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:
Thursday, June 01, 2017
John Schaefer hosts an evening of performances by indie rocker Trixie Whitley and guitarist-composer Marc Ribot. Watch live Thursday, June 1 at 7pm.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
John Schaefer hosts performances by indie rocker Margaret Glaspy and Julian Lage, one of the most formidable jazz guitarists of his generation. Watch live Thursday, May 25 at 7pm.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Watch a live video stream Thursday, May 18 at 7pm as New Sounds' John Schaefer hosts a diverse cast of guitar slingers performing newly commissioned works and special collaborations.
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.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
There is a Jonathan Demme-sized hole in both the worlds of film and music worlds. We revisit this 2015 conversation with the director on Soundcheck.
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.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Carnegie Hall is kicking off a concert series curated by the Pulitzer Prize winning composer that shows how contemporary music has changed over the last half century.
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.
Monday, December 26, 2016
Prince. David Bowie. George Michael. Leonard Cohen. Sharon Jones. Merle Haggard. These are just a few of the musicians we lost in this past year.
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 13, 2016
Cultural offerings for the 2017 Winter season continue with a look at the must-see musical performances.
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
John Schaefer, host of WNYC's Soundcheck and New Sounds, gives us a playlist for your visit to the polls and to get you through the day.
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.'
Monday, October 31, 2016
The unconventional hip-hop artist and poet visits the Soundcheck studio.
Thursday, October 27, 2016
British trio's massive riffs stripped to their...skeletal form.
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.