and Cold Blue Music records founder, Jim Fox.  And more.

Dramatic Works

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Listen to music from Wires Under Tension, a NYC-based band formed by multi-instrumentalist/composer Christopher Tignor and drummer Theo Metz.  Their latest creation is called “Replicant, ” and is, yes(!) inspired by Philip K Dick's “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”, along with the film adaptation, “Blade Runner.”  According to the album’s site, “‘Replicant’ takes on the questions of mechanized identity, the feeling of flawed copies, and the inescapable bummer of being too self-aware.”  The music is layer after tasty layer of impossible sounds created by synth, swirls, drum licks, offered up all together as post-rock with grooves.

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Medieval + Electronic = ?

Monday, April 14, 2014

This New Sounds explores the equation of medieval + electronic = ?  Hear ecstatic melodies from the 12th century German composer abbess mystic Hildegard of Bingen in a contemporary context.  There are many versions of her “O Viridissima Virga,” incorporating modern electronics and sound design from the likes of Jocelyn Montgomery and David Lynch to arranger and producer Richard Souther. There’s also a version from the Korean-Amercian Bora Yoon as well, from her latest, “Sunken Cathedral.” Yoon's settings are ominous and disorienting when she transports these Hildegard songs into her electronic sound-world. 

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New Sounds Live at WFC, Mostly

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sample some of the new works premiered at our New Sounds Live concert series featuring the Brooklyn Phil (before the collapse) and their music director, Alan Pierson, along with the final concert of the American Composers Orchestra’s SONiC Festival for this program.  We’ll hear the premiere of Bryce Dessner’s "St. Carolyn by the Sea," written for the American Composers Orchestra and two electric guitar soloists (Bryce & his brother, Aaron), from the World Financial Center in October 2011.

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Catching up with Donna McKevitt

Saturday, April 12, 2014

London-based composer and vocalist Donna McKevitt returns to the New Sounds studio for this edition of the program.  When she was last on the show in the 1990's, it was with her settings of poetry of the late Derek Jarman, "Translucence."  McKevitt performs her settings of poetry by Maya Angelou for us in a trio setting, with trumpeter Lew Soloff and double bassist Francois Mouton.

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Women of Classic Greek Drama in Music

Friday, April 11, 2014

Listen to Greek composer and vocalist Eleni Karaindrou's musical score for a modern adaptation of the ancient Greek tragedy of Medea on this New Sounds. Hear this musical portrait, and two other tragic female portraits of both Eurydice - in music by Toby Twining, and of Electra - in music from the ensemble Relache. Plus, more Medea music from Gavin Bryars and others.   

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Electroacoustic Chamber Music

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hear music by Serbian Aleksandra Vrebalov composed for the string quartet ETHEL on this New Sounds program, devoted to electroacoustic chamber music.  Listen to a double-quartet with pre-recorded sounds, “Logbook,” which was commissioned in 2013 by Dusan Tynek Dance Theatre and is Vrebalov’s way of summing up war-time Serbia. According to ETHEL cellist Dorothy Lawson, “Logbook” contains some of the most terrifying music they play, but also has moments of innocence, such as imitating crickets chirping in a field. 

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Drones

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Hear music made with drones on this New Sounds program, including music by lute player Jozef van Wissem in collaboration with Jim Jarmusch and new ambient music from Brian Eno.  There's also music from a recent release simply called "Drones" by New York composer Nico Muhly.  Muhly's collection of pieces contains sets of drones, one set each featuring violin, viola & piano, and is mostly acoustic.  Then, listen to part a slow-build ambient suspension of a dance score for the company Chunky Move by Australians Oren Ambarchi and Robin Fox, revolving around guitar, electronic drones, and percussion.

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Ecstatic Music Festival 2014: Timo Andres Work Songs

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

From the New Sounds Live Concert Series, listen to music from the Ecstatic Music Festival, recorded live last month at Merkin Hall. Hear selections from “Work Songs” by Timo Andres for three voices, two guitars, keyboard, accordion, and piano.  Timo challenged himself to write vocal music and the resulting Work Songs are striking.  The texts revolve around labor; balancing songs about feelings of discouragement and exhaustion with songs meant to provide comfort to workers.

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Around the Globe in 59 Minutes

Monday, April 07, 2014

This New Sounds program aims to take a tour of music around the world, in 59 minutes or less.  Listen to Bengali, Punjabi, Ethiopian and Senegalese music, along with other sounds.  Punjabi wedding music meets New Orleans Brass bands in the music of Brooklyn-based party band Red Baraat, then Samuel Yirga takes the groove of Ethiopian music as his starting point in a trance-jazz tune.

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Raiding the Concert Archives

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Since taking the helm as Music Director in 2009, the NY Phil's Alan Gilbert has been doing an annual series of new works called Contact!  To its credit, so far the series has presented over ten world premiere-New York Philharmonic commissions.

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It Was a Voice

Saturday, April 05, 2014

For this New Sounds, we'll experience the various manipulations of the voice.  From Alvin Lucier's wonder, "I am Sitting in a Room," to the Frances-Marie Uitti & Paul Griffiths collaboration "There is Still Time," we'll listen to composers who start with a voice or text and end up producing something radically different from the original.

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Music for Viola

Friday, April 04, 2014

Besides drummer jokes, there might be almost as many viola jokes tied for the lead in musical humor.  We'll put all that aside for this New Sounds program, where the viola takes center stage, not necessarily as a solo instrument in a concerto or a chamber setting.  Hear new works for viola, some for viola & electronics, and viola d'amore.  From a forthcoming record by new music champion Nadia Sirota, listen to a piece by Missy Mazzoli, "Tooth And Nail."

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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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Bang on a Can PCF Concert 2014

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

From the New Sounds Live Concert Series, listen to portions of the Bang on a Can People’s Commissioning Fund Concert 2014 – a partnership with the Ecstatic Music Festival, recorded live at Merkin Hall this past March.  Hear Bang on a Can co-founders Julia Wolfe's “Lick” and David Lang's Schubert-inspired “Death Speaks” with guest vocalist Shara Worden. There’s also music by one of the three PCF-commissioned composers, the Brooklyn-based electroacoustic composer Daniel Wohl.  

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Guy Klucevsek and Polka From the Fringe

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Accordionist and composer Guy Klucevsek stops by for a visit, on the occasion of the reissue of “Polka From the Fringe,” 29 previously out-of-print tracks for accordion by Klucevsek and 27 other composers.  With titles like Lois V Vierk’s “Attack Cat Polka,” or Elliott Sharp’s jolt of punk in “Happy Chappie Polka,” there’s a bit of playful wackiness to the collection, yet also some loveliness – like William Duckworth’s “Polking Around” and Peter Garland’s “Club Nada Polka.”

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Music for Voices and Strings (Special Podcast)

Monday, March 31, 2014

For this New Sounds, listen to new music from violinist and vocalist Caleb Burhans. His latest release “Evensong” explores both the secular and sacred, along with works both instrumental and choral. Listen to his "The Things Left Unsaid," one of the instrumentals on the record. Also, hear music by Nico Muhly, which draws from both the minimalist tradition and Anglican hymns. Plus, an ambient-sounding work from Hungarian composer Gyorgy Ligeti.

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New Releases, March 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014

It's the most wonderful time of the month - the showcasing of new releases! On this New Sounds program, listen to the pick of the piles, the cream of the crop. John Schaefer carefully sorts through the stacks and boatloads of new CDs & downloads which have come across his desk over the past month to present some of the finest new releases. Listen to music from trumpeter Ambrose Akimusire, along with a preview of the forthcoming record from Kronos Quartet.  There's also music from Bora Yoon, and a collaboration between guitarist Joel Harrison and sarodist Anupam Shobhakar. And much more.

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New Music from Norway

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Listen to some updated folksong arrangements, arrangements of medieval songs, and music that looks to other world traditions, all from Norway.  The updated folk comes to us from a collection of ballads, hymns, lullabies, sung by Trio Medieval, and we'll also hear Norwegian medieval song by Jan Garbarek & Agnes Buen Garnas.

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With Brian Eno

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Host John Schaefer welcomes Brian Eno back to New Sounds.  In collaborating with a young British poet Rick Holland, for both “Drums Between the Bells,” (July 2011) and  “Panic of Looking” (Nov. 2011), Brian Eno has made the jump into spoken word, or more accurately, a collision between words and music.

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With Kent Tritle

Friday, March 28, 2014

Listen to choral music by Meredith Monk and Minnesota-based composer Jocelyn Hagen on this New Sounds. Also, Kent Tritle, the leader of Musica Sacra, music director at St. John the Divine, and WQXR Music host, joins John Schaefer.  Together they discuss the evolution of new choral works, starting with Morton Feldman’s “Rothko Chapel” and how Meredith Monk brought the idea of the voice as instrumental color instead of carrying text.

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