John Schaefer has been the host and producer of “New Sounds” since its inception in 1982 as a late-night experiment in WNYC in New York City.
The program, nationally distributed by NPR one night per week to over 60 public radio stations, is now available five nights a week.
John Schaefer is the author of the book New Sounds: A Listerner’s Guide to New Music, published by Harper & Row, N.Y. in 1987.
He has been a contributing editor to Spin and Ear magazines, and he wrote for Video Review and In Fashion a.o.
He has also written and produced features for the National Public Radio program, Performance Today and the nationally syndicated award-winning radio series, Future Forward.
In addition, he has contributed liner notes to several recordings of new music, and has acted as musical consultant to a number of choreographers and film makers.
Music Director and Executive Producer at WNYC, J. Schaefer has been with the station since 1981. Between 1979 and 1981 he worked in various formats at WDCS (classical) in Portland, Maine; WFAS/ WWYD (adult contem- porary and jazz) in White Plains, New York; and WFUV (public, mixed format) in New York City.
He also spent four years with Bharat Vani Radio, a New York-based syndicated program of music from India.
John Schaefer has hosted several programs that have been broadcasted nationwide, including the 20th-Century English Musical Renaissance, which he did at the request of the Oxford University Press and British Information Service, the co-producers of the program; and the International Concert Exchange, which he co-produced with Ray Gallon.
He has been on the advisory committee for two New Music America Festivals, and has been guest lecturer at several universities.
John Schaefer also produces and hosts the live New Sounds concert series at Merkin Hall in New York, which is now entering its eight season.
He also hosted a series of Off-Stage-Programs at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center.
The live guests were a.o. James Levine, Steve Reich, Wynton Marsalis, John Lurie, Meredith Monk; the format was an interview between the guest and him, followed by a question-answer session which he moderated.
At the Columbia University of New York he is giving lectures about “New Sounds”.