New Releases, June 2014 (Special Podcast)07/21/14
New Sounds airs June'snew releases for the world to hear.John Schaefer carefully separates the wheat from the chaff, after sortingthrough the stacks of new CDs, the Soundcloud files, and other digital submissions which have come across his desk and...
A World of World Music (Special Podcast)
There’s a world of world music for this New Sounds. Listen to an electric distorted version of West African trance music from Justin Adams Juldeh Camara, along with a powerful song of praise that explores the links between India and the Balkans from...
Jazz & Blues Melting Pot (Special Podcast)
This New Sounds is another musical melting pot program, but tonight, we’re coming at it from a jazz and blues angle. Listen to the Swedish guitarist Torbjörn Ömalm bringing western jazz, Swedish folk and the Finnish kantele together on his record,...
Tord Gustavsen Quartet (Special Podcast)
For this New Sounds Podcast, listen to new music from Norway, including a live set by the serene and transcendent Tord Gustavsen Quartet. Gustavsen, whether solo, with a trio, or in this quartet formation, delivers piano-based works of contemplation...
Percussion Plus (Special Podcast)
New Sounds takes a beating tonight with music from Mantra Percussion, a superhuman group committed to pounding out new works and expanding the percussion repertoire. Listen to “Science is Only a Sometime Friend,” a ringing chiming work for percussion...
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,...
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...
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,...
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,...
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 Alarmw Will Sound conducted by Alan...
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...
John Schaefer's Annual Top Ten - 2013 edition
John Schaefer's completely personal and opinionated look at the ten best new music releases of 2013. Also, listen for music from the IDM world with gamelan-like percussion, as well as Indo-jazz music from a South Asian suite.
New Music For Fiddles and Violins
Music from the Scottish string trio, the Red Note Ensemble joined by tabla player Kuljit Bhamra. Then, the five member Janusz Prusinowski Trio, play traditional folk instruments of Poland, along with traditionally-rooted music from the 2010 Swedish...
New Sounds of Bluegrass & Americana
Hear instruments used in traditional American string band music. There's music from Norwegian banjo player Stian Carstensen, hammered dulcimer player Dan Joseph, and the mandolin-guitar duo known as Prester John.
Hear from singers who reach across musical traditions, including a new recording of a Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan piece – "Mustt Mustt" - by Indo-Canadian singer Kiran Ahluwalia, featuring the Tuareg musical rebels from Mali, Tinariwen.
The Australian-American Connection
Australia's surprising and flexible new music ensemble, Topology, comprised of saxophone, strings and piano, takes center stage. Plus, works by Americans living in Australia.
Music by Canadian composer Vivian Fung inspired Indonesian gamelan, along with other works by westerners that look to that archipelago’s music. Fung, on her record, "Dreamscapes," draws on the rhythms of Balinese gamelan and John Cage.
December 2013 New Releases
John Schaefer sifts through the avalanche of CDs stacked in his office to find new releases worthy of showcasing. Also, he'lllook back at some of the things that came out during 2013 that might have gone unnoticed, and ahead to some of the things that...
Music That Revolves Around Poetry
Vivaldi's The Four Seasons in new musical settings by Uri Caine and a modern English translation sung by Theo Bleckmann. Listen to the re-working, along with other poetry set to music, including Korean poetry by Sunny Kim.
Music for Alternative Tunings
Hear works by American composer Matthew Rosenblum influenced in part by a love of Javanese music, the music produced by Sonic Youth, and by the music of LaMonte Young.
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