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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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Got a Year In Review right here from Sr. Broadcast Engineer/Technical Director Irene Trudel including Vijay Iyer Trio, h...
12/22/2021
New Sounds Year in Review 2021: 3 | New Sounds | New Sounds

Got a Year In Review right here from Sr. Broadcast Engineer/Technical Director Irene Trudel including Vijay Iyer Trio, harpist Brandee A. Younger, guitarist Guy Buttery, guitarists Marisa Anderson with William Tyler, and more!

Technical Director/Sr. Broadcast Engineer Irene Trudel reluctantly pares down her year-end list to 10, including The Vijay Iyer Trio, harpist Brandee Younger, and guitarist Guy Buttery.

12/09/2021
Jennifer O'Connor: Less and Less

Singer, guitarist, songwriter, and label owner, Jennifer O'Connor plays some of her intimate and nostalgic pop songs remotely from her home from the surprising album, "Born at the Disco."

12/09/2021
Jennifer O'Connor: Who Can You Kiss

Singer, guitarist, songwriter, and label owner, Jennifer O'Connor plays some of her intimate and nostalgic pop songs remotely from her home from the surprising album, "Born at the Disco."

Latest show is music with a late night jazz feeling, infused with groove and electronics by UK-based harpist #NalaSineph...
12/08/2021
#4569, Late Night Jazz | New Sounds | New Sounds

Latest show is music with a late night jazz feeling, infused with groove and electronics by UK-based harpist #NalaSinephro ( Warp Records), South African trombonist Malcolm Jiyane and the TRee'O, and Turkish composer Berk Icli. Plus, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Steven Bernstein's Millenial Territory Orchestra, and #BenLaMarGay (International Anthem): https://www.newsounds.org/story/4569-late-night-jazz

Hear music with a late night jazz feeling, infused with groove and electronics by UK-based harpist Nala Sinephro, South African trombonist Malcolm Jiyane, and Turkish composer Berk Icli.

Latest show is a tribute to #AlvinLucier, the late American composer and #electroacoustic explorer who blurred the line ...
12/03/2021

Latest show is a tribute to #AlvinLucier, the late American composer and #electroacoustic explorer who blurred the line between sound and music. Hear works from his “long, innovative, strange but influential career,” (Schaefer). Listen via: https://www.newsounds.org/story/4568-tribute-alvin-lucier/

Latest show is a tribute to #AlvinLucier, the late American composer and #electroacoustic explorer who blurred the line between sound and music. Hear works from his “long, innovative, strange but influential career,” (Schaefer). Listen via: https://www.newsounds.org/story/4568-tribute-alvin-lucier/

New releases for November by Resina, Rival Consoles, Shida Shahabi , Anton Batagov's work for an exhibition. Plus, Antho...
11/30/2021
#4566, New Releases, Nov. 2021 and Stephen Sondheim Re-imagined | New Sounds | New Sounds

New releases for November by Resina, Rival Consoles, Shida Shahabi , Anton Batagov's work for an exhibition. Plus, Anthony de Mare plays reworked #StephenSondheim from a 2013 Soundcheck session. Listen here: https://www.newsounds.org/story/4566-new-releases-nov-2021-and-stephen-sondheim-re-imagined/

Hear samples of new music by Polish cellist/composer Resina, Russian pianist Anton Batagov, and Swedish-Iranian sound artist Shida Shahabi. Plus, a memorial tribute to Stephen Sondheim.

That time in 2015 when #StephenSondheim, Steve Reich , and #JohnSchaefer talked mutual admiration and influences at Linc...
11/29/2021

That time in 2015 when #StephenSondheim, Steve Reich , and #JohnSchaefer talked mutual admiration and influences at Lincoln Center, and the #backstageconversation: https://www.newsounds.org/story/weekly-music-roundup-rip-sondheim-flaming-lips-abdullah-ibrahim/

#RipSondheim
#StephenSondheimRIP

That time in 2015 when #StephenSondheim, Steve Reich , and #JohnSchaefer talked mutual admiration and influences at Lincoln Center, and the #backstageconversation: https://www.newsounds.org/story/weekly-music-roundup-rip-sondheim-flaming-lips-abdullah-ibrahim/

#RipSondheim
#StephenSondheimRIP

Latest show is  re-imaginings, remixes, and re-compositions of existing works by Lyra Pramuk and Beverly Glenn-Copeland,...
11/24/2021
#4565, Reimagined, Remixed, and Recomposed | New Sounds | New Sounds

Latest show is re-imaginings, remixes, and re-compositions of existing works by Lyra Pramuk and Beverly Glenn-Copeland, along with reworks of much older music by #Vivaldi by Max Richter, JS Bach from Johan Ullén and Christian Svarfvar, and William Byrd by Roderick Williams - Baritone for the ORA Singers . [Credit to WQXR intern Emma B. for suggesting this theme]: https://www.newsounds.org/story/4565-reimagined-remixed-and-recomposed/

Hear re-imaginings, remixes, and re-compositions of existing works by Lyra Pramuk and Glenn Copeland, along with reworks of much older music by Vivaldi, Bach, and William Byrd.

TODAY at 3PM EDT, Join us for a listening party for #DaveFlynn and his new record #IrishMinimalim. Flynn, the composer, ...
11/23/2021

TODAY at 3PM EDT, Join us for a listening party for #DaveFlynn and his new record #IrishMinimalim. Flynn, the composer, guitarist, and founder of @irishmemoryorchestra, presents works and chats with host John Schaefer. Watch via our Facebook or via First Hand Records.

#IrishTraditionalMusic #Minimalism #jazz #contempoquartet #mickobrien #uilleannpipes #irishmemoryorchestra

TODAY at 3PM EDT, Join us for a listening party for #DaveFlynn and his new record #IrishMinimalim. Flynn, the composer, guitarist, and founder of @irishmemoryorchestra, presents works and chats with host John Schaefer. Watch via our Facebook or via First Hand Records.

#IrishTraditionalMusic #Minimalism #jazz #contempoquartet #mickobrien #uilleannpipes #irishmemoryorchestra

11/18/2021
Torres: Thirstier

TORRES, aka singer and guitarist Mackenzie Scott, unleashes the exuberant energy of a post-plague celebration with her latest album, ‘Thirstier.’ She and her band play these guitar-led (and rather romantic) power pop songs live in The Greene Space at WNYC/WQXR for the #SoundcheckPodcast. DL/Listen: https://bit.ly/Torres_2021pod

11/18/2021
Torres: Don't Go

TORRES, aka singer and guitarist Mackenzie Scott, unleashes the exuberant energy of a post-plague celebration with her latest album, ‘Thirstier.’ She and her band play these guitar-led (and rather romantic) power pop-leaning songs live in The Greene Space at WNYC/WQXR for the #SoundcheckPodcast. DL/Listen: https://bit.ly/Torres_2021pod

11/18/2021
Torres: Hug From a Dinosaur

TORRES, aka singer and guitarist Mackenzie Scott, unleashes the exuberant energy of a post-plague celebration with her latest album, ‘Thirstier.’ She and her band play these guitar-led (and rather romantic) power pop songs live in The Greene Space at WNYC/WQXR for the #SoundcheckPodcast. DL/Listen: https://bit.ly/Torres_2021pod

ICYMI, Show #4561, African Roots / Western Instruments; Omar Sosa Music and Seckou Keita Music from their new album #SUB...
11/17/2021
#4561, African Roots, Western Instruments | New Sounds | New Sounds

ICYMI, Show #4561, African Roots / Western Instruments; Omar Sosa Music and Seckou Keita Music from their new album #SUBA, Justin Adams and Mauro Durante of CGS Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, Pierre Kwenders, Balimaya Project, Grupo Ife, and Monoswezi :
https://www.newsounds.org/story/4561-african-roots-western-instruments #koramusic #sunrise #hope

Hear music that combines the sounds of Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, and Zimbabwe to those of western instruments: Omar Sosa’s piano, Justin Adams’ guitar, and ÌFÉ’s autotune and electronics.

11/11/2021
Efterklang: AlienHands

Danish group Efterklang makes music that evades easy labeling, but they’ve got an art-rock-indie-folk-chamber-pop sound. They play music from their latest album, Windflowers, remotely for the #SoundcheckPodcast. DL/Listen: https://bit.ly/Efterklang_2021

11/11/2021
Living Other Lives

Danish group Efterklang makes music that evades easy labeling, but they’ve got an art-rock-indie-folk-chamber-pop sound. They play music from their latest album, Windflowers, remotely for the #SoundcheckPodcast. DL/Listen: https://bit.ly/Efterklang_2021

11/11/2021
Efterklang Hold Me Close

Danish group Efterklang makes music that evades easy labeling, but they’ve got an art-rock-indie-folk-chamber-pop sound. They play music from their latest album, Windflowers, remotely for the #SoundcheckPodcast. DL/Listen: https://bit.ly/Efterklang_2021

11/01/2021
Angelique Kidjo: Africa

Uplifting Beninese diva Angélique Kidjo forges intergenerational connections and urges us to better care for one another and the planet. She and her band perform live in The Greene Space.

11/01/2021
Angelique Kidjo: Mother Nature

Uplifting Beninese diva Angélique Kidjo forges intergenerational connections and urges us to better care for one another and the planet. She and her band perform live in The Greene Space.

11/01/2021
Angelique Kidjo: Take it or Leave it

Uplifting Beninese diva Angélique Kidjo forges intergenerational connections and urges us to better care for one another and the planet. She and her band perform live in The Greene Space.

10/29/2021
El Living Room with Angélica Negrón: Los Friends

This week on El Living Room, Angélica Negrón is joined by Los Friends. Angélica and her pals sit down, snack on los monchies, and chat about empathy, communication, and community. Guests include synth enchanter and composer Phong Tran, his bandmate and fellow composer, Darian Donovan Thomas, musical comedian Dylan Adler, and the mystical Mela Pabón.

10/28/2021
Upper Wilds: Love Song #5

Squealy-fuzz noise-pop trio Upper Wilds throws down cathartic love songs with explosive sonic textures and insidiously catchy melodies. They play very fast songs from the album, ‘Venus,’ remotely from their Brooklyn practice space for the Soundcheck Podcast. DL/Listen: https://bit.ly/upperwilds_pod

10/28/2021
Upper Wilds: Love Song #1

Squealy-fuzz noise-pop trio Upper Wilds throws down cathartic love songs with explosive sonic textures and insidiously catchy melodies. They play very fast songs from the album, ‘Venus,’ remotely from their Brooklyn practice space for the Soundcheck Podcast. DL/Listen: https://bit.ly/upperwilds_pod

10/28/2021
Upper Wilds: Love Song #3

Squealy-fuzz noise-pop trio Upper Wilds throws down cathartic love songs with explosive sonic textures and insidiously catchy melodies. They play very fast songs from the album, ‘Venus,’ remotely from their Brooklyn practice space for the Soundcheck Podcast. DL/Listen: https://bit.ly/upperwilds_pod

10/25/2021
Guy Buttery: Kya Baat

Guitar innovator and part-time sound technician Guy Buttery recounts the spontaneous recording session with two master musicians, Mohd. Amjad Khan (tabla) & Mudassir Khan (sarangi), called ‘One Morning In Gurgaon.’ He plays Indian classical music-inspired tunes remotely from South Africa for the Soundcheck Podcast.

10/25/2021
Guy Buttery: Surbahar the Mule

Guitar innovator and part-time sound technician Guy Buttery recounts the spontaneous recording session with two master musicians, Mohd. Amjad Khan (tabla) & Mudassir Khan (sarangi), called ‘One Morning In Gurgaon.’ He plays Indian classical music-inspired tunes remotely from South Africa for the Soundcheck Podcast.

#GigAlert Zlatne Uste Golden Festival Outdoors! In partnership with HONK NYC, this Sunday, Oct. 24, 12-6PM at #SnugHarbo...
10/22/2021
Zlatne Uste Golden Festival Outdoors with HONK NYC! at Snug Harbor Cultural Center | Gig Alerts | New Sounds

#GigAlert Zlatne Uste Golden Festival Outdoors! In partnership with HONK NYC, this Sunday, Oct. 24, 12-6PM at #SnugHarborCulturalCenter . FREE and Outdoors!
https://www.newsounds.org/story/zlatne-uste-golden-festival-outdoors-honk-nyc-snug-harbor-cultural-center

#folkdance #folkmusic #bulgarianmusic #bgmusic #acapella #NorthMacedonia #greekdance #clarinetplayer #tubaplayer #supportlocalmusic #statenisland #livemusic #greekmusic #pontian #serbianmusic #brassband

Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band and a bunch of other bands bring the annual Golden Festival of Balkan music and dance to the meadow at Snug Harbor Cultural Center on Sunday, Oct. 24.  

10/21/2021
Laurel Premo: Jakes Got The Bellyache

Michigan-based multi-instrumentalist Laurel Premo plays American roots music on fiddle and banjo, but transfers those old tunes to electric guitar and lap steel guitar – reshaping and recasting them along the way. She joins us remotely to play songs from her latest, Golden Loam, for the Soundcheck Podcast.

10/21/2021
Laurel Premo: I Am A Pilgrim

Michigan-based multi-instrumentalist Laurel Premo plays American roots music on fiddle and banjo, but transfers those old tunes to electric guitar and lap steel guitar – reshaping and recasting them along the way. She joins us remotely to play songs from her latest, Golden Loam, for the Soundcheck Podcast.

10/21/2021
Laurel Premo: Father Made Of River Mud

Michigan-based multi-instrumentalist Laurel Premo plays American roots music on fiddle and banjo, but transfers those old tunes to electric guitar and lap steel guitar – reshaping and recasting them along the way. She joins us remotely to play songs from her latest, Golden Loam, for the Soundcheck Podcast.

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JAR'A è nella selezione dei "Best of the @Soundcheck Podcast 2021" della WNYC (Radio Publica di New York), per la rubrica New Sounds La performance live è stata registrata dal vivo a Cala Martinella durante un concerto a sorpresa per il 25esimo compleanno di Isole che Parlano - Festival Internazionale. HAPPY! "For most of the year, the Soundcheck Podcast was remote, but we found some bright spots from this off-again-on-again year of live performances. Listen to the highlights for this year which include the Amsterdam-based Turkish psych band Altin Gün, London pianist and soundscape artist Neil Cowley, composer/vocalist/pianist Samora Pinderhughes’ art/protest songs, and Guatemalan cellist Mabe Fratti. Plus, singer and guitarist Torres and her band, live from The Greene Space. Also, listen to London’s Afrofuturist jazz masters Sons of Kemet, New York-based poet, composer, and stutterer JJJJJerome Ellis, and the custom baritone guitar of South African Guy Buttery. AND you must see and hear the prepared guitar of Sardinian composer, ethnomusicologist, and instrument builder Paolo Angeli, who filmed a beautiful remote session on the shores of Sardinia. Grammy-winning diva Angélique Kidjo brings a super-charged performance to The Greene Space and puts an exclamation point on 2021. Altın Gün Neil Cowley Samora Pinderhughes Mabe Fratti Torres Sons Of Kemet JJJJJerome Ellis Guy Buttery Angélique Kidjo
🚨Birthday Alert! Happy b-day to John Schaefer! John also celebrated another huge milestone this year – 40 YEARS with WNYC🤯John has hosted and produced New Sounds since 1982 and Soundcheck since the show’s inception in 2002. With WQXR, he hosts New York in Concert and joins fellow host Jeff Spurgeon in the booth for Carnegie Hall live broadcasts. John always has his finger on the pulse of the city and is the go-to-guy when you’re seeking the best musical gigs around town. Show John some love by dropping your birthday wishes in the comments below!
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Thanks to New Sounds for featuring my Thursday, December 16th show at (le) poisson rouge in their weekly gig alerts! New York fans -- I hope to see you Thursday!
Thank you New Sounds for the write up on Mingus Big Band playing live at The Django! https://bit.ly/3dOw8mD
Great to be in such good company on New Sounds 😊
Jennifer O'Connor was a recent guest on WNYC New Sounds with John Schaefer! Here's a performance from the show of "Less And Less" from her new album Born At The Disco. The live session was recorded remotely at Nuthouse Recording with Tom Beaujour. Check out the interview and additional performances here: https://www.newsounds.org/story/songwriter-jennifer-oconnor-shakes-it-and-surprises/
Had a wonderful chat about my new album 'Born At The Disco' with the great John Schaefer for the WNYC New Sounds #SoundcheckPodcast Listen/download/watch here:
"...a crazy-awesome one-man band, as he draws on Sardinian folk music, jazz, flamenco, Arabic suggestions, post-folk and contemporary classical music"... Scarica il podcast trasmesso dalla Radio Pubblica di New York dal link in basso. Buon ascolto! a podcast produced by Soundcheck WNYC Studios WNYC New Sounds WQXR
Oggi la Radio Pubblica di New York WNYC New Sounds - nella rubrica soundcheck a cura di John Shaefer - dedica un'altra trasmissione alla presentazione di Jar'a, trasmettendo estratti dell'album e la versione integrale del live registrato a Palau (Cala Martinella), durante il concerto a sorpresa per i 25 anni di Isole che Parlano - Festival Internazionale. La performance è accompagnata da un'intervista in cui si svelano i dietro le quinte della realizzazione dell'album e si fa uno zoom sulla musica sarda. Spazio dedicato anche alla memoria della nostra isola e all' Archivio Mario Cervo Olbia. Buon ascolto!
The Danish three piece, Efterklang, makes gorgeous pop music. Their most recent release ‘Windflowers’ is no exception, the release, recorded during pandemic lockdown has a dreamy intimacy that’s only enhanced by the band’s use of samples, glitches & voice memos. . Here they are WNYC’s New Sounds Live performing w/ friends & family from their studio near Copenhagen. They’ll kick off their US tour at Big Ears on Saturday, March 26.
A catchy and emotive call to action that seeks to raise awareness of the very real threat posed by climate change and global warming to our natural environment. Hear it ... Share it #climatechangesong #diwycsong #diwyc #climatechangesong #diwycsong #diwyc https://bit.ly/yutu-diwyc