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New Sounds is unlike any radio show you've ever heard: a whirlwind tour of new and unusual music from all corners of the globe. New Sounds combs recent recordings for one of the most informative and compelling hours on radio, and aims to make the wor...Show More

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#3927: Classical Instruments, Contemporary Sounds (Special Podcast)

56:05 | Apr 3rd, 2017

Hear music that begins with classical instruments, like the string quartet, piano, or an orchestra, but which is then augmented, enhanced by electronics, percussion, and/or preparation.

We've Got Rhythms (Special Podcast of show #3960)

1:00:00 | Oct 19th, 2017

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. Fro...Show More

August & September 2017 New Releases (Special Podcast)

56:15 | Oct 4th, 2017

Hear prog-marching band music from Chicago's Mucca Pazza, ambient-gothic Norwegian-Icelandic music from the duo Jo Berger Myhre & Ólafur Björn Ólafsson, jazz-tronic ambient minimalism from London's Portico Quartet, and new work from Danish experiment...Show More

#3928: With Guitarist Shane Parish (Special Podcast)

56:25 | Jan 11th, 2017

Guitarist Shane Parish, of the instrumental prog-punk band Ahleuchatistas, plays music from his solo record of “weird old Americana” live in the studio on acoustic & prepared guitar.

#3912: With Zakir Hussain & Niladri Kumar (Special Podcast)

51:43 | Nov 1st, 2016

“Indian music does not stop and start with Ravi Shankar.” So says tabla master Zakir Hussain, who, along with young sitar virtuoso, Niladri Kumar, joins John in the studio for a live performance. Niladri Kumar and Zakir Hussain perform a radio-friend...Show More

#3880: Americana Chamber Music (Special Podcast)

49:24 | Oct 19th, 2016

Listen to chamber music packed with strong Americana flavors with works from ETHEL & flutist Robert Mirabal, violist/composer Jessica Meyer, and cellist/composer Erik Friedlander.

#3886: West African Strings (Special Podcast)

56:29 | Sep 26th, 2016

Hear traditional string instruments of Western Africa, like the kora, ngoni, & the guitar (now traditional), with music by Seckou Keita, Djelimady Tounkara, & Noura Mint Seymali.

#3893: With Guitarist Guy Buttery (Special Podcast)

58:50 | Sep 15th, 2016

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...Show More

#3477: Music With Folk Roots (Special Podcast)

49:00 | Aug 16th, 2016

Listen to ensemble pieces which incorporate or draw from the folk music of several different parts of the world on this New Sounds program. From music that simulates the sound of Norwegian folk fiddling to Argentine folktronica which uses the South A...Show More

#3718: New Music from Ireland Part 4 (Special Podcast)

55:58 | Aug 2nd, 2016

New Sounds returns to Ireland for the fourth part of our series on the country's contemporary music scene. For Part 4, in the 7-part series, host John Schaefer speaks with Derry-based composer Neil Burns whose work bridges atmospheric pop and contemp...Show More

#3641: Music for Bowed Strings (Special Podcast)

50:29 | Jul 19th, 2016

On this New Sounds, music for violin, cello, and the 10-stringed Hardanger d’Amore, with music from Irish cellist Kate Ellis, and the duo of Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh & Dan Trueman.

#3858: Collaborative Works (Special Podcast)

46:04 | Jul 5th, 2016

Hear collaborative works, featuring music by Kaki King with ETHEL, a work by Chris Cerrone with Eighth Blackbird, and the Berlin Guitar Ensemble with producer 1605munro.

#3582: Music From the Near East and North Africa (Special Podcast)

43:53 | Jun 21st, 2016

Hear music from the Near East & North Africa by Paris-based Palestinian oud player Adnan Joubran, the Montreal-based trio Bomata, & Tunisian percussionist Imed Alibi.

#3859: Cross-Cultural Collaborations (Special Podcast)

56:36 | Jun 6th, 2016

Listen to music from Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen, German-Afghan vocalist Simin Tander, and drummer Jarle Vespestad, plus Pakistani-Brooklyn group Sandaraa, & Congolese-Irish music.

#3853: Under the Chamber Music Umbrella (Special Podcast)

50:40 | May 24th, 2016

Hear chamber music on this New Sounds from cellos performed by Ashley Bathgate, music from the Chicago-based Eighth Blackbird, the Tallin Chamber Orchestra, & more.

#3830: Big Bands and Bands That Just Sound Big (Special Podcast)

49:33 | May 10th, 2016

Hear music featuring larger ensembles, or that which might have a big band sound, from Debo Band, Eco-Music Big Band, music by Laura Jurd, Dutch band Jungle By Night, & something from Scottish drummer Corrie Dick.

#3801: Unusual Cross-Cultural Collaborations (Special Podcast)

45:04 | Apr 26th, 2016

Hear unexpected musical dream-teams, with an informed cross-cultural take on Balkan brass music from Raya Brass Band, tropical psychedelic cumbia from Peru-based band Bareto, music from Ghazalaw, who blend Indian Ghazals with Welsh folk traditional m...Show More

#3838: New Music With Trumpet (Special Podcast)

57:58 | Apr 12th, 2016

Listen to new music with trumpet including music from the Paris-based trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf, Iraqi-American trumpeter Amir Elsaffar, Ben Neill's mutanttrumpet, and more.

#3750: North Meets South (Special Podcast)

57:29 | Mar 29th, 2016

North meets South, largely Europe meets Africa in music by French guitarist Titi Robin and Moroccan musician Mehdi Nassouli, the group Monoswezi, & the collaborative group Malithuanie.

#3815: John Schaefer's Best of 2015 (Special Podcast)

51:36 | Mar 15th, 2016

Revisit John Schaefer's “Best Of 2015” shortlist, with works by Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal, Missy Mazzoli & Victoire, Public Service Broadcasting, Sam Lee & Friends, & Kaia Kater.

#3825: With Emily Wells (Special Podcast)

56:25 | Mar 1st, 2016

Violinist, vocalist, looper, composer and producer Emily Wells presents and performs songs from her record, “Promise,” plus music by Ben Folds/yMusic, and Julianna Barwick.

#3812: Groove-Based Jazz (Special Podcast)

48:17 | Feb 19th, 2016

Hear music from Norway’s doom jazz piano trio Splashgirl, trombonist/composer Jacob Garchik and his band of heroes, the quintet Ye Olde, along with Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom & more.

#3757: New Views of Old Folk Songs (Special Podcast)

48:46 | Feb 5th, 2016

Hear old music, but rearranged and connected with other genres, to make surprisingly new folk music. Listen to Sam Lee and Friends arranging folk songs from the British travelers community, Kaia Kater's Appalachian folk music. Then Sam Amidon sings a...Show More

#3774: Electroacoustic Music (Special Podcast)

38:32 | Jan 22nd, 2016

Listen to electroacoustic music from Berlin, Iceland, the U.K., & New York, including the latest by NYC-based cellist & composer Julia Kent, new music for dance by Jon Opstad & more.

Music for Trombone and Cello (Special Podcast)

56:27 | Dec 14th, 2015

Explore the unexpected musical combination of cello and trombone: with electronics, in an African music setting from Blick Bassy, in a post-rock way, as a chamber pop song, and more.

Anglo-American Folk Songs (Special Podcast)

56:07 | Nov 17th, 2015

Hear Anglo-American Folk Songs for this New Sounds, including music from Scotland’s Furrow Collective, San Francisco-based Meg Baird, and the Boise, Idaho-based string-band trio, Hillfolk Noir. Hear some American folk from NY-based Last Forever, feat...Show More

Composed Works, Unusual Settings (Special Podcast)

56:08 | Nov 4th, 2015

Chamber music unlike what you've heard before, featuring music by the band Forro in the Dark, which combines the driving dance rhythms of forro from Northeastern Brazil with rock, jazz, reggae, folk and country.  Listen to selections from their lates...Show More

Mid-Sized New Music Groups

56:43 | Oct 20th, 2015

Hear new music from several different mid-sized groups on this New Sounds. Listen to music from the recent album, “Dreamfall” by the NY-based chamber band Now Ensemble, playing Andrea Mazzriello’s “Trust Fall.” Then there’s a Nico Muhly two-fer, with...Show More

"Indie Classical": Indie Chamber Music (Special Podcast)

56:20 | Oct 6th, 2015

For this New Sounds, hear new indie chamber works from the NYC-based group, NOW Ensemble from their recent, "Dreamfall," and the Australian chamber band Nonsemble. Plus, music by composer/bandleader/singer Becca Stevens, from her daring and captivati...Show More

Afrobeat, Afropop, & Afrofunk (Special Podcast)

56:40 | Sep 22nd, 2015

Hear Afropop and Afrobeat music from West Africa and elsewhere, including new music from Malian desert-blues queen Khaira Arby, from recent music from Afrobeat band Antibalas, from the father of Afrobeat, Fela Kuti, & more. For a full playlist, visit...Show More

Crossing the Norwegian-Finnish Border (Special Podcast)

49:41 | Sep 7th, 2015

For this New Sounds, we’re at the Norwegian-Finnish border, with musicians who are either or both Finnish and Norwegian, and music which involves the Finnish folk-harp, the kantele (which is held in a player’s lap or on a small table.) Hear music fro...Show More

Music Around the Globe (Special Podcast)

47:38 | Aug 24th, 2015

Listen to music from around the globe, in the music from Italy, India, Egypt, Tunisia and Mali on this New Sounds. Hear music of northeastern and southeastern Europe together in the eight members of Finno-Balkan Voices, a Finnish-Estonian folk singin...Show More

Cycling Music (Special Podcast)

56:32 | Aug 11th, 2015

Hear music created by a cyclical approach to composition: some of it driven by technology, whereby layering, looping, or overdubbing are used to fit patterns against one another.  Listen to works from Icelandic composer and violinist of amiina Maria ...Show More

Music With Found Voices (Special Podcast)

50:22 | Jul 31st, 2015

This episode, each track has something in common: the music is put to the sounds of voices taken out of one context and put into another. Start off with Brian Irvine’s exciting piece “Just A Little Lighter Cut of the Same Girls,” with samples from a ...Show More

Electronic Music Survey (Special Podcast)

56:36 | Jul 8th, 2015

Listen to electronic music from as far back as the 1970’s, along with brand new music from Tyondai Braxton for this New Sounds. Tyondai Braxton is an American composer and multi-instrumentalist who has recorded for both Warp Records and Nonesuch. (He...Show More

New Music from Ireland Part 3 (Special Podcast)

56:37 | Jun 23rd, 2015

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 th...Show More

Various Electroacoustic Music (Special Podcast)

56:28 | May 26th, 2015

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.

With Missy Mazzoli (Special Podcast)

56:46 | May 12th, 2015

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 ...Show More

Gamelan Plus (Special Podcast)

56:19 | Apr 28th, 2015

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 m...Show More

New Music for String Quartet (Special Podcast)

57:14 | Apr 18th, 2015

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, clarin...Show More

Psychedelic World Music (Special Podcast)

52:06 | Mar 31st, 2015

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, B...Show More

New Music for Hardanger Fiddle (Special Podcast)

47:44 | Mar 17th, 2015

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 due...Show More

Music for Choir and Percussion (Special Podcast)

42:09 | Mar 3rd, 2015

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 an...Show More

New Music for Duos (Special Podcast)

56:38 | Feb 17th, 2015

Listen to music for two-somes by Xylouris White, Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler, Jeffrey Zeigler (confusingly) & Jason Treuting, Piers Faccini & Vincent Segal, and more.

Sax Leads the Way (Special Podcast)

56:34 | Feb 3rd, 2015

Hear some sax players leading the way on this edition of New Sounds, including new music from sax player Tamar Osborn and her London-based Afro-Eastern-space-jazz band, Collocutor.  Listen to their dreamy Turkish & Middle Eastern percussion meets Sun...Show More

November 2014 New Releases (Special Podcast)

46:00 | Jan 20th, 2015

New from November 2014, listen to some new music featuring the piano--two contrasting pieces by composer/pianist Tomasz Trzcinski.  There's also Philip Glass' Piano Etude #17 performed by Maki Namekawa to celebrate his recently completed 20 etudes, a...Show More

Music With Echoes of the Near East (Special Podcast)

39:51 | Jan 6th, 2015

For this New Sounds show, listen to music redolent of the near East, with echoes of Turkey, Israel, and Iran. Hear music from the French-born Klezmer clarinetist Yom, and his record “Silence of the Exodus.” The music tells the story of the departure ...Show More

Another World Music Edition (Special Podcast)

55:59 | Dec 8th, 2014

For this New Sounds, sample some recent releases of world music, including a brand new offering from Chancha via Circuito, the Argentine DJ and producer who merges Brazilian rhythms, Paraguayan harp, Andean mysticism and remixes South American folkso...Show More

"Indie Classical" and "Garage Chamber" (Special Podcast)

56:35 | Nov 24th, 2014

Hear so-called “indie classical” works on this New Sounds - music which is at home in both the contemporary classical music world and the indie rock/pop music halls, basements, and dive bars. Listen to the “NYC garage-chamber septet” The Cellar and P...Show More

More All Over the World Music (Special Podcast)

56:40 | Nov 10th, 2014

Listen to music that brings together sounds of the Mediterranean, Southern Italy, and India, with Morocco, and the sounds of Balkans and Scandinavia. There’s music from the NYC-based band Dálava and their arrangements of folk songs, folksongs meticul...Show More

Drummers / Bandleaders (Special Podcast)

55:56 | Oct 20th, 2014

For this New Sounds, hear all sorts of drummer-led bands and ensembles, including music from composer/percussionist Susie Ibarra, alternative/avant-jazzer Jim Black, Afrobeat progenitor/drummer Tony Allen who played with Fela Kuti, and many others. T...Show More

Small Ensembles, Big Sounds (Special Podcast)

56:44 | Oct 1st, 2014

Listen to small ensembles (septets or smaller) with a big sound for this New Sounds show. Hear music from a film score for a comedy featuring small ensemble music by English guitarist/pianist/composer James Blackshaw. The noirish score includes bowed...Show More