Announcing: New Sounds with John Schaefer on Q2 Music

Monday, January 23, 2017

WNYC's John Schaefer interviews composer Judd Greenstein at Brookfield Place October 16, 2015 (SONiC Festival)

Beginning Monday, Jan. 23, WNYC's New Sounds – an hour of new and unusual music with John Schaefer – can be heard at 9 am and 6 pm daily on Q2 Music.

For over 30 years, New Sounds has been a destination for listeners to reach outside of their comfort zone and discover their next favorite pieces of music. The show explores everyone from artists like David Byrne and Meredith Monk to rising classical-music composers, artists who ignore genre altogether and musicians of the distant past whose long-lost work shines new light on art being made today.

Expect searing in-studio performances from Indonesian Gamelan masters, interviews with composers and performers exploring new ways to engage audiences and selections from the genre-blurring Ecstatic Music Festival, New York Guitar Festival, New Sounds' Silent Film Series and more. 

New Sounds's aesthetic has long been aligned with Q2 Music's, and we're excited to offer a new platform for listeners to enjoy John Schaefer's omnivorous and exploratory musical tastes.


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Dimitar Kambourov from New York

I approached this newcomer with apprehensive curiosity as I used to know it from WNYC. I believed, if it is offered here, the show should have changed but it is not and it does not have a place in the wonderfully DJ-ed recent style of Q2. Phil Klein and Charlotte Monday do a great job next to each other, their delicate yet efficient differences produce a dialogue day after day. I adore Sample Rates and I deeply regret it was not moved into the everyday schedule of Q2 instead. The mute Living music, leaving composers is rich and generous, with a great balance between known and unknown. New Sounds is like an alien in this company, like a poorly dressed remote relative. Not because its music is poorly selected or commented, no, but most of the time it has nothing to do with Q2, it looks like and feels like an embarrassing intruder. And it takes 2 hours of our listening time on Q2 every day??? Please, remove it from the scheme. You might inform us about its hours in WNYC but we don't want it here. This is not contemporary music. This is popular music dwelling on the margins of the industry, but still there.

Feb. 01 2017 06:58 PM

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