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What happened in 2017718? You disappeared! Help, where can I find you again, I live in Vienna!

Opens your eyes, opens your mind

By PJDJ2007 - Sep 08 2018
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John gives us many gifts in each episode using his ‘musical superpowers’. When I see a new show come up rarely do I say “oh, this show will be amazing.” But almost always after a listen I feel as if I am a more educated listener, and indeed realize that the show was amazing. We’re all so lucky to have New Sounds in our lives!!!

iTunes Ratings

57 Ratings
Average Ratings
47
7
0
3
0

I want more

By sylvia liska - Dec 21 2018
Read more
What happened in 2017718? You disappeared! Help, where can I find you again, I live in Vienna!

Opens your eyes, opens your mind

By PJDJ2007 - Sep 08 2018
Read more
John gives us many gifts in each episode using his ‘musical superpowers’. When I see a new show come up rarely do I say “oh, this show will be amazing.” But almost always after a listen I feel as if I am a more educated listener, and indeed realize that the show was amazing. We’re all so lucky to have New Sounds in our lives!!!
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Rank #1: Psychedelic World Music (Special Podcast)

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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, Bixiga70, whose name is clearly a nod to the Afrobeat pioneered by Fela Kuti and drummer Tony Allen (with whom Mauricio Fleury from the band studied with.) This brass-heavy sound bounces through boundaries to harvest textures of Guinean and Malian mandingo from Guinea and Mali, soukous from the Congo and ethio-jazz. Also, there’s music from a Chinese string band, Red Chamber, and their pipa, zheng, zhongruan, among other Chinese lutes and zithers. On this tune,"Ah Ya Zein," they accompany oud player Gordon Grdina, and are augmented by all kinds of percussion from other traditions. Then, hear “tribal folkadelia” from Flamingods, with musicians based in London & Bahrain, and operatic trance music from Toronto-based artist, Alexandra Mackenzie, who records under the moniker Petra Glynt. Also, listen to a song from Nathan Bowles, a pounding tribute in percussive drone to the dwindling population of the Nansemond tribe who were part of the Powhatan confederacy in Virginia. Plus, explosive music from the Belgian brass klezmer punk band Kermesz a l'est, and more.

PROGRAM #3638, Psychedelic World Music (First aired on 9/17/2014)  

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Flamingods

Hyperborea

Vimana, excerpt [1:00]

SHAPE 027 shaperecords.co.ukshaperecords.bandcamp.com

Red Chamber

Gathering

Ah Ya Zein [7:40]

www.asza.com

Radwan Ghazi Moumneh (Jerusalem in My Heart)

Mo7it Al-Mo7it

Amanem [8:54]

Constellation Records CST093cstrecords.com Included as part of www.musicworks.ca, Summer 2014 Sampler jerusaleminmyheart.com

Kermesz a l'est

Kermesz a l'est (2014)

Zumkind [6:02]

www.kermeszalest.com

Flamingods

Hyperborea

Vimana [2:32]

SHAPE 027 shaperecords.co.ukshaperecords.bandcamp.com

Petra Glynt

Musicworks Summer 2014

Of This Land

petraglynt.bandcamp.com

Nathan Bowles

Nansemond

The Smoke Swallower [2:38]

Paradies of Bachelors 016 paradiseofbachelors.com

FatDog

New Found Land

Halling Etter Sjur Eldegard, excerpt [1:00]

Riverboat Records 1087 worldmusic.net

Kronos Quartet

Floodplain

Tashweesh [3:24]

Nonesuch 518349 nonesuch.com

Bixiga 70

Ocupai

5 Esquinas [4:31]

maisumdiscos.com

maisumdiscos.bandcamp.com

Angeli Drake

Deghe

Spargiani [6:00]

Available at Amazon.com or Emusic.com

Mar 31 2015
52 mins
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Rank #2: Gamelan Plus (Special Podcast)

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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 of Barbara Benary, the co-founder and guiding spirit of Gamelan Son of Lion, there is a juxtaposition of Cape Breton Celtic singing, gamelan and Benary herself on violin. Also, hear the Celtic-Balinese tapestry of Matthew Welch’s chamber rock hybrid Blarvuster with its Scottish bagpipes, Balinese gamelan, and Welch’s vocalizing in Indonesian. Plus, Lou Harrison’s "Threnody for Carlos Chavez," written for viola and gamelan ensemble, and music from NYC-based Patrick Grant, who serves his post-minimalism with a twist of Rock and Balinese gamelan. That, and more.

PROGRAM #3691 Gamelan Plus (First aired on 2/3/2015)  

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Gamelan Son of Lion

Sonogram

John Morton: She (really) Had To Go [9:23]

Innova 718 innova.mu

Patrick Grant

Patrick Grant

Fields Amaze [8:35]

Available at cdbaby.com

Gamelan Son of Lion

Sonogram

Barbara Benary: Jigalullaby [8:23]

Innova 718 innova.mu

Matthew Welch  & Blarvuster

Blarvuster

Canntaireachd Masolah I [6:23]

Tzadik 8077 tzadik.com

Lou Harrison

Drums Along The Pacific

Threnody for Carlos Chavez [8:00]

New Albion #122 Out of print, but available as a download via Amazon

Bill Alves (performed by Susan Jensen, violin; The HMC American Gamelan)

Mystic Canyon

Mystic Canyon for Violin and Gamelan [5:20]

MicroFest Records Amazon

Apr 28 2015
56 mins
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Rank #3: Various Electroacoustic Music (Special Podcast)

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Hear electroacoustic music by Dublin-based Seán Mac Erlaine and Australian-born, London-based Leah Kardos. Plus, music from NY-based GABI, cellist Julia Kent, and Bing & Ruth.

May 26 2015
56 mins
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Rank #4: New Music for String Quartet (Special Podcast)

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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, clarinetist and composer Ken Thomson’s work for the JACK Quartet, “THAW.” There’s also folk-informed music from the singer, songwriter and composer Aoife O Donovan as played by Brooklyn Rider. Hear string quartet music by multi-instrumentalist composer Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ, who plays a traditional Vietnamese string instrument on “Green River Delta,” in collaboration with Kronos Quartet. Plus, hear a work from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams that uses the string quartet as an ambient music ensemble, relying upon harmonics and on tones played on open strings. That, and more.

PROGRAM #3686 Music for String Quartet (First aired on 1/21/2015)  

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Ken Thomson (JACK quartet)

THAW

Thaw, excerpt [1:41]

Cantaloupe Records 21095 bangonacan.org

Members of Either/Or Ensemble

Striking; Whispers and Cries

Andrew Byrne: Striking Parts 1 & 2 [7:32]

Available for purchase directly through composer here: andrewbyrne.com

JACK Quartet

John Luther Adams: The Wind in High Places

John Luther Adams: The Wind in High Places - Above Sunset Pass [7:24]

Cold Blue Music CBM 41 coldbluemusic.com

Ken Thomson (JACK quartet)

THAW

THAW: Thaw [10:55]

Cantaloupe Music 21095 bangonacan.org

Brooklyn Rider

Almanac

Aoife O'Donovan: Show Me [4:56]

Mercury Classics / In A Circle Records #002159302 mercuryclassics.com Available at iTunes, Amazon.com, Emusic.com

Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ with Kronos Quartet

 Three-Mountain Pass

Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ: Green River Delta/Luu Thuy Truong [4:40]

Innova 866 innova.mu

Members of Either/Or Ensemble

Striking; Whispers and Cries

Andrew Byrne: Striking Parts 3 & 4 [8:30]

Available for purchase directly through composer here: andrewbyrne.com

Apr 18 2015
57 mins
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Rank #5: Music for Choir and Percussion (Special Podcast)

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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 percussion. In Daniel Lentz's "Postludium," the choir members rub and strike wine glasses while singing, and Anna Thorvaldsdottir's "into-Second Self" features a layered choir of two brass instruments. In addition to rhythmic and driving drumming, hear more of the atmospheric and colorful role of percussion in music for the combination of choir and percussion. The centerpiece of the show, a work called "Whispers and Cries," by Australian born composer Andrew Byrne, features fellow Aussie musicians Astra Choir and Speak Percussion.

PROGRAM #3670 Music for Choir and Percussion (First aired on 12/8/2014)  

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Daniel Lentz

Missa Umbrarum

Postludium, excerpt

New Albion Records Amazon

Andrew Byrne. Performed by Astra Choir and Speak Percussion

Striking; Whispers and Cries

Whispers and Cries: 1. Song for Voice [5:28]

Available for purchase directly through composer here: andrewbyrne.com

Daniel Lentz

Missa Umbrarum

Postludium [8:17]

See above.

Anna Thorvaldsdottir

Aeriality

into-Second Self [7:39]

Deutsche Grammophon Amazon

Andrew Byrne. Performed by Astra Choir and Speak Percussion

Striking; Whispers and Cries

Whispers and Cries: 2. Song for Crotales [5:24]

See above.

Andrew Byrne. Performed by Astra Choir and Speak Percussion

Striking; Whispers and Cries

Whispers and Cries: 3. Song for Piano [4:57]

See above.

Daniel Lentz

Missa Umbrarum

Lascaux, excerpt [9:12]

See above.

Mar 03 2015
42 mins
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Rank #6: With Missy Mazzoli (Special Podcast)

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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 for singers, chamber ensemble and electronics, and is built around text, both spiritual and worldly, by contemporary poet Matthew Zapruder. Mazzoli wrote for the very specific voices of sopranos Martha Cluver, Melissa Hughes and alto Virginia Warnken Kelsey, who all have a lot of experience with contemporary music but also early and Baroque music. Her ensemble Victoire provides dramatic settings while drummer Glenn Kotche (perhaps best known for his work in Wilco) propels the work percussively.  Plus, hear selections from Phil Kline’s millennial mass “John the Revelator,” written for the early/new music vocal group Lionheart and the quartet ETHEL.

May 12 2015
56 mins
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Rank #7: #3893: With Guitarist Guy Buttery (Special Podcast)

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South African guitarist Guy Buttery visits the studio to perform virtuosic feats of bending, tapping, picking, harmonics, and other techniques and textures yet to be named for guitar. Hear music from his latest record, his sixth, a self-titled wonder of collaborative tunes. Plus, music from the late Malian guitarist and griot Tiécoro Sissoko.

Sep 15 2016
58 mins
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Rank #8: New Music from Ireland Part 3 (Special Podcast)

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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 shares how electronics and silence factor into his compositions. Listen to how Nangle uses electronics to subtly augment conventional instrumentation on "Where distant city lights flicker on half-frozen ponds". Hear Nangle explain how his piece "Then Falls by Shadow" takes the inspiration of Irish weather to combine shuffle mode with a choral performance. Later in the hour, John Schaefer talks to David Bremner about his own compositions and playing the pipe organ at Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin. Hear Bremner's piercing organ compositions "Variations upon 'the usual reason'" and "Amhrán na Leabhar."

PROGRAM #3715 New Music from Ireland: Part 3 (First aired on 4/17/2015)  

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Kate Ellis

Jump

Donnacha Dennehy: Aisling Gheal [2:09]

Diatribe Records

Jonathan Nangle

Self-released

DIY Aeolian Harp [:39]

Soundcloud

Jonathan Nangle

new music::new Ireland 2

Where distant city lights flicker on half-frozen ponds [excerpt 1] [2:14]

CMC Ireland

Jonathan Nangle

new music::new Ireland 2

Where distant city lights flicker on half-frozen ponds [excerpt 2] [4:47]

See Above

Ergodos Musicians

I Call To You

Jonathan Nangle: Ich ruf' zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ  [2:22]

Ergodos Records

Jonathan Nangle

Commissioned for Dublin SoundLab

untitled (after Dan Flavin) [1:42]

Soundcloud

Jonathan Nangle

Commisioned by David Bremner and Elizabeth Hilliard

Then Falls thy Shadow [:51]

Soundcloud

Jonathan Nangle

Contermporaty Music from Ireland, Volume Nine

Our headlights blew softly into the black illuminating very little [5:21]

CMC Ireland – CMC CD09

Contemporary Music Centre

Jonathan Nangle & David Bremner

Ergodos 2009 'Off-Grid' Festival

Untitled improvisation [1:25]

Soundcloud

David Bremner

Contemporary Music from Ireland, Volume 2

Variations upon ‘the usual reason’ [4:40]

CMC Ireland

David Bremner

L’Air Du Temps

Amhrán na Leabhar [2:49]

Soundcloud

Jun 23 2015
56 mins
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Rank #9: New Music for Hardanger Fiddle (Special Podcast)

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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 duet on this Norwegian instrument – with music from Scotland, Ireland, and the U.S. Hear the collaborative recording between Hardanger fiddle master Nils Økland and the post-rock duo The Low Frequency In Stereo, called Lumen Drones – which comes off as a psychedelic drone band. Then, listen to music from the octogenarian bard Robin Williamson (of Incredible String Band reknown), along with violist Mat Maneri and drummer Ches Smith. Then, hear a duo record from Caoimhin O Raghallaigh (of The Gloaming) and Dan Trueman (founder of Princeton Laptop Orchestra), which stretches and recombines the DNA of Norwegian folk and Irish trad fiddling on a 10-stringed instrument, the Hardanger d’Amore. Plus, there’s music from the Hardanger’s likely ancestor, the viola d’amore, by composer/violist Garth Knox, and more.

PROGRAM #3676 Hardanger Fiddle Music (First aired on 12/23/2014)  

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Lumen Drones (Nils Okland/Per Steinar Lie/Orjan Haaland)

Lumen Drones

Dark Sea [3:54]

ECM 2434 http://ecmrecords.com

Annbjørg Lien

Baba Yaga

Aja [6:27]

North Side #6044 / Grappa Musikkforlag GRCD 4158 annbjorglien.com

Robin Williamson w/ Mat Maneri, viola and Ches Smith, drums

Trusting In The Rising Light

Our Evening Walk [5:40]

ECM 2393 ecmrecords.com

Lumen Drones (Nils Okland/Per Steinar Lie/Orjan Haaland)

Lumen Drones

Keelwater [6:15]

See above.

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh & Dan Trueman

Laghdú

fead an iolair [4:02]

store.irishmusic.net

Carla Kihlstedt

Borrowed Arms

Hold My Own [5:00]

kihlstedtbossi.bandcamp.com

Garth Knox

D'Amore

Malor me bat (2004) [4:54]

ECM 1925 ecmrecords.com

Mar 17 2015
47 mins
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Rank #10: We've Got Rhythms (Special Podcast of show #3960)

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Listen to rhythmic music, whether for percussion, string quartet or vocal duet for this New Sounds. Hear works from percussionist Ian David Rosenbaum, Kelly Moran, and the Jasper String Quartet, and a vocal duet from Meredith Monk and Robert Een. From the recent record, Unbound, by the Jasper String Quartet, hear a non-stop motoring work by Judd Greenstein, “Four on the Floor.” Usually the term applies to thumping dance-club bangers, but in this work, pairs of instruments work “with and against each other, until they settle their differences and combine into a shared groove,” according to the composer.

Hear music with rhythmic intensity, for prepared piano, with and without electronics from Kelly Moran, and her record, Bloodroot, which is where minimalism and black metal collideThen, listen to music from Hauschka, who layers player piano with prepared piano. Also, listen to Inuit-style breathing games from Meredith Monk and cellist/vocalist Robert Een, from her long-form work, "Facing North," inspired by the Canadian wilderness. 

Then, listen to increasingly tricky and complex rhythms in a work by David Crowell for percussionist Ian David Rosenbaum. Plus, hear a work –"Redwood"- involving saxophone and interlocking guitar parts from Empyrean Atlas, the band of composer/multi-instrumentalist David Crowell. And more. 

Oct 19 2017
1 hour
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