New Sounds from WNYC
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New Sounds is unlike any radio show you've ever heard: a whirlwind tour of new and unusual music from all corners of the globe. New Sounds combs recent recordings for one of the most informative and compelling hours on radio, and aims to make the world smaller. For over 25 years, host John Schaefer has been finding the melody in the rainforest and the rhythm in an orchestra of tin cans. Defying rigid categorization and genre pigeonholing, New Sounds offers new ways to hear the ancient language of song. With guest musicians from David Byrne to Meredith Monk to Ravi Shankar to Philip Glass to Christopher O'Riley to Bang On A Can, Schaefer presents performances (both in-studio and from the New Sounds Live concert series) and premieres new works from the classic and operatic to folk and jazz, and anything else in between. Each show has a theme, ranging from post-rock to klezmer to African blues to minimalism. The variety of cultures and styles explored is boundless. Music you may not have known existed and now can't live without.
||Rhythms of Minimalism (Special Podcast)||On this New Sounds, listen to new music from American composer Chris Campbell. On his latest, “Things You Already Know,” homemade instruments of propane tank drums, bowed psaltery and singing bowls are combined with guitars, cellos and drums to creep||4/17/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Music for Voices and Strings (Special Podcast)||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||3/31/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Folk-Inspired Ballads, Male Edition (Special Podcast)||Listen to folk-inspired ballads, featuring male folk-singers & wandering minstrels on this New Sounds. There are surreal songs from a haunting record, “Hirta Songs,” by Alistair Roberts and poet Robin Robertson, with texts inspired by the history,||3/24/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||All Fours (Special Podcast)||Listen to music for quartets on this New Sounds - but not the usual two violins, viola, and cello. Rather, the guiding principle will be four musicians, playing everything from marimba to mandolin. Hear from the electric guitars of Dither Quartet, al||3/17/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Music Inspired by Architecture (Special Podcast)||For this New Sounds program, listen to an hour of music inspired by architecture. Hear Neil Rolnick's electronic violin concerto, "Gardening at Gropius House" featuring violinist Todd Reynolds and members of Alarm Will Sound conducted by Alan Pierson||3/10/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Between Two Worlds (Special Podcast)||Listen to music between two worlds on this New Sounds program, namely works with elements of classical music-be it orchestra, choral, or chamber music- which also embrace elements of pop, rock and electronic music. Hear the latest from Son Lux (Ryan Lo||2/10/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Mixed Music (Special Podcast)||For this New Sounds program, listen to “Mixed Music” – a term coined by musician/composer Joseph C. Phillips Jr. -which is a blend of jazz improvisation and groove-based minimalism or other forms of composed music. There’s brand-new music fro||1/27/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||New Releases, August 2013 (Special Podcast)||For this program, listen to a whole bevy of world music, from August 2013. There's music from Madagascar, Ethiopia, Poland, and India, to name a few. Listen to Malagasy blues from Lala Njava, somkething from Mulatu Astatke's latest featuring Fatoumat||1/13/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Global Jazz (Special Podcast)||Hear an hour of global jazz on this New Sounds program, with unlikely combinations of instruments and worldwide influences colliding in unexpected and striking ways. Listen to pianist and composer Vijay Iyer's "Playlist For An Extreme Occasion," an eight||12/23/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Hybrid Ensembles (Special Podcast)||Hear new music from Uri Sharlin & the DogCat Ensemble on this New Sounds program. It’s a mixed breed (groan) group featuring guitar, accordion, and percussion trio that infuses Israel and Brazil into New York. Its members collectively have pedigrees||12/2/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||When Words Don't Matter (Special Podcast)||For this New Sounds, hear a hypnotic work of vocal layers from the electronic duo Matmos, “Just Waves,” from their Ganzfeld EP, a concept record based on their own telepathic experiments. Throughout the progression of the work, these ebbing and flo||11/4/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||New Releases, June 2013 (Special Podcast)||John Schaefer sorts through the stacks of new CDs, the Soundcloud files, and other digital submissions which have come across his desk and into his inbox to present some of the finest new releases for the month of June 2013. Hear music from Dawn of Mid||9/25/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Masada Marathon Special Podcast||Since the 1990’s, Zorn has written over 500 songs inspired by traditional Jewish music. This Masada collection, as it’s known, is divided into two books, both using Jewish scales as a springboard for improvisation. He performed the first 200 songs||9/10/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||"Psychedelic Appalachia" (Special Podcast)||Hear fingerstyle guitar music with a wash of drones - "Psychedelic Appalachia"- from steel string shredder Daniel Bachman, whose latest effort is the full-length “Seven Pines.” His playing has evoked the names of both John Fahey and Robbie Basho, in||8/27/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||New Music from Bass Players (Special Podcast)||Listen to some music by bass players on this New Sounds. Hear the orchestral double bass, as represented by German bass player Eberhard Weber, along with the electric bass guitar, represented by the Swedish bass guitarist Jonas Hellborg. There's also||7/22/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Caucasus Mountain Music (Special Podcast)||Watch out for more music for the duduk (a reed instrument indigenous to Armenia) than you can shake a stick at! We'll hear from the Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble, along with music from Andrew Cronshaw's latest cross-cultural collaboration (Armeni||6/27/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Post-Minimalist Keyboard Works (Special Podcast)||For this New Sounds show, listen to post-minimalist works that are somewhat keyboard-centric. Hear brand new music by Daniel Wohl, from the musicians of TRANSIT, and featuring vocals by Julia Holter. There’s also music from French composer Sylv||6/10/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Brass Around the World (Special Podcast)||For this New Sounds, enjoy an hour of works for brass, from the 19 piece French band Bigre! and sample some of the just-out release, “Brooklyn Babylon” from Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, (only 17 pieces strong.) There’s also music from Beni||5/31/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Musical Babel (Special Podcast)||Unlikely combinations of cultures and traditional musics give a global perspective on this New Sounds program. Listen to a musical portrayal of an imaginary Syria, "Syriana." It's a London-based ensemble with musicians from Syria and parts of the Near||4/29/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Piano Grooves (Special Podcast - We're Back!)||For this New Sounds Special Podcast*, listen to a few groove-based pieces for piano and electronics, including brand-new music from Jace Clayton (aka DJ Rupture) which looks back to an outsider figure of “Downtown” Manhattan scene in the 1980’s –||4/16/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Soldier Songs - Special Podcast||For this New Sounds, composer and founder of the new music group Newspeak, David T. Little, joins John Schaefer to present selections from his hour-long multimedia one-man opera, “Soldier Songs.” The work is in three acts, which explore the perceptio||2/1/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||New Releases, Dec. 2012 Special Podcast||For this New Sounds, John Schaefer sifts through the avalanche of CDs (and digital offerings) piled up in his office to find a sampling of new releases worthy of showcasing in tonight's New Sounds program. Also, he'll look back at some of the things th||1/18/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Abstract Soundscapes - Special Podcast||For this New Sounds, listen to some abstract soundscapes from Poland, from Berlin via an Icelandic composer, and from Brooklyn-based musicians as well. Hear a soundscape from the Berlin-based Icelandic one-woman band Kira Kira, from her record Featherm||1/3/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||"Underground" Music||Listen to music made in or about the underground – catacombs, cisterns, cellars- on this New Sounds. There’s music by sax player, percussionist, and a composer for Sesame Street - Ken Field from his release “Subterranea,” recorded in several un||10/5/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||New Releases, March 2012||It's that time of the month again for the new releases show on New Sounds. John Schaefer carefully sorts through the stacks, bins, and boatloads of new CDs and downloads, which have come across his desk over the past month to present some of the finest n||9/7/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Piano Insides||Explore the sounds of a piano's insides on this New Sounds program. From the prepared piano to the bowed and/or plucked piano strings inside the body of the beast, there are sure to be unusual sounds galore. Listen to Ergo, an electro-acoustic trio -||8/24/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||World Music Tour (Special Podcast Edition)||For this New Sounds, we’ll hear music from Cape Verde, by a male pop-griot singer, Tcheka. He plays traditional percussive guitar and weaves the batuku style (a style traditional to the islands that was banned by the Portuguese, but continued by the wo||8/10/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||On a Large Scale||On this New Sounds podcast, hear a world premiere recording by Dylan Mattingly written specifically for the New York-based ensemble of young musicians, Contemporaneous. Mattingly is a composer, cellist and one of the founding co-artistic directors of t||7/27/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||New Releases, June 2012, Special Podcast Edition||It's that time of the month again for the new releases show on New Sounds. John Schaefer carefully separates the wheat from the chaff for this show. He'll sort through the stacks of new CDs, the strange Soundcloud free-associations, and the highly anti||7/13/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Leave a Message at the Beep (Special Podcast)||From the melodious inflections of phone messages, listen to a number of works sourcing voicemails, most from tape(!) on this New Sounds program. Hear Irish composer Roger Doyle’s “Memento Mori,” composed around intimate verbal time capsules culled||6/13/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chamber Music with a Groove (special podcast)||On this edition of New Sounds, hear some chamber music by composer Marc Mellits with a populist bent. We’ll sample his work, “Tight Sweater," which contains traces of funk, echoes of rock, and minimalism's rapidly shifting patterns of notes and int||5/30/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Musical Travelogue (special podcast)||There’s an hour of music for far-off places on this New Sounds program. Listen to a work written by Princeton professor Paul Lansky, called “Travel Diary.” From a new recording by the Meehan/Perkins Duo, the work is a "kind of meditation on tra||5/16/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||New Releases, January 2012 (special podcast)||John Schaefer carefully sorts through the stacks, bins, and boatloads of new CDs, downloads, LPs, cassettes (!), which came across his desk this past January 2012. Hear some music by Guy Klucevsek, from his "the Multiple Personality Reunion tour," along||5/10/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||With the Alwan Arab Music Ensemble||For this New Sounds podcast, listen to a live performance by the Alwan Arab Music Ensemble. It's a group of classical players, six members strong and based in New York, all of whom sing and play a wide range of Arab musical styles on traditional instrum||11/2/11||Free||View In iTunes|
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This is easily the best show in WNYC's line-up and is the source for half of the best loved pieces in my collection. From Sade to Gorecki to Steve Reich to gamelan and Gavin Bryars, I heard it here first. Thank you John Schaffer, thank you WNYC, thank you iTunes, but give me more, give me more! I want every night's show!
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