SoundcheckandNew Sounds: Hosted by John Schaefer, Soundcheck and New Sounds offer listeners a chance to discover and revel in music. This year, Soundcheck hosted conversations with Elvis Costello about his memoir, Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink; with Moby about his autobiography, Porcelain; and with actor Don Cheadle about on his portrayal of Miles Davis in Miles Ahead. Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, Mexican pop star Natalia LaFourcade and the Seattle band Hey Marseilles all stopped by the Soundcheck studios to perform. In conjunction with the New York Guitar Festival, New Sounds presented two concerts of unusual guitarists in The Greene Space. This year, New Sounds also interviewed author of The Other Classical Musics, Michael Church; introduced new music commissioned by Kronos Quartet; and premiered music from Laurie Anderson’s film Heart of a Dog.
The Saturday Show and The Sunday Show with Jonathan Schwartz Show and The Jonathan Channel
Jonathan Schwartz celebrated Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday, hosting the “Sinatra at 100 Marathon” at Symphony Space, “Radio Sinatra” with the author James Kaplan in The Greene Space, and a four-hour celebration of Sinatra’s life and music on his 100th birthday on WNYC FM and The Jonathan Channel. Schwartz also launched the new show and podcast, The Naked American Songbook with Julian Fleisher. Season one featured conversations with Edie Falco, Chris Noth, Martha Plimpton, Rachel Dratch, Isaac Mizrahi and Mo Rocca.