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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.

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03/10/2022
Juha Mäki-Patola & Tapani Rinne: Brevity

Finnish musicians Tapani Rinne (tenor sax) and composer and producer Juha Maki-Patola (keyboards and electronics) skate between jazz, ambient music, and improvisation on their 2022 album, Open. They share some of the spacious, immersive, and stunning results of their music-making, remotely.

The video is filmed and edited by Tero Vuorinen. It was filmed in a sauna at Villa Furuvik, Helsinki, Finland.

03/10/2022
Juha Mäki-Patola & Tapani Rinne: Still

Finnish musicians Tapani Rinne (tenor sax) and composer and producer Juha Maki-Patola (keyboards and electronics) skate between jazz, ambient music, and improvisation on their 2022 album, Open. They share some of the spacious, immersive, and stunning results of their music-making, remotely.

The video is filmed and edited by Tero Vuorinen. It was filmed in a sauna at Villa Furuvik, Helsinki, Finland.

03/07/2022
Yonder Mountain: Into the Fire

Bluegrass quintet Yonder Mountain String Band dips into rock, prog, and improvisational music for their latest record, Get Yourself Outside. The band brings the acoustic shred to their new tunes, played remotely from a permanent installation called Meow Wolf, in Colorado.

03/07/2022
Yonder Mountain: No Leg Left

Bluegrass quintet Yonder Mountain String Band dips into rock, prog, and improvisational music for their latest record, Get Yourself Outside. The band brings the acoustic shred to their new tunes, played remotely from a permanent installation called Meow Wolf, in Colorado.

03/07/2022
Yonder Mountain: I Just Can't

Bluegrass quintet Yonder Mountain String Band dips into rock, prog, and improvisational music for their latest record, Get Yourself Outside. The band brings the acoustic shred to their new tunes, played remotely from a permanent installation called Meow Wolf, in Colorado.

03/03/2022
Shane Parish: Blackeyed Susan

Guitarist Shane Parish of the band Ahleuchatistas has been exploring folk songs in recent years. His new album Liverpool features moody, often moving arrangements of sea shanties for electric guitar and looping station. He plays some of them for us live.

03/03/2022
Shane Parish: Haul Away Joe

Guitarist Shane Parish of the band Ahleuchatistas has been exploring folk songs in recent years. His new album Liverpool features moody, often moving arrangements of sea shanties for electric guitar and looping station. He plays some of them for us live.

03/03/2022
Shane Parish: Rio Grande

Guitarist Shane Parish of the band Ahleuchatistas has been exploring folk songs in recent years. His new album Liverpool features moody, often moving arrangements of sea shanties for electric guitar and looping station. He plays some of them for us live.

Latest show: New Music From #Ukraine and by Ukrainians. Hear composer/musicologist Mariana Sadovska and vocal group Kitk...
03/02/2022
#4597, New Music from Ukraine | New Sounds | New Sounds

Latest show: New Music From #Ukraine and by Ukrainians. Hear composer/musicologist Mariana Sadovska and vocal group Kitka., Swedish-based pianist Lubomyr Melnyk , Ireland's Yurodny Ensemble , and electroacoustic work by Kyiv-based Alla Zahaykevych: https://www.newsounds.org/story/4597-new-music-ukraine

Hear music from Ukraine and by Ukrainians: Mariana Sadovska with vocal group Kitka, Swedish-based Lubomyr Melnyk, Irish ensemble Yurodny, and electroacoustic work by Alla Zahaykevych.

02/24/2022
Emily Wells: Come On Kiki & David's Got a Problem

Composer, violinist, and producer Emily Wells performs songs off her latest album, 'Regards to the End," a work of radical empathy, which explores the AIDS crisis, climate change, and her lived experience watching the world burn for the #SoundcheckPodcast.

02/24/2022
Emily Wells: I'm Numbers

Composer, violinist, and producer Emily Wells performs songs off her latest album, 'Regards to the End," a work of radical empathy, which explores the AIDS crisis, climate change, and her lived experience watching the world burn for the #SoundcheckPodcast.

02/24/2022
Emily Wells: Two Dogs Tethered Inside

Composer, violinist, and producer Emily Wells performs songs off her latest album, 'Regards to the End," a work of radical empathy, which explores the AIDS crisis, climate change, and her lived experience watching the world burn for the #SoundcheckPodcast.

02/14/2022
Cate Le Bon: Pompeii

The Welsh singer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Cate Le Bon plays new music from her latest album, Pompeii, where songs take unexpected left turns and seem to exist in the shadow of catastrophe. She plays live in The Greene Space for the Soundcheck Podcast.

02/14/2022
Cate Le Bon: French Boys

The Welsh singer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Cate Le Bon plays new music from her latest album, Pompeii, where songs take unexpected left turns and seem to exist in the shadow of catastrophe. She plays live in The Greene Space for the Soundcheck Podcast.

02/14/2022
Cate Le Bon: Moderation

The Welsh singer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Cate Le Bon plays new music from her latest album, Pompeii, where songs take unexpected left turns and seem to exist in the shadow of catastrophe. She plays live in The Greene Space for the Soundcheck Podcast.

02/10/2022
FPA "Princess Wiko"

Minneapolis songwriter FPA, aka Frances Priya Anczarski, fuses bedroom pop, hip hop, and chamber music in Princess Wiko, a tale of a medieval princess on a journey of self-discovery. FPA plays a couple of the songs from her EP remotely.

02/10/2022
FPA: "The Loved One"

Minneapolis songwriter FPA, aka Frances Priya Anczarski, fuses bedroom pop, hip hop, and chamber music in Princess Wiko, a tale of a medieval princess on a journey of self-discovery. FPA plays a couple of the songs from her EP remotely.

02/08/2022
Cate Le Bon: Pompeii

LIVE NOW: Multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer, Cate Le Bon, offers new music from her latest album, Pompeii, as part of Soundcheck, Live with New Soundshost John Schaefer. Composed in the “uninterrupted vacuum,” of the current times, – global pandemic plus climate emergency’s colliding eco-traumas – Pompeii offers the unhinged opulence that rests in sonic deconstruction.

02/07/2022
Shamir: Nuclear

Shamir’s new album, “Heterosexuality,” uses the sounds of rock, R&B, and hip hop to challenge perceptions about gender and to explore his own queer identity. He performs some of his intense but catchy music in a live trio setting.

02/03/2022
Spell Songs: Thrift

Spell Songs is an all-star lineup from the traditional music scenes in Scotland, England, and Senegal, playing songs inspired by the nature-based writings, or “spells,” of Robert Macfarlane. They perform excerpts from Spell Songs Vol. 2 – Let The Light In.

02/03/2022
Spell Songs: Heron

Spell Songs is an all-star lineup from the traditional music scenes in Scotland, England, and Senegal, playing songs inspired by the nature-based writings, or “spells,” of Robert Macfarlane. They perform excerpts from Spell Songs Vol. 2 – Let The Light In.

02/03/2022
Spell Songs: Daisy

Spell Songs is an all-star lineup from the traditional music scenes in Scotland, England, and Senegal, playing songs inspired by the nature-based writings, or “spells,” of Robert Macfarlane. They perform excerpts from Spell Songs Vol. 2 – Let The Light In.

New Releases for January: Ljova's new work on a new instrument - fadolin, Tuareg band Imarhan featuring Welsh musician G...
02/01/2022
#4588, New Releases, Jan. 2022 | New Sounds | New Sounds

New Releases for January: Ljova's new work on a new instrument - fadolin, Tuareg band Imarhan featuring Welsh musician Gruff Rhys, yMusic plays music by composer #juddgreenstein, and more. Listen via https://www.newsounds.org/story/4588-new-releases-jan-2022

There’s music for six-piece band yMusic by Judd Greenstein, new work on a new instrument -fadolin- by Ljova, and new music from Tuareg band Imarhan featuring Welsh musician Gruff Rhys.

01/26/2022
Emily Wells: Regards to the End

LIVE NOW: Polymathic composer, producer, and video artist Emily Wells performs works off her latest album as part of Soundcheck, Live with New Sounds host John Schaefer. A multi-instrumentalist who comes from a classical background in violin, Emily builds the songs from deliberate strata of vocals, synths, drums, piano, string and wind instruments.

Learn more about the Soundcheck podcast here: bit.ly/3ICNgsX

New this week: global pop from Iranian singer-songwriter Mamak Khadem, Ibibio Sound Machine produced by Hot Chip ; and t...
01/24/2022
Weekly Music Roundup: Mamak Khadem, Ibibio Sound Machine, Superchunk | Soundcheck | New Sounds

New this week: global pop from Iranian singer-songwriter Mamak Khadem, Ibibio Sound Machine produced by Hot Chip ; and the return of #Superchunk (Merge Records) . Plus, reedman Charlie Gabriel's debut album, 89 ( Preservation Hall Jazz Band ), and Brad Barr's solo guitar album (The Barr Brothers ):
https://www.newsounds.org/story/weekly-music-roundup-mamak-khadem-ibibio-sound-machine-superchunk

There's global pop from California via Iran, and England via Nigeria; and the return of Superchunk. Plus, reedman Charlie Gabriel's debut album, 89, and Brad Barr's solo guitar album. 

Wed., Jan. 26, at 7PM, Polymathic composer, producer, and video artist Emily Wells performs new works off her latest alb...
01/24/2022
Emily Wells: Regards to the End (Virtual) - The Greene Space

Wed., Jan. 26, at 7PM, Polymathic composer, producer, and video artist Emily Wells performs new works off her latest album at the next Soundcheck, Live in @thegreenespace

Livestream the event on Jan. 26 at 7PM: bit.ly/3AgsgVK

Polymathic composer, producer, and video artist Emily Wells will perform new works off her latest album Regards to the End in this episode of on Soundcheck, Live with John Schaefer.

New works, enhanced Bang on a Can All-Star lineup for the #peoplescommissioningfund Concert, THIS Thurs., Jan. 20 at Kau...
01/18/2022

New works, enhanced Bang on a Can All-Star lineup for the #peoplescommissioningfund Concert, THIS Thurs., Jan. 20 at Kaufman Music Center, 7:30PM, in-person or online via https://live.bangonacan.org/pcf/. #newmusic :

The 2022 #EcstaticMusic performances begin this Thursday, January 20, at #MerkinHall! Bang on a Can's annual People's Commissioning Fund Concert returns with a high-octane concert of world premieres and an expanded nine-piece Bang on a Can All-Stars lineup.

A New Sounds Live co-presentation hosted by John Schaefer, the concert includesWorld Premieres by Tomeka Reid, Ken Thomson and Fred Frith, plus new arrangements of works by Nick Dunston, Aeryn Santillan, Jeffrey Brooks, Trevor Weston and Soo Yeon Lyuh.

Featuring Jen Baker, trombone; Robert Black, bass; David Byrd-Marrow, horn; David Friend, piano and keyboard; David Cossin, percussion; Arlen Hlusko, cello; Allison Loggins-Hull, flute; Mark Stewart, guitar; Ken Thomson, clarinet and bass clarinet and guest performer Soo Yeon Lyuh, haegeum.

Tickets: https://bit.ly/3rKZfj2

So stoked, electrified even, for JAN. 20, Thursday's Bang on a Can PCF concert at Kaufman Music Center #MerkinHall and e...
01/18/2022
Ecstatic Music: Bang on a Can People's Commissioning Fund Concert at Kaufman Music Center | Gig Alerts | New Sounds

So stoked, electrified even, for JAN. 20, Thursday's Bang on a Can PCF concert at Kaufman Music Center #MerkinHall and even more excited to say you can join either in person OR experience the show online via live.bangonacan.org ! Either way you're in for a treat...fresh music, phenomenal nine-piece band, beamed to your home wherever you are in the world: https://www.newsounds.org/story/ecstatic-music-bang-can-peoples-commissioning-fund-concert-kaufman-music-center

Bang on a Can's annual People's Commissioning Fund Concert returns on Jan. 20 at Merkin Hall with a concert of world premieres and an expanded nine-piece Bang on a Can All-Stars lineup.

01/13/2022
Silvana Estrada: Marchita

Mexican songwriter Silvana Estrada plays haunting, lyrical songs of love and loss on the Venezuelan cuatro; it’s a small sound, with a big impact. She performs live onstage at The Greene Space.

01/13/2022
Silvana Estrada: Te Guardo

Mexican songwriter Silvana Estrada plays haunting, lyrical songs of love and loss on the Venezuelan cuatro; it’s a small sound, with a big impact. She performs live onstage at The Greene Space.

01/13/2022
Silvana Estrada: Tristeza

Mexican songwriter @Silvana Estrada plays haunting, lyrical songs of love and loss on the Venezuelan cuatro; it’s a small sound, with a big impact. She performs live onstage at The Greene Space.

01/11/2022
Silvana Estrada’s Debut Album

Mexican singer-songwriter @silvanaestradab joins host John Schaefer live in The Greene Space for conversation and to perform music from her debut album, for the #SoundcheckPodcast.

Today at 2PM, impassioned singer-songwriter Silvana Estrada joins host John Schaefer, live in @TheGreeneSpace for conver...
01/11/2022
Silvana Estrada's Debut Album - The Greene Space

Today at 2PM, impassioned singer-songwriter Silvana Estrada joins host John Schaefer, live in @TheGreeneSpace for conversation and music from her debut album, for #Soundcheck, Live. Watch via YouTube or FB: https://thegreenespace.org/event/silvana-estradas-debut-album/

In our first live event of 2022, impassioned song-writer Silvana Estrada joins Soundcheck host John Schaefer for an evening of conversation and music from her debut album. The 23-year-old Mexican artist has achieved a vocal styling which pays homage to the jazz songstresses she idolized in adolescen...

The Staff picks their Top Ten list of new music releases from 2021, which include Yasmin Williams, Vijay Iyer Trio, Mdou...
01/07/2022
#4579, Staff Picks of 2021 | New Sounds | New Sounds

The Staff picks their Top Ten list of new music releases from 2021, which include Yasmin Williams, Vijay Iyer Trio, Mdou Moctar, San Salvador - musique, Arooj Aftab, and Sons Of Kemet. Listen via https://www.newsounds.org/story/4579-staff-picks-2021/

#10 Guy Buttery- One Morning In Gurgaon
#9 L'Rain - Fatigue
#8 #AdrianCrowley - The Watchful Eye Of The Stars
#7 달음 Dal:um - similar/different via Glitterbeat Records
#6 Vijay Iyer Trio - Uneasy
#5 Sons Of Kemet- Black To The Future
#4 San Salvador - musique - La Grand Folie via Pagans
#3 Yasmin Williams - Urban Driftwood
#2 Mdou Moctar - Afrigue Victime
#1 Arooj Aftab - Vulture Prince

*Staff: Irene Trudel, Caryn Havlik, Emma Bauchner

The Staff picks the best New Sounds of 2021: Tuareg guitarist Mdou Moctar, Pakistani-American vocalist/composer Arooj Aftab, French group San Salvador, and guitarist Yasmin Williams.

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Hi New Sounds! Any hints on how to find Phil Kline's playlists from his daily show on Q2? I know I found them before, but no longer seem to be able to find my way back. I would really appreciate it. Really just any list of the day's music back when he was on circa 2014-2017 would get me there....
#AloneTogether Composer Showcase—Cassie Wieland Recommended to the project by Missy Mazzoli, Cassie is an Illinois-born and Brooklyn-based composer who masterfully experiments with timbre and texture by exploring intimate and fragile sounds to achieve the “hand-made” sound she is often looking for: imperfect, but intentional. Her music has been featured on New Sounds, NPR, The New York Times, Financial Times, Musical America, I Care if You Listen (.com), AnEarful, and The Road to Sound. Cassie is currently working in Brooklyn as a freelance composer and as a Senior Coordinator for The Orchard. For "Alone Together," she wrote "shiner," which can be streamed here: https://spoti.fi/3p070ze
Hello I listen to you from Saint-Nazaire in France. I really like your programming. Thank you
Thanks New Sounds New York concert alert! See you today at 7:30pm at National Sawdust Feat music comissioned by Chamber Music America ##newjazzworks
The story of music and radio is a story of an opportunity that, so far, has largely been missed: music is a powerful example of our commonality, but it is too often tangled up with coded language and issues of access and representation – or the lack thereof. Catch John Schaefer, host and producer of WNYC’s long-running new music show New Sounds, in ‘Music on the Radio – A Missed Opportunity’ 🎶🎧 March 1, 7:00 PM EDT
➡️In Person at 280 Broadway ➡️Livestream Tix available at gibneydance.org/spring. . . . Photo credits and image description: John Schaefer headshot by @thesundncekid
"She loves the ellipsis of possibility, and on her 2021 release, Princess Wiko, fuses bedroom pop, folk traditions, spoken word, hip hop, and chamber orchestration." New Sounds FPA performs a few songs remotely for #soundcheckpodcast Listen: https://player.fm/series/soundcheck-from-wnyc Watch her beautiful performance of Princess Wiko below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sU2N3i7UlZo&ab_channel=NewSounds
#Repost Irreverence Group Music ・・・ Thank you New Sounds & WNYC https://www.newsounds.org/story/yana-mann-and-julian-de-la-chica-carnegie-hall-weill-recital-hall Yana Mann & Julián De La Chica Tonight at Carnegie Hall Gig Alert: Julián De La Chica is a Colombian-born composer and pianist based in Brooklyn. Much of his music is spare and pensive, and some of it was written for the mezzo-soprano Yana Mann, Russian-born but based in Dubai, including a song cycle called Poemas de Bar — inspired by conversations overheard in Brooklyn bars in the early hours of the morning. Mezzo-soprano Yana Mann premieres Poemas de Bar by composer and pianist Julian de la Chica on Thurs. night, Feb. 10, at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. #NYradio #NewSounds #newyork #classical El Vagabundo #music #mezzo #yanamann #colombian #composer #juliandelachica
Thank you New Sounds & WNYC https://www.newsounds.org/story/yana-mann-and-julian-de-la-chica-carnegie-hall-weill-recital-hall Yana Mann & Julián De La Chica Tonight at Carnegie Hall Gig Alert: Julián De La Chica is a Colombian-born composer and pianist based in Brooklyn. Much of his music is spare and pensive, and some of it was written for the mezzo-soprano Yana Mann, Russian-born but based in Dubai, including a song cycle called Poemas de Bar — inspired by conversations overheard in Brooklyn bars in the early hours of the morning. Mezzo-soprano Yana Mann premieres Poemas de Bar by composer and pianist Julian de la Chica on Thurs. night, Feb. 10, at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. #NYradio #NewSounds #newyork #classical #music El Vagabundo #mezzo #yanamann #colombian #composer #juliandelachica
Tonight at Carnegie Hall | Gig Alert | New Sounds
On this occasion of the first day of Black History Month 2022, we want to share Rhiannon Giddens’ riveting keynote address at the 2018 festival - available on John Schaeffer’s New Sounds website. Set aside the hour. Tune out distractions. Turn it up. . bigearsfestival.org
👩‍🎓YPSO alumni highlight🧑🏽‍🎓 YPSO alum, Hannah Edgar (🎻Violin, 2012, 2013) wrote an article that was featured in the Winter issue of Symphony magazine(https://bit.ly/3nODSdP). Hannah is a freelance music journalist for Chicago Tribune and Chicago Reader, with additional bylines in The Classical Review, New Sounds, WFMT.com, and New York Philharmonic programs. Their website https://hannah-edgar.com.
Congratulations Mamak Khadem. Featured artist/song/video on NPR's New Sound Scroll down on link to see "Entangled" video.