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New Sounds Home for the musically curious. Serving hand-picked, genre-free music 24/7, from New York Public Radio. New Sounds is here because we’re curious and excited about music.

You’re probably here for the same reason. We created New Sounds for people who love the surprise that comes from discovering something new. But with almost everything ever recorded anywhere now available online, where do you start? This might be the place. We try to be friendly and jargon free, and gleefully oblivious of genre. Our goal is to find the artists, the songs, and the sounds that you might love – if only you get a chance to hear them.

You’re probably here for the same reason. We created New Sounds for people who love the surprise that comes from discovering something new. But with almost everything ever recorded anywhere now available online, where do you start? This might be the place. We try to be friendly and jargon free, and gleefully oblivious of genre. Our goal is to find the artists, the songs, and the sounds that you might love – if only you get a chance to hear them.

Operating as usual

This is perhaps why you're a New Sounds Listener: the fictional royal requiems, Steve Reich with Ensemble Signal, Indone...
09/20/2022
#4663, 40th Anniversary and Queen Elizabeth's Funeral | New Sounds | New Sounds

This is perhaps why you're a New Sounds Listener: the fictional royal requiems, Steve Reich with Ensemble Signal, Indonesian gamelan, as arranged by Shearwater and musical friends: https://www.newsounds.org/story/4663-40th-anniversary-and-queen-elizabeths-funeral

Listen to music for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, along with music to celebrate New Sounds’ 40th Anniversary from the late composer Sir John Tavener to Indonesian court gamelan.

09/16/2022
Lean Year: "Trouble with Being Warm"

Lean Year is Virginia-based singer Emilie Rex and filmmaker/musician Rick Alverson, who make songs that are heavy on dreamlike melodies as they sl-ooow-ly unfold. They play songs from their 2022 album, 'Sides', in-studio for the .

09/15/2022
Mafer Bandola: Zumba que Zumba

Mafer Bandola , aka Maria Fernanda González, is one of the few women playing bandola professionally. (A bandola is a 4-stringed traditional instrument related to the mandolin found in Venezuela, where she is from.) Mafer Bandola plays remotely, in advance of her Mini-Global Mashup: Jazz Piano Meets Venezuela at Flushing Town Hall at 1PM on Sept. 18. Download/Listen to the latest : https://www.newsounds.org/story/mafer-bandola-venezuelan-bandola-innovator

09/12/2022
Combo Chimbita, Live

Come party with Combo Chimbita and on Sept. 21 at Brooklyn Bowl as we celebrate 40 years on the air. Ticket link: http://bit.ly/NS40th_bkbowl
This is the band playing in Oakland, (courtesy of Combo Chimbita)
Cheers!

09/06/2022

Come party with Red Baraat and on Sept. 21 Brooklyn Bowl as we celebrate 40 years on the air. Ticket link: https://bit.ly/NS40th_bkbowl

TODAY, Sept. 3, is the 40th anniversary of the first  broadcast on  ! Celebrate with us on Sept. 21, at  with  ,  and DJ...
09/03/2022

TODAY, Sept. 3, is the 40th anniversary of the first broadcast on ! Celebrate with us on Sept. 21, at with , and DJ set by . Plus, 's socks...
Tickets via link in bio

New August Releases: composer Deniz Cuylan 's Mediterranean minimalism / Hush Hush Recordings ,  by 's    / Third Man Re...
08/31/2022
#4656, New Releases, August 2022 | New Sounds | New Sounds

New August Releases: composer Deniz Cuylan 's Mediterranean minimalism / Hush Hush Recordings , by 's / Third Man Records , pedal steel by / Tompkins Square , and work by Frederic for Lisa Moore / Cantaloupe Music. Listen: https://www.newsounds.org/story/4656-new-releases-august-2022

Hear guitarist Deniz Cuylan's Mediterranean minimalism, ambient music by Nashville's Rich Ruth, pedal steel by NYC-based Jonny Lam, and work by Frederic Rzewski for pianist Lisa Moore.

08/18/2022

is a master player of the teardrop-shaped, double-strung guitarra Portuguesa, which looks a bit like a mandolin on steroids. She and pianist Alexandre Diniz perform live for the 2022 , from . Download the wherever you get your podcasts, or via link in bio.
This is "Terra"

08/15/2022

From the 2022 , hear the with Malian guitar virtuoso , whose latest record, (2022), addresses unrest in his home country, and marks a return to his roots – the style of his father’s playing. He and percussionist Adama Kone perform in . Download wherever you get your podcasts or via link in bio.
This is some of

Writer Paige Gullifer sets the scene for a Bang on a Can Summer Festival lunchtime show at MASS MoCA, where "The shining...
07/27/2022

Writer Paige Gullifer sets the scene for a Bang on a Can Summer Festival lunchtime show at MASS MoCA, where "The shining aluminium mass of Bourgeois’ The Couple hangs at the entrance of the performance space. A surreal interweaving of limbs, the sculpture is incomprehensible at first glance, before heads, hands, and feet reveal the portrayal of an intoxicatingly intimate embrace." Read more at: https://www.newsounds.org/story/dispatches-bang-can-summer-festival-2022-part-1

07/25/2022
Andrew Bird "Eight"

Violinist, guitarist, whistler, and songwriter Andrew Bird continues to subvert indie rock with classical, folk, and old-time jazz on his latest, 'Inside Problems'. He plays remotely for the : https://bit.ly/AndrewBird22_pod

07/11/2022
BLK BOK: November 7, 2020

Pianist and composer BLKBOK, (pronounced “Black Bach”) is a Detroit native who draws from both hip-hop and classical music. He plays from his solo body of work, 'Black Book', remotely for the Soundcheck Podcast. DL/Listen via https://bit.ly/blkbok2022

07/11/2022
BLKBOK: “Amalia’s Ocean”

Pianist and composer BLKBOK, (pronounced “Black Bach”) is a Detroit native who draws from both hip-hop and classical music. He plays from his solo body of work, 'Black Book', remotely for the Soundcheck Podcast. DL/Listen via https://bit.ly/blkbok2022

07/11/2022
BLKBOK: The Hustle Is Real

Pianist and composer BLKBOK, (pronounced “Black Bach”) is a Detroit native who draws from both hip-hop and classical music. He plays from his solo body of work, 'Black Book', remotely for the Soundcheck Podcast. DL/Listen via https://bit.ly/blkbok2022

06/17/2022
New York Guitar Festival 2022

The fourth and final night of the 2022 festival features the space-Americana and pastoral country stylings of guitarist, composer, and collaborator William Tyler. Also, there’s a fado-tinged set from bandleader, composer, and soloist Marta Pereira da Costa, the world’s first and only female professional player of the Portuguese Guitar (a double six-stringed, teardrop-shaped instrument traditionally played by men.) John Schaefer hosts

06/16/2022
Curse of Lono: Way to Mars

London-based Curse Of Lono is named for the Hunter S. Thompson book, and their cinematic southern gothic country songs might be a great companion for a late night drive. They play remotely for the .

06/16/2022
Curse of Lono: London Rain

London-based band , Curse Of Lono, is named for the Hunter S. Thompson book, and their cinematic southern gothic country songs make a great companion for a late night drive. They play remotely for the .

06/16/2022
Curse of Lono: In Your Arms

London-based band Curse Of Lono is named for the Hunter S. Thompson book, and their cinematic southern gothic country songs make a great companion for a late night drive. They play remotely for the .

06/13/2022

On Friday Anthony Roth Costanzo bestrode the grand stage of the Met Opera in the starring role in Akhenaten. Today he is singing to a chicken in Doug Balliet’s madcap pocket opera Rome Is Falling. Part of at

06/12/2022

A rarity and an absolute highlight: pianist plays Hans Otte’s spellbinding Book Of Sounds as part of at

06/11/2022

- Devone Tines leads members of AMOC thru the audience singing Sam Cooke.

Simply extraordinary performance of music by Julius Eastman this morning by AMOC, featuring Davone Tines, at 2022
06/10/2022

Simply extraordinary performance of music by Julius Eastman this morning by AMOC, featuring Davone Tines, at 2022

06/06/2022
Joe Rainey: No Chants

Minneapolis-based Pow Wow singer Joe Rainey of the Ojibwe community surrounds his expressive voice with experimental electronic textures in collaboration with producer Andrew Broder. He performs remotely for the . 37d03d

06/06/2022
Joe Rainey: Can Key

Minneapolis-based Pow Wow singer Joe Rainey of the Ojibwe community surrounds his expressive voice with experimental electronic textures in collaboration with producer Andrew Broder. He performs remotely for the . 37d03d

06/06/2022
Joe Rainey: Bezhigo

Minneapolis-based Pow Wow singer Joe Rainey of the Ojibwe community surrounds his expressive voice with experimental electronic textures in collaboration with producer Andrew Broder. He performs remotely for the . 37d03d

Save the dates June 14-17 for the 2022 NEW YORK GUITAR FESTIVAL at The Greene Space at WNYC/WQXR.  With sets from Vieuxf...
05/21/2022
New York Guitar Festival 2022 - The Greene Space

Save the dates June 14-17 for the 2022 NEW YORK GUITAR FESTIVAL at The Greene Space at WNYC/WQXR. With sets from Vieuxfarka Toure, Bill Frisell, Badi Assad, Vernon Reid and Laraaji, Gyan Riley, William Tyler, Marta Pereira da Costa, Glenn Jones.
Tickets: https://www.thegreenespace.org/series/new-york-guitar-festival-2022/

Four nights, from June 14 to 17, featuring some of today’s most dazzling guitar talents, including Bill Frisell, Vieux Farka Toure, and Gyan Riley. And representing such exotic locales as West Africa, Brazil, and whatever astral plane Vernon Reid & Laraaji occupy.

05/19/2022
Porridge Radio: “Back to the Radio" (acoustic)

Brighton, UK-based art-rock band Porridge Radio's Dana Margolin and Sam Yardley play a stripped-down set, showcasing music from their 2022 album, "Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder to the Sky", Live from The Greene Space.

 and , performing within the sound/light installation  by  , October 2021.
05/18/2022

and , performing within the sound/light installation by , October 2021.

05/05/2022
Max ZT: "Improvisation"

Chicago-born, Brooklyn-based Max ZT , “the Jimi Hendrix of the hammered dulcimer,” (NPR) uses hammered dulcimer techniques - muting, pitch-bends and harmonics - learned from around the world in his original work. He performs music from his album ‘Daybreak’ remotely for the Soundcheck Podcast.
Video by Julian Klepper.

05/05/2022
Max ZT : "Yield"

Chicago-born, Brooklyn-based Max ZT , “the Jimi Hendrix of the hammered dulcimer,” (NPR) uses hammered dulcimer techniques - muting, pitch-bends and harmonics- learned from around the world in his original work. He performs music from his album ‘Daybreak’ remotely for the Soundcheck Podcast.
Video by Julian Klepper.

05/03/2022
Porridge Radio’s Dana Margolin and Sam Yardley

Bold English post-punk/art-rock band Porridge Radio members Dana Margolin and Sam Yardley play a stripped-down set, showcasing music from their forthcoming album, Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder to the Sky, Live in The Greene Space.

04/28/2022
The Districts: Cheap Regrets

Philadelphia-based The Districts confront a constellation of problems eroding the American ideal on their latest, Great American Painting. They play remotely for the Soundcheck Podcast. DL/Listen: https://bit.ly/districtspod
Sound by Keith C. Abrams ()
Video by Alex Beebe ()

04/28/2022
The Districts: Revival Psalm

Philadelphia-based The Districts confront a constellation of problems eroding the American ideal on their latest, 'Great American Painting.' They play remotely for the Soundcheck Podcast. DL/Listen: https://bit.ly/districtspod
Sound by Keith C. Abrams ()
Video by Alex Beebe ()

04/28/2022
The Districts - Long End

Philadelphia-based The Districts confront a constellation of problems eroding the American ideal on their latest, Great American Painting. They play remotely for the Soundcheck Podcast. DL/Listen: https://bit.ly/districtspod
Sound by Keith C. Abrams ()
Video by Alex Beebe ()

Meet us at Merkin Hall on April 28! The New Sounds Live concert series continues with Iraqi-American composer, trumpeter...
04/25/2022
New Sounds Live 2022: Ecstatic Music: Amir ElSaffar's “Rivers of Sound” | New Sounds Live | New Sounds

Meet us at Merkin Hall on April 28! The New Sounds Live concert series continues with Iraqi-American composer, trumpeter, and santur player Amir ElSaffar. As he explores the space in between jazz, Iraqi Maqam music, and various other musical traditions from around the world, ElSaffar is constantly asking questions like “What happens when you combine the vibraphone, the santur and the English horn," and finding new sonic possibilities in the combinations of these instruments.

https://www.newsounds.org/story/new-sounds-live-2022-ecstatic-music-amir-elsaffars-rivers-sound

Iraqi-American composer and bandleader Amir ElSaffar finds new sonic possibilities with 17-piece orchestra, "Rivers of Sound" on April 28 at Kaufman Music Center Merkin Hall. 

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Happy 40th Anniversary of New Sounds to John Schaefer and team! I was lucky to meet John in 1990 for my Mode Records release and had dinner a few weeks later with he and his wife. Lovely people. John has had a huge and lasting impact on the NYC music scene and adventurous music nationally as well.
Here's to no 'sunsets', John!
NEW SOUNDS GIG ALERT! Estonian duo Puuluup at Joe's Pub this Thursday, Sept 22 at 7PM - More info & tickets: https://bit.ly/wmipuuluup

(and Happy 40th anniversary to our friends at New Sounds!)
This year, John Schaefer celebrates 40 years of guiding New Yorkers in their discovery of genre-free music on New Sounds – New York Public Radio’s home for the musically curious. If you’re unfamiliar, the radio show is a stalwart of WNYC's programming, airing nightly at 11 pm, and centers on a shared, unique musical theme. Genres, languages, and countries of origin vary from episode to episode with topics ranging from “typewriter music” to “music for didgeridoo.” Composer Julia Wolfe asks John Schaefer all about the program, and process for finding “New Sounds” in an exclusive interview with WQXR. Read the full interview here. https://bit.ly/3Br870u
New Sounds Soundcheck features Venezuelan musician Mafer Bandola, previewing her upcoming performance at
Flushing Town Hall on Sunday.

OUT NOW! TTimothy McAllisterand LLiz Ames Project Encore, Volume 1.

PROJECT ENCORE, VOL.1, featuring today’s most celebrated classical saxophonist Timothy McAllister and acclaimed pianist Liz Ames, was born from the idea that recital curation often relies too much on tradition and time-honored chestnuts while ignoring fresh, innovative and diverse voices. Alongside the duo’s conscious efforts to weave a wide array of influences into their playing, from modernism to minimalism or popular idioms including latin, jazz, funk, and musical theater, they believe it is increasingly crucial to foster partnerships with living composers representing a broad spectrum of styles and backgrounds. The result of their efforts includes these virtuosic showpieces and vignettes which they hope will find a home as true ‘encores’ following larger compositions, dazzling concert openers, or, simply, the perfect introductions to these composers themselves as a means to round out any recital programming.

From mechanical stutterings framing arguably the most famous pop sax solo in history to a crooning theater ballad; from elegiac music inspired by pandemic lockdowns to jubilant outbursts of renewal and hope, PROJECT ENCORE, VOLUME 1, is a channel-surfing mosaic of modern composition at its finest. McAllister notes, “there is a mission and a level of musical activism behind this album, and nothing can speak to the state and richness of concert music today like the saxophone.”

The collected works on this first volume, and the Ann Arbor-based duo’s third album since 2020, features the music of
NNina ShekharJJennifer JolleyAAndre MyersKKaralyn Schubring BolognaGGriffin CandeyCCorey DundeeMMarianne PlogerCChad SirWick HughesGGonzalo Garrido-LeccaAAndres Eloy RodriguezAArmando BayoloZZoe CutlerJJim Territo
https://timothymcallister.bandcamp.com/








NNew Sounds#bipocartists
Happy Birthday, Hildegard von Bingen! Her contributions to the modern world are second to 'nun!' 🎂🎶

An instrumental force in early music, her legacy lives on in a multitude of ways. From penning what laid the foundation for opera, to inspiring composers creating "Bardcore" on YouTube in 2020, you can learn all about how modern composers have been influenced by Hildegard and medieval music in this episode of New Sounds.
Join us tonight for a very hip event

CompCord Chamber Orchestra Featuring Suzanne Vega
– Songs & Poems from the Village –

Wednesday, September 14
Part of The Village Trip Festival

With Music by NYC Composers Including the Legendary
Suzanne Vega - Singing Some of Her Classic Songs in
New Orchestral Arrangements by
Gene Pritsker, William Anderson & Jonathan Dawe;
Poetry Recitations Pay Tribute to Greenwich Village

Still some tickets available (but not too many)
https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/1132071

and check out the nice promo New Sounds did for this event
https://www.newsounds.org/story/suzanne-vega-players-theater-part-village-trip-festival/?fbclid=IwAR24zLCiEWN_cAare28cnC6K9huuIF55VmPG6mgdcKtJxmKMMZmRcZPE42E

Composers:
William Anderson, Seth Boustead, Dan Cooper, Peter Jarvis, Debra Kaye, Mark Kostabi, Arkady Leytush, Milica [email protected], Gene Pritsker, Suzanne Vega.

Poets:
Robert C. Ford, Erik T. Johnson, Jim Kempner, Cheri Magid, Imelda O'Reilly, Paul L. Mills / Poez.

Performers:
CompCord Chamber Orchestra
conducted by Arkady Leytush

Sharon Harms - soprano
Carla Auld - flute
Katie Scheele - oboe
Ford Fourqurean - clarinet
Alexander Davis - bassoon
Franz Hackl - trumpet
John Clark - horn
Michael Sgouros -percussion
Kyle Miller - acoustic guitar
Gene Pritsker - electric guitar

Violins
Funda Cizmecioglu (concertmaster)
Mark Zaki
Russell Kotcher
Lynn Bechtold (principal 2nd)
Gabriela Rengel-Rohdin
Yoonjung Hwang

violas
Lev Ljova Zhurbin
Beth Holub

cellos
Allison Seidner
Molly Aronson

bass
Laurence Goldman
Come party with us & New Sounds with John Schaefer on Sept. 21st at Brooklyn Bowl as we celebrate 40 years on the air.

We bringing the CANDELAAAA 🔥

🎟: https://bit.ly/CC-NS-40
Cool, New Sounds did a little promo podcast for Composers Concordance's concert on the 14th with special guest Suzanne Vega
Check it out - AND there are still some tickets available so go and get yours - link in comments

WITH:
Composers:
William Anderson, Seth Boustead, Dan Cooper, Jonathan Dawe, Pete Jarvis, Debra Kaye, Mark Kostabi, Arkady Leytush, Milica Paranosic, Gene Pritsker, Suzanne Vega.

Poets:
Robert C. Ford, Erik T. Johnson, Jim Kempner, Cheri Magid, Imelda O'Reilly, Paul L. Mills / Poez.

Performers:
CompCord Chamber Orchestra conducted by Arkady Leytush
Sharon Harms - soprano
Carla Auld - flute
Katie Scheele - oboe
Ford Fourqurean - clarinet
Alexander Davis - bassoon
Franz Hackl - trumpet
John Clark - horn
Michael Sgouros -percussion
Kyle Miller - acoustic guitar
Gene Pritsker - electric guitar

Violins
Funda Cizmecioglu (concertmaster)
Mark Zaki
Russell Kotcher
Lynn Bechtold (principal 2nd)
Gabriela Rengel-Rohdin
Yoonjung Hwang

violas
Lev 'Ljova' Zhurbin
Beth Holub

cellos
Allison Seidner
Molly Aronson

bass
Laurence Goldman
CD Available Now!
A Must Have!
Nate White "Up Close" CD
Genre: Jazz, R&B, Funk (Instrumental)

Website: https://natewhitemusic.com/

Amazon Buy:
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Photo from the premiere performance of John Luther Adams' Sila from 2014
Photo Credit: John Schaefer for New Sounds

Sila: The Breath of the World comes out September 23rd!
Preorders your copy at the link below!
https://johnlutheradams.bandcamp.com/album/sila-the-breath-of-the-world
As the U.S. heads back to school, BATTLE TRANCE heads on a U.S. TOUR. The tenor-sax quartet's new Billboard-charting album, GREEN OF WINTER, is loved by NPR, Bandcamp, The Wire, The New York City Jazz Record, PopMatters, Big Takeover Magazine, New Sounds, and more! CATCH A SHOW!

Sat, Sep 17 @ Trinosophes, Detroit, MI
Sun, Sep 18 @ Constellation, Chicago, IL
Mon, Sep 19 @ University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Tue, Sep 20 @ Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY
Wed, Sep 21 @ 2640 Space, Baltimore, MD

Sat, Oct 29 @ Angel City Jazz Festival, LA, CA
Sun, Oct 30 @ House Concert (contact for details), Berkeley, CA
Tue, Nov 1 @ Audium-Theatre of Sound, San Fransisco, CA
Thu, Nov 3 @ The Old Church, Portland, OR
Fri, November 4 @ Earshot Jazz Festival, Seattle, WA
Badieh are part of this beautiful collection of Afghan music on New Sounds NPR.
Join New York Public Radio’s celebration of 40 years of John Schaefer’s New Sounds, Wednesday, September 21st at Brooklyn Bowl. The show begins at 7:30, and doors open at 7 pm. This event is ages 21 and up.

Dance or groove on the future-funk-trancey-cumbia of Combo Chimbita, a quartet based in New York City by way of Colombia. Brooklyn-based Red Baraat brings the Bhangra party with their dhol and brass and funk, and on-stage dance-offs. There will also be a DJ set by Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley. Reserve a lane, order snacks and mingle with the on-air and podcast talent, hosts, producers, and staff on and off the lanes.

Purchase your tickets here: https://bit.ly/3AMHLW3
Thrilled to be included on a new all-sax edition of WNYC's New Sounds, hosted by john Schaefer - featuring PRISM recordings of music by Jacob TV and Gavin Bryars (with The Crossing).
Fantastic New Sounds feature highlighting my work for flute and electronics, in collaboration with Claire Chase and Talea Ensemble! This instrumentation has always had a celebrated place in my writing (my first attempt dates back to a 2001 work for Erin Bouriakov), so the support and context is greatly appreciated! Delighted to also be featured alongside longtime collaborator and friend Jeremiah Cymerman (a work he dedicated to me), Du Yun, and a stunning work by Frank Becker from 1982!
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