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.
John Schaefer appears in the following:
Monday, May 15, 2017
On Jan. 9 we kicked off the 2017 Ecstatic Music Festival with a live stream of the Bang on a Can All-Stars annual People's Commissioning Fund Concert. Listen to the full show.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
On the heels of their performance at the LA Phil's Reykjavík Festival, we invited Icelandic quartet Nordic Affect in for an intimate in-studio performance.
Monday, February 13, 2017
Steered by composer David Moore, the group Bing & Ruth is equal parts chamber and ambient music. Watch the release party for their latest album from The Greene Space at WQXR.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
On Jan. 25 at 7:30 pm, tune in for a live stream of indie rockers San Fermin and new-music mainstays Now Ensemble live from the Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Concert Hall.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.'
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.