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.
||Clean#3893: With Guitarist Guy Buttery (Special Podcast)||South African guitarist Guy Buttery visits the studio to perform music from his latest self-titled record. Hear virtuosic feats of bending, tapping, picking, harmonics, and other techniques and textures yet to be named for guitar. Dig into his latest rec||9/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#3477: Music With Folk Roots (Special Podcast)||Listen to ensemble pieces which incorporate or draw from the folk music of several different parts of the world on this New Sounds program. Hear music that simulates the sound of Norwegian folk fiddling. It’s the work of Princeton University professor||8/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#3718: New Music from Ireland Part 4 (Special Podcast)||New Sounds returns to Ireland for the fourth part of our series on the country's contemporary music scene. For Part 4, host John Schaefer speaks with Derry-based composer Neil Burns whose work bridges atmospheric pop and contemporary classical music. B||8/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#3641: Music for Bowed Strings (Special Podcast)||For this New Sounds, listen to works for violin, cello, and the 10-stringed Hardanger d’Amore fiddle. There’s a work from Irish cellist Kate Ellis, (who is also Artistic Director of the Crash Ensemble,) from her solo record, “Jump,” a collection||7/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#3858: Collaborative Works (Special Podcast)||Hear collaborative works of all kinds for this New Sounds, from string quartet to chamber ensemble; from piano duet to guitar music with electronics. Listen to a work, "Trying to Speak," by New York guitarist and composer Kaki King, in collaboration||7/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#3582: Music From the Near East and North Africa (Special Podcast)||For this New Sounds, listen to works from the Near East and North Africa, in both arrangement and intent. Begin with music inspired by Marco Polo’s travels by oud player and Doctor of Byzantine musicology, Kyriakos Kalaitzidis. Hear some music from||6/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#3859: Cross-Cultural Collaborations (Special Podcast)||Listen to cross-cultural collaborations from Indo-Canadian singer Kiran Ahluwalia, who combines Indian and Pakistani grooves, Western jazz, and desert blues, together with her husband, the guitarist & producer Rez Abbasi. Also, listen to music from P||6/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#3853: Under the Chamber Music Umbrella (Special Podcast)||Hear works that fit under the umbrella of chamber music on this New Sounds from a choir of cellos (OK, celli) performed by Ashley Bathgate, music from the Chicago-based Eighth Blackbird, the Tallin Chamber Orchestra, & more. From a years-long collabo||5/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#3830: Big Bands and Bands That Just Sound Big (Special Podcast)||Eco-Music Big Band album cover (ecomusicbigband.com) For this New Sounds program, all of the works feature larger ensembles, or have the sound of a big band. Listen to music by the 15-, sometimes 16-piece multi-generational big band founded by Fred Ho, a||5/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#3801: Unusual Cross-Cultural Collaborations (Special Podcast)||This New Sounds is full of unexpected musical dream-teams, like New York-based Raya Brass Band, whose latest record, RAYA, is full of informed cross-cultural takes on Balkan brass music – here a loping Ethiogroove or New York salsa woven into the New||4/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#3838: New Music With Trumpet (Special Podcast)||Listen to new music with trumpet on this New Sounds, including music from the Paris-based Lebanese trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf, Iraqi-American trumpeter Amir Elsaffar, Ben Neill & his mutantrumpet, and music from trumpeter, bandleader, composer Dave Do||4/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#3750: North Meets South (Special Podcast)||North meets South, largely Europe meets Africa in music by French guitarist Titi Robin and Moroccan musician Mehdi Nassouli, the group Monoswezi, and the collaborative group Malithuanie. Listen to music from Taziri, a record by French guitarist||3/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#3815: John Schaefer's Best of 2015 (Special Podcast)||Hear kora and cello music recorded on a rooftop in Bamako, Mali; the 1960s space race set to 21st century electronics; and folk songs from the shadowy “Traveller” culture of Scotland and England. In no particular order, hear some of the most memorab||3/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#3825: With Emily Wells (Special Podcast)||Multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Emily Wells joins John Schaefer live in the studio to talk through and perform songs from her brand-new album, Promise. The music comes across as a startling mix of styles; there’s live loops and samples||3/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#3812: Groove-Based Jazz (Special Podcast)||Listen to music from the new record, “Hibernation,” by Norway’s doom jazz piano trio Splashgirl, which includes contributions from the Seattle-based musician Skerik on sax and electronics. Recorded in the bleak of Iceland, the music is doomy in a||2/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#3757: New Views of Old Folk Songs (Special Podcast)||Tonight on New Sounds, folk music re-imagined. Hear old music, but rearranged and connected with other genres, to make surprisingly new folk music. Listen to Sam Lee and Friends arranging folk songs from the British travelers community, Kaia Kater's Appa||2/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#3774: Electroacoustic Music (Special Podcast)||Listen to electroacoustic music from Berlin, Iceland, the U.K., and right here in New York on this New Sounds show. Hear the latest record by Canadian-born, New York City-based cellist & composer Julia Kent who uses looped cello, electronics and foun||1/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMusic for Trombone and Cello (Special Podcast)||On this New Sounds, explore the unexpected musical combination of cello and trombone: with electronics, in an African music setting, in a post-rock way, as a chamber pop song, and in loud and bombastic ways as well. Listen to intimate Bassa songs by the||12/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAnglo-American Folk Songs (Special Podcast)||Hear Anglo-American Folk Songs for this New Sounds, including music from Scotland’s Furrow Collective, San Francisco-based Meg Baird, and the Boise, Idaho-based string-band trio, Hillfolk Noir. Hear some American folk from NY-based Last Forever, featur||11/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanComposed Works, Unusual Settings (Special Podcast)||On today’s playlist: chamber music, but not how you’re used to hearing it. The band Forro in the Dark combines the driving dance rhythms of forro from Northeastern Brazil with rock, jazz, reggae, folk and country. Listen to selections from their la||11/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMid-Sized New Music Groups||Hear new music from several different mid-sized groups on this New Sounds. Listen to music from the recent album, “Dreamfall” by the NY-based chamber band Now Ensemble, playing Andrea Mazzriello’s “Trust Fall.” Then there’s a Nico Muhly two-f||10/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Indie Classical": Indie Chamber Music (Special Podcast)||For this New Sounds, hear new indie chamber works from the NYC-based group, NOW Ensemble and the Australian chamber band Nonsemble. Plus, music by composer/bandleader/singer Becca Stevens, from her daring and captivating record, “Perfect Animal.”||10/6/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAfrobeat, Afropop, & Afrofunk (Special Podcast)||Hear Afropop and Afrobeat music from West Africa and elsewhere on this New Sounds, including new music from Malian desert-blues queen Khaira Arby, recent music from Afrobeat band Antibalas, and Mandinka pop from the re-united Malian supergroup from the 1||9/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCrossing the Norwegian-Finnish Border (Special Podcast)||For this New Sounds, we’re at the Norwegian-Finnish border, with musicians who are either or both Finnish and Norwegian, and music which involves the Finnish folk-harp, the kantele (which is held in a player’s lap or on a small table.) Hear music||9/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMusic Around the Globe (Special Podcast)||Listen to music from around the globe, in the music from Italy, India, Egypt, Tunisia and Mali on this New Sounds. Hear music of northeastern and southeastern Europe together in the eight members of Finno-Balkan Voices, a Finnish-Estonian folk singing gr||8/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCycling Music (Special Podcast)||Hear music created by a cyclical approach to composition: some of it driven by technology, whereby layering, looping, or overdubbing are used to fit patterns against one another. Listen to works from Icelandic composer and violinist of amiina Maria Hul||8/11/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMusic With Found Voices (Special Podcast)||This episode, each track has something in common: the music is put to the sounds of voices taken out of one context and put into another. Start off with Brian Irvine’s exciting piece “Just A Little Lighter Cut of the Same Girls,” with samples from||7/31/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanElectronic Music Survey (Special Podcast)||Listen to electronic music from as far back as the 1970’s, along with brand new music from Tyondai Braxton for this New Sounds. Tyondai Braxton is an American composer and multi-instrumentalist who has recorded for both Warp Records and Nonesuch. (He'||7/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNew Music from Ireland Part 3 (Special Podcast)||This episode continues the series exploring the new music of Ireland. John Schaefer sits down with Jonathan Nangle at the Contemporary Music Centre in Dublin. Nangle tells how Donnacha Dennehy influenced him to explore more experimental music, and then||6/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVarious Electroacoustic Music (Special Podcast)||Hear music by Australian-born, London-based electroacoustic musician & sound artist Leah Kardos along with music by Irish woodwind player and composer Seán Mac Erlaine, as well as other electroacoustic music on this New Sounds. Listen to several work||5/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWith Missy Mazzoli (Special Podcast)||Composer, keyboardist and bandleader, Missy Mazzoli, joins John Schaefer to introduce selections from her new recording, “Vespers for a New Dark Age.” The work, commissioned by Carnegie Hall for the 2014 Ecstatic Music Festival, is a 30-minute suite||5/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGamelan Plus (Special Podcast)||Listen to works that include gamelan, but take a more western approach for this New Sounds - like combining Celtic traditional music and Indonesian gamelan in music from Gamelan Son of Lion and composer/sax player and bagpiper Matthew Welch. In the music||4/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNew Music for String Quartet (Special Podcast)||Hear unusual music for string quartet on this program, as Australian composer Andrew Byrne, now based in New York, uses the string quartet as a percussion instrument in his work called “Striking.” Then, listen to Bang on a Can All-Star saxman, clarin||4/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPsychedelic World Music (Special Podcast)||Listen to world music that veers into psychedelic territory on this New Sounds, with Native-American inspired percussive drone music and Afrobeat from Brazil in music by Bixiga 70. Hear a mix of Afro-Ethiopian rock and jazz from the Brazilian band, Bixig||3/31/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNew Music for Hardanger Fiddle (Special Podcast)||Listen to new music for the instrument from Southwestern Norway known as the Hardanger fiddle, (or hardingfele), but of course there’s a twist. For this New Sounds, there’s post-rock, world music, electroacoustic music, and even an Irish-American due||3/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMusic for Choir and Percussion (Special Podcast)||Hear music for the combination of choir and percussion like "Whispers and Cries," by Australian born composer Andrew Byrne, which features fellow Aussie musicians Astra Choir and Speak Percussion. The show won't always stick to traditional choirs and||3/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNew Music for Duos (Special Podcast)||Listen to music for duos on this New Sounds show, including stunning and inviting works from harpist Mary Lattimore & synth/guitarist/producer Jeff Zeigler from their recent collaboration, "Slant of Light." Also, hear music from Xylouris White, comp||2/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSax Leads the Way (Special Podcast)||Hear some sax players leading the way on this edition of New Sounds, including new music from sax player Tamar Osborn and her London-based Afro-Eastern-space-jazz band, Collocutor. Listen to their dreamy Turkish & Middle Eastern percussion meets Sun||2/3/2015||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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