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  • richardmitnick 4:16 PM on March 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From New Sounds: “South African Choir Ladysmith Black Mambazo Sings of Peace and Harmony” 

    New Sounds
    Hand-picked music, genre free. 24/7 radio from New York City.

    John Schaefer


    Ladysmith Black Mambazo

    The great South African a cappella choir Ladysmith Black Mambazo are a global phenomenon. With their uplifting vocal harmonies and signature dance moves, they’ve been anointed “cultural ambassadors to the world” by no less than Nelson Mandela. (Some listeners might recall them appearing on Paul Simon’s Graceland album back in 1986.) The group was formed in 1960 by Joseph Shabalala, has recorded more than 50 albums, and won five Grammys. Joseph Shabalala is now retired, but his sons and other family members carry on the tradition. As they’re on another world tour, Ladysmith Black Mambazo returns to perform songs in our studio.

    See the full article here .

    For new music by living composers

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  • richardmitnick 1:04 PM on December 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From ALLAN KOZINN in The New York Times: “Club Kids Are Storming Music Museums” 

    As New Composers Flourish, Where Will They Be Heard?

    This article is copyright protected, so just a couple of notes.

    “…the world of young, inventive and often populist composers is exploding…These young composers may hold the key to classical music’s future, and the future they create might not be what you expect. Increasingly they have come to consider the machinations of the big-ticket musical organizations — and debates about how to get them to accommodate new music — as beside the point….”

    This article is an in depth look at the new serious music universe. This universe includes the new composers themselves, their record labels (or the lack of them) and the venues which they find amenable to their musical pursuits. Among the labels mentioned are “…New Amsterdam, Cantaloupe and Tzadik, all composer run and stylistically freewheeling….” To this list, I might add Innova, from American Composers Forum, St Paul, MN.

    Among the venues we find Le Poisson Rouge, Cornelia Street Café, Galapagos, The Stone, Issue Project Room, Roulette, all in New York City. Composers noted in the article include Nico Muhly, Missy Mazzoli, Du Yun, Judd Greenstein, Caleb Burhans, and Bryce Dessner. The only groups I saw noted were ETHEL and Victoire. But others which might have been included are ACME, ICE, yMusic, eighth blackbird, and itsnotyouitsme.

    Not at all mentioned in the article (if I missed it, I hope that someone will correct me), is New York Public Radio’s 24/7 New Music web stream Q2. This stream takes these and other composers and musicians out to a wide world, with an international listenership. A stand-out at Q2 is the work of Nadia Sirota. She hosts a four hour program which includes several themes, e.g, Hope Springs Atonal. Her program streams at noon and midnight. Two other standout focused programs are Hammered! which is concerned with keyboard music, and The New Canon.Also important to the success of what has been called “New Music” are two programs on WNYC, New York Public Radio’s original outlet service. For thirty years, John Schaefer has been bringing new composer to the public on the nightly program New Sounds. For a somewhat shorter time, we have been able to hear them on John’s other program, Soundcheck.

    Something that I personally would like to see added into the mix for New Music would be the advent of long form music videocast. The best examples I can cite for this are three videos produced by and for ICE, which were made available at Q2. Just to give one example, the music of Steve Lehman in a 46 minute video can be found here. I just actually searched this up also at Google Video here. Both of these examples are free to the public.But, I would personally like to see these videos made available at the music groups’ web sites, based upon a membership fee for a user id and password, and then some sort of fee, maybe $5 or $10 as a “ticket” price. This would greatly universalize the availability of musical experience to populations living no where near to actual concert events. To whit: ICE just did a heavily promoted concert in Chicago. But, I am in New Jersey. I might be very interested in that musical experience. So, if it were made available from a videocast archive, and if I was registered with ICE, I could pay a small “ticket” price and have that experience.

    This is a huge and important article. The items I note as missing from the article do not in any way diminish its thesis or importance. See the full article here.

  • richardmitnick 12:41 PM on November 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    JS30 – Celebrating 30 Years of John Schaefer at WNYC 

    Friday, December 2 at 8 PM

    Come celebrate Soundcheck and New Sounds host John Schaefer, as he marks 30 years on the air at WNYC.
    Join us for an evening of live music with special guests and heartfelt memories, emceed by Grammy Award-winning singer Angelique Kidjo. With special guests Laurie Anderson, ETHEL String Quartet, Simone Dinnerstein and others.

    The Greene Space at WNYC
    44 Charlton St. (at Varick)

    A more recent photo

    Tickets: $30 at thegreenespace.org
    Includes access to the after-party

  • richardmitnick 6:45 PM on May 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    “Look & Listen 2010” from Q2 

    Look & Listen 2010” from Q2

    Q2 tells us, “On Wednesday, May 14 at 8 p.m., Q2 streams the opening night of the three-day Look & Listen Festival, one of New York’s best new music events. Taking place May 7 at the Chelsea Art Museum and hosted by WNYC’s John Schaefer, this opening night features music by Q2’s friends Missy Mazzoli and Caleb Burhans, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Hannah Lash, and the revered John Corigliano. The impressive roster of performers includes eighth blackbird, the Jack Quartet, and pianist Jade Simmons.

    Since 2002, the Look & Listen Festival has been presenting high-caliber performances of new music in art galleries, simultaneously stimulating eyes and ears. Prior to each concert, cutting edge ambient and electronica works are presented and the evenings also feature informal chats between host and composers.

    Listen Wednesday, May 14 at 8 p.m. for the opening night concert from the Look & Listen Festival, as recorded live for Q2 at the Chelsea Art Museum.”

    Q2 continues to bring the listener the most adventurist musical events.

    You can stream Q2 from the web site on the pop out player or your own choice of music player. My choice is Winamp.

  • richardmitnick 11:31 PM on May 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Provenance by Maya Beiser on Innova 

    Provenance by Maya Beiser on Innova


    I just got this album from Innova. Ms Beiser is a cellist. Let me tell you, this lady can play. She was an original member of the Bang On A Can All-Stars.

    Here is just a taste of her biography from her web site:

    “Described by the The New Yorker as a “cello goddess” and by the San Francisco Chronicle as “the queen of post-minimalist cello,” Maya Beiser has captivated audiences worldwide with her virtuosity, eclectic repertoire, and relentless quest to redefine her instrument’s boundaries.

    Over the past decade, she has created new repertoire for the cello, commissioning and performing many works written for her by today’s leading composers. She has collaborated with composers Tan Dun, Brian Eno, Philip Glass, Osvaldo Golijov, Steve Reich, Louis Andriessen and Mark O’Connor among many others. Maya is a featured performer on the world’s most prestigious stages, having appeared recently at the Sydney Opera House, New York City’s Lincoln Center, the World Expo in Nagoya, Japan, and in Barcelona, Paris, Tokyo, Shanghai, and San Francisco.”

    Ms Beiser first came to my attention in appearances on WNYC’s Soundcheck and New Sounds, both hosted by John Schaefer.

    New York City is famous for its ‘New Music” scene. Ms Beiser is an integral part of that scene.

    I urge anyone with a sensibility for new Classical music to buy this album. You can buy the CD at Innova’s site, US$15.00, or the .mp3 album at Amazon, US$8.99.

  • richardmitnick 12:40 PM on March 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    John Schaefer’s New Sounds and Soundcheck Programs on WNYC 

    John Schaefer’s New Sounds and Soundcheck Programs on WNYC

    I would like to bring forward two radio programs which have both been around now for a very long time.

    New Sounds and Soundcheck each deserve their own posts. But the real subject is John Schaefer.


    John Schaefer has cost me probably thousands of dollars. On his two programs John has brought to his audience the best of new music, musicians and composers. I have purchased a lot of music about which I first heard on one or the other of John’s two programs.

    You can read about New Sounds here, and Soundcheck here.

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