John Schaefer

John Schaefer has hosted Soundcheck since the show’s inception in 2002. He has also hosted and produced WNYC’s radio series New Sounds since 1982 (“The No. 1 radio show for the Global Village” – Billboard) and the New Sounds Live concert series since 1986.

Schaefer has written extensively about music, including the book New Sounds: A Listener’s Guide to New Music (Harper & Row, NY, 1987; Virgin Books, London, 1990); The Cambridge Companion to Singing: World Music (Cambridge University Press, U.K., 2000); and the TV program Bravo Profile: Bobby McFerrin (Bravo Television, 2003). He was contributing editor for Spin and Ear magazines, and his liner notes appear on more than 100 recordings, ranging from “The Music of Cambodia” to recordings by Yo-Yo Ma and Terry Riley. 

In 2003, Schaefer was honored with the American Music Center's prestigious Letter of Distinction for his "substantial contributions to advancing the field of contemporary American music in the United States and abroad." In May 2006, New York magazine cited Schaefer as one of "the people whose ideas, power, and sheer will are changing New York" in its Influentials issue.  He began blogging for WNYC when accompanying the New York Philharmonic on its historic (and apparently very weird) trip to North Korea in 2008 and continues to blog at soundcheck.org.

He is a regular contributor to the World Science Festival and the White Light Festival at Lincoln Center; he has also written about horse racing (Bloodlines: A Horse Racing Anthology, Vintage NY 2006) and was a regular panelist on the BBC’s soccer-based program Sports World.  

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John Schaefer appears in the following:

Norway's Jaga Jazzist Embraces Vintage Funk and Krautrock

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Jaga Jazzist is a Norwegian ensemble that draws inspiration from jazz, vintage funk and Krautrock. We join the members backstage at Le Poisson Rouge for an interview and performance.

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Listen: 2017 Ecstatic Music Festival Launches with Bang on a Can All-Stars

Monday, January 09, 2017

Monday, Jan. 9 at 7:30 pm, join us in kicking off the 2017 Ecstatic Music Festival with a live stream of the Bang on a Can All-Stars annual People's Commissioning Fund Concert.

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Listen: Bruce Brubaker and Francesco Tristano Remix Philip Glass

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Bruce Brubaker and Francesco Tristano, two virtuoso pianists from very different musical backgrounds, take the music of Philip Glass in an entirely new direction. 

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Listen: GABI Talks Fear, Vulnerability and the Human Voice

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

GABI is a composer and vocalist who brings together elements of classical music, electronica and the expressive vulnerability of the human voice.

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Listen: Daniel Wohl on Physical Performance and Electronic Sound

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

For composer Daniel Wohl, the distinction between a physical performer and an electronic sound is inconsequential. For this episode of LPR Live, we take in excerpts from "Holographic."

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Man Meets Machine on Dan Trueman's 'Nostalgic Synchronic'

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Composer Dan Trueman is the inventor of a new instrument: the prepared digital piano. On this LPR Live, we hear So Percussion's Adam Sliwinski perform Trueman's 'Nostalgic Synchronic.'

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Listen: Port St. Willow Brings 'Syncope' to Life at Le Poisson Rouge

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Port St. Willow, the project of Brooklyn-based Nicholas Principe, performed its second improvisational, atmospheric album "Syncope" at Le Poisson Rouge on November 17, 2015.

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Andrew Norman's Video Game-Inspired 'Gran Turismo' with Ensemble LPR

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

For this episode of LPR Live, we join the ambitious Ensemble LPR for a performance of music by composer Andrew Norman that draws its inspiration from a high octane racing-car video game.

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Bing & Ruth's Family Reunion for Cult-Classic 'City Lake'

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

New School-formed Bing & Ruth brings their ambient electronic music and contemporary-classical minimalism to this episode of LPR Live, with two tracks from 2010's "City Lake."

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Download: LPR Live Returns with Sarah Neufeld's 'The Ridge'

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The second season of Q2 Music's LPR Live podcast launches with composer and Arcade Fire violinist Sarah Neufeld. Her new album "The Ridge" melds elements of classical, folk and pop.

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Listen Live: William Tyler, Quindar, Nick Hallett

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

This Thursday, March 17, join us for a live stream of indie sample-rockers Quindar, featuring Wilco's Mikael Jorgensen, with composer Nick Hallett and guitarist William Tyler.

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Listen: Composer-Pianist Rachel Grimes and Longleash Piano Trio

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 pm, Q2 Music and New Sounds Live present a live stream of composer-pianist Rachel Grimes with the piano trio Longleash from Merkin Concert Hall.

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Listen Live: Bang on a Can Perform Shaw, Shouwang

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Feb. 6, the Bang on a Can All-Stars presented world premieres of music by Caroline Shaw and Zhang Shouwang alongside performances of Ornette Coleman and Julia Wolfe.

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Watch: Man Forever and Tigue Launch 2016 Ecstatic Music Festival

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Q2 Music helps kick off the 2016 Ecstatic Music Festival with a videostream of percussion projects Man Forever and Tigue live from The Greene Space at WQXR. John Schaefer hosts.

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Listen: Tan Dun's 'Water Passion' from the Temple of Dendur

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

On Nov. 14, Q2 Music presented a live webcast of the sold-out "Water Passion" by Tan Dun, staged within the Met Museum's iconic Temple of Dendur. Listen on demand now.

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Listen: Star-Studded Opening of Williamsburg's National Sawdust

Thursday, October 01, 2015

On Oct. 1, Q2 Music presented a live audio webcast of the much-anticipated opening of National Sawdust - a new concert space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Listen now on demand.

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Listen: All-Star 80th Birthday Celebration for Terry Riley

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

March 18 at 7:30 pm, Q2 Music presented a live audio stream of Terry Riley's 80th Birthday Concert, live from the Ecstatic Music Festival. Listen to the entire show on demand.

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Listen: Bang on a Can People's Commissioning Fund Concert

Thursday, February 26, 2015

On Feb. 26, the Bang on a Can All-Stars presented world premieres of new music by Wilco's Glenn Kotche, Jace Clayton (aka DJ/rupture) and Donnacha Dennehy. Listen to the entire concert.

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Listen: Julia Wolfe's 'Steel Hammer' with Bang on a Can All-Stars

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

October 14, Bang on a Can All-Stars took the stage at Brookfield Place for a performance of Julia Wolfe's Steel Hammer. Stream the entire show, hosted by WNYC's John Schaefer.

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On-Demand Audio: The Knells, Duo Gazzana and Pianist Jenny Lin

Friday, May 30, 2014

The final night of the 2014 Look & Listen Festival featured a mix of chamber works performed by Duo Gazzana, pianist Jenny Lin and songs by members of the neo-psychedelic prog-rock band, the Knells.

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